Mechanical Engineering Research Assistant

LASP Careers

Mechanical Engineering Research Assistant

Posted August 24, 2023

Job Description

The LASP Mechanical Engineering student interns will work under the mentorship of senior engineers with a wide experience base in the design, analysis, fabrication, integration, and testing of spaceflight hardware for the aerospace industry. Students will get practical, hands-on training in hardware handling and lab best practices. They will have direct responsibility for designing, ordering, and building hardware while following a project’s development schedule.

The minimum commitment is for one (1) year (a summer and two semesters), working full-time (40 hrs/week) during the summer and part-time (10-20 hrs/week) while classes are in session, with opportunities to work up to 40 hrs/week during other breaks in classes, and possible opportunities to continue to work beyond the first year. Many student interns at LASP work beyond one year, and several have been hired as full-time professional engineers after graduation.

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

  • Design flight parts, test hardware, and handling fixtures in CAD (Solidworks).
  • Create drawings for parts using Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing (GD&T).
  • Order parts for fabrication by interfacing with the LASP production team and outside vendors as necessary.
  •  Perform engineering analyses using hand calculations and/or Finite Element Models (Ansys or Nastran).
  • Prepare procedures and conduct tests on flight and/or development hardware. Tests may include vibration testing, mechanism life testing, thermal vacuum testing, and system performance testing.

Minimum Requirements

  • Major: Mechanical Engineering or Aerospace Engineering
  • School Experience: Undergraduate
    • Preferred: Sophomore or Junior Standing (2nd or 3rd year)
  • GPA: 3.0 or higher
  • Work Commitment:
    • Able to work 10-20 hrs/week while classes are in session and 40 hrs/week in the summer with opportunities to work up to 40 hrs/week during other school breaks.
    • Able to commit for a minimum of one year (two semesters and one summer)

Required Skills

Modeling parts and assemblies, and creating mechanical drawings in Solidworks.

  • Ability to self-manage, prioritize tasks, and report on status during team meetings.
  • Ability to ask for guidance, take feedback, learn new skills, learn from mistakes, and review their own work.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Identify and implement principles from undergraduate coursework to evaluate designs and perform basic analyses.

Desired Skills (not required)

  • Experience with engineering drawings using Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing (GD&T).
  • Experience working with mechanical parts, assemblies, and hardware (fasteners, pins, hand tools, etc.).
  • Experience/knowledge of fabrication methods and their advantages and limitations.
  • Analysis experience (Femap/NASTRAN, ANSYS, detailed hand calculations).


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.

  • Please submit resume via e-mail (preferred) to:
  • Include any coursework or experience you have that directly relates.
  • 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.
  • Please include your US citizenship status in your email.
  • 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.

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