Mechanical Engineer Intern

US - CA - Carlsbad Ref #9729 27-Aug-2021

Job description

One team. Global challenges. Infinite opportunities. At Viasat, we’re on a mission to deliver connections with the capacity to change the world. For more than 35 years, Viasat has helped shape how consumers, businesses, governments and militaries around the globe communicate. We’re looking for people who think big, act fearlessly, and create an inclusive environment that drives positive impact to join our team.

Job Description

Become a personal contributor in our mission to connect the world. Viasat Engineers innovate to solve problems that will benefit people around the globe. Our company provides:

  • Residential broadband service – Over 700K customers and growing
  • In-flight Wi-Fi connectivity – Presently streaming Amazon Prime and Netflix on providers like American Airlines, United and JetBlue
  • Secure communication services - Trusted encryption and networking solutions (government, military, critical infrastructure & utilities)

Our culture is uniquely Viasat and, intentionally, not like any other company. Join the industry leader in satellite communication and technology and take control of your professional pathway.


This team typically works out of the Carlsbad office location, although remote work has become common. If you are offered a full-time opportunity after the internship concludes, you may be required to relocate in the future. Please consider your interest in this location for future opportunities when you apply.

Job Responsibilities

The Structures Team works closely with mechanical engineers to design, document, and certify the hardware that is installed on commercial aircraft, allowing passengers and crew to access the internet, in-flight entertainment, and flight information. You will be a contributing member of the team, designing and analyzing antenna installation hardware, as well as improving the team’s processes, documentation, and analysis tools.

Your responsibilities will include performing static, fatigue, and damage tolerance analysis using software tools such as Excel, SolidWorks, FEMAP, and NASGRO. You will document your analysis in technical reports with the goals of certifying hardware for flight and improving the effectiveness of the Structures Team. At the end of the summer you will show-off your accomplishments through presentations to our Founders and other key leaders.

Our ideal candidate has a proven understanding of engineering fundamentals, such as free-body diagrams, shear-moment diagrams, stress and strain, and joint failure modes. They are passionate about solving problems, a self-starter, collaborative, and a strong communicator.

This is your chance to create something new and challenge the status quo. You will experience a fun and thriving work environment, with access to domain experts who can offer valuable insights for your project and for your career.


  • Currently pursuing a Bachelor's Degree or higher in Mechanical Engineering or Aerospace Engineering
  • Experience with standard industry CAD software, such as Solidworks
  • Coursework in the subjects of Statics, Dynamics, Solid Mechanics, Aerodynamics, Finite Element Analysis
  • Experience writing academic or technical reports
  • Ability to commit to a 10-12 week summer internship


  • Prior experience working as part of a team on engineering projects in internship, extracurricular, or class settings.
  • Experience in the aerospace industry, specifically commercial aviation
  • Experience with mechanical drawings, GD&T
  • Experience with Finite Element Analysis software, such as FEMAP
  • Experience with metallic fatigue or damage tolerance methods
  • Experience using MATLAB, Excel, VBA
  • Coursework in Aerospace Structures, Flight Mechanics, Vibrations, and/or Materials Science

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Additional Requirements and information

Minimum education:

High School Diploma or GED

Years of experience:

0-1 years


Up to 10%



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