Summer 2018 Internship position in Redmond, WA.
Hall Current and Arcjet Thruster propulsion systems are key components of Geo-synchronous Earth Orbit satellites used by our military and commercial satellite service providers. Hall Thruster Propulsion Systems propel interplanetary spacecraft to and from their distant destinations. Aerojet Rocketdyne is the premier supplier of these enabling propulsion systems. A key component of these systems is the Power Processing Unit (PPU) which converts spacecraft power from solar arrays to propulsion energy used by the Electric Propulsion thrusters. This intern will work in the Avionics Engineering group and will support our engineering team in the successful planning, design, development and qualification of power electronics used for electric propulsion on-board spacecraft.
Under direct supervision, the Intern will have responsibilities in the area of engineering support of electronics development for electric propulsion programs, including:
30% - Component, sub-system, and/or system level hardware development test planning, test conducting, and data analysis.
25% - Electrical circuit design and construction for hardware testing. Hardware fabrication support, including nonconformance resolution.
25% - Perform engineering circuit analysis as required in support of program tasks.
10% - Coordination of activities with other internal organizations such as engineering, manufacturing, quality, and test.
10% - Presentation of results at internal and external meetings.
Candidate must be currently enrolled in a B.S. or M.S. degree program in Electrical Engineering and have completed their junior year of study. Coursework and knowledge in the following areas are required: EE fundamentals, circuit analysis, semiconductor fundamentals and analog power circuits. Must be proficient in Microsoft Office and familiar with Matlab and/or SPICE software. Solid academic track record and demonstrated teamwork experience required. Solid written and verbal skills. An undergraduate concentration in power conversion is desired. Experience with development hardware, mechanical assembly and/or test preferred.
US Citizenship required. Must also be able to satisfy federal government requirements for access to government information, and having dual citizenship may preclude you from being able to meet this requirement.
Work Environment/Physical Requirements:
Employees in these positions must possess mobility to work in a standard office setting and to use standard office equipment, including a computer; stamina to sit and to maintain attention to detail despite interruptions; may occasionally lift/carry/push/pull up to 15 pounds; may require minimal walking, climbing, stooping, crouching, and/or bending; and vision to read printed materials and a computer screen, and hearing and speech to communicate in person and over the telephone. May require the ability to travel by air or auto. May require the use of personal protective equipment such as safety glasses, safety shoes, and shop coat. These positions may be expected to work varying shifts and hours to ensure successful operation of activities in the organization.