Development Intern Student Opportunity – Engineering (Oakville)

Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) - Toronto, ON (4 months ago)

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The Nuclear Waste Management Organization is responsible for the safe, long-term
management of used nuclear fuel in Canada. The approach it is implementing, known as
Adaptive Phased Management (APM), involves developing a centralized underground repository,
supported by a robust social and technical research program in collaboration with Canadian
universities, consultants and international waste management organizations.

Join our growing team of scientists, engineers and other professionals to work collaboratively with
Canadians in implementing our management approach in a manner that safeguards people and
respects the environment, now and in the future.

Development Intern Student Opportunity – Engineering
(One position available Oakville)

We are currently seeking a development intern student (May 1, 2020 to August 31st, 2021) with
the Engineering department at our Proof Test Facility at 2009 Wyecroft Rd., Oakville.

This position would be ideal for a third to fourth year student enrolled in Nuclear, Mechanical,
Geological, Physics / Mathematical Engineering with Mechanical option. Reporting to the
Manager, Buffers and Sealing Systems, the student will support the engineering activities of the
entire department.

The core objective of the role will be working with the Buffer Systems and Emplacement team to
assist senior engineers in the manufacturing of bentonite clay blocks, which act as a protective
buffer using a robotic shaping cell, to support a future full-scale emplacement trial using novel

semi-autonomous equipment. Responsibilities will include:
  • Assist and/or lead in the procurement of high quality raw materials and implementation of
quality assurance / quality control procedures including coring, sample logging, and laser
scanning for raw bentonite and highly compacted bentonite,

  • Support technical staff in the fabrication process including operation of a robotic shaping
cell and documenting results of trials,

  • Assist in the definition and development of a full scale demonstration experiment
integrating all aspects of the NWMO developed emplacement technology,

  • Conduct literature research to support the above objectives and prepare summary reports
with recommendations,

  • Assist in inputting technical reports and drawings into configuration management software
to ensure quality assurance,

  • Assist in engineering measurement/testing and associated documentation.
In addition, there will be opportunities for the student to participate in a wide spectrum of

engineering tasks, such as:
  • Perform simple engineering calculations (e.g. using Excel spreadsheet, MATLAB,
MathCAD or by hand) and documentation;

  • Assist in the development of CAD models for mechanical systems or repository systems
using commercial modeling software (e.g. Solidworks);

  • Perform verification of engineering calculations done by other engineering staff;
  • Review and quality check technical reports and drawings prepared by other engineering

  • Conduct vendor and market search for specific engineering services or products;
  • Assist in the development of technical illustrations and presentations using MS Office and
other software;

  • Assist in the preparation of engineering procurement documents;
The student will be given tasks based on business need and the student’s knowledge/skill level.
Training and guidance will be provided to the student regarding the assigned tasks. Occasional
travel to NWMO’s Toronto Head Office (22 St. Clair Ave East) and vendor sites may be

Qualifications & Experience:
  • Currently enrolled in the third or fourth year of a Bachelor’s Degree program of
engineering with a focus on Nuclear, Mechanical, Geology, Physics / Mathematical
Engineering with Mechanical option;

  • Hands-on design or manufacturing experience through previous student positions, co-
ops, capstone projects, and/or extracurricular teams (e.g. mini-Baja, solar team, Formula
SAE, etc.) is required.

  • Knowledge of office applications (i.e. MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, Acrobat
Professional, etc.) is required. Knowledge in MS Excel VBA would be an asset;

  • Experience in CAD modeling using Solidworks (or similar software packages) and
technical drawing preparation would be an asset;

  • Experience in technical measurement, experimentation, and testing would be an asset;
  • Ability to draft and edit scientific documents of a technical nature;
  • Good oral and written communication skills;
  • Good organizational skills and ability to manage large datasets;
  • Attention to detail;
The applicant must be eligible to work in Canada and must be able to meet security clearance

May 1, 2020- August 31st, 2021 (16 months).

The NWMO is committed to contribute to reconciliation in all its work by co-creating a shared
future built on rights, equity and well-being. As an employment equity employer NWMO actively
seeks Indigenous peoples, visible minorities, women, people with disabilities, and additional
diverse identities for our workforce. The NWMO will provide accommodation to applicants with
disabilities. If you require accommodation, please Contact Us.

Please submit your application including your resume and cover letter by February 9, 2020 via
e-mail quoting Developmental Intern Student Opportunity – Engineering (Oakville), to: