MIT Lincoln Laboratory CO-OP Student Fabrication Engineer in Lexington, Massachusetts

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The Fabrication Engineering Group provides fabrication engineering and materials management for both mechanical and electronic projects using state-of-the-art technology. The group is involved from the initial design through manufacturing, assembly, integration, and test, and works with program teams to influence schedule and budget. The group continually investigates innovative fabrication technologies to assess their utility for Laboratory efforts. Facilities include a machine shop with a wide range of computer-aided machine tools, plus sheet metal, polymer facility, and mechanical inspection. In the electronics area, capabilities include circuit-board design, assembly, inspection and failure analysis. The group also supports the Laboratory's environmental test requirements with vibration shakers, thermal chambers, vacuum chambers, and clean rooms.

Group 72 – Fabrication Engineer COOP Student Spring/Summer

The Fabrication Engineer COOP Student will document Group 72 fabrication processes, develop metrics to measure durations and timelines in those processes, analyze metric data and develop conclusions, provide solutions to reduce roadblocks and make the Group more effective and efficient, and then assist with implementing those solutions. The candidate will also help to stand up and evaluate software tools to assist with capacity planning and scheduling. Some understanding and experience with data analysis, manufacturing and fabrication processes (mechanical and electronic), assembly and integration, and environmental testing is desired. The candidate should also be able to interact with a variety of fabrication staff (process engineers, fabrication engineer, design and unit engineers, supervisors, planners, technicians, machinists, and inspectors), work in a team environment and possess excellent problem solving, and written/verbal communication skills.


  • Update Group 72 fabrication business process flow charts

  • Develop metrics to measure process efficiency in various group areas such as on-time delivery, time spent in shops/route steps, planner workload, time lost due to DRs, etc.

  • Analyze metric data and provide solutions and recommendations to improve efficiency

  • Develop plan to display job status and metrics in each shop

  • Help stand-up scheduling and capacity planning tools

  • Assist with developing Polymer Shop web-site to provide information on Polymer Lab capabilities and resources

  • Assist with organizing Group information on share drive.


  • Must be enrolled in an Engineering Bachelor’s Degree program that offers a COOP program

  • Proficiency with computer systems, basic software like Microsoft products (Word, PowerPoint, Excel) and Matlab, and some programming experience desired

  • GPA: 3.5/4 or higher

MIT Lincoln Laboratory is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, disability status, or genetic information; U.S. citizenship is required.