Application Engineering Co-op - Winter 2022

Co-op/Internships Kitchener, Ontario


Position:          Applications Engineer Co-op

Location:         Kitchener, Ontario              

Division:          OTTO Motors

Co-op term:    Winter 2022

About Us

Clearpath Robotics Inc. develops the future of robotics technology through development and sale of industry-leading self-driving technology, products, and services to over 500 of the world’s most innovative brands. Proprietary hardware, software, and services are delivered through the company’s research and industrial divisions: Clearpath Robotics and OTTO™ Motors. ClearpathRobotics Inc. is an award-winning company with recent awards including Robotics Business Review Top 50 Robotics Company, Edison Award for Innovation, Business Insider Top 40 under 40, and Canada’s Top 100 Employers.

About OTTO™ Motors

OTTO™ Motors is making material handling in industrial settings safer, easier, and more efficient through development of hardware and software that automates movement of goods in busy factories and warehouses. The company’s industry-leading self driving technology provides automated and on-demand material handling in the most demanding industrial environments, spanning automotive, medical device, aerospace, logistics, and more. Customers trusting their mission-critical material handling needs to OTTO Motors include Fortune 100 brands GE, Toyota, and Caterpillar. For more information visit

About the Job

You're excited about the role that robots will play in the future, and intrigued by the challenge of joining a young company in this high-growth market. You have skills and experience that you know can make a difference with the Clearpath team, whether we're looking for them or not. You are driven, view work as more than just a job, and are never satisfied with a project left half-done. You are motivated by making an impact on your workplace and you thrive on challenging and rewarding problems

Job Responsibilities

We are seeking an Applications Engineer Co-op in our Industrial (OTTO Motors) division to be constantly learning new technology, supporting the development of new system configurations, and helping our application engineering team deliver better and faster designs, concepts and proposals to clients so they can get started with their new robots.

You will undertake a wide variety of tasks in various aspects of mechanical, electrical, and mechatronics engineering, primarily in early stage design, development, cost estimating as well as some simulation and prototyping activities. This will range from enhancing our conceptualizing tools, to assisting technology investigation and aiding in developing concepts for our potential and existing clients.

You will assist in the design, review, scrutinizing and eventual testing while not forgetting troubleshooting of whatever we're building. You may be required to take robots for walks, and are able to cope with the questioning stares of onlookers.

Additional tasks may include:

  • Assist in concept development, cost development, proposal and quote generation.
  • Modeling, drafting and specification of custom parts and assemblies.
  • Interacting with our development team as necessary to come up with new system configurations.
  • Aid in drafting content for customer facing documents and presentations.
  • Performing basic discrete event and physical world simulation to evaluate and/or de-risk concepts prior to implementation.
  • Developing templates and becoming pro-active  in tool and process improvement.
  • Developing demos with our products and assisting Sales & Marketing in demonstrating OTTO Motor’s products and capabilities
  • Using your expertise to assist our engineering services group with more complex system concept and implementation plan development.
  • Take an active part in developing test plans for new products and at times implementing those tests.


  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision and manage deadlines.
  • Solid modeling and drafting advanced experience (preferably SolidWorks)
  • Able to quickly grasp the fundamentals of common sensors and actuators used for robotics.
  • Avid self-learner.
  • You understand software enough to use it and and carry complex conversations with Software developers.
  • Fearless in asking questions while thinking you are the only one who does not understand.
  • You see block diagrams everywhere and speak the language.
  • Team player, good communicator, able to communicate ideas accurately without speaking much.
  • Able to cope with sudden jarring changes in projects and priorities.



  • Familiarity with Linux, ROS, Python, C++.
  • Familiarity with PLC and Ladder Logic programming.
  • Familiarity with unit testing, system-level testing, and continuous integration.
  • Experience with building robots or other computer controlled vehicles.
  • Experience with the control of mobile robots.
  • Experience having parts manufactured to your specifications.


At Clearpath, we are committed to building and supporting a culture of diversity, inclusion, and accessibility.  We hire the best talent regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status, age, veteran status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, and expression.  If you require special accommodation to complete any portion of the application or interview process, please contact 1-800-301-3863.