Robotics Engineering Co-op Intern
New ideas are all around us, but only a few will change the world. That’s our focus at JPL. We ask the biggest questions, then search the universe for answers—literally. We build upon ideas that have guided generations, then share our discoveries to inspire generations to come. Your mission—your opportunity—is to seek out the answers that bring us one step closer. If you’re driven to discover, create, and inspire something that lasts a lifetime and beyond, you’re ready for JPL.
Located in Pasadena, California, JPL has a campus-like environment situated on 177 acres in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and offers a work environment unlike any other: we inspire passion, foster innovation, build collaboration, and reward excellence.
Robotics Mechanical Systems Engineering, the place where robots for planetary exploration are born! We engage in research, technology development, and the creation of advanced robotic hardware platforms and systems from architectural concept through operations.
Members of this team investigate, plan, design and develop robotic hardware for a wide variety of applications and environments. Robots developed by this team are designed operate from the ice expanses of the Arctic to the crushing depths of Earth’s oceans; from the hellish conditions of Venus, to Mars, to the frozen moons of Enceladus and Europa. Teams apply research to the planning, design, development, and testing of mechanical and/or electromechanical systems for mobility, manipulation, and climbing; sensors; instruments; and controls.
What it takes:
- Must be available to work full-time for approximately 4-6 months as a co-op for fall 2019 or spring 2020
- Must be currently enrolled in a college or university pursuing a bachelors, masters, or PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Physics, Robotics, or related technical discipline. Must be enrolled full time in school following the fall or spring term.
- Must have a minimum cumulative 3.0 out of a 4.0 GPA
- Knowledge in one or more of the following areas: mechanical design, robotics, controls, electronics, computer engineering, computer aided design (CAD) and mechanical analysis tool (FEA).
- Recently completed coursework providing an understanding and application of standard principles, theories, concepts and techniques in mechanical systems including structures, configuration, mechanisms, structural analysis, and integration and test.
- General knowledge of applicable industry and/or academic practices and standards in mechanical design.
- Relevant internship experience
What would help:
- Experience with computer aided design and drafting, and spacecraft flight hardware development and test. Working knowledge of SolidWorks.
- Demonstrated leadership abilities
- Experience working with robots through education, hobbies, teams, and/or clubs
- Ability to solve mechanical design problems, perform trade studies, develop design requirements, perform piece part design, and coordinate fabrication, assembly, and qualification of hardware.
- Good verbal and written communications skills with ability to work in a team environment.
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