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Cryogenic Engineering Co-Op

We Are:
Fermilab is America’s premier laboratory for particle physics and accelerator research, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.  We support discovery science experiments in Illinois and at locations around the world, including deep underground mines in South Dakota and Canada, mountaintops in Arizona and Chile, and the South Pole.

We are strategic risk takers, innovators, and collaborators. We are engineers, scientists, technicians, administrative professionals. We are 1,800 employees advancing knowledge for the benefit of humankind. Fermilab has been at the forefront of particle physics for more than 40 years. We build world-leading accelerators and detectors to conduct some of the most advanced particle physics experiments possible. We collect and analyze the data from those experiments with some of the most powerful computers in the world. We conduct this research on a 6,800-acre prairie, 35 miles outside Chicago, a treasure that has been designated a National Environmental Research Park.

Under the direction of an experienced professional, performs progressively complex duties while serving in a practical learning capacity in their field of specialization. Students participate in a formal work/study program at the Laboratory based on an understanding with the home College or University in order to gain practical, hands-on experience in Engineering, Computer Science, Environmental Safety and Health, or any other academically based disciplines found at the Laboratory.

Open Date: October 21, 2022
Close Date: November 18, 2022

This position is open for relocation.

The Applied Physics & Technology Division (APS-TD) pursues highly innovative research and development programs in superconducting magnets and superconducting radio frequencies for accelerators to advance Fermilab’s scientific mission and help define the laboratory’s strategic direction. We operate accelerator test facilities and develop and build next generation accelerators and detectors using groundbreaking technologies. We also educate and train the next generation of physicists and engineers.

Fermilab’s APS-TD Cryogenics Sector seeks a Cryogenic Engineering Cooperative Education Student. Under the direction of an expert mechanical engineer, the selected candidate will be assigned mechanical engineering tasks such as cryogenic component design, mechanical stress analysis, heat transfer calculations, fluid flow calculations, 3-D modeling and drawing layouts, reverse engineering, checking calculations, manipulating and analyzing data, and writing reports. Assignments will be made commensurate with the level of education completed and will dynamically become more complicated as school/work terms are completed. The selected student will begin Spring 2023.

We Are Looking For:
  • Eligible student candidates will be enrolled in a Baccalaureate program of study (minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale), in which they have completed their sophomore year in an accredited curriculum in Mechanical Engineering.
  • Successful completion of cryogenics or thermal-fluids courses is desirable.
  • Ability to read mechanical drawings and process flow schematics
  • Ability to use a computer for performing engineering analysis, writing reports, and crafting presentations
  • Consideration will be given to students who have completed their first year and have proven strong skill in mathematics and basic engineering sciences
  • Students on a semester based academic calendar are required to work a minimum of 3 alternating semesters, while 4 quarters are required for those on a quarter based academic calendar.
  • For more information, please see the undergraduate co-op program webpage:
  • Abide by all environment, safety, and health regulations.
  • Contribute effectively within a diverse workforce, and uphold Fermilab’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Application Instructions:
Interested candidates should submit:
1.    A current resume
2.    An official or unofficial transcript
3.    A Coop Work/School Schedule; documents can be located at:

Physical Activity and Work Conditions:
Human Factors: Mental Concentration, Sitting, Standing, Tight Work Schedule, Physically Demanding
Physical Factors: Cryogenics, High-Voltage, and Oxygen Deficiency Hazard

Fermilab is an Equal Opportunity Employer and believes a diverse and inclusive environment based on mutual respect is essential to our mission. Fermilab is committed to recruiting and developing the most hardworking people and does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, religion, age, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, military/veteran status, country of birth, geography/postal code, disability, marital status, parental or gestational status, or other non-merit factor.