Semiconductor Fundamentals

The second run of Semiconductor Fundamentals course was launched on 16-17 January 2020 due to popular demand. The lecturer, Mr Sandeep Kulkarni, has introduced around 20 participants, including Director-level leaders, to the essential foundations required to understand the electronics eco-system. Participants have learnt the origins of silicon, where silicon ingots are made, the processes to make tiny circuits on the wafers and the quality control management in a wafer fab.

Although the participants came from different sectors of the industry, they have found the course useful to help them understand the various roles they play in this industry. The course has also provided them with a networking opportunity to know other people in the industry.


“Very well structured explanations and the processes were mentioned in detail. The sessions had in-depth information. The stories and experience sharing made learning very interactive and fun!” – Avni Agrawal, SixSense

“Good material presentation and delivery!” – Eric Cheng, Swagelok Singapore

“Very good course, case studies from day 2 were very insightful!” – Himanshu, SixSense

Industrial Cost Optimisation 

The first class of Industrial Cost Optimisation was held on 9-10 January 2020, with close to 10 companies representatives participating. During the course, Mr Chung Ching Thiam, who has had 35 years of experience in the semiconductor industry, has introduced how companies can optimise its materials spending, equipment maintenance spending as well as the energy required for production. Cost optimisation methodologies used by great companies were also shared with the participants.

These days, many companies are moving away from the traditional cost-cutting and cost reduction measures during a market downturn. Such “desperate and urgent” measures will generally have a long-term negative impact to businesses. Instead, great companies are putting in place cost optimisation methodologies into their businesses, and this will be more systematic, holistic, sustainable and effective, with long term positive impact on the business.

The SSIA Cost Optimisation course has helped participants understand the importance of reducing necessary spending and systematically eliminating unnecessary expenditures. They also learnt different costsaving measures based on technical engineering data analysis, as well as, statistical evidence.


“Informative session! The instructor is very experienced and shares ideas openly. Even when some projects were not successful, he still managed to give good ideas on possible improvements.” – Lin Mu, Micron

“True cases and good actual data. Good course, should advertise to companies to join!” – Jo Ann Lee, Micron

“Very good course structure and would like to see a deeper dive into opportunities” – Wilson Benett, EcoStruxure Power Lab