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IPC Unveils New Training Courses and Subscription Model for the Electronics WorkforceSeptember 28, 2023 | IPC
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IPC continues to collaborate with the electronics manufacturing industry to meet their current and future workforce training needs. This collaboration includes expanding its course offerings to include self-paced courses on soldering, inspection, and manufacturing engineering. With the introduction of eight new training courses in 2023, IPC reaffirms its commitment to ensuring that professionals in electronics manufacturing remain at the forefront of the industry.
Introducing the Subscription Model
To enable organizations to invest in efficient employee training across their organizations, IPC now offers an annual subscription model. This approach simplifies the acquisition process making it easier for trainers to assign and review training results, while mitigating the training costs of turnover. By choosing IPC's subscription, organizations can onboard employees more cost effectively and leverage a highly skilled and trained workforce as their competitive edge by providing an environment where all employees can improve their skillsets and knowledge.
Eight New Self-Paced Courses
- Fundamentals of PCB Fabrication & Assembly - An in-depth dive into PCB and PCA fabrication.
- Inspection of Electronic Assemblies: Introduction - Providing the necessary tools and methods for effective incoming inspections.
- Manufacturing Engineering for Electronics Assembly Series - Covering essential topics like Stencil Printing, Surface Mount Technology, and Through-hole Assembly.
- Self-Paced Troubleshooting and Defect Analysis of PCBs - A special course in collaboration with IPC Hall of Famer, Mike Carano, catering to learners worldwide with 24/7 accessibility.
- Soldering for Electronics Assembly: Introduction - A novel hybrid course allowing learners to move at their own pace while also providing hands-on exercises.
The Future of IPC Training
David Hernandez, vice-president of education at IPC said, “We’re dedicated to continuously aligning training solutions with industry needs. Regular engagement with IPC members and industry subject-matter experts ensures that the training remains relevant and is co-developed with the industry’s best minds.
“Now employers can build career pathways with IPC training courses that can develop operators into inspectors or onboard engineers new to electronics manufacturing. IPC believes training is critical to success in the fast-paced world of electronics and so do the thousands of trainers and trainees that have engaged the IPC EDGE learning platform since its launch.”
About 200 kilometers (125 miles) north of Mexico City lies Queretaro, an area rich in history, with stone streets and public squares, and which twice has been the country’s capital. But it’s also quickly becoming a global capital of electronics manufacturing, especially aeronautics, and was the location for the first IPC Day Mexico this past June.
This week’s news items taught me a few things I didn’t know. For instance, there’s news about the new equipment for THT work, governmental support for advanced packaging technologies, an upcoming webinar from iNEMI on counterfeits, an interview with U.S. Rep. Blake Moore, one of the sponsors of the bipartisan Protecting Circuit Boards and Substrates Act, and columnist Tim Haag, using Star Trek to illustrate why simplicity is, ahem, paramount.
VPT, Inc., a HEICO company, VPT, Inc., a trusted provider of power conversion solutions for aerospace and defense, proudly announces its latest achievement of obtaining SAE AS9100 Revision D certification. SAE AS9100 Revision D enhances VPT's existing suite of certifications, including MIL-PRF-38534, MIL-STD-883, J-STD-001 (Space), IPC-A-610, and IPC-A-600, further cementing our commitment to excellence in quality and reliability.
Test Research, Inc. (TRI), the industry's leading provider of Test and Inspection systems for the electronics manufacturing industry, is pleased to announce the expansion of its Malaysian office, which opened in 2010.
November’s issue of Design007 Magazine had an excellent theme that evolved around design simplification. There were exceptionally good articles about how to reduce over-constrained or needlessly complex designs. One significant time-consuming category is the creation of many design files and drawings which lead to lengthy creation and interpretation time along with the considerable time to resolve conflicting or erroneous information.