Want to join our team? If you are an intelligent, dedicated individual, we may have an opportunity for you. We are researchers, scientists, engineers, computer programmers, personnel specialists, accountants…you name it! Our team consists of nearly 200 full-time employees and 200 student assistants.

Students

The National Institute for Aviation Research is hiring students majoring in engineering and related fields. We’re also looking for students majoring in any discipline who are engineering-minded or aspiring toward a career in aviation or manufacturing. Applicants should be capable of working 20+ hours per week. Must be hard-working, diligent, responsible and committed to excellence. Certain positions have additional qualification requirements, and, due to client specifications, many of our positions require U.S. citizens.

We are hiring students for the positions listed below. Click on the description to learn more about the position. Apply online and email your resume to the individual listed in the job description. 

ITAR positions for U.S. Citizens only:   

Student Assistant for NIAR Calibration & Quality lab

The Calibration & Quality lab at NIAR is looking for a student assistant to help with various documentation duties and occasional shipping tasks.  All educational backgrounds matching the criteria below are welcome to apply.  An engineering student is not required. 

Job Duties:

  • Scanning documents
  • Updating information in equipment tracking software
  • Printing calibration decals and placing them on measurement equipment
  • Review/proofread documents for accuracy and errors
  • Revising documents and templates
  • Packaging equipment and shipping them via the WSU post office

Preferred Skills and Characteristics:

  • High attention to detail
  • Being organized
  • Ability to recognize processes which may need improvement
  • Reliable
  • Able to work at least 20 hours per week
  • Undergraduate, preferably freshman year

Compensation:

$11.00/hour

Please apply through handshake.

Student Assistant (Business Management) – ASTEC

Must be a U.S. citizen to apply. Students at NIAR’s Aircraft Structural Test & Evaluation Center (ASTEC) support structural test and teardown programs for a variety of customers. The NIAR-ASTEC facility is located in Park City, about 10 miles north of WSU main campus.

Duties include:

  • Managing NIAR-ASTEC reception area
  • Running errands to WSU campus and vendor locations
  • Greeting facility visitors including customers and deliveries
  • Escorting on-site visitors
  • Delivering mail and packages around facility
  • Managing stock room inventories
  • Coordinating work orders with other WSU departments
  • Managing conference room schedules
  • Maintaining a clean and safe work environment

Qualifications:

  • Position open to U.S. Citizens only
  • Available 20-30 hours per week
  • Driver’s license and vehicle (mileage reimbursement)
  • Proficient troubleshooting/problem solving skills
  • Self-starting
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Proper attire and presentation
  • Strong communication skills
  • Proficient is MS Office applications

Please send résumé to Clint Jackson at cjackson@niar.wichita.edu, or apply through Handshake.

Student Assistant (Instrumentation) – ASTEC

Must be a U.S. citizen to apply. Students at NIAR’s Aircraft Structural Test & Evaluation Center (ASTEC) work hands-on to support structural test and teardown programs for a variety of customers. The NIAR-ASTEC facility is located in Park City, about 10 miles north of WSU main campus.

Duties include:

  • Using engineering drawings to locate and bond strain gages to test articles (aircraft)
  • Soldering
  • Building up and installing cables on test fixtures
  • Preparing load control and data acquisition systems for test
  • Troubleshooting electrical systems
  • Maintaining a clean and safe work environment

Qualifications:

  • Position open to U.S. Citizens only
  • Available 20-30 hours per week
  • Soldering experience preferred
  • Proficient troubleshooting/problem solving skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Good communication skills
  • Hardworking and responsible team player

Please send résumé to Clint Jackson at cjackson@niar.wichita.edu, or apply through Handshake.

Computer Science Student Assistant – ATLAS

NIAR - ATLAS (Advanced Technologies Lab for Aerospace Systems) is looking for a student assistant to help. Computer Science majors are preferred, but all students with programming experience will be considered. 

Job Responsibilities:

  • Programming, Compiling data, coding
  • Use of Python, C Sharp, Catia, Visual Studios
  • Researching codes and languages
  • Integrating software and framework
  • Experience with external libraries
  • Classes/Object Oriented
  • Polymorphism/ Templated classes
  • Basic Algorithm, searches, sorts
  • Code profiling and optimization
  • Database familiarity
  • Experience with Opencv or image manipulation libraries
  • Machine learning experience
  • UI/UX design experience
  • PLC/microcontroller programming experience

Required skills:

  • S. Citizenship is required for this position
  • Ability to decipher and understand engineering data
  • Understanding of basic engineering concepts
  • Solid understanding of composite structures
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to effectively prioritize and manage workflow
  • Ability to work independently
  • Must be available to work a minimum of 20 hours per week
  • Ability to work long hours and weekends as necessary

Students that are interested in working with our team may send resumes to kleal@niar.wichita.edu

Composite Automation Engineer – ATLAS

As part of a NIAR’s new ATLAS addition, you will be part of a team that supports the design, development, and integration of experimental technologies. This position will directly impact the future of aircraft structures, how they are manufactured, inspected, and repaired. This position will require your dedicated commitment and detailed attention towards efficient and repeatable control systems. Only U.S. Citizens will be considered.

Responsibilities:

  • Participate in initial equipment conceptual development and carefully balance product specifications, process requirements, layout complexity, cost, and lead-time limits.
  • Generate full CAD models, component drawings, assembly drawings and interface controls details. (CATIA V5 or 3DE preferred)
  • Generate aesthetically simple HMI screens for complex machinery while providing sufficient feedback for troubleshooting.
  • Develop component specifications and manage suppliers
  • Provide developmental and operational support.
  • Participate in subsystem level testing including planning, execution, data reduction and analysis
  • Manage electrical cabinet builds, field wiring, pneumatic and fluid plumbing.
  • Set, implement, and maintain schedules and budgets to ensure project completion

Qualifications:

  • Must be a U.S. citizen or national, U.S. permanent resident (current Green Card holder), or lawfully admitted into the U.S. as a refugee or granted asylum.
  • Ability to decipher and understand engineering data
  • Understanding of mechanical/control systems
  • Some understanding of composite structures
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to effectively prioritize and manage workflow
  • Ability to work independently without supervision
  • Must be available to work a minimum of 25 hours per week

Desired

  • PLC, C#.NET /Python programming
  • Hands on experience building and commissioning high quality electrical control panels & electro-mechanical systems.

Those that are interested in working with our team may send resumes to kleal@niar.wichita.edu

Automated Fiber Placement Engineer – ATLAS
As part of a NIAR’s new ATLAS addition, you will be part of a small team that supports the design, development, operations, and programming of two different Automated Fiber Placement machines. This position will directly impact the future of aircraft structures and how they are manufactured. This position will require your dedicated commitment and detailed attention towards efficient and repeatable manufacturing. Only U.S. Citizens will be considered.

Responsibilities:

  • Assist in the design and manufacturing of experimental composite tooling concepts. This includes conceptual and detailed design, development testing and qualification.
  • Generate full CAD models, component drawings, assembly drawings and interface controls details. (CATIA V5 or 3DE preferred)
  • Develop component specifications and manage suppliers
  • Provide manufacturing and operational support.
  • Program and operate two different Automated Fiber Placement (AFP) machines
  • Document processes and create detailed spreadsheets
  • Participate in subsystem level testing including planning, execution, data reduction and analysis
  • Ability to manage, track, and predict machine/material usage

Qualifications:

  • Must be a U.S. citizen or national, U.S. permanent resident (current Green Card holder), or lawfully admitted into the U.S. as a refugee or granted asylum.
  • Ability to decipher and understand engineering data
  • Understanding of mechanical/control systems
  • Some understanding of composite structures
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to effectively prioritize and manage workflow
  • Ability to work independently without supervision
  • Must be available to work a minimum of 25 hours per week

Desired:

  • Experience with detailed modeling utilizing CATIA V5 or 3DE
  • Experience with machines, such as: Robotics or CNC’s
  • Understanding of G-Code
  • Experience with the manufacturing/inspection of composite structures

Those that are interested in working with our team may send resumes to kleal@niar.wichita.edu

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.

Qualified applicants should apply to NIAR through Handshake and submit a resume and a writing sample (technical papers or lab reports are preferred but any ORIGINAL writing is accepted).

The position will be on the WSU main campus at the NIAR or P2 buildings.

Student Assistant Position – 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.

If interested, please send an email with your resume and a cover letter to the following email addresses:

            Luis Gomez: luismanuel@niar.wichita.edu

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


There are currently no full-time positions at this time.

 


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