Opto-Mechanical Co-op - Summer 2022 | Georgia Tech Research Institute

Date Posted: 
Sunday, February 13, 2022

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Position Location: 
Atlanta, GA
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GTRI’s Cooperative Education (“co-op”) program offers you extensive opportunities to participate in diverse scientific and technological endeavors, use state-of-the-art equipment and rapidly improve your technical and leadership skills. The program allows you to alternate three semesters of full-time work at GTRI with semesters of full-time school.  This job is for a Co-op Student to work in the Opto-Mechanical (OM) Branch in the Electro-Optical Systems Innovation Division (EOSID) within the Electro-Optical Systems Laboratory (EOSL) at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) starting in the summer 2022 semester.

EOSL’s Opto-Mechanical co-op will work with a multi-disciplinary team of engineers to solve challenging optical remote sensing problems. Individuals will be responsible for designing mechanical interfaces and fixtures, generating detailed drawings, performing tests and analyses, participating in assembly and integration, and being involved in the fabrication and procurement of custom components. The individual will work closely with:

  • Sensitive optics and opto-mechanical components
  • Lasers
  • Motors and electronics
  • 3D Printers and scanners
  • Various hand tools and machinery (mill, bandsaw, drill press)
  • Basic metrology tools (calipers, micrometers, dial indicator)
  • 3D modeling and analysis

EOSID’s research is performed in all areas of the imaging chain. From basic geometric/radiometric modeling and analysis, through design and fabrication, to test and evaluation in the field, our team provides subject matter expertise to our customers in order to solve their most challenging problems. Our portfolio consists of research programs in and related to the following application areas: Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR); Undersea Warfare; Atmospheric Optics; Tactical Imaging, e.g. Degraded Visual Environments (DVE); Automatic Target Recognition; Intelligence Processing, Exploitation, and Dissemination (PED); Free-space Optical Communications; Space Situational Awareness (SSA); Tagging, Tracking, and Locating (TTL); Remote Sensing; etc.



  • Pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering or Optical Sciences and Engineering (Optics and Optomechanics tracks)
  • 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA
  • Must be eligible to be approved by your college/university to participate in a co-op program and register for co-op credit with your university during work terms
  • Must be able to complete at least three full-time co-op terms (alternating three terms of full-time work at GTRI with semesters of full-time school) prior to graduation


  • Experience in MATLAB or Python
  • Task/team leadership experience
  • Strong math skills and ability to learn complex engineering concepts
  • Familiarity with MS Office Suite
  • Proficiency with Solidworks or similar 3D CAD tool
  • Ability to clearly communicate technical ideas to non-technically


40 hours per week


Due to our research contracts with the US federal government, candidates for this position are required to be US Citizens.


Candidates must be able to obtain and maintain an active security clearance.


Housing and relocation assistance are not available for this position.


Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) at Georgia Tech Research Institute aims to enhance the Institute’s mission of solving the world’s most complex technical problems by creating a workforce with a shared appreciation for diversity, raising awareness around inclusiveness, and fostering a sense of belonging and appreciation for all members of our community.


Georgia Tech Research Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees. Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law.


Posted: 02/01/2022
Closes: 04/27/2022