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62 SMT007 MAGAZINE I JULY 2023 by Jasbir Bath and Steve Martell, SMTA With the increased reshoring of electronics man- ufacturing, there is a growing need and demand for engineers with electronics manufacturing expe- rience and education. This is particularly the case as the number of engineers who are retiring is increasing. As part of the SMTA's Student & Young Professionals (SYPs) outreach efforts to encourage more students to enter the electronics manufactur- ing industry, SMTA Silicon Valley (San Jose) chap- ter officers and volunteers provided a presenta- tion to about 45 students on Careers in Electronics Manufacturing. The event was held at the Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering at San Jose State University (SJSU) on March 23. The students represented the 10 engineering departments within the University includ- ing Materials and Chemi- cal Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engi- neering, and Computer Engi- neering. Some presentations were "Introduction to Surface Mount Technology," "Careers in Electronics Manufactur- ing," and "Resources and Internship Opportunities in Electronics Manufacturing." The presentations included information on 13 companies who were interested in hiring students as interns. After the presentations, there were indi- vidual discussions on resumés internships, and jobs in the industry between the students and the three presenters, as well as the six other chapter officers and volunteers present. Since the meeting, several SJSU students have sent resumes to apply for some of the internships, and those companies are now in the process of interviewing them. The Silicon Valley SMTA chap- ter was happy to welcome three new SJSU stu- dent members following the meeting. The students appreciated the presentations and advice given to them on finding careers in electronics manufactur- ing. More SYP events such as this are being planned to reach out to other students in the area. Jasbir Bath is VP of Techni- cal Programs for SMTA. Steve Martell is president of the SMTA Silicon Valley Chapter. SMTA Working to Get Students Involved to the other CP machines we are considering. It might help you to talk with two of my col- leagues, Sue March and Andy Connors. ey may be able to help you. I already told them you might contact them." Paul asked Maggie a few more questions about the project, took the contact informa- tion for Andy and Sue, and then was on his way. e next day, he met up with Sue and Andy at a local pizza shop to learn what he could about their previous experiences with this type of project. "Maggie asked if we could help you with a 'cost of ownership' project related to the CP machine that BE plans to purchase," Andy said. We think it should be related to how the CP machine affects the total profit of the assembly process." "at sounds reasonable," Paul responded, "but how do I do that?" Will Paul be able to determine the cost of ownership of the CP machine? Stay tuned to see. SMT007 Ronald C. Lasky is an instruc- tional professor of engineer- ing for the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth Col- lege, and senior technologist at Indium Corporation. To read past columns, click here. Download The Printed Circuit Assembler's Guide to… Solder Defects by Christopher Nash and Dr. Ronald C. Lasky. You can also view other titles in our full I-007eBooks library.

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