Electrical Engineering Internship: PLC FW automation

Research & development

Electrical engineering

In a nutshell


Veldhoven, Netherlands


Research & development

Work Experience

No experience (Student)

Job Category

Electrical engineering

NEW Job ID: J-00265498-929


Do you have a background in Electrical Engineering? Are you able to work with standardized PLC software? Do you thrive in dynamic environments? Then this internship could be interesting for you!

Background information

Automation is becoming ever important in most industries and sectors. Efficient automation involves a high degree of modularity and scalability in the design of PLC software, leading to lower future development and maintenance costs. The end goal of this internship is to increase the efficiency in automating PLC software by auto-generating PLC code using a set of predefined parameters. The IEC 61131-3 establishes a universal XML-based structure which adheres to the so-called PLCopen standard, aiming to make PLC code independent from manufacturers.

However, one bottleneck that needs to be addressed and the first stage is the investigation and know-how of the aforementioned norm in order to proceed with the development and test of a proof-of-concept software package with the ability to translate sets of parameters from a database into parts of an ST (Structured Text) PLC program.

Your assignment

With the aid of experienced designers and possibly with other interns of electrical and other engineering disciplines, you will work on a test methodology to validate the potential and best-case solution for auto-generating ST PLC code (work on PLC software &programming languages, testing and interpretation of the norm IEC 61131-3).

You will be involved in the design of the described tool from beginning to end, participating both in the early design of new software through final tests and qualification.

The tasks and responsibilities will be aligned to meet the educational objective of the institution and competence of the student.
You’ll be working in close collaboration with experienced architect(s) and experts to develop enabling technology for next generation lithography tools.

Your profile

To be the perfect match for this internship you:

  • Have an educational background in electrical engineering;
  • Are able to work with standardized PLC software;
  • Have programming skills in Python and/or Visual Basic;
  • Are structured with an eye for detail and have a strong pragmatic attitude;
  • Are able to work both independently as well as in a team in a dynamic environment
  • Have good communication skills in English, both in speech and in writing.

This is a bachelor or master internship lasting 6 months, 5 days per week starting in August 2023.

Please note that we can only consider students who are enrolled at a university for the entire duration of the internship.

This position requires access to U.S. controlled technology, as defined in the United States Export Administration Regulations. Qualified candidates must be legally authorized to access such U.S. controlled technology prior to beginning work. Business demands may require ASML to proceed with applicants who are immediately eligible to access U.S. controlled technology.

Diversity and inclusion

ASML is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values and respects the importance of a diverse and inclusive workforce. It is the policy of the company to recruit, hire, train and promote persons in all job titles without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity. We recognize that diversity and inclusion is a driving force in the success of our company.

Other information

What ASML offers
Your internship will be in one of the leading Dutch corporations, gaining valuable experience in a highly dynamic environment. You will receive a monthly internship allowance based on your educational level and number of days per week, plus a possible housing and/or travel allowance. More information on the allowances can be found on our website. In addition you will get expert, practical guidance and the chance to work in and experience a dynamic, innovative team environment.

ASML: Be part of progress
We make machines that make chips – the hearts of the devices that keep us informed, entertained and safe; that improve our quality of life and help to tackle the world’s toughest problems.

We build some of the most amazing machines that you will ever see, and the applications to run them. Never satisfied, we measure our performance in units that begin with pico or nano.

We believe we can always do better. We believe the winning idea can come from anyone. We love what we do – not because it’s easy, but because it’s hard. At ASML we are always pushing technology further.

Students: Getting ready for the real-world
Teamwork is key within ASML. Our R&D team is more than 5,500 people strong and worldwide we form one big team with over 25,000 employees. These colleagues have 123 different nationalities and work at our major sites on three continents.

Dozens of diverse, interdisciplinary teams work in parallel to meet a challenging development schedule. In this inspiring environment, your colleagues may be sitting next door, or they could be thousands of kilometers away in a different country, or even working for a different company.

An internship at ASML is your opportunity to get to know this world and get a feel for that excites you most. Use your education, gain real-life working experience and explore the world of high-tech – all at the same time.

How will you be part of progress?

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