Co-op - Electro-Mechanical Engineering
Aurora Flight Sciences
 Manassas, VA

We are seeking outstanding Mechanical and Aerospace Engineer Co-ops to help develop and test industry-leading avionics solutions for the unmanned aerial vehicle industry. Aurora is a highly collaborative environment in which you will work independently and as a member of cohesive cross-functional teams. As such, candidates must have excellent communication and organizational skills and the desire to take on new tasks and learn new techniques.


  • Participate in the design, fabrication, integration, and test of UAV avionics systems. Design and procure digital and analog hardware for unmanned aerial vehicle avionics. Conduct testing of avionics components.
  • Design Avionics Hardware including avionics mounting shelves and brackets, antenna and lighting installations, creating electronics enclosures, and wire harness design and routing.
  • Analyze the avionics hardware installations with respect to stress, fatigue, thermal, vibration, and electrical bonding concerns.
  • Manage the flow of avionics components through the design phases, the design reviews, the fabrication phase, the component-level testing, and integration onto the UAV.
  • The components involved in a typical UAV are: computers, DC-DC converters, telemetry transmitters and receivers, measurement and control (A/D, D/A, thermocouples, pressure sensors, high-current switching, discrete I/O), GPS receivers, servos and actuators, microcontrollers, and embedded software.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Must be a U.S. Person (U.S. Citizen or a Permanent Resident/Green Card Holder)
  • Pursuing B.S. in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering
  • Familiarity with avionics and electronic systems is preferred.

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