Presented by the American Vacuum Society — Rocky Mountain Chapter

We have a long history of teaching vacuum related short courses for workforce development, both onsite offerings can be arranged (for larger number of students), in addition to courses taught at our annual symposium.

Short Courses September 13-15, 2023

We are laying out a program of AVS Short Courses that will be offered September 13-15, 2023 in conjunction with the RMC AVS Symposium. The 2-day Overview of Vacuum Technology will be offered September 13-14, as well as courses on topics like leak detection, vacuum system contamination, thin films and deposition.

These courses align with goals for workforce training like TEC-P 2.0 Colorado (AVS Short Courses qualify for TecP grants), and workforce training related to the CHIPS for America act, which established large investments and incentives to support U.S. semiconductor manufacturing, research and development, and supply chain security related to the U.S. semiconductor industry.

Got a request or need more information?

RM AVS will provide on-site short courses for local companies. If you or your company has specific requests or need additional information, please contact [email protected]



An Overview of Applied Vacuum Technology

September 13-14

Course Objectives

  • Be introduced to the fundamental concepts of vacuum technology.
  • Learn about common vacuum system hardware and instrumentation, including pumps, gauges, flanges, valves, and feedthroughs.
  • Understand applications and processes involving vacuum technology.
  • Benefit from a “just right” two-day course (when you don’t have the time or the need to attend a four-day introductory course).

Course Description

The course begins with a definition of vacuum and a description of the physical conditions existing in a vacuum environment. Following this introduction will be a discussion of gases at low pressures and the interactions between gases and solids. The phenomena of gas flow though vacuum systems will then be examined. The primary components of vacuum systems, with an emphasis on pumps and gauges, will be described.

Requirements for materials compatible with the vacuum environment will be discussed. Various sealing techniques will be described, including coverage of all demountable flange systems in common use today. Common vacuum system configurations and operational procedures will be outlined. The course will finish with a description of vacuum leak detection methods and the far-reaching applications of vacuum technology today.

Ample time for questions and discussion will be scheduled. A comprehensive list of references will be provided for those wishing to learn more detailed information about specific areas. The emphasis of the course will be to provide practical information for individuals with minimal training in vacuum technology.

Who Should Attend?

Managers, technicians, engineers, and scientists who desire an introduction to the concepts, hardware, and instrumentation used in applied vacuum technology today. Those interested in a short review of vacuum basics will also find this course valuable.

Have a request for RMCAVS short courses?

For more information or to suggest/request a short course, please contact:


Neil Peacock

[email protected]