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Open the Doorway to These 4 Careers with an IPC Certification

Tue, Apr 26, 2022 at 9:00AM

Open the Doorway to These 4 Careers with an IPC Certification

IPC is a global association that assists the electronic industry by providing adequate training for OEMs, EMS, PCB manufacturers, and wire harness manufacturers. Generally, we learn about the many IPC certifications that are offered, but rarely is it mentioned about the amazing career possibilities an IPC certification can provide.  Read on as we take a look at industry-related careers and which IPC certification is beneficial.

Production Assembler

Production assemblers (also known as operators), perform an essential roll in manufacturing.  Some of the responsibilities of a production assembler may include the following:

  • Knowing how to perform complex rework, soldering, and wiring skills
  • Know how to read and follow work instructions pertaining to various projects

Standard IPC certifications for this position are commonly the IPC-A-610 and J-STD-001.  However, depending on if the assembler does wiring or rework, then the IPC/WHMA-A-620 and IPC-7711/7721 certifications are needed as well. 

Quality Engineer

Some key tasks for quality engineers include being responsible for in-coming and out-going inspections, working with engineers and operators on product and process improvement, reviewing drawings and specifications, and performing internal audits.  Obtaining an IPC-A-610 certification as a quality engineer is beneficial because the 610 is an inspection document that ensures the manufacturing process meets acceptable quality levels.

Manufacturing Technician

Tasks for manufacturing technicians can from the following:

  • Troubleshooting and identifying root causes for issues
  • Provide technical support for the production team
  • Read/interpret specific drawings, layouts, and BOMs

Depending on the daily tasks, having an IPC-A-610 and J-STD-001 may be required if needed.  In addition, if the technician performs rework and repair duties, being certified to IPC-7711/7721 is needed.

Manufacturing Engineer

A manufacturing engineer’s role can include identifying delays in production and sources of waste and incorporate new technologies and processes to improve on workflow.  Like quality engineers, manufacturing engineers must know and understand specific drawings and specifications. An IPC certification in IPC-A-610 would be beneficial because it covers various manufacturing processes that apply to day-to-day functions.

These career options and others within the industry can benefit from having IPC certifications.  Contact us for more information regarding certifications.

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