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Engineering Intern


Primarily responsible for providing engineering and design support to RealTruck engineering for engineering pick-up truck Bed Covers (a.k.a. Tonneau Covers) and related truck accessory components manufactured by RealTruck. Projects will include a variety of assignments with increasing responsibility including CAD drawing and design, 3D printing, prototype fabrication and assembly, testing and analysis, presentations, and manufacturing/tooling support for both aftermarket and OEM product lines.  The rotation of assignments during the course of completing the engineering degree will culminate in a mutually agreed thesis topic prior to full-time employment. 



  • Engineering & Design – Apply engineering principles learned to date for the purpose of creating innovative designs, concepts and complete product engineering.  Provide drawing and design support as required during the internship.  Must be capable of designing in SolidWorks (training will be provided as necessary).  Coordinate design-related workload with designated Design Engineer.  Includes use of finite element modeling and related analysis when possible or needed.
  • Drawing Release/ ECN – Utilize the RealTruck drawing release and engineering change processes when required.
  • Prototype Fabrication – Utilize onsite machine shop and equipment, including 3D printers, CNC Mill, CNC Plasma Table, Welders, etc., to construct prototype components and assemblies for proof of concept and/or testing.
  • Testing – Participate in a variety of testing, using in-house equipment as well as external test partners.  Perform product fit-up sessions, installing per the installation instructions and checking fit and function.
  • Continuous Improvement -- Identify, analyze, and implement continuous product design improvement to reduce warranty and improve manufacturing process efficiency, safety, quality, and cost (value analysis/value engineering [VA/VE]) as assigned.
  • Presentation – Required to make a brief presentation to the Engineering team at the end of each work term that highlights duties assigned and accomplishments.
  • Other duties as assigned.



  • Education and Experience
  • Must be actively pursuing a Bachelor of Science Mechanical Engineering degree or equivalent from applicable University.
  • Must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • Must have the ability to use SolidWorks for design and analysis. Training will be provided as needed.
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or have a U.S. Permanent Resident (Green) Card.


Skills, Abilities, and Knowledge 

  • Skilled in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook).
  • Treats everyone with respect; collaborating as a cross-functional team player.
  • Enhances department and organization reputation by accepting ownership for accomplishing new and different requests; exploring opportunities to add value to the organization and the learning experience.
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal, written, and presentation).
  • Strong problem-solving and critical thinking skills, with a focus on root cause analysis.
  • Capable of multi-tasking with detail and accuracy.
  • Demonstrates initiative and is proactive.
  • Must be self-motivated; a self-starter capable of setting priorities.