IPC Launches Electronics Assembly for Engineers Course


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Electronics manufacturing is growing at record levels across the globe. Many companies are hiring new engineers and technical staff into DFM, Product, Manufacturing, Process, and Quality Engineering roles to support the ramp up in printed circuit board assembly (PCBA) production for both current and new products. In anticipation of this growing market demand for high reliability electronics, OEMs and EMS companies identified a need for a “fundamentals” training course that could give their new engineering and technical hires a practical understanding of PCBA processes and electronics manufacturing. To provide that market solution, IPC is announcing the launch of “Electronics Assembly for Engineers” (EAE) as its newest workforce development training course.

EAE starts with an introduction on PCB fabrication and assembly, then covers the basics of through-hole, surface mount, and wire harness technologies, and concludes with a detailed review of key fundamental topics including component identification, drawings and specifications, hand soldering, conformal coating, and quality assurance. Students earn an IPC Certificate of Completion after they complete the 24 hours of course content.

“Quality products start with a well-trained workforce. This simple idea drove IPC to develop this critical program in collaboration with the electronics industry,” said David Hernandez, vice president of IPC’s Education team. “The combination of industry expertise with our innovative educational approach provides meaningful learning opportunities for engineers to actively engage with the content and master the critical knowledge needed to succeed quickly. This fully online, self-paced program removes barriers to efficient, effective, and engaging training.”

Sanjay Huprikar, president of Europe and South Asia operations for IPC, commented, “The early traction we have seen for this solution across all regions speaks volumes to the urgency of the need. Based on conversations with numerous directors of engineering who assessed the solution, they are positioning EAE as a critical aspect of the overall onboarding process for their new hires and transitioning staff – with companies providing the vital ‘on the job’ training component paired with IPC’s online content providing important knowledge ‘off the job’ to help them succeed quickly.”

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