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Summer Internship 2024/2025 Mechanical Engineering Intern



Other Engineering
Wellington, New Zealand
Posted on Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Only applicants who are eligible to work in New Zealand and meet our requirements will be considered for this position.

This position is available between November 2024 and January 2025 - there will be a long lead time for applications, so please do not be disheartened if you do not hear back from us immediately.

Equal Opportunity Statement - Applicants from diverse backgrounds and experiences are encouraged to apply. OpenStar Technologies is committed to fostering an inclusive environment where innovation thrives.

Who are we?

OpenStar Technologies is on a mission to repeat the feats of Maui and capture the power of the Sun. By mastering fusion, the process that powers the stars, we can generate safe, clean, carbon free, baseload electricity in a way that is economically scalable to the challenge of mitigating climate disaster and giving birth to the next industrial revolution. The team is currently made up of 42 talented engineers and physicists, based in Te Whanganui-a-Tara (Wellington), Aotearoa.

Culture Comment: At OpenStar Technologies, our culture is founded on a commitment to making a positive impact on the world. We empower every member of our team with meaningful responsibility, fostering an environment where creativity and innovation thrive in pursuit of our collective mission.

Job Description

The candidate would join OpenStar’s operations team working alongside docking and/or vacuum systems. Our systems are subject to mechanical, structural, and thermal engineering constraints. The candidate will be developing systems that integrate with a range of other crucial components of our levitated dipole fusion reactor.


Mechanical Design

The candidate will be generating design concepts, developing mechanical parts and assembly systems and verifying those systems.

Prototype Preparation

The candidate will source materials, design for manufacture/fabrication and create procedures for the design assemblies.

Prototype Testing

The candidate will then test their designs experimentally and qualify aspects of performance.

Cryogenic Testing

Subject to availability, the candidate may also be asked to assist with various cryogenic engineering experiments necessary to facilitate the cryogenic systems at OpenStar.


Must have - Applicants must have completed at least their 3rd year of an undergraduate mechanical or mechatronics engineering degree.

Applicants must have experience with 3D-CAD modelling, an understanding of mechanical stress/strain, and an understanding of electrical concepts.

Nice to have - Experience with thermal expansion/contraction, FEA experience (ansys/comsol). Practical experience with mechanical systems.

Employment Details

Employment Type: Fixed-term internship.


  • $27.80 per hour - 400 hours.
  • 3% employer kiwisaver contributions.
  • 8% pay-as-you-go holiday pay.

Location: This internship must be undertaken at OpenStar Technologies' facilities in Ngauranga, Wellington, New Zealand. Candidates must be able to work on-site to fully engage with our team and technology.