Data Science | Computer Science Internship (non-thesis): Predict part failures

Published February 18, 2023
Location Veldhoven, Netherlands
Category Data Science  
Job Type Internship  



Are you a student with a background in Computer Science or Data Science? Do you have experience with data analytics and machine learning? Are you self-driven? Then this internship might be interesting for you!

Background information

ASML has thousands of lithography machines operating 24/7 at chip factories throughout the world. Due to their extreme accuracy, problems with lithography machines occur quite regularly. Downtime in a high-end chip factory is extremely costly: nominal costs for customers can be $20 per second of unscheduled downtime.

One way to prevent unscheduled machine down is to predict the failures before they happen. By predicting the failures,machine down and part swap/repair can be scheduled and preparation for fixing the issue can be done in advance.

Remaining Useful Life (RUL) estimates the remaining time that a component in a production line is able to function in accordance with its intended purpose before warranting replacement. By taking RUL into account, engineers can schedule maintenance, optimize operating efficiency, and avoid unplanned downtime. For this reason, estimating RUL is a top priority in predictive maintenance programs.

Predictive modelling largely overlaps with the field of machine learning. These models can be trained over time to respond to new data or values, delivering the results to the business needs.

Your assignment

In this assignment based on life time data, history of the failures on similar machines and degradation conditions, you will study the behavior of failure indicators and decide on the best method to predict RUL with a high confidence level in a specified confidence interval.

To maximize the availability of the machine and reduce the cost, the prediction should be accurate to prevent early repairs (when the part can still function but a swap is scheduled) as well as late repairs (too late when the machine fails before the scheduled repair).

The challenge is to provide RUL with a confidence level above 90% and confidence interval that prevents early and late swaps/repairs.

Your profile

To be the perfect match for this internship, you:

  • are a student with a background in Computer Science or Data Science;
  • have experience with data analytics, particularly with machine learning;
  • are proactive and self-driven;
  • have great communication skills in English and analytical skills.

This is an apprentice internship for master students, with a minimum duration of 6 months, 5 days per week, starting as soon as possible.

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

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

Change the world – one nanometer at a time
Become an intern at a Dutch company that’s a global industry leader. You’ll gain valuable experience in a highly innovative environment – one that sparks your imagination and creativity. In addition to a monthly internship allowance of maximum €600 (plus a possible housing and/or travel allowance), you’ll get practical guidance from experts in the field and the chance to work in and experience a dynamic team environment.

ASML: be part of progress
ASML is a high-tech company headquartered in the Netherlands. We manufacture the complex lithography machines that chipmakers use to produce integrated circuits, or computer chips. What we do is at the heart of all the electronic devices that keep us informed, entertained and connected. Every day, you use electronics that simply wouldn’t exist without our machines.

Behind ASML’s innovations are engineers who think ahead. The people who work at our company include some of the most creative minds in physics, electrical engineering, mathematics, chemistry, mechatronics, optics, mechanical engineering, and computer science and software engineering.

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.

Students: getting ready for real-world R&D
We’re a global team of about 29,000 people of 120 different nationalities and counting. Headquartered in Europe’s top tech hub, the Brainport Eindhoven region in the Netherlands, our operations are spread across Europe, Asia and the US.

In such an 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 the opportunity to get to know not only the world of industrial-strength R&D, but yourself – you’ll discover just what excites you most. Will you design a part of the machine, or make sure it gets built to the tightest possible specifications? Will you write software that drives the system to its best performance, or work side-by-side with the engineers of our customers in a fab, optimizing a system to the requirements of the customer?

How will you be part of progress?