I got my foot-in-the-door-with an advanced technology manufacturing company

Bill's time with Retronix Semiconductor became a great experience for learning the manufacturing environment and culture of one of the world's most advanced technology companies before being taken on full time by the corporation.

Bill Kraus · 14 Jan 2019

Starting in April 2018, I completed 6 months working as a Quality Assurance Quality Control manager and 1 month as an Electrical Supervisor with Retronix Semiconductor. This prospect was initiated by Earnest Riley, who found my profile on LinkedIn and contacted me directly. Just the idea of doing a project for on the Ocotillo site was very exciting for me. This allowed me to get back to the top of my game in the semiconductor industry after being outsourced in 2007. My time with Retronix Semiconductor became a great experience for me to learn the manufacturing environment and Intel’s culture.

The best thing about working for Retronix Semiconductor is that it allowed me to showcase my Six Sigma Black Belt skills network in the high tech mainstream.

Ultimately this led to an offer from Intel as a blue badge employee.

I believe Retronix Semiconductor could improve upon communication with their contractors in regards to future prospects when contracts near closure to provide continuous income to their employees who need to provide for their families and cost of living. My advice to candidates and employees is to complete your degree and certifications so you can have a career in the high tech industry. My future plans are to become a value-added process engineer for Intel and ultimately retire from Intel! I would hope there is still an opportunity to work for Retronix Semiconductor again. Maybe even as a green badger at Intel again.

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