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Piaggio Fast Forward
56 Roland Street
Posted: September 07 2016
Application Deadline: Available Year-round
Position: Part-time, Paid
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DescriptionPiaggio Fast Forward is seeking an electrical engineering co-op student to assist with the development of electrical and electronic design for autonomous robots and lightweight mobility platforms.Internships are offered on a rolling basis throughout the year. We have openings for both part time and full time internships. All interns must be able to work out of Boston headquarters.
Piaggio Fast Forward is a high growth startup established in 2015 to develop smart mobility platforms for a world in which city navigation and short-distance transportation are rapidly changing. PFF builds lightweight and autonomous robots and 2 and 3-wheeled vehicles to efficiently move people and goods. Led by an interdisciplinary team of innovators drawn from the top ranks of the technology, design, and engineering fields, PFF was founded as a new, independent company of the Piaggio Group, the manufacturers of Vespa, Aprilia, Moto Guzzi, Gilera and Derbi. Check out our website to learn more about our team: www.piaggiofastforward.com.
Because we are a small and nimble team, you will have the opportunity to work with, and learn from, everyone on our engineering team. Some specific responsibilities include:
¥ Creating bill of materials for custom circuits
¥ Creating circuit schematics and PCB layouts
¥ Writing firmware
¥ Assembling circuits and robots
We're looking for someone with a love of vehicles that move, both robots and transportation systems.
You should be a highly motivated, highly analytical self-starter with good communication skills (both written and verbal), and should be able to work in an iterative and prototype-focused development style with a cross-functional team including mechanical and electrical engineering, software development, design, human factors, fabrication and research. You are diligent with deadlines and can work in a team environment. Most importantly, you’re excited to be part of something big!
RequirementsAbout the Role
We’re looking for an Electrical Engineering Student to assist us in the design and development of autonomous ground-based robots. You will be designing printed circuit boards for power conditioning and distribution, battery charging, and digital communication. Not stopping at the design phase, you will have the chance to bring your design to real life by combining your fabrication skills with outsourced fabrication.
The ideal candidate for this position should be passionate about designing circuits and want to see their work come to fruition in a real robotic system. As such, you should have demonstrated experience with one or more of the following:
PCB layout (e.g. KiCAD, Eagle)
¥ Biasing component’s signals (e.g. pull-up, pull-down, amplification via op-amps)
¥ Microcontroller programming (e.g. Arduino)
¥ Selecting electronic components
¥ Communication protocols (e.g. UART, I2C)