Pros: Benefits, Long Breaks, Friendly Co-Workers, Good maintenance team
Cons: Management lacked knowledge of machines and operations
12 Hour shifts - 3-4 Days a week in a clean room for a micro electronic semi-conductor fab. Hours 7pm to 7am
Learned the processes of how microchips are created. Got certified on every machine in my department that adds to the process of creating microchips. Went a little above and took on some extra position such as the safety 5S rep. Recipe creating on some of the computers that didn't have the proper recipes to measure residual metal thickness on computer chip wafers. Learned the basic and a little advanced maintenance on maintaining tools and keeping them running.
Management was fairly decent. Managers were rotated or newly hired every year so some lacked knowledge of their departments, but were a pleasure to work with for their people skills. Always open for ideas and easy to talk to with concerns and problems.
Co-workers were friendly, pleasure to work with, most had strong work ethics.
Hardest part of the job was adjusting my schedule on my days off. I worked a shift from 7pm to 7am 3 days a week, alternating 4 days a week every other week. Sometimes trying to switch back to a day schedule on my days off were a bit of a challenge on those long work rotations.
Most enjoyable part of the job was the job itself. I really enjoyed what we did. I found the job very interesting and there were always things to do. I enjoyed it so much that I made it my mission to learn every machine set in our department inside and out. I had a good relationship with the maintenance team and from that I learned far more than just the basics of running the machines, but also having the ability to bring them back up when minor problems had occurred. That also made the job enjoyable.