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 400 full-time employees and 400 student assistants.

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. 

We have the following positions open. Click on the description to learn more, and apply online for consideration.

Students

CAD/CAM Lab Assistant Digital Twin Program

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 

Communications Student Assistant

We are seeking a self-driven, detail-oriented communicator to assist with graphic design, website management, event planning, social media and various other communication/marketing related tasks.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Develop promotional materials such as media graphics, flyers, banners, signage
  • Take photos of university events, people, building, equipment
  • Social media management
  • Assist in planning and execution of special events
  • Update website and develop graphic elements
  • Develop content for and coordinate publication of e-mail publications
  • Create, edit and update PowerPoint presentations
  • Assist with laboratory tours
  • Other duties as assigned

Required skills:

  • Knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign)
  • Knowledge of Microsoft PowerPoint, Excel, Word, Outlook
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Strong organizational and communication skills
  • Ability to effectively prioritize and manage workflow based on expectations
  • Ability to work independently and along with other colleagues

Compensation:
$10.00/hour

Preferred Majors:
All Drafting/Design Engineering Technologies & Technicians, Product Design/Packaging, Graphic Design, Design & Applied Arts, Radio, Television, Media, Public Relations, Documentary/Film, Digital Communication, Advertising, Journalism, and Communication & Media Studies majors

To view the full position description and to apply for consideration, click here: Communications Student Assistant 

Machinist/Composite Lab Assistant

NIAR - Composites is looking for 2 student assistants with basic CAD and machine experience to assist in the machine shop at NIAR. Engineering major is preferred, but all majors within any technical/handy skill will be considered.

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. 

Criteria:

  • GPA: 2.75+
  • Year: Freshman/Sophomore
  • Availability: 4-5 Days a week
  • Engineering Degree

Job Responsibilities:

  • Design, model and machine composite coupons, as well at metallic fixtures
  • Build parts and work with top of the line CNC machines
  • Assist staff with certain responsibilities that are required
  • Organizing parts and shelving materials
  • Lifting heavy metallic parts
  • Labelling test coupons

 Required skills:

  • At least one CAD course, or some experience with CAD
  • Understanding basic composite orientation
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Strong organizational and communication skills
  • Ability to effectively prioritize and manage workflow based on expectations
  • Ability to work independently and along with other colleagues
  • Must be available to work a minimum of 25 hours per week
  • Ability to work long hours and weekends, if necessary
  • Lifting a minimum of 50lbs

Preferred Skills:

  • Proficient in CATIA V5/3DE Design, Mastercam or Solidworks
  • Demonstrated understanding of machining
  • Showing desire to learn and get along with a group

To view the full position description and to apply for consideration, click here: Machinist/Composite Lab Assistant

Walter H. Beech Wind Tunnel Student Assistant

The NIAR Walter H. Beech Wind Tunnel is looking for a student assistant to work with the staff and students and to assist in laboratory operations at the Beech Wind Tunnel.  Freshman and sophomores are encouraged to apply.

This job is on-site and in-person on the main Wichita State campus.  Hours can range from 6:30am – 6:30pm.  Additional hours and weekends may also be required.

Applicant Requirements

  • Current major: Aerospace Engineering
  • Availability to work: At least 12 hours per week during semester (in approximately 4 hour blocks); up to 40 hours per week during summer and academic breaks
  • 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 Duties

  • Operate wind tunnel for customer testing
  • Install and uninstall wind tunnel models
  • Perform changes to wind tunnel model configurations
  • Maintenance activities on wind tunnel
  • Wind Tunnel mount and hardware design using CATIA
  • Other tasks as assigned by laboratory manager or Director from time to time

Required Skills

  • Self-starter
  • High Reliability
  • Ability to interact professionally with outside commercial and government customers in a high stakes environment
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Strong organizational and communication skills
  • Ability to effectively prioritize and manage workflow based on expectations
  • Ability to work independently and along with other colleagues
  • Proficiency working with small hand tools
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds

 

To view the full position description and to apply for consideration, click here: Walter H. Beech Wind Tunnel Student Assistant

Open student positions:

Student Assistant - Advanced Manufacturing Development

As part of NIAR’s Advanced Manufacturing Development group, you will research the ideation, maturation, design, and analysis of advanced materials and manufacturing processes. The group conducts research for a wide array of customers and engages in applied research and advanced technology development. Examples include components fabricated via additive manufacturing (including material extrusion, powder bed fusion, directed energy deposition, sheet lamination) and emerging composite structures and technologies.

Preferred applicant is a freshman or sophomore majoring in Engineering (any qualified applicant may apply).

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Basic understanding of advanced materials, manufacturing processes, and an interest in it as a potential career.
  • Ability to work with CATIA, Siemens NX, or other CAD/CAM packages.
  • Working knowledge of programming languages such as VBA, C+, and MATLAB.
  • Knowledge of Finite Element Analysis for stress analysis and thermal analysis. 
  • Knowledge of fatigue and fracture mechanisms.    
  • Basic understanding of polymers, metallurgy, phase diagrams, and basic grain structures.
  • Ability to work with and understand complex systems.

Required Qualifications:

  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).
  • Self-motivated and able to work without constant supervision.
  • Enthusiastic and willing to learn from a variety of specialists in the field of additive manufacturing, composites, and material testing.
  • Interest in additive manufacturing (3D printing) and managing complex research projects.
  • Ability to read and interpret engineering drawings
  • Strong communication skills both verbally and through written work.
  • Available to work a minimum of 20 hours per week.

To view the full position description and to apply for consideration, click here: Student Assistant - Advanced Manufacturing Development

Student Assistant – Virtual Engineering Laboratory

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

Student Assistant - ATLAS
NIAR - ATLAS is looking for student assistant with basic knowledge on finite element analysis (FEA) and coding experience to assist with simulation and analysis work.
Engineering major is preferred.
 
Criteria:
  • GPA: 3.25+
  • Year: Bachelor Degree - Sophomore/Junior or Master Degree
  • Availability: 4-5 Days a week with at least 20 hours
  • Engineering Degree
Job Responsibilities:
  • Literatures review and writing technical paper
  • Develop numerical model for simulation and analysis (FEA)
  • Lab work on request
 Required skills:
  • CAD
  • Basic coding skill (MATLAB, Python, etc)
  • Critical thinking
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Strong organizational and communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and along with other colleagues
Preferred Skills:
  • Proficient in CATIA
  • FEA knowledge
  • Demonstrated understanding of machining
  • Showing desire to learn and get along with a group

To view the full position description and to apply for consideration, click here: Student Assistant - ATLAS

Student Application

Applications will not be retained for more than six months. Students are strongly encouraged to update their online application each semester. 

Student application

Full-Time Positions can be found on the WSU Career site:  jobs.wichita.edu

 


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

Wichita State University does not discriminate in its programs and activities on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, political affiliation, status as a veteran, genetic information or disability. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies: Executive Director, Office of Equal Employment Opportunity, Wichita State University, 1845 Fairmount, Wichita KS 67260-0138; telephone (316) 978-3186. Offers of employment are contingent upon completion of a satisfactory criminal background check as required by Board of Regents policy.