Rotational Associate Engineer-Mechanical
Princeton University

Princeton, New Jersey

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Rotational Associate Engineer-Mechanical


Job ID: 2021-13807
Type: Full-Time
# of Openings: 1
Category: Engineering

Princeton University


The Engineering Rotational Program at PPPL provides engineering graduates with the experience and relationships to prepare for future technical leadership. The two-year program consists of rotations through Engineering department projects and groups to develop your technical expertise through coaching, mentoring and training with leading engineers in the industry. Rotations cover a wide range of assignments across all phases of the engineering product life cycle, from analysis and design to installation, operation and more. We are looking for team players with excellent communication, problem-solving and analytical skills, strong work ethic and leadership potential. No sponsorship is available for this position. Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States for any employer. The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory is a world-class fusion energy research laboratory managed by Princeton University for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. PPPL is dedicated to developing the scientific and technological knowledge base for fusion energy. The Laboratory advances the fields of fusion energy and plasma physics research to develop the scientific understanding and key innovations needed to realize fusion as an energy source for the world.


  • Work under the supervision, coaching and mentoring of an engineer in each rotation to perform detailed engineering work requiring the application of standard techniques, procedures, and criteria.
  • Uses sound engineering principles including hand calculations, engineering design and analysis software and industry standards in tackling a wide range of technical challenges within the rotational program.
  • Participates in preparing, contributing to or reviewing engineering documentation such as but not limited to: design requirements, design descriptions, interfaces, calculations, reports, memos and drawings.
  • Oversee the fabrication, assembly and installation of equipment on the assigned projects.
  • May oversee the work of 1-5 technicians in the fabrication and assembly of assigned work.


Education and Experience:
  • A bachelor’s degree in mechanical, manufacturing, aerospace or nuclear engineering is required.
  • Previous experience in a technical position, significant co-op experience, appropriate graduate level study, and/or practical and hands on experience in school labs and shops related to mechanical engineering discipline is highly desirable.
  • Recent graduates may be requested to supply education transcript detailing coursework.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Strong fundamentals in mathematics
  • Strength of materials and solid mechanics
  • Materials engineering
  • Engineering design
  • Manufacturing engineering
Highly desirable:
  • Thermodynamics and heat transfer
  • Mechanism and machine design
  • Geometric dimensioning and tolerance (GD&T)
  • Electronics and circuits
  • Working knowledge of basic physical sciences (physics, especially magnetics is a plus)
  • Classical machining and manufacturing tools and methods (advanced a plus)
  • Drafting and CAD/CAM software
  • Structural/thermal analysis software (FEA (advanced a plus)
  • Strong technical writing
  • Exceptional communication
  • Strong initiative
  • Self-starter
  • Self-advocating
  • Highly proactive
  • Hands-on and driven is a must
Certificates and Licenses:
  • FE exam success and EIT status is highly desirable
Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW
Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from participation in certain foreign government talent recruitment programs. All PPPL employees are required to disclose any participation in a foreign government talent recruitment program and may be required to withdraw from such programs to remain employed under the DOE Contract.


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