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14 PCB007 MAGAZINE I DECEMBER 2020 You may be familiar with the IPC Electron- ics Workforce Training Initiative—an expand- ing series of education programs created to help the electronics industry overcome gaps in workforce skills—but do you know anything about the instructors who help develop and provide the training? IPC is fortunate to work with a team of subject-matter experts and in- structors who share their significant knowledge and skills with the current and next generation of the electronics manufacturing workforce. Kris Moyer and I first met at IPC APEX EXPO. Kris is a part-time faculty member at Sacramento State and an active IPC volunteer. He is currently the chair of the 1-13 Land Pat- tern Subcommittee, co-chair of the D-21 High- Speed, High-Frequency Design Subcommittee, and an active member on at least a dozen other committees. Kris also works with the IPC Edu- cation Team in developing PCB design training programs, which he also teaches. He talked to me about his experience teaching for IPC. John Mitchell: Kris, you work as a PCB design- er, college professor, and volunteer on sever- al IPC committees. What drives you to teach IPC Electronics Workforce Training Programs as well? Kris Moyer: I enjoy teaching. My mother was a teacher, and it runs in the family. I enjoy teach- ing what I know to the next generation. There is so much to learn, and a big part of the skills gap is that boards have become so much more complex. Historically, board design was just drawing lines and connecting Point A to Point B, but everything has changed. Digital designs are the norm now, and the sizes of compo- nents are much smaller, making design much more detailed. Expert Instructors Share Knowledge With the Next Generation One World, One Industry Feature Column by Dr. John Mitchell, IPC

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