This position is for a Summer 2018 Intern test engineer in the Chemistry lab located in Culpeper, VA. Selected candidate will be responsible for providing materials related technical support to product teams, receiving inspection materials testing, wet chemistry analysis, metallography, hardware cleanliness verification, processing development support, failure analysis, and manufacturing process development. This internship will contribute to the candidate’s ability to enter the M&P Engineering discipline as an entry level engineer (after graduation).
70% - Provide Materials Engineering support for propulsion hardware design, fabrication and test. Assist in the selection of materials for product application, the calculation of design allowables from literature and experimental data, the performance of material properties testing, and the generation of technical reports and presentations to document technical conclusions/findings.
30% - Coordinate test activities in the laboratories.
Candidates must be currently enrolled and pursuing a Bachelor's degree in a field such as Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Materials Engineering or related major at an accredited educational institution. This internship will contribute to the candidate’s ability to enter the M&P Engineering discipline as an entry level engineer (after graduation).
Candidates must have the ability to work in a team oriented environment, have excellent problem solving skills, interpersonal and communication skills, organizational and strong computer knowledge is mandatory. Solid academic track record expected.
Hands-on experience with Metallography, AAS, UV-VIS Spectrometry, FTIR equipment, Ion Chromatography, and Automated titrators is desirable. Some experience in an industrial setting is also desirable (i.e co-op or internship), as well as demonstrated proficiency in practical application of engineering principles, or quality systems support.
Familiarity with Materials Specifications and working knowledge of ASTM test procedures are a plus.
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 and Physical Requirements
Employee may need to work near moving mechanical parts and in loud working conditions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to fumes, chemicals or airborne particles. Laboratory work will also be required to evaluate materials and failure analysis.