SHORT COURSES AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

Presented by the American Vacuum Society — Rocky Mountain Chapter

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

Short Courses September 18-20, 2024

We developed a program of AVS Short Courses that will be offered September 18-20, 2024 in conjunction with the RMC AVS Symposium. The 2-day Overview of Vacuum Technology will be offered September 18-19, 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?

RMC AVS will provide on-site short courses for local companies. If you or your company has specific requests or need additional information, please contact neil_peacock@avs.org.

General Information

 

Cost Per Course:

  • AVS Platinum Member
    $1,045 (2-day course); $715 (1-day course)
  • AVS Gold or Silver MemberClick Here to Upgrade to Platinum Now and Save All Year
    $1,120 (2-day course); $790 (1-day course)
  • Non-Member
    $1,120 (2-day course); $790 (1-day course)
  • Full-time Student/Requires Student I.D.
    $400 (2-day course); $200 (1-day course)
  • Multi-Course and Group Discounts Available
    Contact Heather Korff, heather@avs.org

Course Includes: Course notes and lunch.

Location:
Double Tree by Hilton-Westminster
8773 Yates Drive
Westminster, CO 80031-3680

Course Times: 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (Mountain Time)
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Save with AVS Membership

Save $75 per AVS Short Course with an AVS Platinum Membership. The savings from just two courses is equivalent to the price of an AVS Platinum Membership, which provides discounts on conferences, short courses and webinars as well as access to the AVS publications and technical libraries, career services, and more. Don’t miss out on these savings. Email Angela Klink, AVS Member Services Administrator, angela@avs.org for your discount code or to upgrade to Platinum.

Annual Symposium

We are excited to invite you to our signature event, the AVS Rocky Mountain Chapter Annual Symposium on Thursday, September 19, 2024. You can visit vendor exhibits, attend an introduction to vacuum tutorial, hear about science during short talks, enjoy free lunch, discuss new ideas at the student poster session, and socialize during a happy hour that includes beer, wine, appetizers, and door prizes.

Short course registrants are automatically registered and welcome to participate.

2024 SHORT COURSES

An Overview of Applied Vacuum Technology

Date: Wednesday-Thursday, September 18-19, 2024
Time: 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. MT

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.

Tim Gessert

Instructor
Managing Member
Gessert Consulting, LLC

Neil Peacock

Instructor
Consultant
Pine Place Consulting, LLC

Course No.2 for 2024– TBD

Date: TBD
Time: 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. MTS

  • Understand the three phases of vacuum chamber contamination: gases, films, and particulates.
  • Learn the origins of vacuum chamber contaminants and methods for controlling or eliminating them.

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Tim Gessert

Instructor
Managing Member
Gessert Consulting, LLC

Course No.3 for 2024– TBD

Date: TBD
Time: 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. MT

Course Objectives

  • Learn the fundamentals .

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Steve George

Instructor
Professor, Dept. of Chemistry and Biochemistry
University of Colorado at Boulder

Course No.4 for 2024 — TBD

Date: TBD
Time: 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. MT

Course Objectives

  • Understand the fundamentals

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Angus Rockett

Instructor
Head for Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Colorado School of Mines

Course No.5 for 2024 — TBD

Date: TBD
Time: 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. MT

Course Objectives

  • Learn about common

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Tom Christensen

Instructor
Professor, Dept. of Physics and Energy Science
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

Course No.6 for 2024 —TBD

Date: TBD
Time: 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. MT

Course Objectives

  • Basic operation

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Gerardo Brucker

Instructor
Chief Scientist and Business Unit Chief Technology Officer for Mass Spectrometry and Indirect Pressure Measurement

Vacuum System Layout, Design Whys, Use, and Troubleshooting

Date: Friday, September 20, 2024
Time: 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. MT

Course Objectives

  • Learn what vacuum is and where it is used.
  • Learn why vacuum systems range from ‘simple’ to ‘complicated’.
  • Instruction on good handling practices of components for vacuum service—why are we told to keep ‘them clean’?
  • How do we know our vacuum level?
  • Learn when different types of flanges are likely to be used plus how and why of using them.
  • What are methods/common ‘tools’ to diagnose a vacuum system?
  • Suggestions on where to look first if your vacuum system suddenly ‘isn’t working’ properly.
  • A ‘feel’ or clue for what is involved in modifying or ‘upgrading’ a vacuum system.

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Neil Peacock

Instructor
Consultant
Pine Place Consulting, LLC

Have a request for RMCAVS short courses?

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

 

Neil Peacock

neil_peacock@avs.org