Category Archives: Membership

Meet Paige Fiet — IPC Student Board Member Liaison

Meet Paige Fiet, the first student member liaison elected to the IPC Board of Directors. President of the IPC Student Chapter at Michigan Tech and summer employee at IPC member Calumet Electronics, Paige is pursuing an #electrical #engineering degree with a biomed application. Paige shares her experiences and career goals with Charlene Gunter du Plessis, […]

New IPC Video Explains Electronics Manufacturing’s Importance in Evocative, People-Centered Language and Imagery

A new video from IPC,  shows viewers the many ways “our lives and our communities depend on electronics” and invites them to learn more about “the crucial industry that’s at the heart of the modern world.” The 90-second video features a series of evocative vignettes in which electronics-based devices and systems are making people’s lives safer, […]

Interview with Kate Stees – An Emerging Engineer

What better way to learn about the electronics industry than from real people successfully pursuing their careers in great companies? Charlene Gunter du Plessis, Senior Director of the IPC Education Foundation talked to Kate Stees, a Materials and Process Engineer at Lockheed Martin Missiles & Fire Control in Ocala, Florida. Kate currently works in the […]

Key Takeaways from IPC APEX EXPO 2020 from a Government Relations Perspective

By Chris Mitchell, vice president, global government relations IPC APEX EXPO is always a fascinating kaleidoscope of electronics manufacturing excellence, and APEX EXPO 2020 was no exception. Most of the show’s content is relatively technical in nature. But it all comes down to making amazing things possible for the industry’s customers. Here are my top […]

Three Workforce Lessons from Manufacturing Plants Around the World

By John Mitchell, IPC president and CEO The U.S. economy has remained surprisingly resilient, and the result has been that the country’s unemployment has continued to inch lower. It’s now at 3.5 percent, the lowest rate since 1969, and that rate could go even lower as the U.S. boasts more than 7 million job openings. […]

Rising Tariffs Put a Painful Squeeze on Electronics Manufacturing

To determine the effects the U.S./China tariff dispute has on U.S. electronics manufacturers, IPC conducted a survey of its U.S. members. The results reflect how difficult it is for a global industry to navigate this uncertainty. IPC President and CEO John Mitchell provides details in his monthly IPC president’s message.

In Memoriam – Bernie Kessler

It is with deep sadness that IPC announces the passing of electronics industry pioneer and IPC Hall of Famer, Bernard (Bernie) Kessler. Bernie passed away on December 2, 2019 at age 96. Active in IPC for more than 50 years, Bernie served as IPC’s first chair of the Technical Activities Executive Council (TAEC). He earned […]

Wage and Salary Survey Offers Competitive Benchmarking Opportunity to North American Electronics Assembly Companies

By Sharon Starr, director, market research IPC’s biennial Wage Rate and Salary Survey for the North American Electronics Assembly Industry is much more than its name implies. It collects data on compensation for 40 hourly and salaried technical, manufacturing and sales positions at original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and contract electronics manufacturing services (EMS) companies in […]

Saying Yes to Opportunities: IPC’s Emerging Engineer Program Offers Career Growth for Electronics Industry Newcomers

What makes the IPC Emerging Engineer Program a premier networking and career enriching program? IPC staff spoke to Emerging Engineer Kate Stees, materials & process engineer, Lockheed Martin, about her experience in the program and why she recommends it to other engineers. IPC: Why did you choose to enroll in IPC’s Emerging Engineer program? Stees: […]

IPC Welcomes New Senior Director of Sales

IPC announces the addition of Michael Stone as senior director of sales to its staff at IPC headquarters in Bannockburn (Chicago), Ill. As IPC’s senior director of sales, Stone is responsible for managing IPC’s sales efforts and growth goals. Essential functions of his role include planning, reporting, sales process optimization, sales training, sales program implementation, […]