Student Opportunities

Our mission — X-ES strives to be the premier provider of mission-critical embedded products while delivering exceptional levels of customer and employee satisfaction. Find out more about where you might fit in to that mission.

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Extreme Engineering Solutions (X-ES) was founded by graduates of local engineering programs, and it's a tradition we continue by offering exciting co-op and internship programs to students in our area. We're proud of our strong university partnerships and offer multiple student opportunities each year to coincide with their recruiting schedules.
X-ES hires for both Spring-Summer and Summer-Fall terms. Additional part-time work beyond the initial term is possible, and several students who complete the program have gone on to work full-time at X-ES after graduation. All student positions are located at our headquarters in the Madison area.

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Utilize your engineering talents to support the design and development of complex embedded computer boards and systems that are relied upon for their performance and reliability in some of the most extreme environments on Earth.

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Information Technology

Support critical business systems and help keep X-ES operational with the management and deployment of computer hardware and software solutions that keep us all working hard and providing the level of service our customers know us for.

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X-ES products are 100% US-manufactured and much of that work happens right here on-site. Help ensure that our products, suppliers, and manufacturing systems are all high quality and operating as intended.

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Why work with us?


Real World Experience

You’ll get practical experience doing real work, challenging your skills and preparing you for your future career. No busywork, guaranteed.


Make a Direct Impact

We have a culture of valuing self-motivated individuals who aren’t afraid to take initiative. We give you the opportunity to work hard and make real contributions.


Compensation & Culture

X-ES offers a competitive wage and health insurance to its student employees. We’re always flexible on hours, and there’s never a dress code.


Engineering Mentorships

You’ll work closely with our experienced professionals without being micromanaged. We want to give you the tools and knowledge you need to work freely.


Career Path Opportunities

You can take what you learn anywhere you want, but several students who complete our program go on to work full-time at X-ES after graduation.


Exciting Products

Past participants in our co-op program have told us our access to cutting-edge technology gives them a level of technical expertise their universities can’t match.

We're Hiring

This isn’t one of those co-ops where they send you to grab coffee and do a bunch of menial work their engineers don’t feel like doing. At X-ES, we give student employees the opportunity to make direct contributions to the company’s products, processes, and day-to-day operations.

We have a culture of valuing self-motivated individuals who aren’t afraid to take initiative, and that extends to our student employees. We also typically hire more students than other companies—around 15 to 20 students each term—so you’ll meet and work with lots of new people your own age in your own field of study. A co-op with X-ES is a great place to make friends and contacts you can carry with you after the program is over.

Engineering Co‑Ops

Gain hands-on experience working with advanced technologies while making direct contributions to product development. Embedded Hardware Engineering Co-Ops assist design engineers in all aspects of board-level design, including HDL programming, signal integrity simulations, design verification testing, schematic capture, testing and troubleshooting of rugged embedded hardware, and manufacturing support.

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Assist with all aspects of software design related to ensuring bootloaders and operating systems run with maximum efficiency and functionality on our products. Software Engineering Co-Ops are constantly challenged to ask whether their code can run faster or be more effective. Responsibilities include developing, releasing, stress testing, and debugging code for products that leverage the latest processing and I/O technologies. You’ll be able to apply modern architecture and cutting-edge technologies to create solutions in our new engineering and manufacturing center.

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Assist with the development, testing, and debug of power converters that operate in rugged environments — including for industrial, commercial, military, and aerospace customers. Working closely with design engineers, Power Engineering Co-Ops perform design verification, develop test procedures, and characterize components to optimize DC/DC controllers.

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By serving as a necessary bridge between engineering, manufacturing, and customer support, our Quality team helps the company maintain compliance with quality management system requirements. Quality Engineering Co-Ops will collaborate with a variety of departments to resolve quality-related issues and achieve cross-discipline process improvements. Typical work includes applying critical thinking skills to root-cause analysis, making improvements to documentation materials, and ensuring process conformity by coordinating and conducting internal audits.

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Gain hands-on experience working with the advanced technologies at the boundary between the chip and the board while making direct contributions to product development. We’re seeking an Engineering Co-Op to analyze challenging signal integrity issues using their skills in circuits, electromagnetics, and signal processing. The individual will work within a small team of signal integrity engineers to solve problems with high-speed signals in the design phase using simulation as well as post-fabrication in the lab.

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Help X-ES meet the thermal and structural challenges of producing embedded computing products that operate in rugged environments–including for industrial, military, and aerospace customers. Assist in the design, simulation, and analysis of products that must withstand extreme temperatures, vibration, humidity, and altitude. Gain real-world experience in the creation of 3D models and 2D drawings associated with the design, fabrication, and assembly of components.

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Information Technology Co‑Ops

IT Services Internship

Information Technology

Manage the complete hardware and software lifecycle of Windows and Linux workstations, including imaging, deployment, software updates, and repairs. Write Chocolatey packages for standardizing installation of software on Windows workstations. Provide IT support to end users for workstations, networking, and web applications.

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Systems Administration Co‑Op

Information Technology

Help provide critical information technology services to X-ES employees while gaining hands-on experience with cutting-edge technologies for virtualization (KVM, LXD, and docker), storage (ZFS), and server orchestration (Ansible). Working within a small, dedicated team of IT professionals, you will help manage and automate Linux servers (bare metal, virtual machines, and containers), Windows workstations, and network infrastructure using DevOps principles.

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Manufacturing Co‑Ops

Apply a broad range of manufacturing knowledge and skills in order to assist various functional areas in meeting their strategic goals through continuous improvement activities. Provide general leadership within the manufacturing department and advise on process improvement.

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We’re seeking career-oriented college students for May 2023 openings related to the assembly, inspection and testing of high-end electronic equipment. X-ES offers paid training and flexible scheduling to accommodate student schedules. This is a full-time position with a minimum of 40 hours Monday–Friday during the summer and academic breaks, and a part-time position with a minimum of 15 hours Monday–Friday while school is in session.

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