"ON Semiconductor is driving energy efficient innovations, empowering customers to reduce global energy use."

ON Semiconductor

Our Scholarships

Placement location Type of Placements Offered Restrictions/Notes
Bracknell, Berkshire

Any placements

2020/21 Scholarships

  • Multi-year agreement including bursaries, work placements and one-off attendance at Workshop
  • At least one new scholarship

Our Internships

2020/21 Internships

  • One-off summer placement at the end of your first/foundation year
  • We are not offering any new internships this year

Who we are and what we do

ON Semiconductor is driving energy efficient innovations, empowering customers to reduce global energy use. The company is a leading supplier of semiconductor-based solutions, offering a comprehensive portfolio of energy efficient power management, analogue, sensors, logic, timing, connectivity, discrete, SoC and custom devices. The company’s products help engineers solve their unique design challenges in automotive, communications, computing, consumer, industrial, medical, aerospace and defence applications. ON Semiconductor has design centres in key markets throughout North America, Europe and the Asia Pacific regions.

The Bracknell design centre researches and develops sensor products and processors for the Automotive Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and viewing markets. These markets are growing rapidly due to the new applications such as driver monitoring, e-mirror and 360-degree sensing. In addition, using its latest mmWave radar technology, we are uniquely positioned to provide sensor fusion solutions for next generation highly autonomous vehicles.

What you could be doing during your work placement

You will be part of a microelectronics sensor design and machine vision processing team working on next generation image sensors and processors for the automotive sector.  There are opportunities for undergraduates interested in the design activities done here including analogue, digital, verification, implementation and firmware.

Meet one of our UKESF Scholars

University of Southampton
Degree Course:
MEng Electronic Engineering with Artificial Intelligence

What appeals to you about Electronics?

I, like many, have always found it far easier to form an intuitive understanding of mechanical systems than electronic systems. This is the reason I tend to give when asked why I went into electronics. However, I think the real reason was that I watched the 2008 Iron Man film and wanted a garage like his. Having embarked upon my degree, I can’t see myself ever leaving the field. It so exciting, far-reaching and impactful; nothing else quite compares.

Why did you want a scholarship with ON Semiconductor?

I chose ON Semiconductor because of the UK design team and the work they do. They design image sensors for the automotive sector. A task made ever more interesting as manufacturers push for more autonomous cars requiring more advanced sensors. After a few hours spent with some of the team on the interview day, it was clear they had a huge wealth of experience while also being easygoing and brilliant teachers. The company was the icing on the cake, the market leader in a large number of sectors (including automotive image sensors) and simultaneously an Ethisphere World’s Most Ethical Company.

What type of work have you been involved with during your placement?

I have been given a huge amount of choice at the beginning of each placement, being offered projects across many disciplines. In my first year, I worked on automating the imaging lab and later worked on a sensor’s firmware. This year, I investigated the feasibility of a design change suggested for the platform’s health monitor. All these projects involved me solving real problems but problems without any time pressure. I enjoyed a large amount of autonomy, but everyone in the office made themselves available whenever I needed guidance. This was the perfect environment to foster learning; I continue to realise just how much I learnt on placement.

What are your hobbies and interests?

I rarely say no, which leads me into doing all manner of fun activities. My favourite of these at the moment is kitesurfing, a sport I will drop everything to do when the weather is good. Another of these activities is Southampton Robotics Outreach. This is a society which creates robot kits, teaches kids about robotics and hosts large competitions. I love all of this, especially the teaching.

Meet one of our Engineers

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Why I chose my degree programme

From an early age I always had a keen interest in understanding how things around me worked. I remember being mesmerised by people’s voices and images coming out of these boxes covered in dials and buttons; I could not make sense of it then but my father once told me it was all down to electronics. By the mid-90s, with the internet revolution, I learned the true potential of computers, a new world to be explored at a distance of a click. I knew I had to be part of it and so, at the age of fourteen, I started studying to become an electronics and computers technician. The following three years just reinforced my passion, I started repairing all sorts of electronic equipment and found the joys of computer programming and robotics. Mathematics and physics were always some of my favourite subjects at school so a degree in Electronic Engineering at university was the obvious choice. I was fortunate enough to have a work placement on my final year developing a wireless control platform for industrial sensors, this gave me an invaluable insight into the working world and its fast paced environment not to mention my first ever salary!

My experience at ON Semiconductor

During my professional career I have designed components that can be found in TVs, smartphones, cameras, cars, network equipment and even satellites in space. I feel that my work has shaped the way millions of people interact with technology and that gives me great satisfaction and further strengthens my determination to succeed. At ON Semiconductor I found the professional gratification of working for a company that devotes significant resources to research while at the same time bringing truly innovative products to the market. I’m currently involved with the architectural definition, design and verification of High Speed interfaces for automotive sensors used in next generation ADAS systems that are paving the way for truly autonomous vehicles. The core of my work is mixed-signal circuit design but I’m faced with daily challenges whose solutions require a great deal of creativity but also mastering multiple disciplines such as computer programming, statistical analysis and behavioral modelling to name a few.

What I enjoy outside work

On my spare time you might find me reading a book by a lake, recovering from exhaustion after a 5K run or photographing picturesque landscapes but it is when I’m at work that I’m changing the world…