As an engineer, I seek out problems and enjoy creating solutions. I’m most satisfied when my solutions are implemented and positively impact the efficiency of the factory. Recently, I developed a system that automated adjustments to my tool, saving me 1.5 hours every day.
Eight years ago, I was graduating from Queen’s University when I was presented with the opportunity to join Intel on an 11-month graduate contract. The truth is, Intel wasn’t really on my radar. I did some research, went through the application process, and ended up taking the job. Within a couple of months, Intel offered me a full-time position. It was a no-brainer. I was staying at Intel! What I thought would be an 11-month experience down South ended up turning into a permanent contract. Eight years later, I’m still here and still happy!
It was a little daunting at first, moving my whole life to a new place, but Intel helped me to establish a new network. When people join or relocate for work here, the company is great at providing the support you need. I was assigned a buddy when I started. He showed me the ropes—both at Intel and outside of Intel.
An average day in the Dry Etch department starts with a team review of what has happened the night before. We check the status of our tools and then make a plan for the day. We are here to make sure things run effectively and efficiently. I also try to incorporate project work into my schedule. Intel is great at supporting projects that might help things operate more smoothly. They’re always open to reviewing new ideas you might come up with on the job. One of the most important aspects of my work is learning to coordinate with the team. We do have specific roles, but in order to create the best solutions, we need each other’s feedback and advice. This really is the key to getting anything done here.
I’ve also noticed how important diversity and inclusion are to a successful business. Here at Intel, I do my best to make sure people are aware of this industry’s gender gap. Only 12% of engineers are women. Intel provides me with many opportunities to promote women in science. I visit schools to chat with girls about pursuing a career in the sciences. The Women in Intel Network gives me fantastic ways to connect with others who are passionate about this issue, too. The reason our teams at Intel are so successful is because we offer a variety of perspectives. Diversity allows us to approach problems in unique ways. It’s my personal goal to move up through management and, along the way, encourage more involvement by women in this male-dominated industry.
As an engineer, I seek out problems and enjoy creating solutions. I’m most satisfied when my solutions are implemented and positively impact the efficiency of the factory. Recently, I developed a system that automated adjustments to my tool, saving me 1.5 hours every day. I was able to test this and, after proving that my adjustment had no negative effects, it was approved and is now used in the factory. There’s nothing better than seeing your original concept actually come to life! I absolutely love what I do at Intel.