Battelle Memorial Institute Mechanical Engineering Co-op (Fall 2018) in Columbus, Ohio

Battelle is guided by a founding mission. We invest our knowledge, talents and resources, helping our customers achieve their most important goals. We apply scientific rigor and creativity, succeeding where others may fail and we invest in our communities, making the world better for generations to come. All of us share a common purpose: to solve the greatest challenges of today and tomorrow.

Our 22,000 employees work at the forefront of scientific innovation to tackle critical challenges in security, human health, manufacturing, energy and environmental management. Battelle’s work is grounded in the belief that science, technology and a passion for excellence can make industries more competitive and the world a better place.

Primary Function

The Tactical Equipment group is made up of engineers, designers, technicians, scientists and analysts contracted by the US Government to develop unique solutions to design challenges that often border on the impossible. The Mechanical Engineer Intern or Co-op will be an integral part of the multi-disciplinary teams that we form around each project.

Our team-based approach means you will work side-by-side with Mechanical, Electrical, Software, Materials Scientists and other disciplines needed for each project under time and budget restrictions to deliver specialized equipment for a variety of government and commercial customers. Your coworkers will range from other co-ops and new graduates all the way to those with 30+ years of experience. The unique backgrounds and work experiences brought by each team member lends diversity to the development process, which results in both product innovation as well as an engaging work environment.

The successful candidate will be self-motivated to execute tasks and report on their status. They are expected to persistently pursue the best solution to challenging problems through application of their own skills and by seeking and leveraging the inputs of collaborators. Some travel may be required (pending selected candidate's availability and class schedule.)

Major Responsibilities

The successful candidate will envision, design, and test devices and systems for defense applications including:

  • Supporting team members in developing mechanical products, subsystems and/or components

  • Gaining hands-on experience through assembly and testing work in the lab

  • Communicating results and progress using written and oral communication to the project team

  • Participating in other facets of product development such as concept generation, prototyping, analysis, etc. as much as project work load and the candidate’s abilities allow.

Position Requirements


  • Sophomore standing or higher in a B.S. Mechanical Engineering curriculum and currently enrolled in an ABET-accredited university

  • Minimum of 3.0 GPA

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen with the ability to obtain and maintain government security clearances

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office software

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Demonstrated initiative to be a self-starter with a desire to learn that extends beyond the classroom

  • Proven ability to successfully work independently or as part of a larger team


  • Extra-curricular hands-on experience that involves fabrication, integration, control and/or repair of mechanical systems

  • Experience using SolidWorks and/or Pro/E mechanical drawing tools

  • Experience using FEA analysis tools, such as ANSYS or Abaqus

  • Experience using LabView and/or scientific programming language such as MATLAB or Python

Legal Disclaimer

The above statements are intended to describe the nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, activities and skills required of staff members. No statement herein is intended to imply any authorities to commit Battelle unless special written permission is granted by Battelle's Legal Department.


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