Co-op & Internship Programs
Cooperative Learning Program (Co-op)
Are there really co-op opportunities with a company that designs, analyzes, and tests theme park rides, aircraft, launch vehicles, and satellites? Yes!
ATA’s co-op program, which began in 2000, allows university students to work side by side with recognized experts in mechanical engineering disciplines such as acoustics, structural dynamics, modal testing, computational fluid dynamics, and thermal analysis.
As a co-op student, you are involved in ATA’s current projects and encouraged to carry as much of the engineering project challenge as you can handle. Your co-op work session might include one of the following opportunities:
- Visiting a customer site for a modal test, and helping ATA test engineers set up accelerometers or shakers for an airplane or satellite
- Creating and editing finite element models in order to analyze structures for thermal properties, structural defects, and the effects of vibration or stress
- Writing a software program for our internal use, or modifying a software product before it’s released for commercial use
- Working in our design studio to help design and build a product prototype
Typically, co-op students complete three to five rotations (i.e., quarters or semesters) at ATA, while enrolled at a university.
How to Apply
ATA recruits the best engineering students from the top engineering schools around the country. We have a history of success working with co-op programs at the following schools:
- Purdue University
- Georgia Tech
- University of Wisconsin
- University of California San Diego
We look for students with proven academic success in the mechanical, aerospace, and structural engineering fields. We welcome students who are enthusiastic about solving difficult mechanical and aerospace structural and design challenges and problems.
If you meet the above qualifications and the US Person requirement and you are willing to commit to at least three sessions (quarters or semesters) at ATA, please contact the Office of Professional Practice or the co-op coordinator at your university for details on how and when to apply.
For students interested in engineering internships, ATA offers a summer internship program at its headquarters in San Diego, California, as well as its offices in Denver, Colorado; Huntsville, Alabama; and Washington, DC. To be eligible for a summer internship, you must have completed your sophomore year and show proven academic success in the field of mechanical, aerospace, or structural engineering. You also must provide your own housing and be able to work in our office for the entire summer.
- Work alongside ATA experts on current projects.
- Use your classroom knowledge to solve complex engineering problems.
- Add job experience to your résumé.
How to Apply
If you are located in San Diego, Denver, Huntsville, or Washington, DC, and interested in applying for a summer internship, please submit your résumé, a copy of your college transcripts, and your US Person status to [email protected] between December 1 and February 28.
US Person Requirement
Many ATA contracts must meet Export Control compliance requirements and/or involve access to US-only data systems. Therefore, we can only consider your application if you are a “US Person” as defined by 22 C.F.R. § 120.15. “US Person” includes US Citizen, lawful permanent resident, refugee, or asylee.
Equal Opportunity Employer
ATA Engineering, Inc., is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy or related medical condition, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression), national origin, age, disability, medical condition, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.
If you are a qualified individual with a disability or a disabled veteran, you have the right to request an accommodation if you are unable or limited in your ability to use or access our career center as a result of your disability. To request an accommodation, contact an ATA Engineering, Inc., Human Resources Representative at [email protected].