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Mechanical Engineer Internship 2023 - 2881B

Arnold AFB, TN · Government/Military
Title: Mechanical Engineer Internship 2023 - 2881B
Function: Engineering
Position Type: Casual, Internship                                 
Pay Type: NES                           
Grade: ET1/ET2
US Citizenship Required: Yes

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

2023 Summer Intern Opportunities for Mechanical Engineers
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 electric motors, compressors, hydraulic systems, refrigeration systems, heaters, dryers, power systems, measurement and data acquisition systems, control systems, and more.  We do not design or conduct analysis of the vehicles; we design, operation, and maintain the systems which enable ground test of models and subassemblies 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 and computer science. 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.

Our internship is structured such that you are assigned multiple tasks to complete throughout the summer to provide exposure to the variety of types of work and mission areas available here at AEDC. These are real engineering/technical assignments that need to be completed, not busy work to keep you occupied.

Examples of types of tasks interns have worked include: (these are examples, not an exhaustive list):
  • Develop 3-D model of test support components and/or equipment
  • Analyze damage to equipment and propose possible repair approaches
  • Evaluate and propose concepts to solve technical issues associated with test cell components or structures
  • Develop design concept and detailed design for modification of piping systems and components
  • Analyze piping stress and develop pipe support design
  • Verify operational curves in the performance modeling of an industrial plant
  • Produce thorough and effective work instructions per company policy
  • Develop analytical models of test support systems
  • Analyze performance and/or efficiencies in facilities
  • Perform stress analysis on different strut designs under different testing scenarios
  • Evaluate simulator training to ensure plant configuration and equipment is accurately modeled for test cell training purposes
  • Create databases for various tracking of hardware along with drawings, inspection data, material info, etc.
  • Perform system walkdowns to ensure compliance with configuration management requirements
  • Perform literature search related to highly technical problems to provide research for evaluation of test methods

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 mechanical engineering degree from an accredited 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 encouraged to apply.
  • Minimum GPA of 2.75
  • Ability to work 40 hours each week for 10 to 12 weeks from May to August. This is a full time position.
  • Must have reliable transportation to transport oneself from building to building within the industrial complex
  • Must be a U.S. citizen

Preferred qualifications
  • Positive attitude and willingness to receive feedback
  • 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
Interested and qualified students should apply at https://nascareers.catsone.com/careers/ by uploading a current resume – pdf files work best; .doc and .docx files are also acceptable.

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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