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Spirit AeroSystems 2021 Summer Intern: Engineering (Stress/Design/M&P/R&D/Systems) in Wichita, Kansas


Flight begins at Spirit AeroSystems, where our products are taking off somewhere around the world every minute of every day. We design and build large structural parts for the world’s premier commercial aircraft (think Boeing and Airbus), as well as top Defense and other cutting edge programs.

Spirit AeroSystems is a global company with a diverse work force spread across three continents. Our headquarters is in Wichita, Kansas. There is opportunity for you to be part of an innovative team in the growth industry of aerospace.


Flight begins with you at Spirit AeroSystems, a place where you can explore your interests and grow your career by working on impactful projects. As an Engineering intern, you will work in one of these disciplines:

Design Engineering:

  • Apply knowledge of engineering and physical science principles, materials, and tools in a collaborative environment.

  • Develop, integrate, document and evaluate flight vehicle structure designs for performance, functional adequacy, cost effectiveness, manufacturability, and compliance with customer and regulatory requirements.

  • Areas of expertise may include primary and secondary structure design, payloads design, weights, and lofting.

Stress Engineering:

  • Apply knowledge of structural analysis (e.g., materials technology, finite element modeling, static analysis, fatigue analysis, damage tolerance analysis, thermal analysis, vibration analysis and structural testing).

  • Determine structural adequacy for customer requirements and regulatory compliance.

  • Collaborate on structural design, manufacturing, and post-delivery of products.

Material and Process Engineering:

  • Analyze, research, design and develop materials and their related fabrication and application processes.

  • Develop and optimize materials for use in engineering design of and/or application in structures, systems and subsystems.

  • Apply principles of chemistry, physics, and material behavior to develop metallic, non-metallic and composite material and processing specifications, fabrication and assembly processes.

  • Develop, analyze and apply material properties and design allowables, processing methods and quality engineering specifications and standards.

  • Reviews and approve engineering drawings and documents for part conformance and to assist in resolving part failure analysis for fabrication, assembly and in service problems.

  • Applies knowledge of aerospace mechanical/structural component fabrication and assembly processes and technologies to establish research and development strategies and plans.

  • Develop and mature technology.

  • Facilitate technology implementation in production and provides support to the user community.

Systems Engineering:

  • Apply interdisciplinary knowledge and Systems Engineering processes and methods to plan, design, develop, integrate and verify products that meet customer needs within project constraints.

  • Develop, analyze and manage system and subsystem requirements and architectures.

  • Develop and evaluate alternative concepts, architectures and designs to select optimal, balanced solutions reflecting life-cycle considerations.

  • Analyze system functionality and effectiveness with respect to performance and cost to support project decision-making and ensure product compliance with technical requirements and project constraints.

  • Apply technical analyses to identify performance trends and root cause to propose corrective action.

  • Develop and document allocations, predictions, assessments, and analyses that compare the product design capabilities and usage experience to contract requirements.

  • Identify, define and manage product interfaces.

  • Plan, conduct and monitor integration and verification activities.

  • Plan and execute project-specific technical activities to implement Systems Engineering methodology. This includes coordinating multi-disciplined engineering efforts, managing technical subcontracts and supporting project Risk Management, Decision Analysis and Resolution, Configuration and Data Management, etc...

  • Improve Spirit enterprise Systems Engineering capability through development, assessment and deployment of company standards, processes and tools.

Research and Technology:

  • Research, develops, analyze, design and test company products using engineering and scientific principles.

  • Translate engineering and scientific concepts from preliminary ideas through product life cycle.

  • Research and develop material and processes that support the translation from abstract concepts to functional products and processes.

  • Apply knowledge of scientific methods and tools to define and characterize behavior of products, services, and processes.

  • Integrate technical, cost, value, and safety considerations into the product or process definition to comply with customer, regulatory, and company requirements.

  • Document results in drawings, data sets, reports, specifications, and supporting data.

  • Interface with other members of project or program teams, management, and technical staff to define and implement engineering solutions to meet group, organization, and company objectives.

Regardless of discipline, as an engineering intern at Spirit, you will:

  • Gain real-world practical and leadership skills through challenging hands-on opportunities.

  • Connect with subject matter experts, mentors and decision makers.

  • Be a part of an intern cohort that enjoys organized social, recreational and volunteer activities.

There are multiple opportunities in each area listed above. If you are selected for an intern on the requisition, we will place you in an above area based on your top preferences and the needs of the business.


  • You must be enrolled full time in a university degree program aligned to the area of internship - Mechanical, Aerospace or Civil engineering.

  • You must be a current sophomore, junior, senior or graduate student in good standing with at least a 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale).

Spirit AeroSystems is an equal opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital or civil partnership status, pregnancy, age, disability, veteran status or any other protected factor under federal, state or local law.

Job LocationsUS-KS-Wichita

Posted Date4 weeks ago(8/24/2020 4:54 PM)

Requisition ID2020-5662