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mechatronic system engineering

Internship assignment: Improved autonomous navigation and mapping for an Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV)

Are you looking for a challenging and educational internship? Then you are at the right place at Demcon!

The project:

  • Demcon has developed an unmanned autonomous vehicle that can carry out waypoint navigation, autonomous reconnaissance and mapping of its surroundings using advanced SLAM algorithms.
  • To improve the robustness of the system, the current software architecture should be evaluated.
  • The current architecture needs to be improved with regard to autonomous navigation and mapping focussing on robustness and accuracy.

The team:

  • At Demcon you will find a growing and innovative company with very motivated people. We work in multidisciplinary teams on technically highly complex projects. We share an open, informal, cooperative and inspired working atmosphere. We like new challenges, and are willing to take things a step further.
  • The Robotics Competence Group is a network of engineers working on technology development and customer projects. As intern, you will be part of this group. You will get a good impression of what it is to be part of the robotics team at Demcon.

Your profile:

  • Studying for a MSc. (WO) degree in technology such as Mechanical Engineering, Systems & Control, Robotics & Mechatronics, Mechatronics Engineering or equivalent.
  • Analytical and independent.
  • Enthusiastic and proactive.
  • Interested in robotics technology and autonomous vehicles.
  • Affinity with hands-on prototyping.
  • Affinity with programming (i.e. experience in C++, ROS, and Gazebo/Unity) and Linux is a plus.
  • Available for an internship of around 14 weeks, starting on short term.
  • Able to work at our location in Enschede for implementation and testing.

We offer:

  • A challenging and educational internship in a cooperative, multidisciplinary team.
  • A direct day-to-day technical supervisor.
  • A market-based internship fee.
  • The chance to experience how it is to work in a team at Demcon!


Do you recognize yourself in this description? Would you like to work with us as an intern? Send your CV and motivation letter to If you have any further questions contact:

  • Jeroen Minnema (Mechatronic Systems Engineer) via
  • Bart Gerlagh (Mechatronic Systems Engineer) via

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