#GradStories Jonathan Cahill, Manufacturing Technician, Intel
What is your name, job title and employer?
I'm Jonathan Cahill, I'm a manufacturing technician for Intel in Leixlip.
What are the main tasks you do in your job in a normal week?
My job involves maintaining a toolset. So, there's numerous toolsets throughout the factory and I'm in charge of maintaining the tools within my area. On a daily basis I'm basically in charge of carrying out maintenance which is just the day-to-day maintenance carried out to ensure the toolsets stays healthy and reliable. I'm in charge of troubleshooting any unforeseen issues that happens on the toolset.
What skills do you need to be successful in your role?
I work in a smaller area within Intel so we're kind of like our own separate entity in Intel in fab 24. In my little area etch, there's five on my team and we have to obviously convey what happened to the other shift, shift B and we have to convey to the engineers what happened.
What do you love about your job?
It’s very interesting and it's a challenging environment to work in. No day is the same and also there's very a good work-life balance in Intel so although you do work shift and a lot of time I could be working nights, I do have plenty of time off to do my hobbies and what I enjoy outside of work.
How did you get into your job?
I went to college in Tallaght and I studied mechanical engineering and I always was quite mechanically minded. I like working with my hands and stuff like that. I had a few friends who actually worked in intel and there were speakers who would come to Tallaght IT and they talked to you about the job and I just thought it really sounds like a place where I’d fit in.
What skills should students develop if they are interested in this area?
I think communication is a real strong skill to have if you're going to work in this area. If you're doing any projects in college or you're doing any presentations, work on that. Make sure you're comfortable explaining yourself to people because when you're working here there might be a situation where it's very important that you can explain in a concise manner what the situation is and what the plan is and how you’re going to tackle it.