The Greater Rochester, NY region has one of the nation’s most sophisticated, highly integrated supply chains to support the semiconductor industry.

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Leading Semiconductor Supply Chain Companies in Greater Rochester, NY

World-Class Semiconductor Capabilities

The Greater Rochester, NY region boasts top-tier talent, world-class research and development resources, access to unlimited water and low-cost power, and one of the nation’s most sophisticated, highly integrated supply chains to support the advanced manufacturing & semiconductor industry — all at a low cost of doing business.

There is expansive semiconductor activity stemming from regional expertise in R&D, chip design, IC engineering, and advanced manufacturing. Approximately 118 companies employing more than 33,500 professionals support the semiconductor ecosystem that engulfs the Greater Rochester, NY region.

Rochester, NY is also home to the American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics (AIM Photonics) Test, Assembly, and Packaging (TAP) Facility, a $600M initiative. The public-private partnership focuses the nation’s top expertise to capture global manufacturing leadership in photonics integrated circuit (PIC) technology – harnessing the power of light to develop next-generation semiconductors, batteries, and other innovations.

Industry leaders such as Edwards, part of Atlas Copco‘s Vacuum Solutions division, AMD, Corning, Optimax, and AMS Osram all chose to expand here. The Greater Rochester, NY region attracts innovative companies from around the world thanks to the highly connected business community, talented workforce, and one of the nation’s most livable communities.

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Top-Tier Colleges and Universities to Fuel your Workforce Pipeline

The Greater Rochester, NY region is ranked #1 nationally among large metros for producing STEM graduates. There are 60 colleges and universities with certificate, associates, bachelors, masters, and PhD STEM degree programs within 200 miles of Rochester, NY. These schools produce nearly 80,000 graduates, 21% being STEM graduates.

Member, Northeast University Semiconductor Network

  • First-in-the-nation microelectronics and imaging science programs
  • More than $92 million of sponsored research
  • More electrical, computer, and microelectronics engineering graduates than any other private U.S. university
  • 3rd-largest co-op program in the U.S.
  • Center for Electronics Manufacturing and Assembly supports needs of the electronics packaging industry, including semiconductor chip packaging
RIT's Kate Gleason College of Engineering, Semiconductor and Microsystems Fabrication Laboratory, and Golisano Institute for Sustainability

Member, Northeast University Semiconductor Network

  • Among Top 50 Best Engineering Schools in U.S.
    • U.S. News & World Report, 2023
  • More than $476 million of sponsored research
  • Approximately half of all optics degrees nationwide have been awarded by UR’s Institute of Optics
  • Institute of Optics Industrial Associates Program features connectivity with 30+ industry partners
  • Faculty are key participants in AIM Photonics, the American Semiconductor Innovation Coalition (ASIC), and EDGE Alliance
UR Hajim School of Engineering & Applied Sciences

Named one of six sites for undergraduate research experiences in semiconductors by the U.S. National Science Foundation, in partnership with Semiconductor Research Corporation.

Robust Support System for Technical Training

MCC Advanced Manufacturing Optics Workshop

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The Greater Rochester, NY region offers a comprehensive talent pool with skills catered to companies’ needs, which is consistently replenished thanks to nationally recognized community colleges, workforce recruitment and training programs, and 155 registered apprenticeship programs. Businesses and higher education institutions work side-by-side to develop customizable industry partnerships with mechatronics certifications, co-ops for smart systems, and certificate and associate degree programs in engineering and industrial skills.

Finger Lakes Workforce Development Center (FWD Center) on Monroe Community College‘s Downtown Campus is designed to focus on rapid training, retraining, and upskilling of technical middle-skilled workers in demand by local employers. Through innovative partnerships and technical programming, the FWD Center is a catalyst in developing the region’s economy. Programs include hands-on Industry 4.0 training—automation, manufacturing, quality, electrical and mechanical processes.

RIT Certified‘s workforce and professional education provide personalized upskilling opportunities to individual learners and entire organizations through skills-based pathways developed alongside industry leaders. These pathways include engineering, technology, computer science, microelectronics, software, and cybersecurity.

In addition, Monroe Community College is the only U.S. community college that offers an associate degree in optical systems technology.

World-class talent at competitive rates below the national average.

PositionRochester Annual Mean WageNational Annual Mean WageRochester Advantage
Architectural and Engineering Managers$151,100$163,3107.5%
Chemical Engineers$73,480$117,82037.6%
Computer Network Support Specialists$66,100$70,06013.1%
Computer Numerically Controlled Tool Operators$46,710$47,9402.6%
Computer Numerically Controlled Tool Programmers$59,710$64,5807.5%
Conveyor Operators and Tenders$38,680$40,0603.4%
Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Commercial and Industrial Equipment$64,350$66,6503.5%
Electrical Engineers$101,980$114,0505.0%
Electrical, Electronic, and Electromechanical Assemblers, Except Coil Winders, Tapers, and Finishers$39,690$41,7705.3%
Electronics Engineers, Except Computer$105,150$118,46011.2%
Engineering Technologists and Technicians, Except Drafters, All Other$58,580$70,55017.0%
Engineers, All Other$103,540$111,2807.0%
Helpers-Production Workers$35,400$35,7401.0%
Industrial Engineers$94,310$98,5604.3%
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers$46,750$47,2901.1%
Mechanical Engineering Technologists and Technicians$59,450$64,5307.9%
Mechanical Engineers$94,460$100,8206.3%
Production Workers, All Other$37,690$38,8603.0%
Sales Engineers$110,720$125,46011.7%
Software Developers$111,300$132,93016.3%
Software Quality Assurance Analysts and Testers$91,870$105,75013.1%
Source: Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics, May 2022; Bureau of Labor Statistics

Commercial Real Estate

Skyline of Rochester, NY

Opportunities for growth await businesses of all sizes in the Greater Rochester region’s highly competitive commercial real estate market. Take advantage of low lease rates, a diverse range of sites, and the region’s advanced infrastructure.

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