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The Future of Chip Manufacturing Careers in Central Ohio
Intel is bringing semiconductor or “chip” manufacturing to Ohio with the construction of a $20 billion factory complex in Central Ohio set to open in 2025. With it comes the promise of thousands of good-paying jobs, new opportunity for mobility, and the need to develop education, training, research, and a steady supply of talent to support the booming industry that manufactures the brain of nearly every electronic device that powers daily life and work. Hiring for technician roles will start as early as 2023.
From data, devices, and the Internet of Things to healthcare, smart energy, and transportation, semiconductors power the future. Together with Intel, education, and employer partners, we are making the future at Columbus State. Join us.
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Columbus State leading new Ohio-wide community college collaboration for semiconductor training
Columbus State President David T. Harrison joined Intel executives, Governor Mike DeWine, and President Joe Biden at the formal groundbreaking for Intel’s leading-edge semiconductor manufacturing plant in New Albany, which included the announcement of the company’s initial grants to Ohio higher education institutions through the Intel ®Semiconductor Education and Research Program for Ohio.
Intel awarded $2.8 million to Columbus State’s proposal of the Ohio Semiconductor Collaboration Network to develop two-year pathways to semiconductor technician work in partnership with the Ohio Association of Community Colleges (OACC) and all Ohio community colleges. Read More
CHIPS Act exponentially increases Central Ohio opportunity
The August 2022 signing of the federal CHIPS and Science Act into law is expected to dramatically accelerate Intel’s investment in Central Ohio, anticipated to result in:
- Tens of billions of additional dollars in expanded factory development, and
- 12,000 or more total new jobs in direct Intel employment for our region, most of which will hire at the associate degree level.
Columbus State President David Harrison joined Central Ohio leaders integral to Intel’s regional investment and jobs pipeline at the formal signing ceremony at the White House, where President Biden reiterated the CHIPS Act’s federal support for re-shoring of chip manufacturing in the U.S. The legislation includes more than $50 billion in incentives for chip manufacturers to build U.S. factories.
Prior to the successful passage of the CHIPS Act, Intel’s initial development announcement was already the biggest in Ohio history. It is now expected to multiply as much as fivefold, and significantly ramp up supply chain development bringing substantial supportive development and related new employment opportunities at accessible education levels.
Semiconductor Jobs in Ohio
ESTIMATED NEW SEMICONDUCTOR JOBS IN CENTRAL OHIO
NEW POSITIONS WILL BE ATTAINABLE WITH A 2-YEAR DEGREE
About 70 percent of Intel jobs in Central Ohio will be technician roles, requiring just an associate degree.
Technicians will maintain and troubleshoot manufacturing equipment to keep the fab running at maximum productivity, and entail wearing protective gear within the clean manufaturing environment, to prevent new chips from being contaminated. Most of these jobs are available to workers with an associate degree.
What is Semiconductor Manufacturing?
Semiconductors, also known as integrated circuits or chips, make computing possible. Typically manufactured from silicon in highly automated factories, semiconductors are etched with thousands (or even millions) of microscopic electrical transistors that allow them to process and store information. Since the 1970s, chips have become increasingly smaller, cheaper and more powerful, leading to huge leaps in technology. These chips are the brains of the computer or mobile device you’re using right now and nearly every other machine that supports daily life and work in communications, computing, healthcare, consumer goods, the Internet of Things, smart energy, and transportation.
Employees in the semiconductor industry help create these precision products in ultra-clean environments. In Central Ohio, the factories (also known as fabs) will print and etch circuit patterns onto silicon wafers.
Columbus State is leading a consortium of community colleges and training organizations around the state to develop new education pathways in semiconductor manufacturing. We're currently hard at work developing training for the semiconductor industry, but we've long been a leader in hands-on training for the manufacturing sector.
Modern Manufacturing Work-Study
This innovative program allows companies to recruit Engineering Technologies students while they're still in college. Students engage in a paid work-study job at a manufacturer a few days a week and take courses the rest of the week. Employers get a pipeline of workers trained to their specific needs.
For more information, contact: Tom Capps at email@example.com
Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP)
Columbus State hosts Central Ohio's Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), a consortium funded by state and local grants that promotes training in advanced manufacturing. We provide hands-on manufacturing training and online courses, and manufacturers can contact us to create custom training programs for their facilities.