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Optics education for machine operators in the semiconductor industry: moving beyond button pushing
Author(s): Meg Karakekes; Deborah Currier

Paper Abstract

In the competitive semiconductor manufacturing industry, employees who operate equipment are able to make greater contributions if they understand how the equipment works. By understanding the 'why' behind the 'what', the equipment operators can better partner with other technical staff to produce quality integrated circuits efficiently and effectively. This additional knowledge also opens equipment operators to job enrichment and enlargement opportunities. Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) is in the process of upgrading the skills of its equipment operators. This paper is an overview of a pilot program that employs optics education to upgrade stepper operators' skills. The paper starts with stepper tasks that require optics knowledge, examines teaching methods, reports both end-of-course and three months post-training knowledge retention, and summarizes how the training has impacted the production floor.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 October 1995
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 2525, 1995 International Conference on Education in Optics, (13 October 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.224035
Show Author Affiliations
Meg Karakekes, Advanced Micro Devices (United States)
Deborah Currier, Advanced Micro Devices (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2525:
1995 International Conference on Education in Optics
M. J. Soileau, Editor(s)

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