During the Summer of 2016, I interned at Seagate Technology located in Korat, Thailand.
I worked in the Metrology Department of Slider Operations.
First thought that came to mind: " Wow! This place is huge!"
It was a very eye-opening experience because it was my first time inside such a large-scale manufacturing facility! The process flow for production had a rather steep learning curve, but I got through it because there was always someone who was willing to help. I was surprised to learn about the immense number of processes that are involved in the production of hard disk drives!
I worked on two projects during my time as an intern. Both projects aimed to improved performance of an interferometry machine, and both achieved its goal. Furthermore, my first project showed 100% improvement in machine performance!
The projects followed the DMAIC Framework: Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, and Control. I learned about many Six Sigma techniques, as well as performing FMEA (Failure Mode and Effects Analysis). For the first time, I was introduced to hands on data collection!
It was so exciting to be able to use the skills that I learned in a classroom on a real project. I utilized statistical analysis techniques, as well as my coding knowledge: I wrote two programs, one to aid machine calibration, and another to display and evaluate machine statistics. Most importantly, I developed my problem solving skills, in addition to cultivating engineering intuition!
This is me getting dressed to enter the Cleanroom. It definitely took a while to get used to!
What amazed me about the factory was how incredibly orderly it was. Every process had a well-thought-out procedure, and everything was really organized. Well, this was definitely necessary in order to keep its 10,000+ employees on the same page!
Not every lesson I learned at Seagate was related to engineering. On a daily basis, I coordinated with supervisors, engineers, technicians, and operators in the assembly line. I got to know some of them really well, and being able to talk to and share my experiences with them was something simply invaluable,
I cannot be more thankful for my time as an intern at Seagate!