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Mechanical Engineer Darren Kenna speaks about his role at Intel

National Engineers Week takes place this year from March 2nd – 8th. The week-long festival of nationwide events, of which Intel is a proud supporter, celebrates the world of engineering. To coincide with Engineers Week, Intel Ireland will this week share our #IAMANENGINEER campaign which captures the diverse and dynamic world of engineering through the eyes of a number of different Intel engineers.  Next in the series is Mechanical Engineer Darren Kenna who speaks about his role at Intel.



Hi, my name is Darren Kenna and I’m a Mechanical Engineer. I work as an Equipment and Process Engineering in the Wet Etch department of Intel Ireland.

My job has many different aspects, ranging from equipment trouble shooting, repair and upgrade, to cost and part management and to project management.

In wet etch we use chemicals, water and nitrogen to clean and dry large disks of microprocessors. For this to happen we use large machines with multiple robots to move disks of microprocessors through the tool. We also use complex plumbing systems to flow chemicals, water and nitrogen on to the disks. To ensure that we can produce enough microprocessors, we have many of these machines.

In order to keep the quality of the microprocessors the same, it is my responsibility to ensure that the machines are kept clean and that they perform the same steps over and over again without error or deviation. To make this happen, I need to monitor and analyse digital sensor data, analyse weekly quality checks and review and understand any errors that occurred on the machines. I also need to investigate methods and procedures to improve how the tool functions and performs its tasks, and rigorously track, organise and optimise the machines’ preventative maintenance (service) schedule.

I have two favourite aspects of my job. The first is that I get to meet, interact and work with engineers from four different Intel factories and two different companies from all around the world. Secondly, when a mechanical or mechatronic issue occurs on a machine, I need to investigate and find a cause for the issue, very similar to an aircraft crash investigator.

My training as a Mechanical Engineer has given me the skills to complete a number of different roles at Intel. These roles have included: maintenance engineer; equipment engineer; process engineer; project manager; engineering manager; and installation and qualification engineer and coordinator.

In school, my favourite subjects were engineering, maths and technical graphics. I studied for my B.Eng in mechanical engineering in IT Tallaght, and started working in Intel as a Manufacturing Technician, moving into an Equipment and Process Engineering Role a few years later. While working in Intel, I completed an M.Eng in DCU, and I am also a member of Engineers Ireland and the Project Management Institute.



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