TOUCH WITH INDUSTRY
by Philip Augustine
Kulim, Malaysia (May 09, 2004) – One of the first
lessons many fresh graduates learn upon entering the
employment market is the fact that there are more job seekers
than jobs available.
In a highly competitive environment, any extra skills that a
graduate possesses will give him an edge over the others.
Realising the need to empower students with the necessary
experience that will give them a boot-up in the field,
Silterra Malaysia Sdn Bhd offers both undergraduate and
postgraduate internships in the semiconductor industry.
As one of Malaysia's wafer foundry service providers, Silterra
not only lets students work with advanced technology, but also
conducts training, education and continuous learning for both
staff and interns.
As a result of its good partnerships with local universities,
Silterra offers students in engineering, physics and chemistry
a chance to become interns for a period of two-and half to six
LIGHT YEARS AHEAD: (from left) Alfy, Soon Aik, Izaham,
Michelle and Azrin pose in their bunny suits in the cleanroom
of Silterra Malaysia where they are currently undergoing their
"The undergraduate and postgraduate internships are
targeted at recognised university students and fresh graduates
who have the desire and aptitude to undergo practical training
in the wafer fabrication field," says the company's
training and development section head, Lena Tan.
She explains that the undergraduate internship provides
hands-on experience using state-of-the-art technology.
Students will be assigned to specific modules while working on
related projects. Students will be paid an allowance of RM500
a month during the internship.
The postgraduate programme is targeted at research in any
field of interest relevant to the industry, and students will
conduct full-time Masters By Research at Silterra for a
minimum of 1 year (not applicable for PhD candidates) with the
project title to be jointly agreed by Silterra and the
university. Postgraduate interns will be paid a monthly
allowance of RM2,100.
"My lecturer encouraged me to do an internship at
Silterra as it would give me good practical training with a
high-tech company," says Alfy Merican Ahmad Hambaly, a
final year Electrical Engineering student from Universiti
Teknologi Mara (UiTM) who will finish his internship at the
end of the month.
"Before I came to Silterra, I was really shy but being
able to talk to the senior engineers and ask them a lot of
questions has improved my confidence," adds the
24-year-old, saying that regular Toastmaster sessions offered
in the company have also improved his public speaking skills.
Alfy, who says making new friends is just another incentive of
the programme, undergoes training at Silterra's diffusion
department together with his coursemate Mohammad Azrin Daud,
26, also from UiTM.
"It's amazing to see technology in action as we involve
ourselves in all the stages of semiconductor
manufacturing," enthuses Mohammad Azrin who has had
previous experience as an assistant engineer in Canada.
For Michelle Wong Poh Ling and Chew Soon Aik, their
postgraduate internships turned out to be even better when
they were recently employed as Process Integration Engineers
"Even though we were never bonded to the company, I feel
privileged to work in a very conducive learning environment
where the latest technology is used," says Michelle, 26,
who completed her Masters in Material Engineering with
Hoping to be part of Silterra someday, 25-year-old Izahan
Syemylona from Universiti Tenaga Nasional is currently working
on her thesis to complete her Masters in Engineering.
"I have developed better analytical skills which
contribute a lot to my research based work. I like the
hands-on environment that allows you to fully utilise what you
Other programmes at Silterra include field trips to the
company's main site in Kulim Hi-Tech Park, Kedah. In addition,
the company also launched the Young Malaysian Graduate
Programme in 2000
Under this programme, Silterra hires top Malaysian engineering
graduates to be sent to LSI Logic, Gresham, USA for one year
During internship, a training plan is prepared for the
candidate. Silterra monitors the progress of the graduates
through weekly and monthly reports and also during performance
For more information on the internship programmes, visit
Silterra's website at www.silterra.com or contact Lena at
Silterra Malaysia Sdn. Bhd.:
Market demand driven, SilTerra Malaysia Sdn Bhd is a
semiconductor wafer foundry offering major foundry compatible
CMOS logic, high-voltage and mixed-signal/RF technologies down
to 0.13-micron feature size. This includes complete,
competitive contract manufacturing for fabless and IDM
customers’ designs. SilTerra’s wafer fab has a design
capacity of 40,000 eight-inch wafers per month.
vigilant, SilTerra delivers award winning, world-class
performance to its customers seeking flexible capacity,
competitive advantages and around the clock customer support.
SilTerra is ISO 9001:2000 and ISO 14001 certified. Founded in
1995, the company’s headquarters and factory are located in
Malaysia’s Kulim High-Tech Park, and SilTerra has sales and
marketing offices in San Jose (California) and Hsinchu
(Taiwan). For additional information on SilTerra or its
services, please visit www.silterra.com.
Koh Meng Kong
+6-012-491-0425 (Cell phone)
Lu Ping Chiang
Tel : +886-3-574-1587 (o)