We regularly welcome University students to Neptec to gain work experience and complete their co-op placements at our Ottawa office. Our co-op students are integral members of our team and work side by side with our more experienced engineers learning about the industry, our technology and helping to solve tough, mission-critical problems. We take pride in the learning opportunities we provide and are thrilled to see many students return to Neptec after graduation to start their careers. Last week, we said goodbye to some fantastic students – here is what one of them had to say about his experience interning at Neptec.

My name is Bryce Dudley, and I have spent the last year as a mechanical engineering intern at Neptec.  In September, I will be returning to Western as a 4th year mechatronic systems engineering student.  I decided to go back to school, and I chose mechatronics as my discipline because I was hoping for a career in the space industry.

My internship has been a fantastic opportunity to further my education and, hopefully, to begin my career in spaceflight.  I’ve had the opportunity to participate in environmental testing of flight hardware.  The tests I’ve been involved in have been functional testing (does it work), vibration and shock testing (can it survive launch) and thermal-vacuum (simulating the space environment).  I’ve also had the opportunity to design a procedure to calibrate flight hardware, and to participate in the design of ground support and flight hardware.

One of the great things about the mechatronics program at Western is that it provides a solid background in both mechanical and electrical engineering.  This prepared me really well for an internship on Neptec’s mechanical team.  The mechanical team works closely with electrical and software engineers to make sure our products will deliver on mission critical roles in space.  Having a solid background in electrical engineering fundamentals allowed me to get up to work quickly and efficiently in a very multidisciplinary environment.