Want to join our team? If you are hard-working, diligent, responsible, driven, and committed to excellence we may have an opportunity for you. We are researchers, scientists, engineers, computer programmers, personnel specialists, accountants…you name it! Our team consists of over 800 full-time employees and 300 student assistants.

Full-Time Positions
Full-time openings are listed on the WSU Career site.

Details regarding opportunites for Engineering Services on a contract basis for NIAR are available on the Engineering Services site. 

Student Positions

Crash Dynamics Lab Student Assistant
Students working in the Crash Dynamics Lab will be part of the Advanced Virtual Engineering and Testing group. Primarily, students will provide support for preparation of crash tests for aerospace, military, and automotive seats, components, and vehicles. Additionally, students will support mechanical, material, and component testing. This position will be mostly hands-on experimental work; however, AVET is interested in students who wish to pursue a Graduate degree and gain experience in Finite Element Methods and numerical analysis.
 
This position requires access to EAR or ITAR controlled technologies. Applicants are required to be eligible for employment under U.S. export control laws and must meet the requirement of being a “U.S. Citizen”. Information will need to be collected in this regard, but will only be used to ensure compliance with U.S. export control laws. The University does not discriminate in its hiring practices and shall ensure compliance with all federal and state laws in the collection and reviews of such information collected. 
 
Duties:
·        Installing fixtures and test articles on mounting plates and crash simulation system
·        Aiding lab customers in test article preparation
·        Verifying crash test dummies are in proper condition for testing
·        Digitizing test articles via CMM (FARO Arm) and Laser scanning
·        Supporting research and help documenting for mechanical testing
·        Moving and lifting large items by hand and hoist
·        Maintaining a clean and safe work environment
 
Qualifications:
·        Currently working towards a Major in Engineering (Aerospace, Biomedical, Electrical and Mechanical preferred)
·        Willing to work a minimum of 20 hours per week during fall and spring semesters and 40 hours per week during summer break
·        Proficiency with hand and power tools
·        Strong attention to detail
·        Good communication skills
·        Ability to work in a team oriented environment
 
Preferred Skills:
·        CATIA V5
·        Visual Basic
·        NI Labview
·        NI Diadem
 
To view the full position description and apply for consideration, click here NIAR Crash Dynamics Lab Student Assistant
Machine Shop Waterjet Operator/Technician Student Assistant
NIAR's Machine Shop is looking for a student assistant to work in Aerospace research manufacturing in the machining of composite and metallic test parts via the use of waterjet manufacturing. We are looking for potential new employees who want to learn and grow with our research machining capabilities here at NIAR.
 
This position requires access to EAR or ITAR controlled technologies. Applicants are required to be eligible for employment under U.S. export control laws and must meet the requirement of being a “U.S. Citizen”. Information will need to be collected in this regard, but will only be used to ensure compliance with U.S. export control laws. The University does not discriminate in its hiring practices and shall ensure compliance with all federal and state laws in the collection and reviews of such information collected. 
 
Candidate skills:
-         Basic CAD modeling
-         Willingness to work in active, hands on environment
-         Problem solve manufacturing engineering challenges and issues
-         Communicate project requirements and constraints with teammates and customers
-         Knowledge in machine upkeep and maintenance
-         Able to work 30hrs per week during the semester
-         Pay: Staring at $15/hr-17/hr (8-5PM) | Night shift hours upon request
 
To view the full position description and apply for consideration, click here NIAR Machine Shop Waterjet Operator/Technician Student Assistant
Crash Lab/Advanced Virtual Engineering & Test Lab (AVET) Student Assistant
Students working in the Virtual Engineering Lab will be part of the Advanced Virtual Engineering and Testing group. AVET is interested in students who would like to learn Finite Element Methods and all the associated tasks that come with it (full-scale, component, and coupon level testing). Primarily, students will provide support for the development of Finite Element models for different programs. Students will be trained on the different software tools and provided with several tutorials to master them. Additionally, students will support the preparation of crash tests for aerospace, military, and automotive seats, components, and vehicles in the Crash Dynamic laboratory, as well as mechanical, material, and component testing in the Building Block laboratory. This position will be a mix of computational work and hands-on experimental work.
 
This position requires access to EAR or ITAR controlled technologies. Applicants are required to be eligible for employment under U.S. export control laws and must meet the requirement of being a “U.S. Person”. Information will need to be collected in this regard, but will only be used to ensure compliance with U.S. export control laws. The University does not discriminate in its hiring practices and shall ensure compliance with all federal and state laws in the collection and reviews of such information collected. 
 
Duties:
• CAD geometry clean-up and preparation for numerical analysis
• Geometry discretization and mesh generation
• Numerical model documentation and quality check
• Installing fixtures and test articles on the testing equipment
• Aiding lab customers in test article preparation
• Supporting research and help documenting for mechanical testing
• Moving and lifting large items by hand and hoist
• Maintaining a clean and safe work environment
 
Qualifications:
• Currently working towards a Major in Engineering (Aerospace, Biomedical, Electrical, and Mechanical preferred)
• Willing to work a minimum of 20 hours per week during fall and spring semesters and 40 hours per week during summer break
• Proficiency with hand and power tools
• Strong attention to detail
• Good communication skills
• Ability to work in a team oriented environment
Preferred Skills:
• CATIA V5
• Hypermesh
• Nastran 
• ANSA
 
To view the full position description and apply for consideration, click here NIAR Crash Lab/Advanced Virtual Engineering & Test Lab (AVET) Student Assistant
Quality Control, Dimensioning & Instrumentation Lab Assistant
The Quality Control, Dimensioning & Instrumentation Laboratory at NIAR is looking for a student assistant. All educational backgrounds matching the criteria below are welcome to apply. An engineering student is not a requirement.
 
This position requires access to EAR or ITAR controlled technologies. Applicants are required to be eligible for employment under U.S. export control laws and must meet the requirement of being a ”U.S. Person” as defined by 22 C.F.R. 120.15. “U.S. Person” includes U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident, refugee and those given asylum in the United States, and temporary residents granted amnesty OR eligible to obtain U.S. government authorization for this position by the time of hire. Information will need to be collected in this regard, but will only be used to ensure compliance with U.S. export control laws. The University does not discriminate in its hiring practices and shall ensure compliance with all federal and state laws in the collection and reviews of such information collected.  
 
 
Qualifications:
  • Must be pursuing a degree at Wichita State University.
  • Willing to work a minimum of 25 hours/week.
  • High attention to detail
  • Being organized
  • Reliable
  • Proactive
  • Responsible
 
Preferred:
Engineering solutions
  • Can be continually challenged with issues where finding quick and correct solutions is necessary.
Process Design
  • Can help design and make changes to assembly line processes to help improve processing time of workloads and minimize wasted materials.
Working with strict deadlines
  • Can complete required work on or before deadlines
Design (preferred not required)
  • Small design projects including CATIA based modeling for tooling and fixturing.
Programming
  • Can be challenged to help create programming solutions from scratch using Visual Basic and Microsoft Access to help keep track of inventoried items as well as manage expiration of chemicals.
  • Can maintain old programs which are already a part of our system which include Measurement verification software.
 
Job Duties:
  • Strain gage installation – Electrical Instrumentation
  • Surface Preparation
  • Dimensioning
  • Bonding
  • Soldering
  • Quality Check
  • Knowledge of ASTM & SACMA standards
  • Quality Control
  • Dimensioning of specimens
  • Documentation of unsat(s) characteristics for MRB purposes
  • Communicating unsatisfactory characteristics to the Program Manager 

To view the full position description and apply for consideration, click here NIAR Quality Control, Dimensioning & Instrumentation Lab Assistant

Walter H. Beech Wind Tunnel Student Assistant
The NIAR Walter H. Beech Wind Tunnel is looking for an undergraduate student assistant. Freshmen and sophomores (even with no previous research experience) are encouraged to apply! The successful candidate will help with everyday activities including the operation of the wind tunnel laboratory and solving real-world aerodynamic and experimental engineering challenges with outside commercial customers and other researchers.
 
 
The REQUIREMENTS for this position are:
• This position requires access to EAR or ITAR controlled technologies. Applicants are required to be eligible for employment under U.S. export control laws and must meet the requirement of being a ”U.S. Person” as defined by 22 C.F.R. 120.15. “U.S. Person” includes U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident, refugee and those given asylum in the United States, and temporary residents granted amnesty OR eligible to obtain U.S. government authorization for this position by the time of hire. Information will need to be collected in this regard, but will only be used to ensure compliance with U.S. export control laws. The University does not discriminate in its hiring practices and shall ensure compliance with all federal and state laws in the collection and reviews of such information collected.  
• Currently pursuing an Aerospace Engineering degree at WSU
• Strong interest in aerodynamics and/or wind tunnels
• Ability to personally and professionally interact with other students, staff, faculty, and outside customers of the Walter H. Beech Wind Tunnel
 
The PREFERRED skills for this position are:
• ‘Hands-on’ mechanical skills (use of hand tools, power tools, some machining equipment such as lathe and milling machine, 3-D Printing, etc.)
• Programming knowledge in the Visual Studio family as well as CATIA experience
 
12 – 30 hours/week during the semesters. Full time opportunities during the Summer. We’re looking for students to work for their entire academic career. 
 
Please attach a cover letter that highlights that the requirements are met and a brief explanation of why you are interested in aerodynamics and/or wind tunnels.
 
To view the full position description and apply for consideration, click here NIAR Walter H. Beech Wind Tunnel Student Assistant
Program Management Office (PMO) Project Management Support
NIAR's Program Management Office is looking for a student to support research program awards.
 
Job Role: Provide project management support working directly with the PMO director and the Program Manager II in support of NIAR research program awards.
 
Job Description/Tasks: Assist with documenting the work breakdown structure, developing and monitoring project schedule, risk management, and project performance tracking and reporting for budget and schedule. Participate in project team meetings by taking and distributing notes/minutes and maintaining the project running action item log (RAIL).
 
This position requires access to EAR or ITAR controlled technologies. Applicants are required to be eligible for employment under U.S. export control laws and must meet the requirement of being a “U.S. Citizen”. Information will need to be collected in this regard, but will only be used to ensure compliance with U.S. export control laws. The University does not discriminate in its hiring practices and shall ensure compliance with all federal and state laws in the collection and reviews of such information collected. 
 
 
Skills:
o  Standard PMI project management practices
o  Microsoft Project – proficient
o  MS Excel – proficient
 
Education:
o  Business-related
o  Junior or senior, preferred
o Attention to detail
o  Strong organizational and multi-tasking skills
 
Location:
o  PMO located on the second floor of the main NIAR building on campus
 
Hours:
o  Minimum of 20 hours per week, prefer 30 hours
 
To view the full position description and to apply for consideration, click here NIAR Program Management Office (PMO) Project Management Support
CAD/CAM and Digital Twin Program Student Assistant

Students working in the CAD/CAM lab will learn to utilize CAD programs to support various projects. In addition, they may be required to learn other software products and hardware. They will support a variety of projects and programs for the lab.  Their task may range from classroom support and project research to direct industry program support. Students will be expected to assist lab staff in any way possible to help make the lab successful, presentable to customers, and accomplish projects in a timely manner.

Project will involve extensive use of 3D Experience software. Students must have own transportation as some local travel between facilities may be required.

This position requires access to EAR or ITAR controlled technologies. Applicants are required to be eligible for employment under U.S. export control laws and must meet the requirement of being a “U.S. Citizen”. Information will need to be collected in this regard, but will only be used to ensure compliance with U.S. export control laws. The University does not discriminate in its hiring practices and shall ensure compliance with all federal and state laws in the collection and reviews of such information collected. 

Duties:

  • Assisting staff with the development training materials
  • Model components from various data sources
  • Assist staff with research project development
  • Assisting staff on industry level support
  • Operate and help maintain tools and equipment
  • Help keep a clean and safe work environment

Required Skills:

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Products
  • Ability to read and interpret engineering drawings and bill of material systems.
  • Have great attention to detail
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 25lbs
  • Ability to work with complex systems
  • Able to work 20+ hrs each week.

Preferred Skills:

  • Proficiency in CATIA V5/V6
  • Proficiency in Dassault Systems 3DExperience
  • Effectively prioritize and manage workflow
  • Ability to work independently on extensive task

Preferred Majors

General Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Construction Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Energy Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Automation Engineering, Civil/Environmental Engineering, Packaging Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering

To view the full position description and to apply for consideration, click here: CAD/CAM Lab Assistant Digital Twin Program 

Virtual Engineering Laboratory Student Assistant

The Virtual Engineering Laboratory at NIAR is looking for student assistants. Graduate students are preferred.  Position could become a Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) position based on performance during the first semester.

The students applying for this position should have at least basic knowledge on Finite Element Methods (FEM).

Main duties will be:

  • Discretization of structural components to perform numerical analysis (FEM) (50%).

  • Post-processing and documentation of numerical analysis results (Stress Analysis, Load Path Analysis, etc.) (20%)

  • Create CAD geometry for structural components (15%)

  • Support Senior Staff to create the numerical models (Material definitions, connections, etc.) (10%)

  • Test specimen preparation/documentation to conduct mechanical testing (5%).

Tools to be used:

  • Beta CAE, in particular: ANSA and META

  • Hyperworks Altair, in particular: Hypermesh and Hypergraph

  • CATIA V5

  • Microsoft PowerPoint, Excel, and Word.

To view the full position description and to apply for consideration, click here: Student Assistant – Virtual Engineering Laboratory

Robotics & Automations Lab Computer Programmer Student Assistant 
The Robotics and Automation Laboratory is a fast growing lab that focuses on industrial research, design, integration and implementation of robotic and automation systems for local and regional customers. The lab will design, create, test, and build robotic systems that get implemented into a customer’s factory. The Robotics lab currently employs over 30 students from various disciplines.
 
This position requires access to EAR or ITAR controlled technologies. Applicants are required to be eligible for employment under U.S. export control laws and must meet the requirement of being a “U.S. Citizen”. Information will need to be collected in this regard, but will only be used to ensure compliance with U.S. export control laws. The University does not discriminate in its hiring practices and shall ensure compliance with all federal and state laws in the collection and reviews of such information collected. 
 
Job Summary
$10.50 to $12 per hour commensurate with experience
This job is a 20-30 hour / week job working with the robotics lab to build computer applications that will be used to drive robots, automation systems, and a wide variety of high end hardware and software. You will be working in .NET, C/C++, Python, and possibly other programming languages to develop these applications.
 
Minimum Requirements
All requirements must be met in order to apply and obtain an interview for this position.
·      Must be able to work 20-30 hours / week between 8:00 AM and 6:00 PM M-F.
·      Must have knowledge in one or more of the following programming languages: C#, VB.NET, C, C++, Python
·      Familiarity with what an API or SDK is and what they are used for.
·      Must have excellent abilities to search online for answers and examples to complex programming issues.
·      Must have excellent written and oral communication skills.
·      Ability to manage multiple tasks and priorities.
·      Attention to detail and ability to ensure that deadlines and other project requirements are met.
·      Self-motivated team player with excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
·      Professional appearance for events and client meetings.
·      Basic skills with Microsoft Office.
 
Preferred Attributes
·      Demonstrations of applications written.
·      Application development experience outside of a classroom setting.
·      Experience working in a professional office & lab setting.
·      Experience with applied computer programming and user interface design methods.
·      Experience with Visual Studio and/or GitHub/Git.
·      Understanding and experience with object oriented programming.
·      Understanding and experience with programming efficacy techniques such as algorithm simplification, memory management, and other performance enhancing techniques.
·      Be able to use programming languages to perform TCP Socket communications with hardware and other software applications. 
 
To view the full position description and to apply for consideration, click here: Computer Programmer with the Robotics & Automations Lab 
Advanced Technologies Lab for Aerospace Systems (ATLAS) Student Assistant
NIAR's Advanced Technologies Lab for Aerospace Systems (ATLAS) is looking for a student assistant.
 
Job roles:
-         Composite research machine operator
-         Composite research technician
-         Robotic composite research technician
 
Duties:
-         CAD geometry design and cleanup for robot simulation and numerical analysis.
-         Design and simulation of layups with composite patches.
-         Software-aided robot programming for manufacturing.
-         Performing safety runs and manufacturing runs on robot.
-         Supporting research and produce documentation of activities and outcomes.
-         Moving and lifting tools and large items.
-         Troubleshooting components in cell.
-         Maintaining a clean and safe work environment
 
Desired Skills:
-         Experience in MS Office suite (+)
-         Static and Mechanics of materials (+ )
-         Design Experience in CATIA v5 & 3DE (+)
-         Welding/CNC/Machining Experiences (+)
-         Critical thinking and problem solving.
-         Reliable
-         Proactive
-         Team player
-         Mechanical aptitude
-         Interest in learning about aerospace manufacturing processes.
-         Ability to work a minimum of 20hrs per week during the semester.
-         Minimum of 2 years for expected graduation
 
To view the full position description and to apply for consideration, click here: NIAR Advanced Technologies Lab for Aerospace Systems (ATLAS) Student Assistant
Robotics and Automation Student Technician
Job Summary:
As a student of the Robotics and Automation Lab, you will be exposed to every aspect of automation systems from design and product selection all the way through construction, programming, wiring, and software development. You will work with customers from Aerospace, Heavy Equipment, Consumer Goods, and many others. You will work with over $6 Million worth of equipment and tools to help design and build advanced automation systems for both internal and external customers.
 
Although the job focus is around robotics, everyone is expected to do what is necessary to further the Lab and University Mission. This may include tasks such as cleaning, setting up for demonstrations, etc.
 
This position requires access to EAR or ITAR controlled technologies. Applicants are required to be eligible for employment under U.S. export control laws and must meet the requirement of being a “U.S. Citizen”. Information will need to be collected in this regard, but will only be used to ensure compliance with U.S. export control laws. The University does not discriminate in its hiring practices and shall ensure compliance with all federal and state laws in the collection and reviews of such information collected. 
 
Minimum Requirements:
  •  High School Diploma or equivalent
  •  Currently enrolled at Wichita State University or WSU Tech.
  • For WSU students, a minimum enrollment of 6 Credit Hours is required.
  •  Must have knowledge of basic physical principles, including basic physics, mathematics, and physical science.
  •  Must have basic MS Office Skills and computer skills.
  •  Ability to perform basic research into robotics, programming, and other related topics.
  •  Must be able to work 20 hours a week minimum, between 8am and 6pm Monday through Friday.
  • Must work in minimum time blocks of 3 hours.
  •  Must be able to work with a diverse population in teams as well as individually.
  •  Must be able to handle one or more projects as required.
 
Preferred Experience (Specific jobs may have different preferences):
  • Ability to operate hand tools and power tools
  • Basic understanding of computer programming / logic
  • Basic knowledge of engineering, computer science, physics, or other technical principles
  • Background in robotics of any kind
  • Basic CAD knowledge, preferably with the Dassault Systems products (CATIA)
 
Physical Requirements:
This is a job that is both in an office and lab environment. This job will involve physical activities from office and computer work (sitting, typing, and reading) to lab and installation work (pushing, pulling, lifting, carrying, utilizing hand tools, etc).
 
Other Requirements:
There are no degree requirements for a general student technician at the Robotics Lab. Specific job functions may lend themselves to one degree or another, however, any student with the skills to perform the job function is considered.
 
To view the full position description and to apply for consideration, click here: Robotics and Automation Student Technician
ASTEC Full Scale Student Assistant
Students at NIAR’s Aircraft Structural Test & Evaluation Center (ASTEC) work hands-on to support structural test programs. Student roles can include Instrumentation, Administration, Shop Technicians or Engineering (Technical Majors only). Students will need the ability to commute to the NIAR-ASTEC facility in Park City, 10 miles north of WSU main campus. 
 
This position requires access to EAR and ITAR controlled technologies. Applicants are required to be eligible for employment under U.S export control laws and must meet the requirement of being a “U.S. Citizen.” Information will need to be collected in this regard, but will only be used to ensure compliance with U.S export control laws. The University does not discriminate in its hiring practices and shall ensure compliance with all federal and state laws in the collection and reviews of such information collected.
 
No prior experience is required, and all students will be given hands on instruction and training by experienced staff members for all skillsets and duties listed.
 
Instrumentation duties include:
•        Locating and bonding strain gages on test articles to tight tolerance measurements
•        Soldering
•        Building and routing cables on test fixtures
•        Calibrating instrumentation equipment
 
Shop floor duties include:
•        Fabricating test fixtures from engineering drawings using aluminum and steel
•        Aiding the installation of hydraulic systems
•        Installing hydraulic cylinders and load apparatuses for testing
•        Aiding crane/forklift operators in moving heavy items
 
Administration duties include:
•        Work with management and office staff to aid in the administrative roles of a large organization
•        Support front desk activities including greeting customers, managing visitor procedures, coordinating incoming deliveries and other general office duties
•        Marketing, Accounting, Program Management, and other managerial assistance roles
 
Engineering duties include:
•        Assist the engineering team with typical full scale structural testing tasks including design, software development, analysis, CATIA modeling and drafting
•        Work with experienced test engineers to create work instructions and guide the fabrication and post inspection work with test technicians
•        Assist with conducting full scale testing on components, assemblies, and full scale vehicles and aircraft
 
Qualifications:
• Available 15-30 hours per week while classes are in session
• Enrolled in at least 6 credit hours per semester
• Strong attention to detail
• Proficient troubleshooting/problem solving skills
• Good communication skills 
 
To view the full position description and to apply for consideration, click here: ASTEC Full Scale Student Assistant

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Please Note:

  • Some positions require access to EAR or ITAR controlled technologies. For those positions, applicants are required to be eligible for employment under U.S. export control laws and must meet the requirement of being a “U.S. Citizen” or "U.S. Person" as indicated in the posting. Information will need to be collected in this regard, but will only be used to ensure compliance with U.S. export control laws. The University does not discriminate in its hiring practices and shall ensure compliance with all federal and state laws in the collection and reviews of such information collected. 
  • Offers of employment are contingent upon completion of a satisfactory criminal background check as required by Board of Regents policy.

For further assistance applying online, please contact IDP Human Resources at hr-niar@niar.wichita.edu

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