This three-day course is a combination of classroom and “hands-on” exercises conducted at the wire bonder designed to teach the basics of manual gold ball and wedge wirebonding. The goal is to teach the process of wirebonding, which includes the wire, tool, machine settings and operation, work stage and operator skill. Especially important is how to troubleshoot a wire bond problem and get the process back on track. The instructor shares his numerous years of experience and provides insightful tips that help build confidence. Students develop a functional understanding of the wire bond process along with important quality and reliability considerations for hi rel military and medical products. In addition to bonding, the students also learn the important visual inspection criteria and how to properly perform wire pull/ball shear testing.
This course is intended for new wire bonders, but many experienced bonders and process/quality engineers have taken the course and learned a great deal. The classroom training is open to anyone, but the “hands on” activities are limited to 3 or 4 students at a time due to logistical reasons.