Research Engineer

CompensationUp-to $17/hour
Commitment20 hrs/w
Start DateSpring 2022


This position may have additional semesters if the allocation of further funding is available. Most positions involve 40 hrs/week during the summer and 10-20 hrs/week when classes occur. The guaranteed semesters for this position are:

  • Spring 2022
  • Summer 2022


CLASS is a NASA Solar System Exploration Virtual Institute led by the University of Central Florida. CLASS stands for Center for Lunar and Asteroid Surface Science and isa consortium of universities and commercial partners researching rocky and atmosphereless bodies. MTU is a node in CLASS and our focus is on ISRU on the lunar surface with a focus on developing and characterizing our own MTU lunar regolith simulant - currently being used on multiple contracts. Near term goals are to study wear of systems due to exposure with lunar simulant as well as to support simulant prep for other experiments such as the LuSTR and MRE research.


  • Study the interaction between lunar regolith and mechanisms (Mechanism forces, wear, wheel sinkage, traction, etc.).
  • Support other projects which do testing in lunar regolith simulant.
  • Design and fabricate test support equipment as needed.
  • Maintain simulant bucket database.
  • Simulant production as needed.


Recommended Majors

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Geophysics
  • Chemical Engineering


  • You must be a U.S. person.
  • Excel and matlab data analysis.
  • Interpret information from research papers.
  • Must be able to carry 50 lbs.


  • Experience with statistics.
  • Basic shop experience.


NASA CLASSNASA Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI) – "CLASS (Center for Lunar and Asteroid Surface Science)" (subcontract from University of Central Florida who are principal investigator)