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Mechanical Test Engineering Intern [Fall 2024]

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7d ago

🚀 Off-cycle Internship

San Francisco

AI generated summary

  • You bring hands-on experience in building mechanical systems, advanced CAD skills, automation proficiency, interdisciplinary project work, adaptability, proactive communication, and a can-do attitude to solve critical problems.
  • You will design, build, test, and document mechanical solutions, collaborate with teams and suppliers, root cause failures, and develop testing methods for critical components at Zipline.

Off-cycle Internship

EngineeringSan Francisco


  • You’ll own a system within the subset of Ground Systems that is focused on our next generation aircraft; developing a plan, creating a schedule and driving execution for the hardware development program, including activities for engineering design, prototyping, testing, supplier and manufacturing line bring up.Does aggressively tackling cross disciplinary projects from early conceptual stages through to full field deployment sound like the way you want to spend your time? Do you eliminate circular discussions by running a test or use your hands-on skills to build a prototype instead of scheduling another meeting? At Zipline, your work is intended for the field, where customers are counting on it every day, so there is no time for ambiguous communication or unrealistic expectations. We need dedicated engineers to burn down risk and improve reliability in our system like their life depends on it, because others' lives do. If you thrive working with a fast-paced and driven team that focuses on only the most important goals, eliminates blockers, and executes with extreme practicality, keep reading!
  • Mechanical Engineers at Zipline go deep in their area of ownership, become experts in the problem domain, define requirements for their systems, rapidly develop creative and simple solutions, and prove with testing that their system meets the rigors and edge-cases of real-world deployment. We are composed of teams that are responsible for everything from the earliest designs of a new system, to creating test and validation strategies, root-causing issues with existing systems, and much more.


  • The most critical skill we’ve seen in prior entry-level candidates is robust experience designing and actually building multiple mechanical systems outside of the classroom. This is the component of your application we’re most excited about, so please ensure that you’ve included this work in your application. Examples of things previous interns have built include submarines, solar cars in the Australian outback, electric boats and airplanes, rockets, etc.
  • You must have completed at least the second year of your Undergraduate studies. Masters and PhD students are also eligible.
  • You’ll bring solid mechanical engineering fundamentals for sizing parts and integrating into design with minimal help
  • You’ll bring automation experience from working with actuators and Raspberry Pi’s (or similar)
  • You’re well versed in CAD, and have designed multiple projects with it
  • You’ve worked on complex projects that require mechanical, electrical, and software design
  • You're quick to change direction when you realize you’ve made a mistake OR could achieve the same goal in a simpler way
  • You bias to action and communicate consistently with your team to ensure everyone is focused on meeting the project goals on time
  • You're excited to build on your design skills with brainstorms, design reviews, and failure mode analysis
  • You can anticipate, plan and schedule your own work
  • You bring a “can do” attitude, because we have a lot of vital work to get done and only work with people who are invested in solving critical problems

Education requirements

Currently Studying

Area of Responsibilities



  • Mechanical interns can own a variety of big problems integral to our system! You can expect to:
  • Take product and engineering requirements to develop concepts and evaluate tradeoffs for each
  • Use 2D and 3D CAD tools to design parts and assemblies based on sound engineering principles
  • Use resources creatively to design, build, and test prototypes to gather quick learnings
  • Work cross-functionally with other Zipline teams and suppliers to review designs
  • Design, build, and run electro-mechanical testers that you develop to prove reliability of critical components
  • Root cause failures and develop a test to replicate the failure mode
  • Document your work so that others can easily understand key decisions made
  • Examples of previous intern projects included:
  • Designing, building, testing, and running:
  • a flexible blind-mate ducting connection between an aircraft and a ground-based cooling station, allowing for aircraft battery temperature regulation during charging and pre-flight preparation
  • a service strategy for removing a docked aircraft from a ground station using a custom designed hand cart, complete with an ergonomic study for a range of technician heights and strengths
  • a communications tower with integrated antennas and lightning protection meant to relay vital telemetry information from the drone to the operators during flight
  • a wing cycle tester to identify and eliminate risk for each wing iteration and prove reliability with cycles


Work type

Full time

Work mode



San Francisco