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Job Title:  Sunpower Mechanical Engineering Intern 1


Athens, OH, US, 45701

Business Unit:  Advanced Measurement Technologies
Posting Date:  Sep 21, 2022
Job Description: 

About Sunpower

Sunpower, based in Athens, OH, is looking for an Engineering Intern. The ideal candidate will be a junior or higher majoring in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering, or Industrial Technology. The ability to quickly learn and apply new knowledge in dynamic situations is critical. The position could result in a multiple semester position and may lead to a full-time placement after graduation.


Since our founding in 1974, Sunpower has been the world leader in free-piston Stirling technology. Sunpower has implemented free-piston technology in our commercial line of CryoTel cryocoolers and our aerospace Stirling cryocoolers and Stirling engines. Sunpower’s Engineering services include production of spaceflight cryocoolers and design, development, and fabrication of prototype free-piston Stirling machines. Sunpower’s has strong ties to the local community including a long history of connections and collaboration with Ohio University.  Our founder and the inventor of our technology is a former OHIO professor, and ~25% of our current staff are OHIO graduates. Including graduates from Hocking College and local high schools, more than half of our staff can be traced to the Southeast Ohio community. Learn more about us at


Common Tasks

  • Perform characterization and performance tests on Sunpower products, record and analyze data
  • Apply and further develop skills and concepts learned in core Engineering coursework
  • Assist in designing, fabricating, assembling, and implementing jigs and fixtures for prototype production
  • Assist in lab setup and development of test programming
  • Assist in mechanical design of components
  • Assist in analyzing heat transfer, mechanical stresses, thermodynamics, FEA, etc.
  • Perform modifications and fabrication with hand tools
  • Take physical measurements with standard instruments


Position Requirements

  • Applicants must work within a matrixed organization which requires the ability to work within a team, the capability to apply a broad range of Engineering principles, and the flexibility to work among a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Education: Relevant undergraduate or master's degree in process. (Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering, Industrial Technology).  
  • Writing skills: Ability to accurately document performance data and observations from testing.
  • Administrative skills: Ability to support in administrative tasks such as data entry and collection.
  • Technology Skills: Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office software applications.
  • Communication Skills: Present to peers, leaders, and upper management as needed.
  • Applicants must be US citizens


Additional Information

  • This position may be part-time or full-time.  Exact workload will be determined based on the candidate's availability, current courseload, and applicable internship requirements but in the range of 20-40 hours per week.
  • Sunpower requests a copy of candidate’s transcript prior to interviewing.  Candidate’s GPA in core coursework will be factored into the selection process but will not be the sole selection criterion.
  • Candidates are expected to be capable of receiving complex instructions and performing them in a timely and efficient manner.
  • Candidates are expected to be capable of lifting object up to 10 pounds frequently and up to 20 pounds occasionally.
  • No travel is expected in performance of this positions’ duties.

AMETEK is committed to making a safer, sustainable, and more productive world a reality. We use differentiated technology solutions to solve our customers’ most complex challenges. We employ 18,500 colleagues, in 30 countries, that are grounded by our core values: Ethics and Integrity, Respect for the Individual, Diversity and Inclusion, Teamwork, and Social Responsibility. AMETEK (NYSE:AME) is a component of the S&P 500. Visit for more information.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class. Individuals who need a reasonable accommodation because of a disability for any part of the employment process should call 1 (866) 263-8359.

Nearest Major Market: Athens