Student Project Assignment | Redesigning a Wafer Processing Machine

System Design, (opto-) mechatronics, precision mechanics, dynamics & control, cleanliness, embedded software and in Nijmegen

Why are we looking for you

Development & Engineering location in Nijmegen is an organization of approx. 45 employees that  (co-) develops industrialized mechatronic and opto-mechatronic systems. These multi-facetted machines require strong cooperation between the D&E project members and our specialized manufacturing companies. This results in open and interactive work environment where you’re not bound to your own discipline and are encouraged to branch out and explore opportunities. This way of working enables D&E to find a unique balance between complexity and project size that is optimally suited for the analytical, semiconductor, life sciences, and digital printing industries.

NTS is currently redesigning a wafer processing machine in order to achieve the desired cost price target. In this project, currently 15 NTS engineers are working to achieve the customer’s goals. The project is a cooperation between the NTS location in Nijmegen and the NTS factory in Singapore. For this machine a student project will start in September 2020 to study and implement cost reduction opportunities for this machine. In this student project the complete design process will be in the scope.          

The major process steps are:• Generate new ideas to achieve the cost down potential.• Verify the ideas on feasibility and decide with NTS team which ideas to implement.• Work out (selected part of) the ideas in detail in 3D and 2D drawings.

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What will you be doing

In this challenging assignment you will work together with the multidisciplinary NTS engineering team on a real customer product to realize the cost price targets to bring direct value to the customer and NTS.

You will deal with the following topics in this assignment:

  •  Investigate where potential cost reduction is possible.
  •  Generate ideas for possible cost price savings.
  • Discuss if the ideas can be added to the requirement documents.
  • Feasibility testing of the ideas via theoretical and/or practical tests and simulations on functionality and cost price target.
  • Implement the selected ideas in the 3D and 2D design. 

The following activities will be part of the project:

  1. Create a plan of action.
  2. Collect the set of requirements.
  3. Carry out a function- and value analysis of the current design.
  4. Generate ideas using methodical designs principles.
  5. Together with NTS team select the ideas based on feasibility.
  6. Work out the feasible ideas.
  7. Report the results

Coaching and supervision to the student will be provided by a Senior Design Engineer and a Lead Engineer Because you are part of a multidisciplinary project team, the execution location of this project is our D&E location in Nijmegen. Coaching and supervision is provided from this site.

TimingThe project needs to start in September 2020.


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What skill do you have

  • Required skill level is a Bachelor degree in Mechatronics obtained at HBO or TU, or a degree/background that has significant overlap with this.
  • Tailoring the project deliverables towards the requirements of your institute/university is possible.
  • As a person, you are pro-active, eager to learn and a self-starter.

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What do we offer

NTS offers the opportunity to work for a successful and dynamic business with a leading market position and an engaging project portfolio. Our organization has a characteristically informal and friendly atmosphere, and our staff looks out for each other. Drive, entrepreneurial spirit, a results-focused mindset and striving to be the best are what we aim for in everything that we make and do. Naturally, these are traits that we are also looking for in our new colleague. 

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What can you expect

This is your opportunity to be involved in state-of-the-art technology together with enthusiastic colleagues and ambitious high tech customers in a pleasant working environment. At NTS we highly value our employees: we actively invest in your technical and personal development, while your expertise, energy and commitment is appreciated by means of a competitive full benefit package.

If have anny question about this project assignment please contact Ralph Ten Haaf (Lead Engineer) via

Interested? Please apply via our website and add your resume and cover letter.

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