To coincide with International Day of the Girl on October 11th, we caught up with Jannet Tsang who joined Intel in September 2020 as a process engineer in our Planar Oxide team. Jannet chats about her experiences as a woman in technology, her upcoming assignment in the United States, and the advice she gives to the next generation of women engineers.
In 2011, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution to declare October 11th as the International Day of the Girl Child, to recognise girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world. The theme for International Day of the Girl Child 2021 is ‘Digital generation’. Our generation’, calling for equal access to the internet and digital devices for girls.
Job Role: Planar Process Engineer
Engineering Discipline: Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering
Why did you choose to study engineering?
I had many interests in secondary school – some of my favourite subjects were Maths, Chemistry, Music, French, and Accounting. Of course, there aren’t many careers (if any) which covered all of these interests, so I narrowed down my career options to something in the STEM field. This made the most sense to me because I had always enjoyed problem-solving and learning about the way things work. I was stuck between choosing Science or Engineering. What really helped me in making the final decision was when my school invited past pupils to discuss their studies/careers in STEM. I was fascinated by the practical aspect of engineering and the many different types of engineering streams to explore.
Describe your current job role?
I work in the Planar department as a process engineer. The Planar area has toolsets that use Chemical Mechanical Planarisation technology as part of the semiconductor manufacturing process. I’m a layer owner which involves maintaining a fleet of 10 tools and ensuring these tools run efficiently. This role involves daily sustaining tasks such as data collection and analysis, review of daily metrics and troubleshooting when issues arise. The current process is running high-yield technology. In addition to sustaining tasks, I get the opportunity to run projects/pilots to drive continuous improvement on the process.
What projects are you working on right now?
In the coming year, Intel will be bringing its most advanced process node – Intel 4 – to Leixlip. To prepare for this start-up, I’ve been given the opportunity to go on a 9-month assignment to Intel’s D1 technology development site in Portland, Oregon. This new process has never run in high-volume manufacturing before. The goal of the assignment is to observe the new Intel 4 technology, consult with the technology development engineers in D1 and bring this knowledge back to the Leixlip site to ensure a successful technology transfer. This is a very exciting time for Intel and I’m looking forward to this challenge.
What’s the best thing about being an engineer?
Being an engineer may be challenging at times, but it’s also very rewarding. I get to work with a lot of people from different backgrounds on a daily basis. The environment is fast-paced, and your daily/weekly tasks can vary greatly. There is also plenty of opportunity to learn new things as we encounter new issues and come up with different ideas to resolve them.
What advice would you give to someone who’s thinking of studying engineering?
Give it a try! Most courses offer a general year which introduces different types of engineering before specialising in a specific stream. Keep an open mind and give all the streams a fair chance. If you’re interested in learning more, don’t be afraid to reach out to others further along in their engineering studies/careers – this really helped me in choosing a discipline.
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