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Joining High Tech Solutions means you may look forward to some truly exciting projects. We spend a serious amount of time discussing work with our clients. We sincerely believe that these projects should match your ambitions, skills and also your future.
These projects are of paramount importance. They are interesting short-term or long-term projects, for clients wanting to make a difference. We make sure you are able to invest your talents and qualities to the fullest, to get the best out of something.
In daily practise
Exploring High Tech
Our target groups are very diverse. Usually these are large and medium-sized companies who have access to products or technical systems that require top-notch software. Our job is to offer these companies embedded, real-time software development based on consultancy. We use our embedded software professionals according to the project concerned.
Also we provide consultancy for specific, complicated development processes and project management based on ITIL, Prince2, CMMi, Agile and Scrum.
The market segments in which we operate are the following: Automotive. From engine management systems to built-in navigation devices. But also video surveillance systems for heavy-duty transportation, etc. Defence & Security. Developments geared towards security. Like national security, the protection of properties or automation of a calibration process for security cameras. High-Tech Manufacturing. Development and production of high-tech machines, usually in high-tech environments. For the semiconductor industry, chemical analytical systems, a new platform for boilers or systems using video applications. Healthcare.From monitoring heart functions and radiation equipment to blood pressure measuring systems. Telecom & Media. From telecommunications equipment to navigation devices. Energy & Infrastructure. In this segment we work for the local authorities, road and railway maintenance authorities, utilities, installers and construction companies. We design software and systems for infrastructural projects (road and tunnel construction), flyovers and renovation of locks and pumping stations. But also we design measuring equipment for power companies.
During the first four years I also worked for TomTom, and for Philips NXP before High Tech took me on.
My job is all about bringing requirements into a specific project. Basically it is a mixture of maintainability and serviceability. The main question is always this: how can we service the product most efficiently? I love the fact that I get to work with the end product as well as the client. My direct clients are local service engineers, to whom I transfer my work and during this transfer the client is present at all times. It is a perfect way of understanding precisely what the client needs.
The work process can be rather nerve-racking indeed. Sometimes all parties involved will have their own thoughts about how the end product should operate, but no one has a clue what it should look like.
I used to specialise in the development of embedded software; this kind of work allows you to see the other side of the challenge. It’s how I came to know ASML inside out.”
Work should be enjoyable
“High Tech is a very pleasant company to work for; its people are taken seriously. Each and every employee counts. High Tech understands work has to be fun. If you are not feeling good about yourself, surely this will affect your work. Before you may proceed, High Tech will make sure this is what you really want to be doing. You can sense they are willing to make an effort. I have never had this experience before, especially not with my previous employer.
At a certain point I was under a serious amount of work pressure. It was like being on a rollercoaster. High Tech was ready to help out and insisted on offering me another job I would actually love, despite the fact that I had been working for one of the company’s strategic clients. High Tech was determined to offer me enjoyable work. I appreciate that.”
A future with great opportunities
“In the future I would like to have a steering role. Perhaps in the same field, coordinating new products, or alternatively as a software architect. ASML comes with lots of opportunities; there is a lot of development going on and new challenges are presenting themselves on a regular basis. There is always a job to hook up to.
I am perfectly happy with High Tech posting me. To all of you out there wanting to enjoy their work, I do recommend High Tech. An outstanding choice.”
“Work is my way of keeping my brains in good shape…”
“I’m originally from Greece. I studied Electrical Engineering at the Technical University of Thessaloniki. In Holland I obtained my pre-master degree after completing a technical information science design study programme at TU Eindhoven (2004).
I got my first job in the city of Eindhoven, as a software engineer with Ordina Technical Automation. That was back in 2006. After that I joined LDS, test & measurement, which changed its name into HBM later on. They offered me a permanent contract.
I found out about High Tech when Henk sent me an email and through him I ended up working for my current project with ASML. That was in 2013.
Professionally speaking, working for High Tech Solutions is far more better because you get to work on different projects. It is how you gain experience at many companies and in different industries.”
“My very first assignment with ASML involved refactoring. It was a smaller project compared to the work I am doing nowadays, but for ASML it was a very important job. Refactoring is about rearranging software. The software will do exactly the same thing, however the code will be different. Sometimes this is necessary when parts of the libraries used are dead technically speaking. The purpose of projects like these is to make software more flexibly readable. So you don’t want it to start working differently, but instead you are supposed to remove the rubbish. It is like rewriting a book I suppose.
After that I was given another minor task for only two weeks. Repairs were required at very short notice, but even for ASML, two weeks is very tight indeed.
My current job consists of two stages. The first one was already delivered but it is still in a test phase. Now we are doing the official part, enriching what is already there and adding new parts to make things complete. It is for a machine that was recently introduced and which comes with new functions compared to previous models. It has a hardware component that contains the negative of a microprocessor. In order to print out a microprocessor on silicones, all you have to do is take a photo. That is your negative, which is burnt inside the processor.
We write the software that helps us process silicones in nanometres. Meticulousness is required. My job is not only to develop embedded software; but also to do the calculations. To ASML, embedded usually means something like motion control, allowing things to move mechanically.
I develop in C++ as well as C#. ASML uses C most of the time. Modern programming begins with C++. Currently ASML is promoting C++, and I have been sharing my knowledge with this group. Actually I like that a lot, I would like to structurally spend some of my time doing that.
Personally I believe it is possible to introduce everyone to C++. ASML has been offering courses to this end, but to use it professionally and on a structural basis a course it not enough because it only provides tips and tricks. I want to use my knowledge to make sure C++ really pays off. I am hoping it will become the preferred language at ASML. It will slightly shorten the code compared to C and as al language it’s far more flexible.”
Developing a bank application as a hobby
“I like to programme in my spare time. To me it is the perfect way of keeping my brains in perfect shape. Recently I started my own project. It is an application that allows you to download bank transactions onto your bank account, for instance to find out how much you are spending on your home and your car. This is also possible with Rabobank internet banking. I am still working on it, especially the part you need to read all data. I want to obtain all the information from a database in a structured manner, and present it in a graphic display. And for that I have prepared a database in C#.”
High Tech knows exactly what I have to offer
“In the future I want to be a software architect, designing complex systems. I might end up having a brilliant idea I can sell out. In which case I would like to start my own business. It means a completely different working environment. I think I would feel comfortable doing that. Love the responsibility.
But for now I am perfectly happy working with High Tech. We have team meetings on a regular basis and Dick and ASML have a healthy business relationship. Being in touch frequently is a very good thing. They visit me at least once every month and they know exactly what I have to offer. Whenever a job is no longer appropriate or less exciting, I get to take on a new challenge.”
Bart van Ingen Schenau – 39 – senior software designer
“During my study I already fell in love with high-tech…”
“In a sense this is the job I’ve been dreaming about. I joined High Tech six years ago and before that I spent nine years working for a similar company. I have come to know this kind of work inside out. Also I am perfectly familiar with the different market segments in which high-tech and embedded software are pivotal, like mobile telephony, healthcare, defence….. you name it. At a certain point you know exactly what is going on and what kind of challenges you may expect. I can see myself doing this job for many years to come.
I have always been fascinated by technical challenges presented by information science and high-tech. In fact I fell in love with this world already as a Chemical Technology student, but I became passionate about information science. I’m grateful for that.”
High Tech has short lines and an open culture
“High Tech is a wonderful employer. The communication lines with Henk and Dick are kept short which to me is very pleasant. Also High Tech has an open culture. It basically means you can point out whatever you feel is important, even if you are no longer excited about a project. Henk and Dick in person will make sure your interests are served. I found out in practice. I was working for a client called Edward Lifesciences in Amsterdam, and I was having a really good time. I loved the project but I spent many hours on the road. Henk and Dick offered me a temporary hotel room which was a good solution no doubt. However the work developed a rather structural nature so they ended up offering me a new project instead.
I appreciate their efforts. To me, Henk and Dick are the most reliable employers ever.”
A project has to be technically challenging
“I didn’t mind which other project I would have to take on. Like I said, I have come to know a lot of segments and applications. And that is exactly what makes this work so exciting. I am equally committed to each and every project.
I do love the technical challenge. Whether it may be offered in different projects, with several clients or perhaps a single customer.
At this moment I am working for Bosch-Nefit in Deventer. My job is to develop a communication protocol for a new, generic control unit that is responsible for steering central heating boilers. It is a lovely project. When it comes to challenging projects, High Tech has excellent experiences with Bosch-Nefit.”
Confidence is a great asset
“In the future I would love to be a software architect, but I am in no hurry. Of course I can stay with High Tech. Henk and Dick know my qualities and my needs when it comes to technical challenges. I am very confident about the future. This was not the case with my previous employer who had an entirely different view about the future. To me Henk and Dick are reliable employers who will not take you by surprise. That’s worth a lot.”
“People who are hired are given interesting projects…“
“I joined High Tech back in 2007. I was invited to a job interview and we clicked immediately. At the time I was also working for a similar company in South Netherlands, but I was not happy. High Tech offered me peace of mind and from a practical perspective, they were nearby.
about my preference so I told them I would love to join Medtronics in the city of Arnhem. I still have not figured out how they did it, but I got the job.
I was a little sceptic at first. I had been a permanent staff member for years and I had been told that being asked to do a project for a customer, you get to do the nasty jobs. I ended up having quite the opposite experience.
With Medtronic, my job was to design software for a USB flash drive that could be inserted underneath human skin in patients wearing a pacemaker. When a patient becomes indisposed, the flash drive can be read out to see whether the patient is having a heart attack, or an epileptic fit. I spent most of my time working on the device that allows the readout.”
Lots of interesting projects
“For VMI in Epe, I am currently doing something quite different. VMI is about manufacturing machinery for the tire industry, for cars and trucks as well. Clients include Vredestein and Pirelli. I am having a wonderful time. For instance, I have prepared a website to make specific data available. It is a delightful project which includes user interfaces. These are available through icons displayed on the screen; it is like a smartphone where you can slide down notifications to make sure they are visible on your screen.
At the moment I am converting different applications into a user interface, removing the Windows taskbar and making sure all the applications remain available. It is not a very large project, but definitely an exciting one.”
To High Tech, people count
“Being assigned to projects at customers, you get to learn a lot, also in terms of new technology. It is like an extensive training period. I am delighted with High Tech. They keep their promise that’s for sure. To High Tech, people count. Trust me, I’ve had very different experiences. To the previous company, I was an invoice and they were a salary slip as far as I’m concerned. At High Tech I’ve learned how to be passionate about something, in different ways.
So far I have done lots of projects for many clients. Like Philips in Eindhoven, working on 3D TV among other things, and Océ……but of course some of the jobs are less appealing. The good thing is that I’m capable of handling all kinds of projects. I still like that very much and I’m happy that High Tech is offering me this possibility.
The challenge was so great I had to work all night…”
“In 2006 I obtained my aerospace engineering degree, specialising in Robotics, in the field of miniature drones for airspace inspections. I am highly fascinated by robotics, always have.
For my final project I decided to develop a drone. And for that I designed the embedded software and interfaces for different sensors. Today this device is even used in civil society. India was subjected to severe floods and these drones were used to explore hilly grounds that could not be accessed by road.
They wanted to find out whether there were any more people in the area and whether the flooding had taken many lives. Cameras attached to drones were able to track down places where people were still trying to get out.
Contributing to this project has been truly an amazing experience. I was lucky to be at the right place at the right time.
One of the most interesting aspects of my job is the control system. I wanted to focus on that and I did thanks to the University of Groningen which is connected to my former university in Mumbai. In 2009 I moved to the Netherlands to obtain my PhD degree.
It was a big change, however a proper mathematical training allows you to become more analytical and structured. I joined the Faculty of Applied Mathematics, Control Processes and Management.”
I was excited about ASML
“High Tech was the very first company to contact me after my graduation. It was a lovely experience, and soon I was invited to join ASML. I was interested in embedded control and ASML is perfect for that. But I was also interested in mathematical models (metrology), because of my PhD study programme. Dick understood that and suggested we should look for interesting profiles or projects within ASML.
The job interview got me really excited about ASML, but it was tough. The interviewer wanted to know how exactly I would tackle some problems, putting my analytic skills and knowledge of metrology seriously to the test. In February 2013 I got the job, at ASML’s Metrology Department.”
Estimating system performances
“Basically, we add chips to silicone wafers collecting as much sensor data as possible to process these into specific and useful information. Also we build mathematical models that are able to display the status of the machines. It is how we estimate system performances. Also the chips must be put in the right position. For that we use a lens, making sure we proceed with the accuracy of a nanometre; at exactly the right position. At a certain point a component needs to be added to the chip and it has to be done at a very specific point. In order to do the job correctly, you need mathematical models. Another option is to calibrates the machines. And for that you need the same models. Currently I am investigating a lot of things. It’s a very interesting domain.”
Sometimes work and private are close together
“Recently ASML offered me a great opportunity to join a project dedicated to robotics, it is called the ASML Techno Challenge. Our job was to build a robot vehicle that was able to move through a maze, and exit within five minutes. I was on a team of five Indian engineers, three metrology experts and two persons from the mechanical department. We were supposed to work outside office hours. First we had to do our regular job from nine to five; after that we were expected to develop our vehicle. Sometimes I would not go back home at the end of the day and spend the entire night working on this challenge instead. It was exhausting, but so much fun. I could sense huge amounts of adrenalin rushing through my body.
Our efforts paid off. We won the second place in the category Innovation. Our vehicle was the smartest one, impressing all the other teams most of which had built rather coarse vehicles. Ours had a sensor at the front that kept rotating to identify obstacles. Also our strategy was different, using the so-called Graph approach.”
I’m halfway through my dream job
“My work at ASML’s Metrology Department is perfect, but in the future I want to be a functional architect. Starting with the requirements, designing a mathematical model and implementing it afterwards. I’m halfway through my dream job.”
“Knowing that your work helps increase safety, is a great feeling.”
“High Tech is my first employer and I cannot wish for a better one. I started in 2009 and at the moment I’m working for Thales. It’s a large company in Hengelo designing defence equipment. I’ve been with them for more than two years now, doing a project called the Goalkeeper. Which is a defence tool for marine vessels. Previously I was involved in some of Nefit’s projects, like a universal platform for central heating boilers. I’ve also worked for Panalytical, designing XR scanners.
High Tech is a most friendly company thanks to Henk and Dick. They are genuinely interested in who you are, your ideas about the future and any expectations you might have job-wise.”
Unlike any other company
“Some of my colleagues who have been sent to us by competitive companies, tell me they are simply doing their time. Trust me, High Tech is a whole different story. Some of our clients have asked me to join them on a permanent basis. But I prefer to do different things instead. That’s the great thing about being with High Tech: it is perfect for finding out what it is that you enjoy doing most.”
My contract was there waiting for me
“Before I got to join High Tech, I spent one year backpacking. On my way back to Holland I sent out my resume into the digital world; 24 hours later I was at Schiphol, to find out I had received over one hundred messages. One of them belonged to High Tech and for some reason or another, I decided to get in touch with them as well.
The hiring process took months. I was getting impatient. The jobs I was offered did not satisfy my needs. High Tech on the other hand told me I could get started straight away. In fact, my contract was already waiting for me to sign it. So I said yes; so far no regrets whatsoever.”
Work that makes you feel proud
“As a child I wanted to work with computers. I was fascinated by them, wanting to try out different things and see if it works. In a way I have turned my hobby into a paid job. I get to experience some very exciting moments. Only recently we tried out the Goalkeeper, the project I’ve been working on. It was very impressive: you have this jet fighter flying over and the Goalkeeper starts to shoot. There is a huge crowd watching and including people who work for the Marine. All of a sudden it dawns on you that you have actually developed something that will really help the Marine. You understand that the Goalkeeper is serving its purpose and that the people on-board the ship will feel truly safe thanks to your project. It’s a wonderful sensation. It makes me feel proud.
I realised this was happening because I decided to be with High Tech. Picking this kind of work you understand there are a lot of companies wanting to have you, but the question is this: which one will make you feel happy? High Tech pays careful attention to its people. It helps them give shape to their ideas. That’s really important and it makes you love going to work. It’s not something to be taken for granted.”