R&D Test Engineer

CompensationUp-to $17/hour
Commitment40 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


RedWater is a project under leadership from Honeybee Robotics where our lab is investigating the efficiency of ice melt probes for melting glacier ice on Mars. The PSTDL uses the smaller of our vacuum chambers to do thermal melt tests under Martian pressure and temperature conditions. Classifying these probes requires ice block preperations, ogranizing test setups, and the use of passive and active actuated melt probes to melt ice. Measurement of power use, displacement rate, and total volume of melted water under different power levels and with different probes materials/geometries are major goals of this project.


  • Maintenance and troubleshooting of microcontroller and DAQ.
  • System Testing (Vacuum and/or Atmospheric)
  • Data Collection
  • Data Analysis


Recommended Majors

  • Mechanical Engineering


  • You must be a U.S. person.
  • Microcontroller Experience (Arduino) (High/Competent)
  • Data Analysis Software (Excel, MatLab)
  • Test Procedure Composition and Documentation (High/Competent)
  • Mechanical System Repair/Maintenance (Competent)


  • Some Electrical Knowledge (Basic Wiring)
  • Machine Shop Experience
  • LabJack Experience


NASA RedWaterNASA NextSTEP BAA ISRU track 3 (water from buried glaciers on Mars) – "RedWater : Extraction of Water from Mars' Ice Deposits" (subcontract from Honeybee Robotics who are principal investigator)