Vehicle Design Intern

About FreightFish

We are a start-up which is developing hydrofoiling container ships for the international freight market. Our mission is to revolutionise the international express freight market by replacing air freight with high-speed ocean freight. We will achieve this by manufacturing fleets of high-speed cargo ships which we will operate ourselves. Our ships will represent the cutting edge of marine architecture globally and be a lasting part of NZ innovation history.

We have successfully proven our first concept engineering prototype, and are now working on a piloted subscale prototype craft. As one of two Vehicle Design Interns at FreightFish this summer you will work alongside the mechanical engineering team to carry out testing of our first piloted prototype, and work on the design and testing of our first full-scale ship.

Key responsibilities

You will report to the Lead Vehicle Design Engineer and your responsibilities will include:

  • Supporting the mechanical engineering team with hydrofoil research and development - including their design, manufacture, and testing

  • Design, manufacture, and assembly of parts that are directly implemented and tested on our ships

  • Playing a key role in sea trials

Skills you will have

  • Studying towards a mechanical or mechatronics engineering degree or similar

  • Knowledgeable about composite materials and working through problems using first principles

  • Strong teamwork skills with an ability to effectively interact and work with other engineering disciplines

  • Equally comfortable across both the office and the workshop

  • Proactive, enthusiastic, self-motivated and open to learning

  • The ability to take a flexible approach and adapt to change quickly

Over your 12 weeks at FreightFish you will

  • Design, build, and test a part within the course of a single day

  • Try something no-one has ever tried before

  • Be involved in core design cycles and engineering processes

  • Do an oil change on one of our chase boats

  • Have opportunities to program and cut parts in our CNC mill

  • Be exposed to 3D printing, machining, CNC plasma cutting, metal folding, welding, and composite manufacture

    Optional extras:

  • Take a chase boat on a weekend adventure

  • Fitness sessions on the beach

  • Join in on our squash competition

  • Learn how to foilboard/wakeboard

Like everyone at FreightFish, you'll benefit from:

  • Flexible working times

  • Unlimited opportunities for development and growth

  • A full fridge and cupboard for meals and snacks

  • A dog-friendly office that is a stone's-throw from the beach

Here are some words from one of last year's interns:

"I was given an amazing opportunity to spend my summer working at FreightFish in Northland with an awesome team of talented and motivated people. I learnt more than I could have ever imagined in the short amount of time I spent there, where every week felt different to the last. I had the opportunity to experience and contribute to frequent test sessions of their prototype vehicle, which was a really cool experience, and I am counting down the days to return as a graduate engineer! -  Matthew (Software and Simulation Engineering Intern 2019)"

FreightFish is committed to a policy of Equal Employment Opportunity and is determined to ensure that no applicant or employee receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of gender, age, disability, religion, belief, sexual orientation, marital status, or race.

Role posted - 2020-08-09T00:14:56Z 12:14pm, 9th Aug 2020 NZST