ASML is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of chip-making equipment. Headquartered in Veldhoven, the Netherlands, ASML employs more than 21,000 people.
I think one of the best things about my job is that I get to travel around the world. I joined ASML two years ago and I've already seen quite a lot of America, Taiwan, Japan and China. I currently spend about 35% of my time on the road, which I enjoy a lot. It's not just the different landscapes and architecture that is so eye-opening it's the different cultures, the food, climate, and ways of doing things that are all very interesting.
I work in the part of ASML that installs the very latest upgrades to existing machines at customer sites. That's the really cool part: working with the absolute newest technology - stuff that hadn't even been thought of a few years ago. As you can imagine, technology that is totally new brings its own very colorful set of challenges. Obviously, this new technology has been tested before being shipped, but there is no substitute for actual in-the-field ramp-up. And always, the first, second and third installations throw up quite a few issues.
My job is to get an overall understanding of these new systems so that when we come up against a problem, I can identify which expert we need to contact. And that's quite an interesting challenge, something is wrong and the root cause can be one of several interrelated new technologies. I'm the guy who untangles these technologies to find out which one is the culprit.
But it's not just me, everyone at ASML seems to think that their job is immensely interesting and challenging - that's because it probably is. ASML is a company that is singlehandedly pushing the global semiconductor industry forward. We all get a kick out of knowing that we are helping to make faster, cheaper, smarter microchips. Chips that will enable better healthcare systems, faster communications, more accessible education, and more spectacular infotainment appliances. There are not many companies that can claim to impact people's lives on so many levels.
We're all proud to be part of it. And I think that pride has cultivated a mutual respect among everyone at ASML. We are all in this together, there is no hierarchy when it comes to expressing ideas, everyone is encouraged to contribute and just because you've come fresh from university like I did two years ago, your ideas will be listened to and acted upon. That's what's so special about this place.
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