Internship – Aerospace/Mechanical Engineering – Lockheed Martin

Company Details

As a global security and aerospace company, the majority of Lockheed Martin's business is with the U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. federal government agencies. In addition, Sikorsky (a Lockheed Martin Company) provides military and rotary-wing aircraft to all five branches of the U.S. armed forces along with military services and commercial operators in 40 nations. The remaining portion of Lockheed Martin's business is comprised of international government and commercial sales of products, services and platforms.


Lockheed Martin Rotary & Mission Systems (RMS) is conducting flight testing on the Sikorsky CH-53K King Stallion at the customer’s facility on Patuxent (Pax) River Naval Air Station. We are looking for qualified interns to join the flight test team on this continuing exciting adventure. Flight test engineering intern positions may include: structures & dynamics, powerplants/propulsion, flight control systems & handling qualities (FCS&HQ)

The structures/dynamics FTE plans, conducts, manages and reports on helicopter flight tests with respect to structures and dynamics. Responsibilities include initial envelope expansion and development tests, flight loads/strain and vibration surveys, dynamic stability tests and structural oversight of tests performed by other disciplines.

The powerplants flight test engineer (FTE) plans, conducts, manages and reports on powerplant and related propulsion systems helicopter ground and flight tests. These tests include thermal surveys, fire extinguishing and suppression system evaluations, determination of installed engine power, inlet and exhaust surveys, and characterization of engine-airframe compatibility together with FADEC-based control systems, fuel systems, environmental control systems, and icing evaluations.

The flight controls and handling qualities (FC&HQ) associate engineer is involved in the planning, conducting, managing, and reporting FC&HQ flight tests. The FC&HQ associate engineer works closely with senior flight test engineers to become familiar with the flight control system hardware components and software, instrumentation, data processing tools, and flight test procedures to identify problems on the test aircraft and troubleshoot the issue.

Test planning function involves determining measurement and flight condition requirements necessary to safely provide evaluation, qualification and certification data. These details are written into published test plans.

Test conduct involves briefing flight and ground crews and real-time telemetry monitoring of critical parameters. Large volumes of gathered flight data are processed, analyzed, and reported. These results are written into published test reports.

These positions also involves significant teamwork and coordination with flight test co-workers in a variety of disciplines (pilots, mechanics, inspectors, instrumentation, and data technicians), qualification or certification authority representatives and subject matter expert design engineers.

Basic Qualifications:

Pursuing a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college in Aerospace or Mechanical Engineering or a related discipline. Entry level.

Key skills and knowledge required are:

  •  analytical thinking and problem solving
  •  communication–written and oral
  •  general aviation knowledge
  •  technical writing
  • computer skills: Microsoft Office applications

Good interpersonal skills are imperative.

Personal flexibility is required to support unusual working hours.

Additional Information:

Work is being performed at the customer’s facility in Patuxent River, MD. While working at Pax River, Sikorsky employees must follow operating procedures as established by the customer which include:

  •  Must be a US citizen.
  • Must currently have and/or be capable of obtaining a security clearance to at least the secret level.
  •  Must currently have or be capable of successfully completing an NCIC criminal background check to access Pax NAS.
  •  Must currently have or be capable of obtaining full unescorted access Pax NAS.
  •  Must have a valid photo ID (driver’s license + social security card or birth certificate OR US passport).
  •  Must have valid driver’s license/vehicle insurance to drive on base at Pax NAS.

Desired Skills:

  •  Troubleshooting
  • Aircraft maintenance or pilot experience is a plus.
  •  Relevant internship or extracurricular activities are a plus.
  •  Flight testing experience
  •  Computer skills: Python and/or Matlab/Simulink

Other Important Information You Should Know

Expression of Interest: By applying to this job, you are expressing interest in this position and could be considered for other career opportunities where similar skills and requirements have been identified as a match. Should this match be identified you may be contacted for this and future openings.

Telecommute: The work associated with this position will be performed at the designated Lockheed Martin facility. Situational telecommuting may be considered and authorized at the discretion of your leader and based upon the role.

Work Schedules: Lockheed Martin supports a variety of alternate work schedules that provide additional flexibility to our employees. Schedules range from standard 40 hours over a five day work week while others may be condensed. These condensed schedules provide employees with additional time away from the office and are in addition to our Paid Time off benefits.

Schedule for this Position: 4×10 hour day, 3 days off per week

Clearance Level: None

Lockheed Martin is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status, or disability status.

Join us at Lockheed Martin, where your mission is ours. Our customers tackle the hardest missions. Those that demand extraordinary amounts of courage, resilience and precision. They’re dangerous. Critical. Sometimes they even provide an opportunity to change the world and save lives. Those are the missions we care about.

At Lockheed Martin, we apply our passion for purposeful innovation to keep people safe and solve the world’s most complex challenges.

Mission-Focused Innovation: From aerospace to outer space to cyber space, you can solve the world’s most complex challenges for our customers.

Foundational Values: Our culture of performance excellence, ethics, teamwork and inclusion is embedded in everything we do.

Diverse Career Opportunities with Meaningful Work: Grow your career and skills for life. Our technology-driven learning platforms and programs enable your development and agility.

Your Health, Your Wealth, Your Life: Our flexible schedules, competitive pay and comprehensive benefits enable you to live a healthy, fulfilling life at and outside of work.

Empowered to Be Your Best: Use your strengths to make a difference in the lives of one another, our customers, our communities and our planet.

As a leading technology innovation company, Lockheed Martin’s vast team works with partners around the world to bring proven performance to our customers’ toughest challenges. Lockheed Martin has employees based in many states throughout the U.S., and Internationally, with business locations in many nations and territories.

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