MEET OUR PEOPLE: GLOBALFOUNDRIES

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  • Posted 10 months ago
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GLOBALFOUNDRIES’ mission is to to bring global resources together to unleash their customers’ potential to innovate and create amazing new things together with them.

Meet three of their employees and see what they have to say about working at GLOBALFOUNDRIES.

FARHANA MEHNAS

SENIOR ENGINEER, MODULE ENGINEERING

Only on the job training can fully prepare you for what’s in store for you at your new job. So join an organization with a positive mindset to learn and do not be intimidated by intial hurdles!  

My company and my job

 “GLOBALFOUNDRIES is a leading wafer foundry manufacturer. We make integrated circuits on silicon wafers for our customers that eventually go into chips in mobile phones, computers, cars and even cash cards that we use every day. My role as a process engineer with the implant department requires me to optimise processes to meet the production needs.”

How I got my job

“After I applied for a position in GLOBALFOUNDRIES, I had to go through a two-phase selection process. Firstly, I was called for a mass interview which itself had two stages of preliminary interviews for shortlisting. After a week, I was called for a second-round interview for a process engineer job in the implant department, which assessed me more on my leadership and technical skills. The willingness to take up the challenging role despite being a new graduate, I felt, gave me an edge over the others.”

The highs and lows

“The nature of my job is such that, almost on a daily basis, I encounter different spectrum of problems to be settled. This makes my work interesting and keeps my mind active. The most challenging aspect of this job is to troubleshoot electrical test (ETEST) issues, or customer feedback which requires solving the problem within a short timeframe. However, the contentment achieved when a case is successfully solved is the major source of motivation which keeps me going in this job.”

My happiest moment at work

“My happiest moment at work was solving a mysterious yield problem based on the feedback from a customer. It resulted from a minor drift in the performance of a tool which affected numerous production lots. The problem solving took about two weeks as the source of the problem was undetectable and it took a breakthrough finding to crack the case. I received commendations from the customer regarding the finding and the detailed illustration was exceptional despite this originating from a problem!”

Training and support 

In GLOBALFOUNDRIES, we have an entire department dedicated to training. There is a schedule sent out in email on a monthly basis for employees to choose the training they would like to attend. The courses range from technical skills to personal development or even online e-learning. All the bosses encourage their employees to attend any of the training courses that they have chosen. When I first joined GLOBALFOUNDRIES, I was sent for basic semiconductor e-learning and training on the software that process engineers are required to use in our work.”

Work-life balance

“During lunch hours, numerous beneficial lunch talks are organised to keep our minds fresh. In addition, there are also lunch hour yoga classes and zumba classes to keep us fit. There are also regular jogging sessions after work, organised so that we can build close bonds with our colleagues outside of work. Various weekend outings are organised on a company level in which we can bring our family members along and enjoy the day.

Apart from these activities, colleagues also showed a personal touch and rendered all their support when I was a “newbie” which made me feel comfortable settling into my new job, and encouraged me to persevere until I fully mastered my job.”

Some advice

“Knowledge from textbooks only provide you with fundamental understanding. Only on-the-job training can fully prepare you for what’s in store for you at your new job. So join an organisation with a positive mindset to learn and do not be intimidated by initial hurdles!”

LAU FU LONG

ENGINEER INTEGRATION & YIELD ENGINEERING

He believes in following one’s passion, and chasing the rainbow in life.

 

My company and my job

 “My role as a product engineer in GLOBALFOUNDRIES involves the monitoring of wafer yields and also finding ways to continuously improve the yields. Whenever we encounter low wafer yields, we need to analyse the inline data to find out what went wrong during the fabrication process.

If there is a fault during wafer fabrication, we will then work with the process engineers to find out the root cause that led to the low yield. From there, we then provide possible solutions and prevention methods. This minimises the risk of more wafers getting scrapped due to low yield, thus saving money for the company.

Product engineers also contribute to yield improvement activities in the fab. This can be either through defect reduction, or process parameters control in the wafer fabrication process. The continuous yield improving is critical as it allows our company to produce better wafer quality.”

How I got my job

“I had a round of interviews with my company’s yield enhancement/product engineering hiring managers. They assessed me based on my technical skills, communication skills, and attitude. I think the most challenging part of the interview was answering questions on the wafer fabrication process as it involves both chemistry and physics knowledge – fields that are very wide and deep.

I was perhaps offered the job because of my positive attitude, passion towards the semiconductor field, and perseverance.”

The highs and lows

“What I enjoy most about my job is being able to bring up a product’s yield that meets the customer’s expectation. My happiest moment so far is probably when our team was complimented by our customer for our good product yield improvement during the quarterly engineering review.

In order to bring up a product’s yield, we typically start off by identifying the major factor which contributed to the yield loss, then work towards a yield improvement plan. Upon implementation, expected yield improvement usually ranges between 0.2% – 2%.

However, it can be quite demoralising when our plans don’t work well as we’ll have to re-do our analysis again.

Training and support

“I think GLOBALFOUNDARIES provides a very intensive and extensive training for its graduate employees. The training helped me to bridge the gap between theory and industrial application. Furthermore, there is a mentor assigned to guide me during my first year in the company. He not only guided me in my course of work, but was also willing to share his knowledge with me. Over time, under his mentorship, I am now able to take up projects independently.”

Work-life balance

“GLOBALFOUNDRIES has made the effort to promote work-life balance by funding every department with a sum of money to organise quarterly team-bonding activities. I have helped to organise a dragon boat event and a BBQ family day for our department.

During these events, we have fun and get to know our colleagues better. It also encourages cross-cultural exchanges between colleagues as GLOBALFOUNDRIES is a multinational company with staff members from around the globe.”

Some advice

“Follow your passion and chase the rainbow in your life. If you are keen to be an engineer, note that the learning curve can be steep at first, but with determination and willingness to learn, you will eventually be able to master it.”

GOH SZU HUAT

MANAGER, TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT, DIAGNOSTIC ENGINEERING

Always hungry for knowledge, and prepared to work extremely hard to discover his strengths and build a career around them.

 

My company and my job

GLOBALFOUNDRIES is the world’s first full-service semiconductor fabrication plant with a truly global footprint – based in Silicon Valley with manufacturing operations in New York, Vermont, Germany and Singapore.

Technology Development plays an important role as part of an integrated advanced manufacturing ecosystem. It has to stay abreast of global trends and constantly seek to develop leading edge, niche and differentiated technologies to grow the company portfolio.

The semiconductor industry is highly competitive and in order to meet demands for faster product time-to-market, when an integrated circuit (IC) fails after evaluation, it is imperative that the failure mode be replicated, diagnosed and the root cause resolved in a timely and effective manner. In the face of complex issues that cannot be resolved using conventional means of failure analysis, my role in product diagnostic engineering is to couple knowledge from manufacturing, test, design and custom failure analysis methods to institute new ways and approaches to overcome the challenge. This troubleshooting process in the IC value chain is critical.

How I got my job

“I was accepted into a GLOBALFOUNDRIES (then known as Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing)-NUS co-sponsored PhD programme. To better prepare the students for transition into the wafer fabrication industry, GLOBALFOUNDRIES has a comprehensive training programme that comprises of classroom sessions on the semiconductor manufacturing process and hands-on site tours. This learning opportunity provided me a solid technical foundation and head-start to discover my career direction. With a decisive and equipped mind, I am able to land on the job of my choice. I strongly encourage aspiring post-graduate students to leverage such industrial programmes.”

The highs and lows

“For me, motivation at work revolves around one thing – the people. I am fortunate to be working among a group of energetic and like-minded engineers. I take pride in solving challenging problems together as a team and growing with them. We celebrate success together and over time, developed a sense of professional identity, and confidence. This helps to fuel the momentum to get us through difficult roadblocks.”

My happiest moment at work

“After 3 years into my first role in yield engineering, I proposed a pioneering approach to resolve complex device failures leveraging a combined effort from semiconductor test and electrical failure analysis. My department head was very supportive of the idea and offered me the opportunity to establish a small team to implement the idea. We collaborated with a local SME to co-develop a dynamic fault localisation tool and became the first foundry in the world to adopt this debug method for complex circuit failures. The success resonated with the other fabs in GLOBALFOUNDRIES as well as competitor foundries and the methodology has since been adopted as an industry standard. It is certainly rewarding to be able to contribute to the industry.”

Training and support

“The learning and development (L&OD) department in GLOBALFOUNDRIES manages a training calendar which is published online for employees to sign up. It encompasses a wide spectrum of topics relating to microelectronics at intermediate and advanced levels. The trainers comprise experienced technical staff from the company and hence, the content are highly relevant. Besides such on-site trainings, other programmess to fulfil higher level learning needs include the industrial postgraduate and education assistance programmes.”

Work-life balance

“I believe that each of us should work to exceed the expectations of our customers. The work may be tough, but as engineers, there is nothing more satisfying that solving problems, and overcoming challenges! Of course, we don’t just work hard, we also enjoy time together with colleagues through social activities as well as sports events organised by our HR department.”

Some advice

“Stay hungry for knowledge. Be prepared to work extremely hard for the first few years to discover your strengths and build your career around it.”

(This article was originally published on GradSingapore.com)

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