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Attracting, developing and retaining talent is top of mind for the microelectronics industry. Military veterans and reservists represent a strong, diverse talent pool of highly motivated employees who possess many valuable skills and experiences required by our industry, especially when it comes to technician and operator level positions. Via its VetWorks initiatives, SEMI has made it a priority to help connect our members to this skilled pool of potential workers. By aligning industry hiring practices and existing internship and apprenticeship programs, building on previous training and lead to credentialing, we give veterans greater access to career opportunities and a wide variety of well-paid roles​. 

An important industry resource is the SEMI VetWorks: A Guide to Veteran Recruitment, Hiring, and Retention in the Microelectronics Industry, a detailed guidebook that includes tools, research, and recommendations on welcoming veterans to our industry and what's required to retain valuable talent. SEMI members also can access a free program via the SHRM Veterans at Work Certificate which provides valuable information on how to connect with the military community.

New VetWorks Overview Video

Watch this for an overview of the VetWorks Program goals and initiatives, and gain insights for developing or improving your military hiring strategy.

Semiconductor Military Engagement Events

VetWorks Military Hiring Event |  April 17 | 12-2pm PT 

Papago Park Military Reservation
Allen Readiness Center
5636 East McDowell Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85008

Register Here!

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SEMI is an association partner of the Heroes MAKE America (HMA) Program which builds strong connections between the military community and the manufacturing industry. Through HMA, SEMI members have access to resources on how to attract and retain transitioning service members and veterans, as well connect to profiles and resumes of military personnel graduating from SkillBridge-approved training and certification programs geared towards manufacturing. To receive the most recent resume list, contact




Vet S.T.E.P.

SEMI Foundation is now collaborating with Vet S.T.E.P., a DoD-approved Skillbridge training program that provides military and veterans with the critical skills needed to become technicians in the semiconductor industry. Following a 2-week training, Vet S.T.E.P. facilitates an 8-week Internship with select semiconductor and microelectronics companies. View a video about the most recent training. For more information on how to engage with this program, contact

SEMI & Heroes Make America

Hear why and how Veterans are invited to join our industry!


Earn the FREE SHRM Foundation Certificate

Veterans at Work to get you started on your military talent program.

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Connecting Vets & Jobs

Transitioning service members and veterans can visit the SEMI career portal to learn about the industry and the many jobs which match their skill sets. 

Veteran Videos

Veterans share their journeys in the microelectronics industry and their paths to career success.

Veteran Friendly Website

Establish veteran-friendly web landing pages that will more effectively connect your company to this valuable talent pool.


Melinda Gomez
Program Manager,
Veteran Initiatives
SEMI Foundation

Supporting sponsor

The Electronics business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany operates as EMD Electronics in the U.S. and Canada.