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Students

The National Institute for Aviation Research is hiring students majoring in engineering and related fields. We’re also looking for students majoring in any discipline who are engineering-minded or aspiring toward a career in aviation or manufacturing. Applicants should be capable of working 20+ hours per week. Must be hard-working, diligent, responsible and committed to excellence. Certain positions have additional qualification requirements, and, due to client specifications, many of our positions require U.S. citizens.

We are hiring students for the positions listed below. Click on the description to learn more about the position. Apply online and email your resume to the individual listed in the job description. 

ITAR positions for U.S. Citizens only:   

Nondestructive Inspection Student Assistant-Composites Lab
 

The Composites Lab at NIAR is looking for student assistants to perform ultrasonic and computed tomography x-ray test methods. Must be a U.S. citizen. Preferred applicant is a freshman or sophomore majoring in Aerospace or Mechanical Engineering.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Operate automated ultrasonic gantry inspection equipment
  • Operate hand held portable ultrasonic equipment
  • Operate CT X-ray inspection equipment
  • Perform inspections according to customer requirements
  • Interpret and analyze inspection data
  • Create reports from the inspection data
  • Equipment maintenance

Qualifications:

  • S. Citizen
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office
  • Able to work evenings and weekends if needed
  • Available to work a minimum of 20 hours per week
  • Interest in nondestructive testing
  • Must be able to take an online Ultrasonic Level I & II class if hired.
Student Assistant - Advanced Manufacturing Development

As part of NIAR’s Advanced Manufacturing Development group, you will research the ideation, maturation, design, and analysis of advanced materials and manufacturing processes. The group conducts research for a wide array of customers and engages in applied research and advanced technology development. Examples include components fabricated via additive manufacturing (including material extrusion, powder bed fusion, directed energy deposition, sheet lamination) and emerging composite structures and technologies.

Preferred applicant is a freshman or sophomore majoring in Engineering (any qualified applicant may apply).

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Basic understanding of advanced materials, manufacturing processes, and an interest in it as a potential career.
  • Ability to work with CATIA, Siemens NX, or other CAD/CAM packages.
  • Working knowledge of programming languages such as VBA, C+, and MATLAB.
  • Knowledge of Finite Element Analysis for stress analysis and thermal analysis. 
  • Knowledge of fatigue and fracture mechanisms.    
  • Basic understanding of polymers, metallurgy, phase diagrams, and basic grain structures.
  • Ability to work with and understand complex systems.

Required Qualifications:

  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).
  • Self-motivated and able to work without constant supervision.
  • Enthusiastic and willing to learn from a variety of specialists in the field of additive manufacturing, composites, and material testing.
  • Interest in additive manufacturing (3D printing) and managing complex research projects.
  • Ability to read and interpret engineering drawings
  • Strong communication skills both verbally and through written work.
  • Available to work a minimum of 20 hours per week.

If interested, please send an email with your resume and a cover letter to the following email address:

Andrew Hanson: ahanson@niar.wichita.edu

Computer Science Student Assistant – ATLAS

NIAR - ATLAS (Advanced Technologies Lab for Aerospace Systems) is looking for a student assistant to help. Computer Science majors are preferred, but all students with programming experience will be considered. 

Job Responsibilities:

  • Programming, Compiling data, coding
  • Use of Python, C Sharp, Catia, Visual Studios
  • Researching codes and languages
  • Integrating software and framework
  • Experience with external libraries
  • Classes/Object Oriented
  • Polymorphism/ Templated classes
  • Basic Algorithm, searches, sorts
  • Code profiling and optimization
  • Database familiarity
  • Experience with Opencv or image manipulation libraries
  • Machine learning experience
  • UI/UX design experience
  • PLC/microcontroller programming experience

Required skills:

  • S. Citizenship is required for this position
  • Ability to decipher and understand engineering data
  • Understanding of basic engineering concepts
  • Solid understanding of composite structures
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to effectively prioritize and manage workflow
  • Ability to work independently
  • Must be available to work a minimum of 20 hours per week
  • Ability to work long hours and weekends as necessary

Students that are interested in working with our team may send resumes to kleal@niar.wichita.edu

Composite Automation Engineer – ATLAS

As part of a NIAR’s new ATLAS addition, you will be part of a team that supports the design, development, and integration of experimental technologies. This position will directly impact the future of aircraft structures, how they are manufactured, inspected, and repaired. This position will require your dedicated commitment and detailed attention towards efficient and repeatable control systems. Only U.S. Citizens will be considered.

Responsibilities:

  • Participate in initial equipment conceptual development and carefully balance product specifications, process requirements, layout complexity, cost, and lead-time limits.
  • Generate full CAD models, component drawings, assembly drawings and interface controls details. (CATIA V5 or 3DE preferred)
  • Generate aesthetically simple HMI screens for complex machinery while providing sufficient feedback for troubleshooting.
  • Develop component specifications and manage suppliers
  • Provide developmental and operational support.
  • Participate in subsystem level testing including planning, execution, data reduction and analysis
  • Manage electrical cabinet builds, field wiring, pneumatic and fluid plumbing.
  • Set, implement, and maintain schedules and budgets to ensure project completion

Qualifications:

  • Must be a U.S. citizen or national, U.S. permanent resident (current Green Card holder), or lawfully admitted into the U.S. as a refugee or granted asylum.
  • Ability to decipher and understand engineering data
  • Understanding of mechanical/control systems
  • Some understanding of composite structures
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to effectively prioritize and manage workflow
  • Ability to work independently without supervision
  • Must be available to work a minimum of 25 hours per week

Desired

  • PLC, C#.NET /Python programming
  • Hands on experience building and commissioning high quality electrical control panels & electro-mechanical systems.

Those that are interested in working with our team may send resumes to kleal@niar.wichita.edu

Automated Fiber Placement Engineer – ATLAS
As part of a NIAR’s new ATLAS addition, you will be part of a small team that supports the design, development, operations, and programming of two different Automated Fiber Placement machines. This position will directly impact the future of aircraft structures and how they are manufactured. This position will require your dedicated commitment and detailed attention towards efficient and repeatable manufacturing. Only U.S. Citizens will be considered.

Responsibilities:

  • Assist in the design and manufacturing of experimental composite tooling concepts. This includes conceptual and detailed design, development testing and qualification.
  • Generate full CAD models, component drawings, assembly drawings and interface controls details. (CATIA V5 or 3DE preferred)
  • Develop component specifications and manage suppliers
  • Provide manufacturing and operational support.
  • Program and operate two different Automated Fiber Placement (AFP) machines
  • Document processes and create detailed spreadsheets
  • Participate in subsystem level testing including planning, execution, data reduction and analysis
  • Ability to manage, track, and predict machine/material usage

Qualifications:

  • Must be a U.S. citizen or national, U.S. permanent resident (current Green Card holder), or lawfully admitted into the U.S. as a refugee or granted asylum.
  • Ability to decipher and understand engineering data
  • Understanding of mechanical/control systems
  • Some understanding of composite structures
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to effectively prioritize and manage workflow
  • Ability to work independently without supervision
  • Must be available to work a minimum of 25 hours per week

Desired:

  • Experience with detailed modeling utilizing CATIA V5 or 3DE
  • Experience with machines, such as: Robotics or CNC’s
  • Understanding of G-Code
  • Experience with the manufacturing/inspection of composite structures

Those that are interested in working with our team may send resumes to kleal@niar.wichita.edu

Student Assistant - Crash Lab

Must be a U.S. Citizen.  Students at NIAR’s Crash Dynamics Laboratory work hands-on to support dynamic sled testing and component testing for various customers worldwide.

Duties:

  • Installing fixtures and test articles on mounting plates and sled system
  • Aiding lab customers in test article preparation
  • Completing test checklists and associated tasks
  • Installing test fixture and in-dummy instrumentation
  • CMM measurements of test articles
  • Verifying ATDs are in proper condition prior to test
  • Maintaining a clean and safe work environment
  • Moving and lifting large items by hand and hoist

Qualifications:

  • Freshman or Sophomore with a Major in Aerospace, Mechanical or Biomedical Engineering
  • U.S. Citizen
  • Available 20-30 hours per week
  • Proficiency with hand/power tools
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Good communication Skills
  • Ability to work in a team oriented environment

Preferred Skills:

  • Microsoft Excel and Word
  • Visual Basic
  • NI Labview
  • NI Diadem
Research Assistant- Additive Manufacturing

Research Assistant- Additive Manufacturing

This position in the NIAR Advanced Research Programs office is to assist with industry and government research associated with the design and analysis of additively manufactured materials and emerging metallic structures and technologies. The lab conducts testing for a wide array of customers and engages in cutting edge research.

Preferred applicant is a Sophomore or Junior majoring in Engineering (any qualified applicant may apply).

Qualifications:

  • Basic understanding of Additive Manufacturing and an interest in it as a potential career.
  • Ability to work with 3D drawings such as AutoCAD and/or CATIA.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Access, Visio, PowerPoint) and a strong understanding and working knowledge with Excel.
  • Needs to be self-motivated and able to work on a task without constant supervision.
  • Enthusiastic and willing to learn from a variety of experts in the field of Additive Manufacturing, composites, and material testing.
  • Strong communication skills both verbally and through written work.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Basic understanding of metallurgy, phase diagrams, and basic grain structures.
  • Working knowledge of programming languages such as VBA, C+, and Matlab.
  • Knowledge of Finite Element Analysis for stress analysis and thermal analysis. 
  • Knowledge of fatigue and fracture mechanisms.
  • Experience of CATIA.   
  • Knowledge in manufacturing process especially 3D printing, metal or other polymer or composites manufacturing processes.  

Qualified applicants should apply to NIAR through Handshake and submit a resume and a writing sample (technical papers or lab reports are preferred but any ORIGINAL writing is accepted). Note that this is for the Additive Position.

The position will be on WSU campus at the NIAR or P2 buildings.

Student Assistant - CAD/CAM Lab

CAD/CAM Student Assistant 

Students working in the CAD/CAM lab will learn to utilize CAD programs to support various projects. In addition, they may be required to learn other software products and hardware. They will support a variety of projects and programs for the lab. Their task may range from classroom support and project research to direct industry program support. Students will be expected to assist lab staff in any way possible to help make the lab successful, presentable to customers, and accomplish projects in a timely manner.

Duties:

  • Assisting staff with the development classroom materials
  • Model components from various data sources
  • Assist staff with research project development
  • Assisting staff on industry level support
  • Operate and help maintain tools and equipment
  • Help keep a clean and safe work environment

Preferred Skills:

  • Proficiency in CATIA V5/V6
  • Effectively prioritize and manage workflow
  • Ability to work independently on extensive task

Required Skills:

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Products
  • Ability to read and interpret engineering drawings and bill of material systems.
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 25lbs
  • Ability to work with complex systems
  • Ability to work with hand tools and power tools for construction purposes
Postdoctoral Research Fellow Position
University of South Alabama seeks to hire a Postdoc Research Fellow and a Full-time Graduate Research Assistant for an Additive Manufacturing research project. This is for a Wichita State University, National Institute ffor Aviation Research, project that University of South Alabama is supporting.

 

Description:
The Postdoctoral Research Fellow and the Graduate Research Assistant will work on a federal funded project for Additive Manufacturing Research and will work with faculty from Mechanical Engineering and Chemistry Departments of the University of South Alabama

One Postdoctoral Research Fellow Position

Qualifications:

  1. Must be a US citizen
  2. With Ph.D. or D.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, System Engineering, or Materials Sciences and related fields.
  3. Extensive Knowledge of Finite Element Analysis for stress analysis and thermal analysis. Knowledge of fatigue analysis preferred.
  4. Demonstrated commercial FEA software experience.
  5. Demonstrated commercial CAD software experience. Experience of CATIA preferred.   
  6. Preferred to have knowledge in manufacturing process especially 3D printing, metal or other polymer or composites manufacturing processes.
  7. A quick learner and willing to learn 3D printing methods for various materials and their interaction with other components and environmental aging.

Competitive Salary (Starting Annual Salary: $65,000 plus Benefits)

 

One Full-time Graduate Research Assistant Position

Qualifications:

  1. Must be a US citizen
  2. With B.S. or M.S. (preferred) degree in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, System Engineering, or Materials Sciences and related fields.
  3. Will enroll as a full-time doctoral student (preferred) of System Engineering, or as a full-time master student in Mechanical Engineering at the University of South Alabama or Wichita State University.
  4. Knowledge of Finite Element Analysis for stress analysis. Knowledge of fatigue analysis preferred.
  5. Knowledge of commercial CAD software. Experience of CATIA preferred.   
  6. Preferred to have knowledge in manufacturing process especially 3D printing, metal or other polymer or composites manufacturing processes.
  7. A quick learner and willing to learn 3D printing methods for various materials and their interaction with other components and environmental aging.

Stipend and Tuition included

How to Apply:

Interested candidates should email the cover letter and resume to kthsiao@southalabama.edu. In addition, please provide the contact information of three references.  For inquiries please contact Professor Kuang-Ting Hsiao, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL 36688. Phone: (251) 460-7889. 

University of South Alabama (https://www.southalabama.edu/) is located in Mobile, AL (https://www.cityofmobile.org/), a beautiful city near the Gulf of Mexico. The University of South Alabama is an EO/AA employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, genetic information, disability, protected veteran status or any other applicable legally protected basis.

Open student positions:

Student Assistant - Advanced Manufacturing Development

As part of NIAR’s Advanced Manufacturing Development group, you will research the ideation, maturation, design, and analysis of advanced materials and manufacturing processes. The group conducts research for a wide array of customers and engages in applied research and advanced technology development. Examples include components fabricated via additive manufacturing (including material extrusion, powder bed fusion, directed energy deposition, sheet lamination) and emerging composite structures and technologies.

Preferred applicant is a freshman or sophomore majoring in Engineering (any qualified applicant may apply).

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Basic understanding of advanced materials, manufacturing processes, and an interest in it as a potential career.
  • Ability to work with CATIA, Siemens NX, or other CAD/CAM packages.
  • Working knowledge of programming languages such as VBA, C+, and MATLAB.
  • Knowledge of Finite Element Analysis for stress analysis and thermal analysis. 
  • Knowledge of fatigue and fracture mechanisms.    
  • Basic understanding of polymers, metallurgy, phase diagrams, and basic grain structures.
  • Ability to work with and understand complex systems.

Required Qualifications:

  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).
  • Self-motivated and able to work without constant supervision.
  • Enthusiastic and willing to learn from a variety of specialists in the field of additive manufacturing, composites, and material testing.
  • Interest in additive manufacturing (3D printing) and managing complex research projects.
  • Ability to read and interpret engineering drawings
  • Strong communication skills both verbally and through written work.
  • Available to work a minimum of 20 hours per week.

Qualified applicants should apply to NIAR through Handshake and submit a resume and a writing sample (technical papers or lab reports are preferred but any ORIGINAL writing is accepted).

The position will be on the WSU main campus at the NIAR or P2 buildings.

Student Assistant Position – Virtual Engineering Laboratory

The Virtual Engineering Laboratory at NIAR is looking for student assistants. Graduate students are preferred.  Position could become a Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) position based on performance during the first semester.

The students applying for this position should have at least basic knowledge on Finite Element Methods (FEM).

Main duties will be:

  • Discretization of structural components to perform numerical analysis (FEM) (50%).
  • Post-processing and documentation of numerical analysis results (Stress Analysis, Load Path Analysis, etc.) (20%)
  • Create CAD geometry for structural components (15%)
  • Support Senior Staff to create the numerical models (Material definitions, connections, etc.) (10%)
  • Test specimen preparation/documentation to conduct mechanical testing (5%).

Tools to be used:

  • Beta CAE, in particular: ANSA and META
  • Hyperworks Altair, in particular: Hypermesh and Hypergraph
  • CATIA V5
  • Microsoft PowerPoint, Excel, and Word.

If interested, please send an email with your resume and a cover letter to the following email addresses:

            Luis Gomez: luismanuel@niar.wichita.edu

Student application

Applications will not be retained for more than six months. Students are strongly encouraged to update their online application each semester. 

Student application

Full-Time Positions


There are currently no full-time positions at this time.

 


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