Battery Cell Engineering Intern

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Mountain View, CA
Departments – Summer 2024 Internship /
Intern /

At Wisk, we're transforming the future of urban mobility through safe, all-electric, autonomous flight. We are a passionate team working together toward a sustainable future, solving high-impact problems that have never been solved before. By delivering everyday flight for everyone, we're making it possible to spend less time getting there and more time being there. If you want to be part of shaping the future of mobility, then read on!

We are looking for a Chemical Engineering Intern to join our team. The goal of a Chemical Engineering Intern at Wisk is to work with other cell development engineers and test technicians to perform tests and analysis to verify that the battery cells of the aircraft powertrain operate to meet the technical specifications in a safe manner. You will be part of the Energy Storage and Power Systems (ESPS) team that develops the battery pack and power distribution systems that power all systems on our all-electric aircraft.

What you will do:

  • As part of the ESPS organization, and deployed in the Cell development group, you will act as a Cell Engineering Intern for a novel type of aircraft development targeting the autonomous UAM market
  • Work in a multidisciplinary group to drive design of battery cells of high voltage Battery Packs
  • Perform cell electrochemical performance, environmental and safety abusal testing under the supervision of senior cell development engineers
  • Perform tear-down of the cells, prepare samples, and carry out reference electrode testing
  • Develop test protocols and perform testing to obtain calibrations for fast charging algorithms
  • Perform analysis and modeling using software tools (GT-Autolion, Pybamm, Comsol, Juliasim etc..) to benchmark battery cells and packs
  • Support cycling tests for battery pack and module under the supervision of system testing team
  • Post process and report analysis results to support design decisions
  • Help design, build and perform experiments of real aircraft systems to calibrate and validate simulations
  • Support prototype builds and technology maturation testing to ensure battery packs meet functional requirements.
  • You will be responsible for providing analytical support for preliminary & detailed design, through development, validation, certification and manufacturing & operational service

Required Skills/Experience:

  • Currently enrolled in a Chemical, Mechanical, Aerospace, or Aeronautical Engineering (or equivalent) MS or PhD program
  • You have experience in operating test-stands (Arbin, Maccor or Neware) for batteries or fuel cells
  • You have hands-on experience in building coin cells, reference electrode cells through tear-downs of battery cells
  • You have hands-on experience building prototypes, setting up and running tests. Preference will be given for experience with EVs, batteries, thermal and fluid systems, power electronics or other high-voltage applications.
  • You have applied knowledge of multiphysics engineering analysis and simulation tools for developing system models in 1D (Matlab/Simulink, GT-suite, Amesim, COMSOL, Pybamm etc..)
  • You have strong documentation skills and can write detailed test and analysis technical reports.
  • Embrace learning, be curious, organized & methodical and pay attention to detail
  • Experience working within large assembly environments strongly preferred
  • You have a safety-oriented mindset and have worked around hazardous equipment requiring advanced safety training. Experience and training with high-voltage (HV) a strong advantage.

Hourly rate will be $20 USD an hour.

This internship role will be based at Wisk's headquarters in Mountain View, California and relocation or housing will not be provided.

Eligibility Requirements For US
Must be able to work on-site in Mountain View, CA
Must be legally authorized to work in the US
Must live in the US at both the time of application AND at the time the internship begins
Must be either a rising sophomore, junior, or senior in college
Must have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0, transcripts are required
Must be an enrolled student at both the time of application AND at the time the internship begins
Must be able to work 40 hours a week for 10 weeks (full-time for 3 months)

Wisk Aero is an E-Verify employer.