Gain key expertise from industry experts to help accelerate your career
Watch Instructors at your own pace, and join interactive workshops from anywhere
Flexible learning built to fit around on-the-job training, and programs of study
Learn from leading experts and connect with the most established network of UPW professionals.
This comprehensive course is carefully tailored for new entrants to the microelectronics industry who specialise in ultrapure water – such as facility engineers, technicians, or service providers. Developed in direct collaboration with semiconductor manufacturing facilities, the UPW Fundamentals course gives you the understanding you need to get from classroom to clean-room.
through supportive, on-demand learning materials which complement on-the-job training
with easily-digestible and carefully tailored lessons that address the day-to-day realities of facility operational roles
getting practical insights from leading UPW professionals and partners in the supply chain across interactive sessions
The UPW Fundamentals Course is made up of 11 modules, culminating in a capstone project. Developed in partnership with semiconductor manufacturing facilities and industry experts, each module addresses a core requirement for excellence in UPW facility operational roles.
Each course is run by an instructor, a leading global expert in their field. Through their on-demand lectures, you’ll gain the insights that will form the core of your understanding. You’ll have the opportunity to interact further with industry experts through the mentor program. Here, you’ll leverage the support of other experienced professionals to boost your understanding and apply your knowledge across interactive workshops and top-quality supporting materials.
Each module provides:
Expert-led on-demand lecture covering fundamentals
Preparatory assignments, quizzes & reading materials
Interactive workshop covering practical applications
Feedback and discussion with industry experts
25 hours of lectures
36 hours of interactive workshops
22 hours of exercises
Industry overview and manufacturing process fundamentals
Specialist insight into the basics of current and future semiconductor technology device drivers which impact contamination control for UPW engineers, including:
Quality specification and yield enhancement
An introduction to critical contaminants in UPW systems, and their importance in relation to wafer yield and metrology capabilities. Subjects include:
UPW system design
An expert primer in UPW system design principles, applicable standards, and process configurations including:
UPW distribution systems
Detailed insights into the design criteria and best-known operational methods for UPW distribution systems, including:
Role of the UPW engineer
Contextual insights into the importance of the day-to-day activities of the UPW engineer, including:
UPW analytical methods
An introduction into UPW metrology capabilities and limits including:
UPW process performance management
A detailed instruction into necessary approaches for ensuring good performance for the entire UPW system, including:
UPW system capacity management
Detailed insights into importance of modelling and managing UPW capacity, including:
Considerations of environmental sustainability in UPW system design
Background into recent expert perspectives relating to environmental sustainability and implications for the UPW system, including:
UPW system maintenance
Practical perspectives for maintaining UPW systems and asset management, including:
Statistical Process Control; Continuous Improvement and Risk and Failure Analysis
Fundamentals for securing the continuous improvement and reliability of UPW systems including:
Cross-industry collaboration and supply chain engagement
Earn your Certificate of Completion in UPW Fundamentals
Upon completion of the course, you’ll have demonstrated:
Course start September 2023
The UPW Fundamentals Course has been built to fit around those undertaking existing work, on-the-job training, and programs of study. The majority of the course can be completed at your own pace, with on-demand lectures and supporting materials available completely online.
We recommend trainees aim to complete the course in 6 to 12 months – the ideal amount of time to get the maximal value from completing all lectures, assignments, and interactive sessions.
At the UPM University, training doesn’t end with certification. In the fast-moving technical environment of microelectronics, learning is continuous. That why trainees get supported access the UPM Membership Platform and the UPM annual conference, some of the most powerful tools used by experts from across the supply chain to achieve professional growth.