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Rich Grise
electronics forum Guru


Joined: 24 Mar 2005
Posts: 3971

PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2006 1:27 am    Post subject: Re: Career in the Electronics industry? Reply with quote

On Sat, 15 Jul 2006 09:03:08 -0700, Ant_Magma wrote:

Quote:
Hi guys,

I've just graduated with a bachelor's degree in Electronics
Engineering. I believe many people in this discussion group works or
used to work in the Electronics/ Semicon industry. So i was hoping of
understanding more about the industry and seek some career advice.

I'm from Asia and the industry mostly consists of manufacturing with
some R&D. The positions open to fresh grads like us mostly consist of
Test Engineers, Yield Engineers, Equipment Engineers etc.

Where should i start? Based on your experiences what are the essential
skills and experiences that i have to equip myself, say in 3 years? In
a manufacturing industry, what path should i take to climb up the
ladder?


Where do you want to be 3 years from now, and what do you want to be
doing? Figure that out, and work backwards to today to find out what
to do first thing. ;-)

Read the want-ads, and pick one that sounds like fun, and is close
to where you live, and go apply. Or, you could shotgun - apply to
everybody, and see if anybody bites. ;-)

Good Luck!
Rich
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Ant_Magma
electronics forum Guru Wannabe


Joined: 14 Feb 2006
Posts: 101

PostPosted: Sun Jul 16, 2006 5:48 am    Post subject: Re: Career in the Electronics industry? Reply with quote

Thanks guys for your insight.
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keith
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Joined: 30 Apr 2005
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 16, 2006 12:22 am    Post subject: Re: Career in the Electronics industry? Reply with quote

In article <1152979388.588871.322840@m79g2000cwm.googlegroups.com>,
vcteo1@gmail.com says...
Quote:
Hi guys,

I've just graduated with a bachelor's degree in Electronics
Engineering. I believe many people in this discussion group works or
used to work in the Electronics/ Semicon industry. So i was hoping of
understanding more about the industry and seek some career advice.

I'm from Asia and the industry mostly consists of manufacturing with
some R&D. The positions open to fresh grads like us mostly consist of
Test Engineers, Yield Engineers, Equipment Engineers etc.

That's sorta normal. It's not unusual for the more exciting jobs
to go to those who have proven themselves in another position.
....but don't stay long.

Quote:
Where should i start? Based on your experiences what are the essential
skills and experiences that i have to equip myself, say in 3 years? In
a manufacturing industry, what path should i take to climb up the
ladder?

Manufacturing? You've named many of these positions. If you want
to go into development, design verification might be a good place
to start. It's not the most glamorous work, but there are usually
jobs open. In any case, prove yourself where you find work and
then move according to your interests, which may change as you
broaden yourself.

--
Keith
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Stanislaw Flatto
electronics forum addict


Joined: 10 Sep 2005
Posts: 74

PostPosted: Sat Jul 15, 2006 11:31 pm    Post subject: Re: Career in the Electronics industry? Reply with quote

Ant_Magma wrote:
Quote:
Hi guys,

I've just graduated with a bachelor's degree in Electronics
Engineering. I believe many people in this discussion group works or
used to work in the Electronics/ Semicon industry. So i was hoping of
understanding more about the industry and seek some career advice.

I'm from Asia and the industry mostly consists of manufacturing with
some R&D. The positions open to fresh grads like us mostly consist of
Test Engineers, Yield Engineers, Equipment Engineers etc.

Where should i start? Based on your experiences what are the essential
skills and experiences that i have to equip myself, say in 3 years? In
a manufacturing industry, what path should i take to climb up the
ladder?

Many thanks in advance.

Not to "piss on your parade" but the situation in the ?Industry? changed

dramatically from the times past.
Then it was "What the other side does, lets do one better!" and budgets
and workplaces were competing daily.
So good brains with wide problem solving experience were important.
Today we arrived at stage where "Engineer knows everything about nothing
and merchant knows nothing about everything"
So choose one.

Good luck

Stanislaw
Slack user from Ulladulla.
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Joerg
electronics forum Guru


Joined: 05 May 2005
Posts: 3533

PostPosted: Sat Jul 15, 2006 8:59 pm    Post subject: Re: Career in the Electronics industry? Reply with quote

Ant_Magma wrote:

Quote:
John Larkin wrote:


First, what do you want to do? Do you find any aspects of the
technology interesting, or are you more pragmatically interested in a
job and income as ends in themselves? Do you want to be a technologist
or a manager or a business owner in the end?

And most important, what are your apparent talents?

John


Well, in the end hopefully i'll end up with the more commercial side of
the business. The business part excites me more than the technical side
of it.


Then I'd lean more towards a career in sales. Seriously. In most

companies those are the guys that climb the ladder. Although I did get
to run a division for several years until we were bought that was quite
unusual, most others in town in similar ranks either had a sales or a
finance background.


Quote:
Rene Tschaggelar wrote:


After graduation, do whatever you feel like. When
it becomes boring, proceed to the next. So after
10 years or so you should have seen a bit of
the industry. Forget the ladder for now. It doesn't
start before 35 or so. Get experience on the job now.

Rene
--
Ing.Buero R.Tschaggelar - http://www.ibrtses.com
& commercial newsgroups - http://www.talkto.net


Yes, i agree. But i also hope that i'm starting at the correct path. Is
there any specific technical knowledge or skills that i have to be good
at? Such as 6 SIGMA? (saw the term quite often, haven't googled on it
yet, just casually asking)


Much of that QC and finance stuff is just buzzwords, for the most part.
Hardcore "getting things done" experience is what really counts. IOW, a
track record.

--
Regards, Joerg

http://www.analogconsultants.com
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Ant_Magma
electronics forum Guru Wannabe


Joined: 14 Feb 2006
Posts: 101

PostPosted: Sat Jul 15, 2006 8:16 pm    Post subject: Re: Career in the Electronics industry? Reply with quote

John Larkin wrote:

Quote:
First, what do you want to do? Do you find any aspects of the
technology interesting, or are you more pragmatically interested in a
job and income as ends in themselves? Do you want to be a technologist
or a manager or a business owner in the end?

And most important, what are your apparent talents?

John

Well, in the end hopefully i'll end up with the more commercial side of
the business. The business part excites me more than the technical side
of it.


Rene Tschaggelar wrote:

Quote:
After graduation, do whatever you feel like. When
it becomes boring, proceed to the next. So after
10 years or so you should have seen a bit of
the industry. Forget the ladder for now. It doesn't
start before 35 or so. Get experience on the job now.

Rene
--
Ing.Buero R.Tschaggelar - http://www.ibrtses.com
& commercial newsgroups - http://www.talkto.net

Yes, i agree. But i also hope that i'm starting at the correct path. Is
there any specific technical knowledge or skills that i have to be good
at? Such as 6 SIGMA? (saw the term quite often, haven't googled on it
yet, just casually asking)
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John Larkin
electronics forum Guru


Joined: 29 Apr 2005
Posts: 4320

PostPosted: Sat Jul 15, 2006 4:29 pm    Post subject: Re: Career in the Electronics industry? Reply with quote

On 15 Jul 2006 09:03:08 -0700, "Ant_Magma" <vcteo1@gmail.com> wrote:

Quote:
Hi guys,

I've just graduated with a bachelor's degree in Electronics
Engineering. I believe many people in this discussion group works or
used to work in the Electronics/ Semicon industry. So i was hoping of
understanding more about the industry and seek some career advice.

I'm from Asia and the industry mostly consists of manufacturing with
some R&D. The positions open to fresh grads like us mostly consist of
Test Engineers, Yield Engineers, Equipment Engineers etc.

Where should i start? Based on your experiences what are the essential
skills and experiences that i have to equip myself, say in 3 years? In
a manufacturing industry, what path should i take to climb up the
ladder?

Many thanks in advance.

First, what do you want to do? Do you find any aspects of the
technology interesting, or are you more pragmatically interested in a
job and income as ends in themselves? Do you want to be a technologist
or a manager or a business owner in the end?

And most important, what are your apparent talents?

John
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Rene Tschaggelar
electronics forum Guru


Joined: 24 Mar 2005
Posts: 540

PostPosted: Sat Jul 15, 2006 4:27 pm    Post subject: Re: Career in the Electronics industry? Reply with quote

Ant_Magma wrote:
Quote:
Hi guys,

I've just graduated with a bachelor's degree in Electronics
Engineering. I believe many people in this discussion group works or
used to work in the Electronics/ Semicon industry. So i was hoping of
understanding more about the industry and seek some career advice.

I'm from Asia and the industry mostly consists of manufacturing with
some R&D. The positions open to fresh grads like us mostly consist of
Test Engineers, Yield Engineers, Equipment Engineers etc.

Where should i start? Based on your experiences what are the essential
skills and experiences that i have to equip myself, say in 3 years? In
a manufacturing industry, what path should i take to climb up the
ladder?

After graduation, do whatever you feel like. When
it becomes boring, proceed to the next. So after
10 years or so you should have seen a bit of
the industry. Forget the ladder for now. It doesn't
start before 35 or so. Get experience on the job now.

Rene
--
Ing.Buero R.Tschaggelar - http://www.ibrtses.com
& commercial newsgroups - http://www.talkto.net
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Ant_Magma
electronics forum Guru Wannabe


Joined: 14 Feb 2006
Posts: 101

PostPosted: Sat Jul 15, 2006 4:03 pm    Post subject: Career in the Electronics industry? Reply with quote

Hi guys,

I've just graduated with a bachelor's degree in Electronics
Engineering. I believe many people in this discussion group works or
used to work in the Electronics/ Semicon industry. So i was hoping of
understanding more about the industry and seek some career advice.

I'm from Asia and the industry mostly consists of manufacturing with
some R&D. The positions open to fresh grads like us mostly consist of
Test Engineers, Yield Engineers, Equipment Engineers etc.

Where should i start? Based on your experiences what are the essential
skills and experiences that i have to equip myself, say in 3 years? In
a manufacturing industry, what path should i take to climb up the
ladder?

Many thanks in advance.
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