Sensors and Imaging Systems Co-Op

Job Location US-MA-Cambridge
Posted Date 2 weeks ago(3/6/2018 11:27 AM)
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Co-Op student will part of an interdisciplinary team comprised of mechanical, optical, electrical, and chemical engineers as well as physicists. The primarily role of the co-op student will be to support the research, design, and testing of precision optics, imaging systems, and inertial guidance instruments for existing customers.  Various disciplines being utilized will be relevant to the student’s background and interests.  Some details are:

  • Mechanical engineering students will focus primarily on instrument and fixture design and analysis utilizing SolidWorks, Pre Engineering and ANSYS FEA software. They will take part in testing activities both at a sensor and subsystem level as well as documentation. They will collaborate with Draper’s technicians and engineers on assembly builds of experiments and instruments, making use of Draper’s prototype machine shop, rapid proto-typing lab for 3d printed parts, and planning and executing lab testing. 
  • Electrical engineering and computer science students will focus on circuit design, electronics testing, system-level sensor testing, and designing code for various test setups. They will work alongside Draper’s design and test engineers to implement solutions quickly and efficiently across a number of activities and programs.  Candidate will need experience with both analog and digital circuitry as well as control equipment.
  • Physics students will work directly with optical engineers and physicists to help develop the cutting edge technology for new sensor and imaging systems. They will get a wide variety of tasks to support the core technology development including but not limited to: test fixture design, optical modeling, test execution, research and assisting in new business development opportunities.




Mechanical or Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, or Physics student with a minimum of a 3.0 GPA and hands-on experience required. Intuitive understanding of the physical universe is mandatory. Experience with some subset of mechanical design tools (Pro Engineer or SolidWorks), electrical design tools (analog and digital circuits and test equipment such as ocilliscopes and multimeters/probes), coding and data processing tools (MATLAB, C++, Python, LabVIEW, etc) are strongly preferred.  Additional desirable experience includes hands-on laboratory testing and research of cutting edge technologies. 


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