Five careers you could have at Intel in five years

A peek at the wide range of job options Intel will offer, from entry-level to senior positions

Jess Deyo
Columbus CEO
A zoning change sign along Green Chapel Rd in Johnstown, Ohio near the site of the Intel plant.

Intel is coming to Ohio, and it’s doing it in a big way. Earlier this year the semiconductor company announced it would build two factories in Licking County with a $20 billion investment. The location is expected to be up and running by 2025 with the help of some 7,000 construction jobs.

To staff those new factories, Intel will employ 3,000 workers with an average salary of $135,000 per year.

Until recently, there hasn’t been much information about the specific roles Intel will be looking to fill, though many jobs posted online for the chip manufacturer’s Chandler, Arizona, expansion are a good example of what to expect, says Lisa Malloy, head of global government communications at the company.

In an interview for Columbus CEO’s June issue, Cindi Harper, Intel’s vice president of talent planning and acquisition, said 70 percent of the 3,000 workers will be manufacturing technicians, who typically hold a two-year degree in a STEM field.

Another quarter of the employees will be engineers, she said. About half of those hires will hold a bachelor’s degree, about 35 percent will have a master’s and 5 percent will be doctorate-level hires.

She estimates the final 5 percent will have roles in sales, marketing, finance and human resources.

So, what could a job at Intel look like for you? Here are five roles the company will be looking to fill in Ohio:

An Intel engineer inspects a mask as part of the Intel Mask Operation in Santa Clara, California. The mask operation team builds the masks used as the templates to print circuitry onto a silicon wafer. To create a mask, engineers use computerized drawings that are the blueprints for Intel processors and their billions of transistors. (Credit: Tim Herman/Intel Corporation)

Automation engineer

Seniority: Entry level

Job description: Diagnose and solve software and hardware issues in the factories; mentor and coach team members on systems and departmental policies; address customer-impacting problems.

Minimum qualifications: Bachelor’s or master’s degree in information technology or related field.

Work model: Hybrid

Manufacturing technician

Seniority: Entry Level

Job Description: Perform electrical, pneumatic, hydraulic or mechanical troubleshooting to maintain equipment; provide manufacturing and equipment support; work with engineering to support new equipment installations.

Minimum qualifications: A GED/high school diploma with at least four years of direct industry experience, or technical associate’s or bachelor’s degree, or equivalent military or certifications experience.

Work model: On-site

Marketing communications specialist

Seniority: Mid-senior level

Job description: Lead the coordination of a strategic developer affinity messaging framework; develop and manage a suite of creative asset tools and templates for the One Intel brand; coordinate marketing communications.

Minimum qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in marketing, business administration, communications or related field and five years of marketing, advertising or branding experience that aligns accordingly. In lieu of a degree, you must have over 10 years of progressive marketing, advertising or branding experience.

Work model: Hybrid

Senior director, people leadership

Seniority: Mid-senior level

Job description: Focus on design, development and execution of people leadership development solutions to support front line managers to executive level; manage a team of 25 people; partner with other leaders to create a fully integrated approach to building a highly skilled talent and leadership pipeline.

Minimum qualifications: Bachelor’s degree required; minimum 15 years of experience in leadership, organization development or management consulting; must have built and implemented a leadership framework and infrastructure at a global organization.

Work model: Hybrid

Software security architect

Seniority: Mid-senior

Job description: Provide engineering, support and technical leadership; focus on design and implementation of security controls for client/server computing assets; establish and implement security strategies; establish appropriate governance, policies and standards for manufacturing environments.

Minimum qualifications: Bachelor’s, master’s or doctorate in computer science or related engineer discipline with over 10 years related experience.

Work model: Hybrid