Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Internship

Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Internship

The Neil Squire Society uses technology to empower people with physical disabilities. Our programs and services connect people with disabilities to appropriate technology, develop their skills, and then connect participants to employment, education or other community engagement.

The Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Interns will work with our Engineers and Manager of Research and Development in implementing new access solutions for people with physical disabilities. We are launching a new initiative, Makers Making Change, that connects makers to people with disabilities that need assistive technologies. We are modifying some existing designs and creating new solutions using 3D printers, Arduino boards and other tools to solve access issues.

Within four to eight months, the interns will create a new way for people with high level physical disabilities to use mobile devices independently and effectively. The team will play a direct role in the pilot and rollout of this solution in the Pacific Northwest. The work will be open-sourced so that people can recreate and adapt for other communities as well.

Neil Squire Society is an equal opportunity employer. Our mission statement focuses on the empowerment of people of disabilities. Preference will be given to a qualified person with a disability.


  • Prepare mechanical construction drawings in conjunction with the architectural, structural and electrical designs.
  • Assist in the design and development of schematics, circuit board design, and 3D printing.
  • Provide support in areas of commissioning and operation of mechanical, electrical and electronic equipment and systems and performance test protocols.
  • Prepare technical operating procedures, project manuals, documentations and reports.
  • Assist with the inspection of materials, specifications and quantities.
  • Check and cross reference drawings and assist in producing as-build drawings for operations.
  • Perform feasibility studies for proposed equipment, systems or processes.
  • Coordinate and meet with project teams to discuss requirements and constraint issues.
  • Conduct task reviews to ensure alignment with technical drawings and specifications.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Enrolled in a Degree or Diploma program related to Interactive Technology, Interactive Design, Electronics, Mechanical Engineering.
  • Internship or previous working experience in a mechanical engineering role an asset.
  • Good knowledge of concepts, principles and practices of mechanical engineering.
  • Strong project management and organizational skills.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Good understanding of 2D and 3D modelling.
  • Ability to read, interpret and create mechanical drawings.
  • Working knowledge of mechanical tools and equipment.

Sample Projects:

  • Modifying the LipSync so it has switch outputs.
  • Testing the LipSync with accessibility of various broadcast television boxes.
  • Further develop assistive technology prototypes for our online repository of devices.
  • Document assembly guides, user manuals, and sample curriculum in using devices.
  • Assist in running maker events and buildathons to create access solutions.

Eligibility for Position:

As funding is partially provided through Canada Summer Jobs, the successful candidate must be:

  • Between 15 and 30 years of age (inclusive) at the start of employment;
  • Was registered as a full-time student during the preceding academic year;
  • Intends to return to school on a full-time basis during the next academic year;
  • Is a student in a secondary, post-secondary, vocational or technical program;
  • A Canadian Citizen, permanent resident, or person on whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Foreign students are not eligible) and;
  • Is legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial / territorial legislation and regulations.


$20 an hour, 35 hours a week

Working Environment:

Makerspace environment with some travel to project locations across Metro Vancouver.


  • Neil Squire Society – #400-3999 Henning Drive, Burnaby, BC V5M 3Z3
  • MakerCube – 10663 King George Blvd #202, Surrey, BC V3T 2X6
  • Vancouver Hack Space – #104-1715 Cook St, Vancouver, BC V5Y 3J6

Number of Positions:

We will be hiring up to four positions based on funding and skill sets of applicants.


Please send your resume and cover letter to:

Chad Leaman
Subject: Summer Jobs Application

Application Deadline: Sunday, April 7, 2017