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I used to work in a wafer fab. I was a process engineer, shuffling 300mm wafers along as they got dry etched (the step that eats away at the various layers of silicon, oxide, metal or whatever other nasty stuff they put on wafers these days). I haven’t worked there in about 3 years now, as I got out of the wafer slingin’ game and now work with the products made in fabs. (system level electrical engineering) I don’t think about my old job much, but I always seem to while talking to doctors. I can’t help but compare the experiences of being a doctor, specifically an ER doctor, to taking care of wafers and dealing with issues that arise. Now, I’m not trying to say that these are similar in importance (believe me, I wouldn’t have gotten out of the wafer business if I thought it was anywhere as…

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