TCI is a dynamic, growing Milwaukee area manufacturer of industry leading products for AC and DC drives.
Please note: this position requires part time work during the school semester and offers full time in the summer. This is NOT a winter break or summer only internship.
Job Description This position is for an engineering intern to aid in the development, testing and application of TCI’s flagship harmonic filter product lines for industrial power systems. As an electrical engineering intern you will work hands-on in simulation, analysis, development, testing, troubleshooting and documentation of our passive and active harmonic filtering and magnetic products. This opportunity will allow you to gain valuable professional experience within an industry leading company.
Required Competencies Strong skills in electrical circuits, magnetics, power conversion and power systems. Exposure to three phase power systems, power magnetics, motors, or power electronics. The ability and willingness to take independent action and complete job task. Additionally, the willingness to seek out additional assignments. The desire to take full ownership of all assigned task and complete them in an efficient, timely manner. Strong troubleshooting skills. Effective written and verbal communication skills.
Additional Desired Competencies Knowledge of power electronic circuits including rectifiers, inverters and variable frequency drives (VFDs) for electrical motor drives. Familiarity with 480V power laboratory safety and test methodologies. Knowledge of magnetic design principles including calculation of inductance, flux density, losses, material properties, lamination thickness, thermal losses, and characterization of magnetic saturation. Ability to operate typical lab diagnostic equipment such as oscilloscopes, digital multi meters, harmonic analyzers, LCR meters, surface mount soldering rework tools and bench power supplies. Knowledge of power electronic circuit design including PWM modulation schemes, gate drive circuits, power MOSFET and IGBT device properties and switching characterization, power magnetics design, and electromagnetic interference mitigation techniques. Knowledge of simulation tools such as PSIM and MATLAB. Knowledge of analysis tools such as MathCAD and Excel. Knowledge of PCB design tools such as Altium PCB designer. Working knowledge of power quality standards and power quality measurement techniques.
Job Responsibilities Job responsibilities will be partially driven by qualifications and area of interest expressed by student but typical tasks will include: Tasks involving simulation, analysis, and design of passive harmonic filters and VFD output filters under direction of senior engineering staff. Design and test support for three-phase, 480V power electronics hardware. Test engineering support including support of production test fixtures, test procedures, data archiving, and production unit debug. Tasks involving simulation, analysis, and design of active harmonic filters based on two-level and three level voltage source inverters (T type switches). Review of PCB schematics and layout. Inductance versus current data curve generation of drive line reactors using low voltage/high current transformers. Prototype and test of new products including passive filters, active harmonic filters, reactors and VFD output filters. The engineering intern will be expected to learn how to safely operate power lab equipment including motor dynes, RL load banks, and variable frequency drives in order to test the dynamic and thermal performance of the TCIs products. Additionally the job may require construction of prototype circuits and test fixtures as needed by the engineering team. Students will be exposed to all or some of the following tools and technologies: PSIM, MathCAD, MATLAB, power magnetic simulation tools such as OPS, project documentation WIKIs, analog circuits, power converter hardware, power switch loss calculations, and industrial variable frequency motor drives. The job will require the ability to work safely in a high voltage power lab under the guidance of qualified lab personnel.
Basic Qualifications for Consideration Current enrollment at an accredited college or university engineering program (UW-Milwaukee, UW-Madison or equivalent). Prefer a Junior or Senior pursuing a degree in Electrical Engineering or Mechanical Engineering with a focus on power and energy conversion and a minimum GPA of 3.0.
We are an equal opportunity employer and considers candidates regardless of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status. We are also an E-Verify participant.