AVS Online Short Courses Now Available!

Does COVID-19 still have your company temporarily shut down?

Are your employees working from home and/or not able to travel for training purposes?
COVID-19 has impacted many of us, causing companies to find new ways to keep employees working safely and productively from home. AVS wants to help! AVS Short Courses offer training for technicians, scientists and engineers, and is being offered to you during this challenging time. AVS is bringing three (3) AVS Short Courses and our qualified instructors to you via Zoom!

Course Cost

Cost Per Course:

Platform: Zoom

Times listed are Eastern Standard Time (EST). Check your timezone accordingly!

Each course includes a link to a pdf file of the copyrighted course notes. During the online course you may ask questions. Instructors will review and answer them periodically throughout the course. 

You must be present the day of the course, recorded versions are not available.

Save with AVS Membership

Save $50 per AVS Webinar with an AVS Platinum Membership. The savings from just two webinars is equivalent to the price of an AVS Platinum Membership, which provides discounts on conferences/short courses as well as access to the AVS publications and technical libraries, career services, and more. Don’t miss out on these savings. Contact Angela Klink, AVS Member Services Administrator, angela@avs.org for your discount code or to upgrade to Platinum.

Controlling Contamination in Vacuum Systems

Date: Monday, November 16, 2020
Time: 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. EST
This course addresses three phases of in-chamber contamination: gases, films, and particulates. The origin of these contaminants and methods of eliminating them are discussed. The emphasis is on defining the level of control required and identifying the appropriate procedures necessary to establish that control. There will also be discussion on the environment that must be achieved in the chamber and how it is related to the vacuum system operating and maintenance procedures and the environment outside the chamber.

Tim Gessert

Managing Member
Gessert Consulting, LLC

Vacuum System Leak Detection and Basic Troubleshooting

Date: Wednesday, November 18, 2020
Time: 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. EST
This course is an introduction to the technology and practice of leak detection. It includes a discussion of the types of leaks that are to be expected in vacuum systems and how they affect the leakage rate. The principles of leak detection and the methods of putting these principles into practice are described. Practical techniques for detecting and locating leaks are provided with special attention to making the most effective use of the mass spectrometer leak detector.

Also covered in detail are the various ways in which mass spectrometer leak detectors can be connected to vacuum systems and their effects on obtaining satisfactory results from the test procedures.

Neil Peacock

Pine Place Consulting

Plasma-Enhanced CVD: Fundamentals, Techniques, and Applications

Date: Thursday, November 19, 2020
Time: 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. EST
This course starts with a brief review of the basics of processing plasmas. This knowledge is then applied to the plasma deposition of thin films in practical device applications. The unique aspects of PECVD are emphasized by an in-depth comparison of PECVD with other deposition technologies. The relationship between process parameters and film properties is illustrated by reviewing several important device applications of PECVD.

Robert Grubbs

Research Scientist
Micron Technology

Other AVS Events

AVS 2020 Short Course programs (Chapter, National, Webinars, and e-Talks) will be posted on the AVS Short Schedule page as they become available. Please bookmark the webpage to view upcoming training opportunities.

AVS Mid-Atlantic Chapter Online Short Course Program
Atomic Layer Etching

November 11, 2020
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST
Instructor: Steve George

AVS Webinar: Surface Characterization of Biomaterials with X-rays & Ion Guns
December 9, 2020
1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. EST
Presenters: Lara Gamble and Dan Graham


AVS Webinar: Recent Developments in Materials Processing and Integration for MRAM
January 26, 2021
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST
Instructors: Matthias Gottwald and Michael Rizzolo

AVS Webinar: Plasma-Assisted Atomic Layer Deposition: From Basics to Applications
February 10, 2021
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST
Instructor: Erwin Kessels

AVS Webinar: Characterization of Thin Film Systems for Flexible Applications
March 2, 2021
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST
Instructors: Megan Cordill and Christian Mitterer

AVS Courses by Request
If you are interested in seeing an AVS Short Course offered in 2021 please complete the AVS Courses by Request form.

AVS Onsite/Online Training
Do your employees need training now? Are budgets tight? Let AVS bring our short courses and qualified instructors to your organization during these tough economic times via Zoom. Please complete the AVS Onsite/Online Training request form to receive a proposal.