Join ASML as a mechanical engineer

ASML’s lithography machines are used by the world’s top chip manufacturers to produce the chips that power the world’s electronics industry. We’re continually striving to help our customers create smaller, faster, greener chips. We’re faced with some of the toughest and most exciting challenges in the business and our mechanical engineering teams are the foundation of our global organization.

Working across every discipline our mechanical engineers put all of ASML’s expertise into action by designing and building our high-performance systems. As a mechanical engineer, you will design and create a module from scratch and see your ideas mature into a real operational system at our customer sites. You will do this while working with a diverse set of talented technologists as you continually develop new skills across the business.

Why working in ASML mechanical engineering is the ideal job for you:

  • Build creative solutions for a global company
  • Innovate in the extreme
  • Find a career that works for you
The wafer stage inside our extreme ultraviolet lithography machine

The wafer stage inside our extreme ultraviolet lithography machine

The TWINSCAN wafer stage is a key positioning module in our lithography system. The stage moves two wafer tables at the same time, each holding a silicon wafer. While one wafer is being exposed to EUV light that contains the chip pattern to be printed (right), the other is measured by the machine’s metrology sensors to optimize alignment (left). The wafer tables move electro-magnetically, allowing frictionless acceleration up to 7G. This is where mechatronics, optics design and metrology (measuring, data processing, and control) come together to deliver the accuracy and speed needed from our lithography systems.

Mechanical engineering jobs at ASML

Innovation meets opportunity as a mechanical engineer at ASML. You will design, build and work with our highly complex machines, helping us push the limits of what’s technically possible. You’ll be finding novel solutions to bring our groundbreaking products to maturity, ensuring they are reliable and easy to service.

Mechanical engineering jobs at ASML provide you with a dynamic and exciting career path, and one that allows you to make an impact both at our industry-leading organization and across the wider electronics industry.

  • Build creative solutions for a global company

At ASML, you get ownership on complex and highly unique mechanical engineering projects. Our mechanical engineering teams are responsible for pulling together the expertise of every company department and building it into our world-leading machines. We’re the interface between every discipline at ASML, from physics and electronics to materials and contamination.

It’s a hands-on career where you will get the opportunity to design, create and work with the cutting-edge machinery that feeds the world’s electronics industry. For example, you may need to push the boundaries of physics to invent an intricate optics system. Or design a high-level framework for a new tooling machine. Or create a high-precision sensor to push Moore’s law to its limit.


  • Innovate in the extreme

This is not routine mechanical engineering. This is mechanical engineering in the extreme. We do things that no one has ever done before. In extreme environments that do not exist anywhere else in the world. So we need creative problem solvers.

Inside our machines, you need to design systems able to cope with a combination of high speed robotics with incredibly high accuracy, liquid metals, high temperatures, flammable gases, vacuum systems, and heavy-duty lasers. You will need to constantly devise new, creative solutions to balance the functionality of our complex systems and ensure their longevity.

The smaller chips become, the bigger our machines need to be, creating even more engineering challenges. You may be tasked with working out the best way to build our machines so they can be  transported halfway around the world, or how to ensure critical parts are positioned to be easy to repair or replace. These are the sort of real-world problems you will have to resolve every day.


  • Find a career that works for you

Are you a high-level thinker, a practical engineer, or a skilled coordinator? Whatever your preference, at ASML, we actively encourage our mechanical engineering professionals to pursue their desired career path.

We embrace an open company culture, where every opinion is valued. This personal freedom is important to us as you will be working in a challenged technical environment that demands innovative ideas that can only result from such open creativity. There are no boundaries for good ideas.

We are a successful global business that continues to innovate in order to push both our machines and our processes to the limit. We encourage our mechanical engineers to take an active role from day one and provide in-depth training and a mentor scheme to help you get to grips with ASML’s exciting business.

Meet Diego | Mechanical Design Engineer at ASML
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About ASML

About ASML

Create solutions that were impossible yesterday.

What are the requirements?

You have a bachelor’s, master’s or PhD degree (BSc/MSc/PhD) in Mechanical Engineering,  or a combination of Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics, Opto-mechanics, Flow & Temperature, Materials,  Industrialization.

Typical roles that you can fulfil in your mechanical engineer career at ASML are:

  • Architect
  • System Engineer
  • Principal Engineer
  • Team lead/Project Manager
  • Engineering Manager
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Design Engineer
  • Computer Aided Engineer (CAE)/ CAE Lead Engineer
  • Mechanical Analyst
  • Finite Element Method (FEM/FEA) Engineer
  • Integrator
Everything in our machine is quite extreme, so it means that we have to design it for extreme conditions. Our machine is running at 700 degrees Celcius and is working with tin. Tin normally degrades every other material, so we need to design our mechanical parts with special materials that are hardly applied in any other industry. Diego Alvarez Mechanical Design Engineer
Mechanical Design Engineer at ASML Diego

Mechanical engineering jobs at ASML