In the lead up to International Women in Engineering Day on Sunday, 23 June, Intel Ireland’s Amy Nordon tells us why she decided to become an engineer and her role as Process Engineer at Fab 24.
Name: Amy Nordon
Role: Process Engineer, Fab 24, Intel Ireland
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.