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JANUARY 2023 I PCB007 MAGAZINE 89 Train and Certify Manufacturing Employees and Support Staff to the IPC Standards IPC certification is an internationally recog- nized credential that proves an employee's knowledge and skill level. IPC training and certification is industry developed and covers electronic manufacturing quality concerns, in- cluding PCB assembly and soldering, rework and repair, wire and cable harness production, and bare PCB fabrication. Having an IPC-cer- tified workforce demonstrates an attention to detail and commitment to quality. Fill Training Gaps with Customized Courses that Focus on Basic Knowledge and Skills IPC training and other standardized courses don't cover every aspect of electronics man- ufacturing. erefore, it is important to have customized courses that fill those missed gaps. Basic soldering, ESD, and electronic component identification are just a few ex- amples of the many courses that complement IPC certification and ensure that your work- force is prepared for any challenges that may come their way. Access Tools and Resources to Assess Your Workforce and Maintain Skill Levels Assessing your workforce before and aer training is an essential part of a proper man- ufacturing training program. e effectiveness of training and the retention of knowledge gained can be gauged through assessments that are computer-based, interview-based, or audit-based. In addition to assessments, both students and trainers need to have complete access to resource documents and training materials aer training has been completed. Stay Up to Date with Constant Changes in the Electronics Manufacturing Industry Technological advances and new discoveries are occurring constantly that greatly impact how we manufacture electronic products and evaluate them for quality. is makes main- taining your IPC Certifications through re- newal and recertification critically important. In addition, attending industry meetings and participating in IPC committees will ensure access to the latest information. Hire U.S. Military Veterans Who Have Already Completed Immense Training Now more than ever, highly skilled and effi- cient employees are needed in manufacturing. e U.S. military invests an enormous amount of training in our soldiers. ey are equipped with a framework of skills and attributes such as loyalty, integrity, leadership, and excellent work ethic. ey know how to learn new skills quickly and adapt to changing environments, which are highly desirable qualities for manu- facturing. Blackfox is the worldwide leader in providing IPC certification and custom training systems to the manufacturing industry's top companies. Blackfox provides solutions for the manufacturing industry and for veterans seeking employment. Visit us online at Blackfox.com. 1 2 4 5 3

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