SUNY Polytechnic hosts the National Science Foundation’s Northeast Advanced Technological Education Center (NEATEC)

  • Mission: Provide a skilled workforce pipeline for the semiconductor and nanotechnology industries in New York/New England
  • NEATEC works with employers to assess workforce skills needed and then partners with community colleges and four year institutions to create/disseminate curriculum to support these needs
  • A variety of workshops are offered and available to college students, soldiers about to transition out of military service or workers who wish to change careers and are interested in learning about the high tech industry

Mechatronics Workshop

This is a 3 day hands-on workshop offered at either SUNY Polytechnic’s Albany Campus or Mohawk Valley Community College (MVCC). Mechatronics (or Mechanical and Electronics Engineering) is the synergistic combination of mechanical engineering, electronic engineering, controls engineering and computer engineering to create useful products.  Students will learn about industrial automation, PLC’s (Programmable Logic Controllers), robotics and other related topics used in advanced manufacturing in a mechatronics laboratory.


Photovoltaic Nanofabrication Workshop

This two day, hands-on training will provide an introduction to photovoltaic nanofabrication techniques and processes. A solar or photovoltaic cell is an electrical device that converts the energy of light directly into electricity by the photovoltaic effect. This workshop is offered at SUNY Polytechnic’s Albany campus. Students will spend all of day 2 working in a clean room.


Pneumatics Technology Workshop

This Hybrid course features several online modules focusing on air filtrations, compressors, lubrication, regulation, piping, directional control valves and actuators. After the modules are complete, a full day of training will be provided in MVCC’s Pneumatics lab where students will use simulation software to design, verify and observe the functioning of numerous pneumatic circuits; these designs will then be assembled and tested.


Basic Vacuum Technology Workshop

This one and a half day, hands-on workshop focuses on the need to create and manage vacuum systems in the semiconductor and nanotechnology manufacturing industries.  A majority of the processes used in semiconductor manufacturing operate in low pressure (partial vacuum) environments. In order to ensure that processing operations are carried out with repeatable results, the vacuum systems employed must be properly operated and maintained.  This workshop is offered at SUNY Polytechnic’s Albany campus.


Radio Frequency (RF)Technology Workshop

This 2 day workshop will be a combination of lecture and “hands on” instruction. Both days will be offered at MVCC’s RF lab. Topics will include the nature of RF, frequencies commonly used and measurement tools.  Applications in Semiconductor Manufacturing, transmission lines, connectors, and complete RF Systems are discussed. RF safety considerations are presented, and lecture and laboratory activities utilizing RF measurement tools, transmission lines, and troubleshooting methods are included.


Advanced Vacuum and Plasma Processing Workshop

This 2-3 day workshop is near completion and is a combination of lecture and “hands-on” instruction. This will be available to be offered in SUNY Poly’s Albany site, MVCC, and other sites as needed. Topics will include advanced vacuum principles (equipment, pressure measurement technology) and applications to our advanced vacuum/plasma training system.  Topics regarding plasma processing will focus on power supply and matching networks in addition to safety and operational principles.

Note: More workshops are currently in development, including but not limited to Integrated Photonics and Hydraulics.