Position Description

Mechanical Engineering Intern (Summer 2019)
Location Simi Valley, CA
Employment type Intern/Supplemental
ID 261
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Who We Are

Based in California, AeroVironment (AVAV) is a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and tactical missile systems. Founded in 1971 by celebrated physicist and engineer, Dr. Paul MacCready, we’ve been at the leading edge of technical innovation for more than 45 years. Be a part of the team that developed the world’s most widely used military drones and created the first submarine-launched reconnaissance drone, and has seven innovative vehicles that are part of the Smithsonian Institution’s permanent collection in Washington, DC.

Join us today in developing the next generation of small UAS and tactical missile systems that will deliver more actionable intelligence to our customers so they can proceed with certainty – and succeed.


We are currently seeking Mechanical Engineering Interns to join our Summer 2019 internship program.

We’re an engineering innovator and that means we look for people with a broad background of technical skills and the desire to tackle real-world challenges. To qualify, you must be a Junior or higher in one of our preferred majors; possess a desire to build things; have a strong engineering aptitude;and thrive working in a team environment. 

Job Duties and Responsibilities

You’ll have real responsibilities that impact actual products and help pave the way on our development path. Whether you’re part of a team designing a new unmanned aircraft to be used for planetary surveillance, or working to test and verify design modifications to flight hardware/software systems, or helping to resolve flight behavior issues on a miniature unmanned aerial vehicle your AeroVironment internship will challenge you, stimulate you and provide you with real-world experience at one of America’s most innovative and creative tech companies.

You’ll use your hands-on knowledge and skills to participate in multiple phases of our Engineering/Manufacturing Design & Development process. You will support engineering and design activities in your discipline using tools such as Windtunnels, 3-D Printers, Solidworks, Altium, Ansys, Visual Studio, and Matlab. 

If you thrive on innovation and challenge, our engineering internship will exceed your expectations. You'll understand how your work fits into the whole and we'll give you the support you need to do the best work of your life.

Required Qualifications & Background

If you are a Junior, Senior or Grad Student pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering, AV offers the ultimate hands-on intern experience that will help prepare you for your future.

Here’s what you’ll need to succeed:

  • UAV or Robotics experience
  • General engineering fundamentals, mathematics, physics, material properties
  • Completed coursework relevant to major
  • Flight test or R/C experience a plus
  • Hand-on experience with relevant tools
  • Familiarity with structured development techniques
  • Experience with software tools in your area of expertise
  • Must be a US citizen or US permanent resident to support ITAR

ITAR Requirement:

This position requires the use of information which is subject to compliance with the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). To conform to U.S. Government export regulations/ITAR, applicant must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. Applicants cannot be hired until they are qualified to have such access. 

Interview/Hiring Process:  

Candidates who are identified for the next step in the selection process will be contacted by a recruiter and scheduled for a phone interview with a hiring manager.
Hiring managers will make decisions and offers will be extended between December 2018 and January 2019.






Additional Requirement:  This position requires you have access to data and technology that is subject to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). Applicants cannot be hired until they are qualified to have such access. To meet this qualification you must be a current U.S. Person and provide documentation as such.  Some positions due to contracts will require current U.S. Citizenship.

Benefits:  AV offers a great benefits package, 401K with company matching, and a paid holiday shutdown.  For more information about our company benefit offerings please visit http://www.avinc.com/myavbenefits.

We also encourage you to review our company website at http://www.avinc.com to learn more about us. 

Principals only need apply.  NO agencies please.

What We Do

Building on a history of technological innovation, AeroVironment designs, develops, produces, and supports an advanced portfolio of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and tactical missile systems.  Agencies of the U.S. Department of Defense and allied military services use the company’s hand-launched UAS to provide situational awareness to tactical operating units through real-time, airborne reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition.

AeroVironment Incorporated is an equal opportunity employer, M/F/D/V and works in compliance with both federal and state laws. We are committed to the concept regarding Equal Employment opportunity. Qualified candidates will be considered for employment regardless of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, marital status, medical condition nor disability, genetics, veteran and all others that may apply.

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