On the career-training side of Nashua Community College, the Microelectronics Boot Camp graduated its 14th class Friday, Nov. 22, with several students already receiving job offers. The program launched three years ago, and has maintained about a 95 percent hiring rate for graduates.
The next session is enrolling now, and begins Monday, Dec. 9.
The 11 students who graduated Friday were joined by family and friends as well as Corporate, Community, and Continuing Education Coordinator Jon Mason, and Boot Camp instructor Jim Flis.
“All of the graduates are very dedicated to their studies, and performed well above average,” said Flis.
The Boot Camp prepares students for entry-level ribbon/wire bonding and manual epoxy dispense and die attach positions at local companies – including companies in Merrimack, such as Elbit Systems. On successful completion of this non-credit program, students are guaranteed an interview at BAE Systems.
This program was designed to both meet industry demands, and teach students basic military standards and assembly techniques for radio frequency (RF) and microwave electronic (MW) assemblies. The skills are taught with visual aids, lecture, and hands-on practice using equipment common to microelectronics assembly techniques.
The Microelectronics Boot Camp runs 10 weeks for 40 hours per week. The program cost is $5,500, and sessions run throughout the year.
The Boot Camp teaches wire and ribbon bonding, manual epoxy dispense and die attach. It also offers a 24 hours non-credit lean course resulting in a White Belt certificate. Overall, the program comprises a total of 188 hours of lecture and lab.
Microelectronics Boot Camp students also photograph and record their work to build a portfolio for future interviews.
Students benefit from broad industry and alumni support. Industry partners often visit the program to offer their guidance to students, and insight into the expectations and workplace cultures of their companies. Currently, NCC partners with the program’s founding partner BAE Systems, as well as Mercury Systems, Lockheed Martin, API Technology, MIT Lincoln Labs, Monzite, MACOM, and more.
Alumni of the program frequently return to serve as lab assistants at the college. Alex Gimby, pictured above, graduated from the 13th Microelectronics Boot Camp, and still returns to work in the lab.
To learn more about the Boot Camp or to enroll in the Dec. 9 session, contact Jon Mason, Corporate, Community, and Continuing Education Coordinator at NCC, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 603.578.8900 ext. 1763.
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