Without engineers despite charging 40,000 euros

Without engineers despite charging 40,000 euros
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He boom of the sector microchip in Valencia the hiring of engineers has skyrocketed to the point that Companies are having a lot of problems finding professionals in sectors such as photonics. The companies themselves are going to finance part of the training that the Valencian public universities are going to provide to generate highly qualified engineers. The problem in attracting talent occurs despite the fact that salaries exceed 40,000 euros gross per year.

Valencia leads the sector in Spain microchips and works on the development of a large international campus training to promote technology transfer and launch manufacturing lines. In alliance with the Universitat Politècnica de València, the Universitat de València and the consulting firm Industrial Governance, the Valencia Silicon Cluster association has been awarded 13.8 million euros of European funds of the Microchip Perte for three new chairs in semiconductors.One of these three chairs will be specialized in photonicsa sector in which In Valencia there is a need between 60 and 75 workers with highly qualified training.

PIC-UPV Chair

The photonics study program belongs to the new PIC-UPV chair. The training is focused on photonic integration technologies, photonic integrated circuits (PICs in English) and its applications. The photonics integrated are the set of technologies microchips (semiconductors) that they use light for applications in very diverse sectors such as telecommunications, automotiveConsumer electronics, artificial intelligencedata centers, biosensors, internet of things or defense. Valencia is the reference in Spain in photonics since it concentrates 60% of the workers in the sector (about 250 engineers with very high training).

Pascual Muñoz with a VLC Photonics microchip.

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There is a lack of engineers

The directors of the chair, Pascual Muñoz and Jose Capmany (Jaime I award), highlight that the companies in the sectorr have permanently between five and ten unfilled jobs due to the lack of engineers. To make up for this lack The companies have joined forces with the Polytechnic and finance part of the training. “The Perte chip chair program will allow us to professionally train their future employees together with companies, a necessary symbiosis in the sector,” emphasizes Pascual Muñoz. He program training has two branches. On the one hand, a six-month integrated photonics master’s degree of duration aimed at batches of ten students to train forty professionals in two years. On the other hand, a research program in which 20 people will participate of different profiles for three years.

The researcher and co-director of the photonics chair José Capmany

“The natural continuation of all these people after this chair is for them to connect with the participating companies and continue their professional career in the photonics sector integrated”, points out José Capmany. Five companies have been involved in the chair: VLC Photonics, iPronics Programmable Photonics, Sparc Foundry, Ommatidia Lidar and CalSens. The budget of the photonics chair for the next three years is 5 million eurosof which 4.25 million come from public funds from the perte and 750,000 euros have been contributed by companies.

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