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COAST Student Internships Summer 2017

​​Ocean Aero, Inc.

Mechanical Engineering Internship


Host: Ocean Aero, Inc.

Ocean Aero, Inc., is a San Diego based engineering company focused on the next generation of unmanned ocean systems and vehicles. Ocean Aero specializes in the development of autonomous, highly persistent, energy scavenging, solar and wind powered vessels. The “Submaran”, a new class of Unmanned Underwater, Surface Vessel (UUSV), is a unique, highly ruggedized autonomous vessel completely powered by wind and solar-energy that can be configured with a wide variety of sensor and observational systems to provide essential information to environmental, academic, commercial and government organizations. The Submaran is the only UUSV of its type capable of both extended surface and subsurface operation.

Location: San Diego 

Internship Dates: June 5 - August 18, 2017; start and end dates flexible with regard to student’s academic commitments.

Stipend: $5,000

Time Commitment: The internship is a full time, 11-week commitment. Over the 11 weeks, the intern may take up to five days off for personal reasons, vacation or illness. If participation is less than 100%, the stipend will be pro-rated. 

Position Description and Responsibilities: The Submaran is the first wind and solar-powered unmanned vessel built for extended surface and sub-surface deployment. It can host a wide variety of information gathering sensors and data storage and communication systems. The Submaran was selected as a winner in the Aerospace, Security, & Cyber Technologies Category at CONNECT’s 28th Annual Most Innovative New Product Awards in December 2015. With the combination of wind and solar power paired with rechargeable lithium batteries, a Submaran S10 can be in service for months at sea. One (1) Mechanical Engineering internship is available.

Specific Duties: 

1. Work as a member of a small cross functional engineering team (mechanical/electrical/software) working to improve existing design and customize product to meet customer demands

2. Participate in problem solving efforts and coordination of corrective actions within engineering

3. Work in Solidworks on assigned projects

4. Manage design documentation release on assigned projects

Preferred Experience and Capabilities: Experience with 3-D computer-aided design (CAD) software is required (experience with Solidworks is preferred). Ability to program in C or higher languages is required. Knowledge of CAD design principles, control theory and robotic linkages is highly desired. Intern should enjoy being on the water.

Skills Gained: Interns will gain experience working directly with engineers in taking a concept to reality. Specific skills include design and requirements definition, specification and ordering of purchased components, assembly of parts and subsystems, and possibly, as the schedule permits, field testing of equipment. Specific skills gained include 3D CAD design, system engineering to develop and verify requirements, integration and test of a commercial prototype.

Eligibility/Requirements: The internship is intended for upperclassmen (juniors/seniors) and graduate students. Applicants must have completed courses in mathematics, physics, engineering, and statistics. Interns must be able to keep excellent notes, get along well with others, maintain professionalism, and be reliable.