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Electrical or Mechatronics Engineer Internship 2023 - Tunnel 9 - 2948

Silver Spring, MD · Government/Military
Title: Electrical or Mechatronics Engineer Internship 2023 - Tunnel 9 - 2948
Function: Mission Execution/Engineering
Position Type: Casual (Temporary)                                 
Pay Type: NES
Grade: MD ET1/ET2
US Citizenship Required: Yes

2023 Summer Intern Opportunities for Electrical or Mechatronics Engineers

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.

This opportunity is being offered by National Aerospace Solutions, LLC at the Hypervelocity Wind Tunnel No. 9 (Tunnel 9) located at the Silver Spring, MD site of AEDC. National Aerospace Solutions (NAS) is the team selected by the U.S. Air Force to conduct Test and Operations Sustainment at the Arnold Engineering Development Complex (AEDC). 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.

An exciting career opportunity exists for an Electrical or Mechatronics Engineering Intern as a member of a small team of engineers and technicians who operate and maintain the Air Force’s and Department of Defense’s primary high Mach number and high Reynolds number facility for hypersonic ground testing and the validation of computational simulations.

Tunnel 9 is a Geographically Separated Unit (GSU) of a larger organization and as a result many discrete functions are small in scale and accomplished with a smaller, more agile workforce than that of a large organization. Tunnel 9 provides aerodynamic simulation critical to hypersonic system development and hypersonic vehicle technologies at speeds from Mach 7 to Mach 18. Tunnel 9 is the highest Reynolds number, largest scale ground test facility in the world capable of simultaneously collecting continuous pitch polar static force and moment, pressure and heat transfer data during each run.

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 conducted at AEDC Tunnel 9. These are real engineering 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):
  • Create and modify electrical schematics using AutoCAD
  • Develop graphical user interfaces for processing, analyzing, and decoding data
  • Research power load bank systems to determine feasibility of use in emergency generator systems
  • Develop and configure portable wireless capability for instrumentation network
  • Modify or develop hardware and software interfaces between data sources and computer hardware used in integrated data acquisition and processing systems
  • Assist in the field implementation, validation and verification of new or recently modified measurement, data acquisition, and/or controls systems
  • Improve/Add limit indicator to networks and facility HMI screens utilized by operators in the facilities
  • Analyze current optical measurement system and provide recommendations for upgrade of existing analog drive motors with more modern stepper motor technology
  • Modify or develop PLC ladder logic or HMI screens for facility control systems
  • Configure and program Digital Servo Amps or other control system hardware  for facility control systems
  • Develop improved system controller interfaces
  • Perform system integration, checkouts and troubleshooting, redline drawings, and improve clarity and quality of work instructions for test cell systems
  • Research and prepare technical documentation and recommendation for operationally feasible dewpoint measurement hardware
  • Develop portable electronic device used for timing and calibration of high speed camera systems
  • Evaluate current preventative and predictive maintenance processes and procedures for high/medium voltage electrical equipment and improve clarity and quality of existing work instructions
  • Perform field verification of hydraulic units’ drawings and perform engineering check of controls schematics
  • Perform system walk-downs to evaluate electrical integrity, functionality, and for NEC/NFPA code compliance

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 electrical engineering or mechatronics engineering 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 each week for 10 to 12 weeks from May to August. This is a full time job
  • 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
  • Experience with reading wire tables and cable instrumentation
  • Experience with AutoCAD
  • Ability to read, create, and modify electrical schematics
  • Knowledge or experience in PID design

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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