A day in the life of a process engineer
Teoh Mooi Kun lives a highly mechanised lifestyle, taking care of production lines in a microchip factory.
I wake up, take a bath, and then drive to the office. I either work on swing shift from Sunday to Thursday, or normal office hours from Tuesday to Saturday. A normal working day, like this one, will have heavy traffic. Since the company is located in Kedah, my weekends fall on Friday and Saturday.
I reach the car park and walk to the office.
I check the status of machines, put on hold lots and update operations. I also prepare an update for the meeting.
The meeting takes place along the production line. I need to go in 10 minutes earlier to put on a cleanroom suit in order to enter the production line. This is to protect our products from particles that can ‘kill’ the devices.
I follow up on the daily issues after the morning meeting. If there was a major issue, I would be required to give an update in the 8.45am production meeting which is attended by all modules.
As there were no line issues today, I leave the production line and return to the office. I start checking emails, attending meetings and appointments, checking the process control chart, planning projects and looking into line issues, and performing disposition. If there was a major issue, I would be required to give an update in the 8.45am production meeting which is attended by all modules.
Time for lunch. I will go out to have lunch with my colleagues today as there was no process control release board (PCRB) to release new recipes, tools, processes, parts etc (this only happens on Tuesday and Thursday). On the days when there is a PCRB release, I will have lunch in the cafeteria or ask my colleagues to buy food for me when they go out to lunch.
I continue my daily work which involves meetings, discussions, doing paperwork or running tests on the production line.
I prepare reports for issues which I need to give updates about at the next morning meeting. The manager or module director may get updates from time to time if there are urgent issues. Sometimes, I urgently need to complete the task in half an hour as my manager may need to use the report in a meeting.
No major issues today -- Yeah!!! -- so I finish my work and go home.
I watch online dramas and catch up with friends on Facebook or Yahoo Messenger.
This article first appeared in doctorjob's coursesNOW! ICT 2010.