BOT Student Engineer

LASP Careers

BOT Student Engineer

Posted November 4, 2022

Engineering Student Employment Opportunity

The Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) is a world-renowned space science research institute at the University of Colorado, Boulder on east campus.  The in-house engineering group supports the design and manufacture of space-based and suborbital instruments and small spacecraft for LASP and partner institutions. LASP has developed scientific instrumentation for twelve deep-space missions, fifteen Earth-orbiting missions, 200 sub-orbital rocket flights and over 20 airborne experiments.

LASP Student BOT Engineer Requirements and Job Description

Minimum Requirements:

  • Major: Science or Engineering; others considered from interested students.
  • School Experience: Sophomore or Junior is preferred
  • Basic hardware testing and debugging skills
  • Experience with Microsoft Office or related software
  • Work Commitments:
    • Able to work 10-20 hours/week during school year, 40 hours/week during summer
    • Able to commit for a minimum of one year (two semesters and a summer)

Not Required, but Desirable:

  • Basic understanding of electronic circuits, experience with electrical assembly or testing
  • Recordkeeping experience
  • Experience with CAD software
  • Experience with programming in Matlab, Python, Excel VBA, Labview, or similar
  • Experience using hand tools
  • Experience with basic machine shop tools

Physical Requirements:

  • Physical laboratory work with vacuum, optical, electrical, and mechanical systems
  • Periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer

Job Description:

The LASP BOT Engineering Group student will join the Instrument Engineering Department and work under the mentorship of a contamination control engineer in the Bake-out Tanks (BOT) lab.  This opportunity provides the student with practical, hands-on experience in thermal vacuum systems and contamination control for space flight missions for NASA and other customers. The minimum commitment is for one (1) year (two semesters and a summer), working part time (10-20 hours/week) while classes are in session and full-time (40 hours/week) during the summer. The hope is that the student will be able to continue to work beyond the first year. Many student employees at LASP work beyond one year, and many have been hired as full-time professional engineers after graduation.

This is an excellent opportunity for students who wish to get a chance to work in an aerospace environment.  Students will learn about the operation, maintenance, and principles of vacuum systems, and gain insight into the production process for space instruments.  No prior experience in aerospace or with vacuum systems is required, but the student should be eager to learn new skills and concepts.

Specific job functions may include, but are not limited to:

  • Designing, Building, Operating, and Troubleshooting thermal vacuum bake out tanks
  • Planning and executing vacuum bake out of spaceflight hardware
  • Analysis of residual gas analyses (RGA) and other data to assess spaceflight hardware cleanliness
  • Documentation of activities, processes, procedures, and test results
  • Communication with engineers about their parts throughout the bakeout process
  • Supporting fabrication and assembly activities

How to Apply:

LASP is a very good training site for future aerospace industry employment. Our students receive job offers from aerospace companies across the United States, many times receiving more than one employment opportunity in this field upon graduation.

Resumes for this position will be accepted until it is filled.

  1. Please submit resume via e-mail (preferred) to:
  2. Include any coursework or experience you have that directly relates.
  3. Due to the requirement to access export-controlled data and information, only U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents (green cards), or other protected individuals (i.e., persons designated as an asylee, refugee, or a temporary resident under amnesty provisions) may apply.
  4. Please include your US citizenship status in your email.
  5. Provide unofficial academic transcripts.

All final applicants being considered for employment are subject to background investigations including a criminal history check and when appropriate a financial and/or motor vehicle history.

Equal Employment Opportunity:

The University of Colorado Boulder is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to building a diverse and inclusive workforce. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals, including veterans, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, or disability.

Hourly Range:

$15.00-17.50 p/h


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