Pros: our factory met several goals, we had record low scrap, few osha occupational safety and health administration recordable's, the company participated in recycling, the drive to work was pleasant due to being able to use the carpool lane because it was before 6am.
Cons: the schedule working four 12hr shifts or days in a row were tough, we had the option to take 3 separate breaks but i often took my lunch break late, sometimes went without a break so that i could keep the tools full and running, being exposed to hazordus chemicals, sometimes i was not able to get enough sleep in to feel rested and refreshed.
I was an MA (manufacturer) in the Diffusion area. I worked on the day-shift, 6am-6pm. It consisted of working either Sun.-Wed. and then every other Wednesday off, OR Wed.-Sat. with every other Wednesday off. I was a certified trainer; which meant that I was qualified to train my fellow peers at different processes that I had knowledge of. If there were – more... any changes made to a process, either management or the process engineer would create a document to explain the change(s). We had to sign off using our ID, to let the computer system update our ID-account, to say we understood the changes made. I worked closely with the acid-hoods, otherwise known as "the cleans". This required me to maintain several pieces of equipment/acid-hoods; it consisted of having to drain tanks, clean and rinse them, then refill them with fresh chemicals (while wearing additional "acid-gear" protection), some tanks required tests to make sure that the tank was performing the way it should. The equipment was not considered "up & running", for product, while it was in this state. I also worked with furnaces; they were like oven's that baked, or processed, with a variety of chemicals for different amounts of time; each furnace/tube was not the same. This means that I had to be aware that the right kind of product was loaded into the furnace, and that the right recipe was loaded into both the computer system and the furnace equipment-system. The product I worked with were called, 12" wafers; some were more fragile than others, and some had special instructions to follow. There was a protocol to follow, RE: the order in which we were supposed to run our work. We used a system with 4 different levels of priority; we had to also take into consideration several other variables when deciding what needed ran next. We had to also know what tasks were coming up, either required for the MA's to do...or for the Maintenance team to do. Our factory was run by 4 different shifts; this means that we all had to give the following shift an overview of the day. – less