ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- Reacting to a growing demand for advanced skills in the semiconductor industry, Schlumberger ATE today announced it has established a Technology Institute that will train and certify semiconductor engineers and operators.
The institute will operate through the Schlumberger Advanced Business Engineering Resources (SABER) organization, a network of diagnostic and engineering support centers that Schlumberger established last year (see Oct. 21, 1998, story).
Schlumberger calls the SABER Technology Institute the first of its kind in the semiconductor industry, and plans to offer an array of programs for professional education, such as seminars, engineering services, and certification programs to custom courses and hands-on equipment workshops.
"Our customers have consistently told us that their employees need help in keeping up with the rapid technological changes in processes and the efficient use of increasingly complex equipment," said Jean-Luc Pelissier, vice president and general manager of SABER.
Semiconductor companies just don't have the time to mentor on the job, he noted. "Today the workforce must manufacture increasingly complex devices and solve technically challenging problems with little industry-specific formal training and few certification programs," Pelissier said. "The Technology Institute is a natural extension of our mission to provide a full range of innovative technical and business management services to the semiconductor industry."
SABER will offer education and professional development for both new and veteran employees of the industry. Seminars already scheduled will address test-program development for device characterization and production testing of devices ranging from microprocessors to memory, ASICs and mixed signal devices. Advanced topics currently scheduled include system-on-a-chip (SOC) testing, design for testability and electrical techniques for failure analysis.
A website, http://www.slb.com/ate/sti, lists the classes being offered and offers up-to-date information.
The Technology Institute's training is not formally sanctioned by any professional or trade organization, but a Schlumberger spokeswoman said that that was being looked into. The institute will also train and certify employees on specific Schlumberger test equipment. Schlumberger will also design seminars or training specifically for individual customers.
Schlumberger has eight facilities planned, of which two, in San Jose and Fuchinobe, Japan, have opened. A SABER facility in Hsinchu, Taiwan, had an abortive opening last week, one day before the earthquake hit on Monday. A spokeswoman said that it was not known when a reopening was expected.