Mechanical Engineering Intern - Hyperbaric Research

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Mechanical Engineering Intern - Hyperbaric Research


Panama City, FL 



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Job Description:

This opportunity is at the Navy Experimental Diving Unit (NEDU) in Panama City, FL.  NEDU's mission is to conduct manned, unmanned, and biomedical research, development, test, and evaluation of diving, hyperbaric, life support, and submersible systems and procedures to ensure all diving equipment and procedures meet the safety standards and operational requirements to expand the U.S. Navy’s advantage during any undersea military operation.  NEDU is equipped with the United State's largest research hyperbaric chamber complex for wet and dry hyperbaric/diving operations, a 55,000 gallon test pool, and state-of-the-art physiological research facilities.

NEDU has established a Configuration Management Plan (CMP) to provide organizational and managerial guidance and direction for all of NEDU’s unique diving systems. Configuration Management (CM) is defined as a management process for establishing and maintaining consistency of a product’s performance, functional, and physical attributes with its requirements, design and operational information throughout its life.  The objectives of CM are to identify and document the characteristics of a Configuration Item (CI); to control changes to these characteristics; to provide information on the status of change action; and to audit and review the item for compliance with contractual and identification requirements.

What will I be doing?

Under the guidance of a mentor, you will review of all relevant engineering documentation, manuals, AutoCAD drawing files of built systems in NEDU’s possession.  This project supports the establishment of a joint Configuration Management (CM) program for NEDU’s hyperbaric diving systems. In addition to the Configuration Management experience, you will collaborate with the senior engineer and outside vendors to aid in the integration effort of incorporating a helium reclaim system at the Command. Tertiary research include the role of supporting all Engineering Department maintenance and modernization project endeavors.

As a participant you will gain experience in:

  • Compiling all relevant hyperbaric system engineering documentation, technical manuals, and records in NEDU’s possession
  • Field verification of hyperbaric chamber systems, sub-systems, and components against current drawings in preparation of drawing updates
  • Developing Joint Identification Drawings
  • Supporting the processes to obtain required project materials including research of supplies, software, and equipment, and development of documentation for review and approval by the Design Certification Engineer and Configuration Manager
  • Developing an actionable plan for the integration of a helium reclaim system for the Ocean Simulation Facility 
  • Developing technical documentation, conduct product and materials research, design and construct new test apparatuses, and support maintenance activities through applying the principles of engineering 
  • Supporting the development and implementation of Engineering Change Proposals (ECP) as necessary to execute department tasking

Why should I apply?

You will be exposed to all aspects of mechanical engineering practice to include, hyperbarics, diving physics, diving physiology, materials science, hydraulics, pneumatics, heat transfer, electrical power, electronic controls, project plan development, design engineering, engineering report writing, and project estimation and budgeting. 

What is the anticipated start date?

August 1, 2022

Exact start date will be determined at the time of selection and in coordination with the selected candidate.

What is the length of the appointment?

This is a full-time 12-month appointment. Appointments may be extended depending on funding availability, project assignment, program rules, and availability of the participant.

What are the benefits?

You will receive a stipend to be determined by NEDU. Stipends are typically based on the participant’s academic standing, discipline, experience, and research facility location. Other benefits may include the following:

  • Health Insurance Supplement. Participants are eligible to purchase health insurance through ORISE.
  • Relocation Allowance
  • Training and Travel Allowance
  • Nature of Appointment


B.S. or M.S. in mechanical or ocean engineering.

U.S. citizenship is required.

Preferred candidates should:

  • Have experience developing and reviewing engineering documents, 3D models and simulations, calculations, technical manuals, and drawings with subsequent document and planning generation.
  • Have experience conveying engineering related technical details with clarity and precision to engineers and non-engineers alike.
  • Have experience in report writing and formatting to establish plans and processes related to engineering principles.