JA Job Shadow – Advanced Micro Devices (AMD)

Virtual JA Job Shadow Overview

Below you will find the overview for the virtual JA Job Shadow at Advanced Micro Devices (AMD). During the next few hours, you should complete steps 1 and 2. You should watch at least THREE videos from step 3, but JA encourages you to watch multiple Deep Dive videos. Lastly, check out some of the supporting documents that AMD has provided.

Before starting any of the videos, you should open your virtual JA Job Shadow Student Guide. This is where you can take notes throughout these videos and take the most away from this experience. For this event, please complete the full student guide document. The only section that should be skipped over is called “Scenario Challenge.” Remember – if you hear any terms or words that you are not familiar with, write those down! You can then review the additional documents the company has sent over to see if they cover those words you don’t know. If they don’t, it is your turn to do your own research!

Now let’s get started!

Step 1 – Company Overview: AMD stands for Advanced Micro Devices, and we are a global company of over 12,000 employees, with offices all over the world.  The AMD Fort Collins, Colorado site is called Mile High Design Center and employs roughly 170 people. Our Fort Collins office was established in November 2006, while AMD worldwide has been driving innovation in high-performance computing and graphics for more than 50 years.  The majority of Fort Collins AMD engineers are involved in creating and designing computer chips that deliver powerful performance for devices like desktop computers, laptops, and servers. These engineers are primarily Research & Design (R&D) engineers, usually with college degrees in electrical engineering, while some have degrees in software engineering or even mechanical engineering. They are a dedicated, creative, and intelligent team of men and women working hard to solve complicated problems and make our lives better through technology.  

Below you will find a few resources to help kick off this virtual event! Check out more details about what AMD is all about by clicking their website. Once you have done a bit more research, head over to the company overview and tour, led by an AMD volunteer. From there you get to have an inside look on how to build a PC from home!

Step 2 – Employee Panel: Now that you know a bit more about the mission of AMD and what they do at their global locations, it is time to meet some of their employees! Check out this panel discussion to hear about some of the possible career opportunities that could be waiting for you. Take notes on some of the amazing things these panelists do at a high level. 

Step 3 – Department Deep Dives: You’ve now heard a high level overview of how you can start a career at AMD, but what do careers at this company really look like? Several individuals have recorded a video to walk you through their days, give a feel for what their job entails, and provide additional context about their overall career journey! Click on their names to watch each Deep Dive video. 

Step 4 – Additional Resources: Congratulations! You have just finished our virtual JA Job Shadow! It wouldn’t be an actual event if you didn’t get some handouts! Below are some additional resources provided by AMD. They give you a bit more information on what they do at their office and also provide some more context on some of the things mentioned throughout the videos.  

Questions? If you have any questions about what you saw during the videos or questions for any of the volunteers that spoke, please provide those to your teacher. Your teacher can then provide those questions to their JA representative.

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