(WACO, Texas) – Representatives of Samsung Austin Semiconductor visited Texas State Technical College’s Waco campus on Tuesday, April 11, to talk to students in the Cybersecurity, Electrical Power and Controls, Instrumentation Technology, and Robotics and Industrial Controls Technology programs.
Sookyung Kim, the company’s event coordinator for the talent acquisition team, said the visit’s goal was to expand on interactions with students at the twice-a-year campus Industry Job Fair events.
The global company specializes in semiconductor manufacturing. In Austin, the company employs more than 4,000 people that are engineers in the computer, chemical, electrical, and industrial fields; equipment and process technicians, and workers in environmental health and safety, finance, and quality control.
Some of the questions that students had focused on were overtime and how new employees adapt to the company.
Anita Nesler, a company senior instrumentation technician for ultra-pure water and industrial waste water treatment operations, holds associate degrees from TSTC in Electrical Power and Controls, Instrumentation Technology, and what is now Robotics and Industrial Controls Technology.
“I love coming back and seeing all the improvements with the classes,” Nesler said. “It is good for employers to see the campus is progressing with the times. I have seen all my instructors. They are still incredible and warm.”
Nesler said the company needs a lot of new technicians because of the opening of Samsung’s semiconductor facility in Taylor in late 2024 or early 2025.
“We want technicians that match our quality of the product,” she said.
Five students did interviews with Samsung’s staff after the late morning presentation.
Ralph Kennedy, an Electrical Power and Controls student from Temple, will graduate this semester from TSTC. He was one of the students that had an interview as he continues his job hunt. He said he wants to stay in Central Texas to work.
Kennedy said he saw Samsung Austin Semiconductor’s booth at last year’s fall Industry Job Fair held on campus and wanted to learn more about the company’s work. Kennedy said he has enjoyed learning about the company’s chip production process.
For more information on Samsung Austin Semiconductor, go to Samsung.com/us/sas.
For more information on TSTC, go to tstc.edu.