Co-op and Internship Opportunities at ATA

Are there really co-op opportunities with a company that designs, analyzes, and tests amusement park rides, aircraft, launch vehicles, satellites, consumer electronics, sports equipment and more? At ATA, the answer is yes.

ATA participates in both cooperative learning programs as well as undergraduate and graduate internship programs. General overview of participation within both of these programs is described below.

Cooperative Learning Program (Co-op)

ATA takes great pride in our co-op program, and we have provided unique learning opportunities for co-op students since ATA opened in April 2000. Our program has been so successful in identifying and mentoring outstanding engineers that about 25 percent of our full-time engineers started their professional careers as ATA co-ops or interns.

As an ATA co-op, you will work side-by-side in a collaborative environment with recognized experts in many mechanical engineering disciplines such as acoustics, structural dynamics, modal testing, computational fluid dynamics, and thermal analysis. You will be encouraged to learn and use software like NX, Nastran, I-deas, Femap, SolidWorks, and STAR-CCM+. While you are at one of our locations for your work session you may even have the opportunity to:

  • Visit a customer site for a modal test with our test engineers and help set up accelerometers or shakers on an airplane or satellite;
  • Create and edit finite element models that enable you to analyze structures for their thermal properties, structural defects, the effects of vibration or stress, and/or solve other complex engineering problems;
  • Create a software program for our internal use, or modify and/or test an ATA software product that is about to be released commercially;
  • Work in our design studio helping to design and build a prototype product;

We regularly involve our co-ops in project work for customers and you will be encouraged to carry as much of the engineering project challenge as you can handle. By your last session, you may be able to independently complete projects with a senior engineer reviewing your work and answering your questions.

We hope your experience at ATA will inspire you to return to school eager to acquire more information and explore using new tools to solve demanding engineering problems. Ideally you will return to ATA eager to apply what you have learned in school to challenging new projects. In our experience, this alternating exposure to engineering classes and real engineering applications fosters deeper learning, career satisfaction, and self-confidence that is dramatically evident in our graduating co-ops.

We hope you will consider ATA Engineering for your co-op engineering experience or internship. We know it will be a rewarding and valuable learning experience!

How to Apply for a Co-op Position

ATA recruits the best engineering students from the top engineering schools around the country. We have a history of success working with the co-op programs at Purdue University, Georgia Tech, Northeastern University, University of Texas, Austin, University of Washington, University of Wisconsin, and University of Cincinnati. We are looking for students with proven academic success in the mechanical, aerospace, and structural engineering fields, and an enthusiasm for finding solutions to difficult mechanical and aerospace structural and design challenges and problems.

Many of our contracts require access to government, defense, and/or classified material, and we cannot consider your application unless you are a U.S. citizen or a U.S. Permanent Resident.

If you meet the above qualifications and are willing to commit to at least three sessions (quarters or semesters) at ATA, please contact the Office of Professional Practice or co-op coordinator at your university for details on how and when to apply.

Internship Program

ATA has a strong commitment to our co-op program, and we provide extensive time, training, and resources to the students who participate over the course of three to five different quarters or semesters while they are enrolled at a university. Because of this commitment, we only offer a very limited number of summer internships for undergraduate and graduate students who are located in San Diego near ATA’s headquarters.

To be eligible for a summer internship, you must have completed at least your sophomore year with proven academic success in the mechanical, aerospace, or structural engineering fields. We are currently only accepting applications from students who are available to work in our San Diego office for an entire summer and who are able to provide their own housing.

How to Apply for a Summer Internship

Many of our contracts require access to government, defense, and/or classified material, and we cannot consider your application unless you are a U.S. citizen or a U.S. Permanent Resident.

If you are located in San Diego and interested in applying for a summer internship, please submit your résumé, a copy of your college transcripts, and your citizenship status to interns@ata-e.com between December 1st and February 28th.