Job Title: Analog Designer
Why Electrical and Electronic Engineering?
My high school offered Technological Studies, a set of courses which cover various engineering topics. I took the Standard Grade course out of interest and really took to the subject, especially the electronics sections. Around the same time, during a PSHE lesson we were given links to some about career choices, one of which focused on engineering. I was really intrigued by the range of sectors that existed. The combination of enjoying the subject and the range of possibilities available after graduating led to me investigating Electrical and Electronics Engineering degrees.
Why Allegro MicroSystems?
While at university I was interested in pursuing a summer internship to better understand how the things I was learning would be used in industry. I found an advert from Allegro for an intern in their Edinburgh office to assist with duties across several groups, applied and was successful, working at Allegro in the summer of 2015. When I had the opportunity to complete my degree project in industry I again applied to Allegro, returning for a six month placement in 2016. I really enjoyed my work during both placements, so looked to Allegro when I graduated in the summer of 2017.
What do I do?
During my placements I worked on various projects at different stages of development. I ran tests on initial designs of cells using industry-standard software, conducted tests on the first silicon designs of ICs and ran EMC tests on chips close to being released. During my degree project placement I investigated a potential test set up for a new product, researching the technology’s background, implementing a version of this in firmware and then evaluating the usefulness of the test set up for the product. In my graduate position I am designing cells for use in ICs, and running tests on these designs to test their expected operation under a range of conditions.