Industry Supported Semiconductor Test Engineering Academic Survey and Round-Table at Texas A&M University
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This paper describes the research and process involved in validating the academic relevance of a University level curriculum in Semiconductor Test. Texas A&M University Electronics Engineering Technology (EET) Program, within the Dwight Look College of Engineering, has a world class Test lab. This lab, supported by Texas Instruments and Teradyne Inc., has been teaching Mixed Signal test at the undergraduate level for over 12 years. The Lab faculty and staff were interested in the technical relevance of their curriculum and engaged an Industry standards organization to co-sponsor an industry-based survey. SEMI's Collaboration of Automated Semiconductor Test (CAST) was chosen and agreed. This survey polled engineers, managers, and professionals within the semiconductor industry with Test Engineering questions, which revealed specific feedback on what they would like college new hires to know before reporting to work. Feedback and results from 144 mostly senior level Industry colleagues are summarized.