Photo Imaging, PCB Imaging

Minimum Preferably 10th standard passed

Certified training for Circuit Imaging Operator (programme aligned to ELE/Q2201 released by Electronics Sector Skills Development Council)

Not applicable

The tasks a Circuit Imaging Operator is expected to perform include:

Capturing the requisite circuit on the laminated panel

Cleaning the PCB panels and preparing for UV exposure

Placing translucent film with circuit layout on photo-sensitive laminated PCB panel

Exposing the laminated panel to UV light

Developing the circuit image on the PCB panel

Knowledge of basic electronics and circuit design layouting

Knowledge of UV, photo resist, light exposure time and intensity, vacuum, alignment and their importance in the circuit imaging process

Familiarity with operation and maintenance of machines such as laminator, imaging and developing machines

Familiarity with circuit imaging process including surface preparation, lamination, exposure, cooling and developing

Knowledge of dry film resist (DFR) lamination and development including process parameters, chemicals, calibration, exposure time, etc.

Proficiency in the use of in photo tools, i.e, negatives or positives, development of the UV cured circuit, chemicals used for developing, etc.

Knowledge of different types of imaging processes and their uses

Knowledge of IPC standards for printed circuit boards

Knowledge of different types of films and chemicals used in imaging and their purpose Familiarity with probable defects in imaging process Knowledge of environment and safety norms

Ability to lift heavy panels

Attention to detail

Hand-eye coordination

Manual dexterity and stability

Ability to work independently


Self-directed learner

Team player

Problem solving

Orientation towards work safety

It needs one to be on their toes

Work from home option is not available

Part-time and contractual jobs may be available

Local traveling is not a part of this job role

Need not handle a team

Working hours

Working is 8/9 hours everyday for 5/6 days a week

Shift system may be applicable

Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs?Maybe

This job is not considered hazardous or dangerous Occupational hazards include ergonomic injuries due to lifting heavy panels and possible accidents due to exposure to chemicals, gases etc. or injuries from sharp tools, equipment, etc. if safety procedures are not followed

For freshers ?INR7,000 toINR9,000 per month

For candidates with experience -INR10,000 toINR14,000 per month

(These figures are indicative and subject to change)

Indian PCB Market Size

India is slowly becoming the epicentre of PCB activities worldwide and this has resulted in the growth of the PCB design and manufacturing activities in the country. India?s PCB market is growing over 30% and some of the research suggests that this could touch over 4000 crore by the year 2016. This is significant when compared to most of the countries.

As per the Indian Printed Circuit Association (IPCA) report, many PCB units in India have grown in volume, turnover and this is an indicator for strong demand and exponential growth for PCB design houses, product companies in India.

The factors contributing to the PCB market growth are opening of Fab in India, the Preferential Market Access (PMA) service announced by the Government and mushrooming of the startups in this space. The market of the bare board PCB is about 25 to 30 billion and about 30% to 40% of that market is in India.

PCB manufacturers in India mostly cater across electronics applications in India except motherboards, mobiles and high-end telecom equipment. The main demands for PCBs come from consumer, industrial, and automotive electronics markets, as well as from Power & Telecommunications.

Projected HR Requirement

According to the IMaCS Analysis, the human resource requirement in the Electronics Components segment has been projected to grow from 1,49,000 in 2008 to 8,34,000 in 2022 that is an increment of 6,85, 000 resources.

The Electronics Sector Skills Council of India has listed PCB Assembly as one of the top 14 sub-sectors with a high potential for employment. All these factors put together show an increase in the job opportunities for a Circuit Imaging Operator.

Integrated circuit design

PCB manufacturers

Electronics manufacturers

Job openings are in Tier I, Tier II and Tier III cities