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MIT Lincoln Laboratory Fall/Winter CO-OP Student in Lexington, Massachusetts

The Mechanical Engineering Group provides innovative mechanical solutions for advanced technology prototypes. Projects we have worked on include: laser communication, high-energy laser sensors, biological agent detectors, and large radar antennas for systems deployed on ground, maritime, air- and space-borne platforms. We have expertise in precision engineering, opto-mechanics, electronics packaging, large structures, highly efficient lightweight structures, composite materials and additive manufacturing. We are the Engineering Division's center for 3D CAD and data management, and are involved in every step of a program's execution from conceptual design to system integration and test.

Position Description

The group seeks a co-op to assist staff members in the Mechanical/Aerospace Engineering field of design, structural analysis, assembly, integration and testing and/or systems engineering. Design duties include using CAD software to make part models, generating drawings and ensuring proper fabrication of parts. Structural analysis duties could include: creating and running finite element models, analyzing model results and structural or thermal testing. Assembly, Integration and Test duties include developing AI&T procedures and assisting with AI&T activities and documentation. Systems engineering duties could include supporting payload architecture definition (optical, mechanical, electrical), generating system-level block diagram (electrical and/or mechanical) and integration and test planning.

The successful candidate will work as part of a multidisciplinary team and assist staff members in the Mechanical/Aerospace engineering fields of mechanical design and testing. Mechanical design tasks may include computer aided design, structural and thermal analytical and finite element modeling. Testing duties could include preparing for and supporting component and/or system level testing.


  • Currently enrolled in a formal coop program of study in engineering or physics (Mechanical Engineering or Aerospace Engineering preferred)

  • Completed Mechanical Design, Mechanics of Materials or equivalent classes

  • GPA 3.5/4.0 or higher

  • Mechanical CAD experience preferred, but not required

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Selected candidate will be subject to a pre-employment background investigation and must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret level DoD security clearance.

To safeguard our health and well-being, MIT Lincoln Laboratory requires COVID-19 vaccination for all employees. Individuals may request exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reason.

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.

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