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News Release: NY CREATES and Raytheon Unveil Collaborative Semiconductor Workforce Training Initiative

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, May 28, 2024

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Partnership Prepares High-Tech Workforce for the Future with In-Demand Engineering Skill

Albany, N.Y. – The New York Center for Research, Economic Advancement, Technology, Engineering, and Science (NY CREATES), in collaboration with Raytheon, an RTX business, announced the deployment of the NY CREATES/Raytheon Workforce Training Program. This partnered instructional program offers participants an 80-hour course focusing on engineering skills, which are essential for success in today’s semiconductor industry. Participants will be immersed in areas of advanced training, including mechanical assembly, pneumatics operation, basic electronics components, and sensor technologies. Participants’ completion of this program signifies their advanced engineering competency and the value they can bring to the semiconductor manufacturing industry, which has been growing rapidly in New York State and across the nation.

“We look forward to this collaboration with Raytheon to help prepare participants for rewarding microelectronics careers. This valuable educational initiative exemplifies NY CREATES’ commitment to workforce development and the importance we place on such efforts to advance the semiconductor industry,” said Dave Anderson, NY CREATES President. “With our Albany NanoTech Complex as the launchpad, we are eager to work with our growing list of high-tech industry, academic, and government partners to provide in-depth, hands-on training that can help innovation-focused workers thrive and companies grow.”

“Raytheon’s commitment to innovation and talent have never been higher,” said Colin Whelan, president of Advanced Technology at Raytheon. “The knowledge and skill advancement our engineers gain through the Workforce Training Program will enable Raytheon to continue to lead the development and delivery of vital, cutting-edge semiconductor technology.”

The inaugural round of participant training included Raytheon employees who successfully completed the two-week program, with plans for additional participants to enroll in the coming months.

“The NY CREATES/Raytheon Workforce Training Program is designed to train participants with the specialized skills required to excel in semiconductor manufacturing,” said Dr. Robert Geer, NY CREATES Vice President of Education & Workforce Development. “Our partnership with Raytheon not only validates the quality of our training content, but it also demonstrates our pivotal role in shaping the future of the semiconductor industry.”

This training program builds upon the strong foundation established by Northeast Advanced Technological Education Center (NEATEC) workforce development efforts. NEATEC is supported by the National Science Foundation and centered at NY CREATES’ Albany NanoTech Complex. NEATEC education and training content has been used at NY CREATES to train more than 700 technicians and engineers employed in the U.S. semiconductor industry. This content is also in use in colleges and university partners in New York State and Arizona to support innovation-focused skills building for students entering the broader nanotechnology and microelectronics industries.



NY CREATES serves as a lab-to-fab bridge for advanced electronics, fostering public-private and industry-academic partnerships for technology development and innovation. NY CREATES attracts and leads industry-connected innovation and commercialization projects that secure significant investment, advance R&D in emerging technologies, and generate the jobs of tomorrow. NY CREATES runs some of the most advanced facilities in the world, boasts more than 2,700 industry experts and faculty, and manages public and private investments of more than $20 billion—placing it at the global epicenter of high-tech innovation and commercialization. Learn more at  

About Raytheon

Raytheon, an RTX business, is a leading provider of defense solutions to help the U.S. government, our allies and partners defend their national sovereignty and ensure their security. For more than 100 years, Raytheon has developed new technologies and enhanced existing capabilities in integrated air and missile defense, smart weapons, missiles, advanced sensors and radars, interceptors, space-based systems, hypersonics and missile defense across land, air, sea and space.


News Coverage:

Times Union: NY CREATES, Raytheon partner on chipmaking training

Semiconductor Digest: NY CREATES and Raytheon Unveil Collaborative Semiconductor Workforce Training Initiative