ATA Engineering is one of the Best Small Workplaces according to the WSJ, and they have quite a few engineering jobs that only list academic requirements.

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If you’ve read our article on 9 Magazine Lists That Will Find You a Job, you know that we’re always looking for new lists of great companies who might be hiring new grads. We recently came across the Wall Street Journal’s Top Small Workplaces 2008, so of course we’re going to poach from it to bring you more companies with great entry level job opportunities. The list is alphabetical, and we didn’t even have to go past A because ATA Engineering Inc. looks like an awesome place to work, they appear to hire a lot of new college grads, and this is just one of many awards that they’ve won. They’re an employee-owned engineering consulting firm, and they specialize in the areas of Spacecraft, Launch Vehicles, Entertainment, Electronics, Airframes, and Software. ATA Engineering is all about teamwork, and their compensation plans and hiring processes reflect that. They only thing that they don’t do for their employees is give them an iPod on hire, but if you win our contest, you’ll already have one.

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ATA Engineering’s Jobs page starts with a question: “Are there really career opportunities with a company that designs, analyzes, and tests amusement park rides, aircraft, launch vehicles, satellites, consumer electronics, sports equipment and more?” Obviously the answer is yes, and ATA Engineering really does all of those things. They don’t specifically have job listings for new college grads, but they have quite a few jobs posted that only list academic requirements. These jobs include: Dynamic Test Engineer, Analysis-Driven Design Engineer, Engineering Applications Software Development Engineer, Thermal Analysis Engineer, and Structural Analysis Engineer. All of the positions that ATA Engineering is hiring new grads for require an Engineering background, but they do occasionally have positions in Administration and Business (we don’t know if they’re ever entry level though). ATA Engineering is looking for the best of the best, so you better have excelled in college if you’re going to apply for one of their jobs. ATA Engineering is headquartered in San Diego, but they also have regional offices in Los Angeles, Denver, Albuquerque, and Northern Virginia. All of the jobs that we listed above appear to be based out of San Diego, except the Software Development position which can be in San Diego, Denver, or Northern Virginia.

To apply for a job with ATA Engineering, you should send your cover letter and resume to Since many of their contracts require access to government, defense, and classified information, they’re not able to consider applications from people unless they are a US citizen or possess a US permanent resident alien visa (green card). Also, if you do land an interview, be sure to be nice to everyone. ATA Engineering’s hiring process is team oriented, and a single employee has the power to veto any hire.

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