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Microelectronics Teaching Factory At Arizona State University Eastmesa, Arizona, Usa

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1999 Annual Conference


Charlotte, North Carolina

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June 20, 1999

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June 20, 1999

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June 23, 1999



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4.382.1 - 4.382.6

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R. S. Cartier

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Albert L. McHenry

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Lakshmi Munukutla Arizona State University

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"Session 2547"

Microelectronics Teaching Factory at Arizona State University East Mesa, Arizona, USA

L.V. Munukutla, A.L. McHenry and R.S. Cartier Arizona State University East/Motorola Inc., Chandler, Arizona


The Microelectronics Teaching Factory is an Intel, Motorola and ASU East partnership to equip and staff a top-of-the-line teaching facility that mirrors a real microchip fabrication factory. This facility will provide a unique learning environment for students from ASU East, ASU Main and Maricopa Community Colleges who represent the future microelectronics workforce. As well, Intel, Motorola and other local industrial and educational partners will use the facility for education and training purposes.


The catalyst for a teaching factory at Arizona State University (ASU) East is the worldwide shortage of trained personnel in the semiconductor manufacturing industry in the 1990s [1]. Semiconductor manufacturing constitutes one of the fastest growing industries in the world [2]. In spite of cyclical industry downturns, the projected long-term need for highly skilled persons for this industry is still substantial. The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) has predicted that 50 to 100 wafers fabrication plants will be built and staffed by companies worldwide, during the period from 1994 to 2000. These new facilities will have generated over 120,000 new workforce positions. Furthermore, due to rapidly increasing technological complexity the SIA projections through the year 2010 indicate that every three years the overall technological change will be multiplied by a factor of four. Preparation of the workforce must meet the labor demands of both today and the future. Hence, to provide for the preparatory needs the university, postsecondary, and secondary education system must establish and sustain programs to meet these semiconductor workforce needs. To assure the existence of the needed workforce, semiconductor manufacturers nationally and in Arizona have launched ad campaigns to attract persons into preparation for the future semiconductor workforce. Many manufacturers have begun to enter into partnerships with universities, community colleges and secondary institutions to prepare their graduates for positions in the semiconductor fabrication workforce.

The College of Technology and Applied Sciences (CTAS) at Arizona State University East is appropriately positioned to respond to the skilled workforce need faced by the local semiconductor industry. The ASU East Microelectronics Teaching Factory involves a partnership between Arizona State University, Intel, Motorola, local industry and local and state governments. The Teaching factory design philosophy encompasses the flexibility to accommodate future technology changes and high standards of the university, city and county,

Cartier, R. S., & McHenry, A. L., & Munukutla, L. (1999, June), Microelectronics Teaching Factory At Arizona State University Eastmesa, Arizona, Usa Paper presented at 1999 Annual Conference, Charlotte, North Carolina.

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