Optics Equipment Engineering Internship

In a nutshell


Wilton - CT, US

Published: 8 days ago Job ID: J-00262494-904

Introduction to the job

ASML US brings together the most creative minds in science and technology to develop lithography machines that are key to producing faster, cheaper, more energy-efficient microchips. We design, develop, integrate, market and service these advanced machines, which enable our customers - the world’s leading chipmakers - to reduce the size and increase the functionality of their microchips, which in turn leads to smaller, more powerful consumer electronics. Our headquarters are in Veldhoven, the Netherlands, and we have 18 office locations around the United States including main offices in Chandler, Arizona, San Jose and San Diego, California, Wilton, Connecticut, and Hillsboro, Oregon.

This internship level position will support optical fabrication and development efforts by working closely with engineers and technicians to analyze production performance and improve uptime. The candidate will manage their own equipment improvement project with the guidance and close support of a variety of engineers. The projects can cover a variety of disciplines which can mechanical design, electronics, assembly, optics processing, chemistry, etc.

The internship starts with becoming familiar with the project and drafting a test plan. Over the course of the summer, the candidate will research/design/procure/assemble/test/prove their project and performance improvements. At the end of the internship, they will present a brief review of their project and results to their peers and engineering staff. Throughout the internship, there are also opportunities to pick up additional side projects and gain exposure to multiple facets of engineering.

To be successful in this role the candidate must possess technical problem solving skills and be able to apply those skills to build efficient and creative solutions for real world problems. They must also have the discipline to diligently document all research data, results, and solutions in a clear and organized fashion. This candidate must also have data analysis capabilities as they may use a variety of analytical equipment to measure performance of their products.

ASML is a global leader in lithography equipment that produces cutting edge computer chips. With multiple factories around the world, the factory in Wilton CT houses both traditional manufacturing and the only internal optics fabrication group within ASML. Optical Fabrication creates complex precision optical components that are installed into all of our DUV and EUV lithography systems. These optics are used in various internal systems such as: wafer alignment, wafer leveling, inspection, stage measurement, reticle handling, metrology measurements, stage positioning and wafer handling.

This position requires access to controlled technology, as defined in the Export Administration Regulations (15 C.F.R. § 730, et seq.). Qualified candidates must be legally authorized to access such controlled technology prior to beginning work. Business demands may require ASML to proceed with candidates who are immediately eligible to access controlled technology.

Role and responsibilities

Optical Coating is the last stage of Optical Fabrication, right before the optics are assembled in a system. The optics are coated with a variety of materials that are deposited onto the optics as precise thin film layers. These special films enhance the surface of the optics for the following purposes:

  • Create precise mirror surfaces.
  • Eliminate surface reflection.
  • Filter certain wavelengths and polarization.
  • Create hard, anti-wear surfaces.
  • Create electrical conductive/insulating films.
  • Surface bonding films.
  • ASML’s customers rely on the consistency and long term stability of the optics we produce.
  • Optical Coating Engineers and D&E will rely on this individual’s data collection and analysis for decision making.
  • Manufacturing Management and Technicians require engineers to build robust/reliable processes to build their optics and maintain on-time deliveries.

Education and experience

  • Must be actively pursuing a Bachelor’s degree or advanced degree in a technical field such as engineering or physical sciences or equivalent experience.
  • Mechanical and/or electrical aptitude.
  • Experience with analytical equipment.
  • Cleanroom experience.
  • Knowledge of materials processing and characterization.


Working at the cutting edge of tech, you’ll always have new challenges and new problems to solve – and working together is the only way to do that. You won’t work in a silo. Instead, you’ll be part of a creative, dynamic work environment where you’ll collaborate with supportive colleagues. There is always space for creative and unique points of view. You’ll have the flexibility and trust to choose how best to tackle tasks and solve problems.

To thrive in this job, you’ll need the following skills:

  • Can observe and respond to people and situations and interact with others encountered in the course of work.
  • Can learn and apply new information or skills.
  • Must be able to read and interpret data, information, and documents.
  • Strong customer focus and commitment to customer satisfaction through prioritization, quality, efficiency and professionalism.
  • Ability to complete assignments with attention to detail and high degree of accuracy.
  • Proven ability to perform effectively in a demanding environment with changing workloads and deadlines.
  • Result driven-demonstrate ownership and accountability.
  • Identifies bottlenecks and drives improvements.
  • Work independently or as part of a team and follow through on assignments with minimal supervision.
  • Demonstrate open, clear, concise and professional communication.
  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with manager, co-workers and customer.
  • Work according to a strict set of procedures within the provided timelines.
  • Self-motivation for independent research and operations.
  • Strong understanding in advanced math and physics.
  • Strong analytical skills for data analysis.
  • Excellent documentation abilities to record/present test results and process analysis.
  • Strong desire to learn and grow in a challenging field.
  • Priority of quality for products/measurements over anything else.
  • Patience and determination to perform tasks consistently and completely.
  • Team-player attitude to work within a dynamic group.
  • Ability to follow all safety requirements and wear proper PPE.
  • Ability to follow instructions and clearly articulate any questions.
  • Familiarity with an manufacturing environment.

Diversity & 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

Role within Office


  • Routinely required to sit; walk; talk; hear; use hands to keyboard, finger, handle, and feel; stoop, kneel, crouch, twist, reach, and stretch.
  • Occasionally required to move around the campus.
  • Occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds.
  • May require travel dependent on business needs.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

Role within the Factory


  • Must be willing to work in a clean room environment, wearing coveralls, hoods, booties, safety glasses and gloves for entire duration of shift.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee routinely is required to sit; walk; talk; hear; use hands to keyboard, finger, handle, and feel; stoop, kneel, crouch, twist, reach, and stretch.
  • The employee may occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
  • Can work under deadlines.
  • The environment generally is moderate in temperature with moderate to high noise level.
  • Must be willing to work a compressed work week schedule – twelve-hour long shift and rotating from three to four days a week.
  • This must include references to day and night shifts for accommodation purposes.

Additional responsibilities for Wilton Factory:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • The employee is required to work in a cleanroom environment: full gowning (full body coveralls, hood, CR safety shoes, face mask, nitrile gloves and safety glasses. Working under ISO 9000/14000 standards).
  • Operating/working around overhead cranes, fork trucks and motorized pallet movers.
  • Working around lasers; working with ladders; working on platforms; and working around chemicals.
  • The employee is occasionally required to move around the campus.
  • The employee may occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds.
  • May require travel dependent on company needs.
  • The environment generally is moderate in temperature and noise level.

EOE AA M/F/Veteran/Disability

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