Intel gives you so many opportunities to find your path and figure out where you want to be.
I’ve been a Process Engineer in Lithography with Intel for the past two years. This means I’m in charge of tools that perform one of the steps in the manufacturing process. We ensure these tools run smoothly and that the critical dimension structure on the chip is on spec and correct – so it involves a lot of data analysis and quality control.
I actually studied chemical engineering, holding a master’s degree from a Spanish university. I came to Ireland to learn English and then looked for work here and discovered the Process Engineer role with Intel on the internet. At first, I wasn’t sure if my learning could be transferred. But Intel was quick to reassure me that the same engineering processes would apply no matter the engineering field I had originally studied. It’s all about optimising something within set parameters.
Although the first week was naturally a little overwhelming, it didn’t take me long to get set up, discover new networks, get to know my team and manager and learn about my shift. So, it all came together quite quickly once I got started.
My typical day runs Monday to Friday between 8.30am and 5pm. We start by having a meeting with all engineers and technicians. Then we align on the work needed, whether it’s a new task or fixing an issue from the day before. When the task is assigned you have full ownership. But you’ll also be communicating with other members of the team throughout the day. We may also have meetings with other teams, whether it’s to report results or give help.
I love lots of things about my job but mainly it’s the variety of tasks and the sense of ownership and freedom that I get from that. It’s nice to apply your own method to something and gain positive results. It’s good to know your work is making an impact.
I have also learned a lot in my time at Intel, including many new technical concepts. The role has improved my communication, observation, and network skills. There is a lot you can pick up from more experienced engineers. And, if you wanted to move departments or be assigned to a task with another group, it’s good to be able to rely on a strong company-wide network to help you do this.
Since Covid-19 has arrived, I’ve been working on site at the start of the week and then from home for the last few days of the week. This pivot took a bit of getting used to at first, but we are now well up to speed on this dynamic.
Going forward, I think this way of working would be ideal. I like being on site at least a couple of days a week. It’s a nice balance, as being at home all the time can be isolating and energy consuming. That said, Intel has been really supportive of us working from home. They provided screens and chairs and a way of getting reimbursed for any approved office materials you bought yourself.
Overall, I’d say that Intel is a great place to join as a graduate. They give you plenty of opportunities in lots of areas. Although at first it can take time to get up to speed, it’s definitely worth it after a while. There are so many opportunities to find your path and figure out where you want to be.