Working at Intel: Embedded Systems Engineer

Working at Intel: Embedded Systems Engineer

By: Vincent Wong | Engineering Co-op Student
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Throughout my education, Co-op has played an important role in my learning experience and I was excited about the various career options I could approach. Initially, I wanted to find a biomedical Co-op placement related to my field of study, however, after my previous co-op experience at a biomedical startup LungPacer, I knew I needed more experience in design development with larger team.  

In my case, I applied for Intel which is the world’s largest and highest valued multinational semiconductor chip maker that specializes in processors and SSDs. I thought that through this experience I could not only hone my communication skills in a team, but also gain the necessary skills to prepare for my future career as a design engineer.  One of the benefits in working in a large company is that the amount of expertise and help is never lacking, and teamwork plays a large role in successful product development. Even though I had completed all three terms in my undergraduate, working at such a specialized company was invaluable to my learning.

At Intel, I worked as a Silicon Validation engineer which is mainly focused on systems validation. There is a well mix of hardware and software needed in the post-silicon stage of the development, and the diversity of technical skills needed to validate the silicon is well spread. I’ve had the privilege of scripting automation for Application Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) testing, worked with firmware and hardware validation by DMM.  I also worked with some state-of-the-art LeCroy and Logic Analyzer equipments to validate the product. Lastly, but most importantly, I had the chance to work on my ability to communicate my engineering thoughts clearly in a team, and honed my soft skills to work in the industry as a team player at Intel.

Overall, the experience at Intel of Canada has been the best and friendliest experience I ever had as a Co-op student here, because employees treat everyone with equal amount of respect. 

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Posted on November 18, 2013