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Embedded Computer Vision Engineering or Science Intern

A-Tech Corporation, Albuquerque, NM, United States
Employer Description

A-Tech Corporation, d.b.a. Applied Technology Associates (ATA), is a privately-held, Hispanic-owned small business and headquartered in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  ATA also has operations in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Huntsville, Alabama, Chantilly, Virginia, Greenbelt MD and White Sands Missile Range. 

ATA is an advanced technology and products company that delivers space, airborne, and ground-based systems to government, aerospace, and commercial customers for imaging, high energy laser, inertial navigation, space systems, and laser communications applications with specialization in precision pointing, line-of-sight stabilization, and real-time software and controls products and systems.  ATA has numerous engineering and program management positions open.

ATA develops embedded processing systems for commercial and DoD applications. Our primary focus involves the application of state-of-the art, FPGA and System-On-Chip (SOC) devices to high performance video processing, adaptive optics, laser communications, imaging sensors, and a wide range of real-time control systems for inertial measurement units, fast steering mirrors, and stabilized telescopes.  ATA is looking for qualified candidates who are interested in working within a small, agile, innovative team and who share a strong desire to create a work environment that is highly collaborative, rewarding and fun.   


Job Description




Applied Technology Associates (ATA) is seeking an Embedded Computer Vision Engineering/Science Intern in support to the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Space Vehicles Advanced Technology (SVAT) contract.  ATA is supporting AFRL in a variety of areas related to the design and flight of space vehicles.  One of those areas is in the application and implementation of computer vision for autonomous and robotic spacecraft functions.  ATA is looking for qualified candidates who are interested in working within a small, agile, innovative team supporting Air Force projects and who share a strong desire to create a work environment that is highly collaborative, rewarding, and fun.  The successful candidate will serve as an engineering/science intern within AFRL/ATA’s Resilient Autonomous Navigation Guidance and Robotic Systems (RANGRS) team and contribute to a collection of projects to help with the development of algorithms and their implementation in a variety of programming languages.  Current projects include support to three different laboratories for the purposes of raising the technology readiness levels (TRLs) of algorithms and software.  The projects focus on the development and implementation of embedded, real-time, computer vision techniques for robotic servicing, repair, and assembly and rendezvous and proximity operations of spacecraft.  The laboratories emulate many aspects of spacecraft flight providing real-time testbeds and verification and validation platforms for on-orbit spacecraft algorithms and software.  We work in a software environment that includes Windows and Linux running MATLAB, Simulink, ROS, Python, and C/C++.  Our hardware environment for simulation is Intel workstations, while our real-time environment is primarily Raspberry PIs.


Essential Functions

The Intern’s duties will include:

  • Develop and implement computer vision algorithms for spacecraft navigation and robotic functions
  • Develop simulations for generating imagery data
  • Develop simulations for testing computer vision algorithms and implementations
  • Establish and apply algorithm performance metrics
  • Represent ATA well with customers
  • Perform all other duties as assigned
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.



  • Ethical Conduct
  • Strong Attention to Detail
  • Organizational Skills
  • Self-starter
  • Self-organizing
  • Can quickly grasp new concepts and processes
  • Great written and oral communication skills
  • Require minimum oversight
  • Excellent time management skills


Work Environment

This job operates in a professional/secure office and laboratory environment. This position routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets, fax machines and other equipment as needed.


Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; talk or hear. The employee must occasionally lift or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.


Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

This is a part-time position. Days and hours (8-20 per week) are nominally within a Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. workday.



Travel is primarily local during the business day.


Required Education and Experience

  • Attending an accredited Engineering or Computer Science program at the Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Ph.D. level
  • S. citizen with the ability to obtain and maintain a U.S. Department of Defense security clearance
  • Background or course work in Computer Vison


Preferred Education and Experience

  • Active U.S. Department of Defense security clearance
  • Experience with embedded and/or real-time computer vision algorithms
  • Background in spacecraft dynamics and/or guidance, navigation, and control
  • Experience programming in C/C++
  • Experience with revision control systems such as Git, Mercurial, or Subversion


Primary Location:

Kirtland Air Force Base, Albuquerque, NM


ATA prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type and affords equal employment opportunities to employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. ATA conforms to the spirit as well as to the letter of all applicable laws and regulations. Please send all resumes, including cover letters, to Human Resources at Applied Technology Associates, 1300 Britt Street SE, Albuquerque, NM 87123. You may also fax them to (505) 998-2397, or e-mail them to ATAJobs@atacorp.com.  PLEASE REFER TO DOCKET ATA20190920.


23 September 2019
21 March 2020
Bachelor's Degree
Communications, Information Processing, and Storage