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Engineering and Computer Science Internship 2021 - 1877

Arnold AFB, TN · Government/Military
Title: Engineering and Computer Science Internship - Summer 2021
Function: Engineering
Position Type: Casual, Internship                                 
Pay Type: NES                           
Grade: TN ET1/ET2
US Citizenship Required: Yes

In order to be considered for an internship opportunity, your current grade point average (GPA) must be listed on your resume.

This opportunity is being offered by National Aerospace Solutions (NAS), the team selected by the U.S. Air Force to conduct Test and Operations Sustainment at the Arnold Engineering Development Complex (AEDC), Arnold Air Force Base, Tennessee.  AEDC operates more than 55 aerodynamic and propulsion wind tunnels, rocket and turbine engine test cells, space environmental chambers, arc heaters, ballistic ranges and other specialized units located in six states. Many of the complex's test units have capabilities unmatched elsewhere in the United States; some are unique in the world. AEDC is one of three installations which are part of the Air Force Test Center (AFTC), one of six subordinate commands of the Air Force Materiel Command organization and an important national resource.

NAS is responsible for the design, operation, and maintenance of the infrastructure required to test flight, defense, and aerospace systems in the test facilities at AEDC. This infrastructure includes compressors, hydraulic systems, refrigeration systems, heaters, dryers, power systems, control systems, and more.  We do not design the vehicles, but we ground test models and subassembly here at Arnold Air Force Base to provide our customers with the data they need to make decisions on design and flight-worthiness.

The NAS Internship Program offers 10-12 week full time summer internship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in engineering, computer science, and physics. As part of the internship, you are paired with experienced engineers and scientists who serve as your mentor(s) in completing assigned projects gaining valuable experience in your field of study while contributing to Air Force and NAS missions. You will be required to present a briefing to senior management on work accomplished, lessons learned, and further recommended actions. Possible types of assignments fall into the following categories:
  • Mechanical System Engineers oversee installation, operation, maintenance, and repair of major mechanical equipment that provides test conditions to the test facilities, such as large air compressors, pumps, hydraulic systems, pneumatic systems, valves, gearboxes, actuators, drive systems, ducting, process piping, and many other pieces of equipment that require mechanical and/or process controls expertise.
  • Test Operations Engineers work closely with test customers on test project plans, scheduling, test article and related systems installation, and direct our contract’s test team throughout the test cycle. Test operations engineers operate as system engineers for equipment within the test facility, coordinate with design engineers on large design efforts, and engage in some small design tasks for temporary, test-peculiar systems.
  • Mechanical Design Engineers design, evaluate, analyze, and assist in the fabrication and installation of hardware across the complex including process piping systems, drive systems, mechanisms, and test hardware.
  • Technology Engineers work on advanced engineering tasks including development of computation fluid and structural dynamics algorithms, understanding and developing physics based modeling of fluid structures interactions, modeling thermodynamic and, heat transfer processes. They also work on development and application of advanced intrusive and non-intrusive high temperature high speed gas flow and physical structure diagnostics, and development of future test techniques for high speed flight simulation in ground test facilities.
  • Electrical System Engineers oversee installation, operation, maintenance, repairs, and upgrades of major electrical equipment that provides test conditions to the test facilities, such as large motors driving huge air compressors, electrical switchgear, over-current protection, arc flash considerations, transformers, PLCs, relays, solid state variable frequency systems, etc.
  • Power / Utilities Engineers oversee installation, operation, maintenance, repairs, and upgrades of major electrical equipment that takes the 161KV incoming power and distributes it using step-down transformers to all of the plant and test facilities on the base, working with equipment such as electrical switchgear, transformers, over-current and lightning protection, arc flash considerations, relays, PLCs, etc. 
  • Instrumentation/Data/Controls Engineers support ongoing design, implementation, and/or maintenance in one of the following areas: computer controlled data acquisition systems; custom configuration and implementation of existing facility systems; motion control systems for precision positioning of aircraft models in wind tunnels; plant control systems to ensure delivery of specified test conditions; and facility and process control systems to measure and sustain test conditions. These electrical engineers work with equipment such as PLCs, signal conditioning and filtering, data acquisition systems, electronic communications protocols, digital servo valves, amplifiers, digital voltage / temperature / pressure sensors, transducers, flowmeters, thermocouples, etc.
  • Software Engineers and Computer Scientists apply programming, design, configuration management, and testing skills to develop and deploy highly complex systems and applications performing data acquisition, data processing, near real-time web browser based data displays, data mining, and data storage.  These systems support the ground testing of turbine engines, aircraft models, missile systems, and space systems.  Typical programming languages and tools used are C, C++, FORTRAN, Python, Java, Javascript, Subversion, Trac, Jenkins, IDEs, and application frameworks.
Minimum requirements for consideration:
  • Resumes must include degree program, projected graduation date, and GPA in order to be considered.
  • Must be currently enrolled in university and pursuing a degree in one of the following disciplines: mechanical engineering, mechatronics engineering, electrical engineering, computer engineering, software engineering, physics, or computer science from an accredited engineering college or university.
  • Satisfactory completion of at least one year of study as a full-time student in one of the above listed disciplines at the time the internship begins. Graduate students are also welcome to apply.
  • Minimum GPA of 2.75
  • Ability to work 40 hours per week from May to August
  • Must have reliable transportation to transport oneself from building to building within the industrial complex
  • Must be a U.S. citizen
Preferred qualifications
  • Self-driven with the ability to seek out requirements with minimal direction
  • Demonstrated intellectual curiosity
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively
  • Desire to work on a team with energy and commitment to the work assigned
  • Adaptable and willing to stretch technically and learn new things
  • Interest in supporting our nation’s defense
Due to Air Force Security requirements, U.S. Citizenship is required for employment at AEDC.

NAS is an Equal Opportunity Employer of Minority/Women/Veterans/Disabled (AA/EOE). All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.

Applicants with a physical or mental disability, who require a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process, may e-mail their request to careers@nas-llc.us. PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT RESUMES to this address as they will not be considered for employment opportunities.

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