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AP&S: AP&S Academy opens its doors

June 20, 2023. Future operators of wet process equipment from AP&S in Donaueschingen receive customized training at the AP&S Academy. This provides them with individual, hands-on training for using the equipment, which is used to manufacture microelectronic chips.

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Handover of keys at the AP&S Academy. (Photo: AP&S)

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With pride, Steffen Hölderle (Division Manager Service) and André Menge (Senior Service & Training) were presented with the key to the AP&S Academy. Managing Director Tobias Drixler (COO) sees the training center as a platform for preparing both new employees and customers individually and specifically for the respective uses of the machines. The interest in such training offers has increased enormously due to the current shortage of skilled workers and the need to adequately instruct and thus qualify non-specialist personnel in the world of chemical wet process technology.

“We have been successfully conducting training courses in semiconductor factories at customers’ sites for a long time. In recent years, however, demand here has grown significantly. There were also increasing calls from customers for a central training center for wet process technology so that running production facilities would not be affected by training purposes. This coincided with our strategy for founding the AP&S Academy,” explains COO and initiator of the AP&S Academy Tobias Drixler.

Four training modules, which can be attended consecutively, are offered by the company’s employees, who possess both semiconductor industry knowledge and educational skills. These take place on-site at the AP&S Academy, at the customer’s location or can also be implemented online.

Starting with “Operator Training”, which trains basic safety instructions and operation of the systems, the next module, “Basic Maintenance Training”, provides instruction on the general structure of the machine and the process modules, the functions of the handling systems with practical exercises on the equipment.

After the knowledge gained in Module 2, Module 3 “Advanced Maintenance Training” provides an overview of the sensible measures for maintenance, controlling robots via the HMI, and troubleshooting a simulated process. Which is deepened in the final module “System Expert Training”, so that the training participant is subsequently a user expert in wet process systems and is confident and efficient in both operation, maintenance, troubleshooting and optimization.

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