International Women in Engineering Day, which is celebrated on June 23rd, is an international awareness campaign to raise the profile of women in engineering and focus attention on the amazing career opportunities available to women and girls in this exciting industry.
At Intel, we are focusing on global diversity and inclusion to create a more inclusive workforce and we are more committed than ever to ensuring that we have an inclusive culture everywhere around world. That means creating a sense of belonging and instilling a culture where employees can bring their full experiences and authentic selves to work while enjoying rewarding careers. Engineers play a vital role in the Intel workforce, operating at the heart of our cutting edge manufacturing and design activities around the world, and we are proud to celebrate our many female engineers on International Women in Engineering Day.
To coincide with International Women in Engineering Day we caught up with Amy Nordon, who is a Process Engineer in Fab 24 in Ireland, to find our about her experiences in engineering;
1. Why did you decide to become an engineer?
I did not make a conscious decision to become an engineer, I always enjoyed STEM subjects at school so I decided to study science at college and then continued on to complete a PhD in chemistry thinking that I would choose a career in research or academia. However, during those four years working towards my PhD I learned so much about problem solving and enjoyed collaborating with others that I began to think about a career in industry. I applied for a process engineering role in Intel and have been working there ever since.
2. What for you are the most interesting aspects of engineering?
As a process engineer the most interesting aspect of my job is that no two days are the same, there is always a new problem to solve or a process to try to improve. Some issues can be resolved quite quickly and others can take teams of engineers weeks or months to come up with a suitable solution so there is never a chance to get bored and there is always something interesting to work on. I also enjoy the fact that I am always learning and also get the chance to develop new skills.
3. What skills do you need to become a good engineer?
In my experience, some of the best engineers I have worked with have a number of things in common – they are open minded when faced with a problem, they are good listeners and communicators and they are good critical thinkers. Engineers are basically problem solvers, and some problems require a lot of engineers to solve them so team work is also very important.
4. What or who inspires you?
The people I work with everyday inspire me, we work in a 24/7 factory and it amazes me how we can keep it running and solve the numerous complex problems that arise every day by working as a team.
5. What can be done to encourage more people to explore careers in engineering?
Traditionally we associate engineering with people who are good at maths or physics but there are so many different types of engineers and engineering roles in a wide range of industries and I think this needs to be communicated to kids and young adults who are considering what they would like to do when they leave school. Outreach programs are a great way of getting this message out to those who may otherwise not consider a career in engineering.
Earlier this year Intel Ireland and Engineers Ireland announced a new partnership to foster STEM skills development in Ireland.
The strategic partnership between Intel and the professional membership body for engineers in Ireland will focus on encouraging and inspiring the next generation of engineering talent in Ireland by collaborating on the Engineers Ireland STEPS programme, the only national full-time STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) outreach programme with a focus on engineering.
The STEPS programme aims to encourage and educate future generations of engineers by supporting industry and community leaders to engage with primary and secondary school pupils through a number of hands-on workshops and programmes.
Speaking about the new partnership, Ann-Marie Holmes, Factory Manager at Fab24 and Vice President of Intel’s Manufacturing and Operations Group, said: “At Intel, engineers are at the very heart of everything that we do. The products that we make, and the technologies in the world around us that those products enable, would simply not exist without the ingenuity, creativity and dedication of engineers. We are delighted to embark on this new strategic partnership with Engineers Ireland to further boost the pipeline of STEM talent in Ireland and to ensure that both girls and boys are provided with the opportunity to engage in all that the world of engineering has to offer. We are particularly proud to support the STEPS programme and the encouragement it provides in the class room in the early years of education – this is a vital part of building the foundations of a lifelong interest or a career in STEM”.
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