Manufacturing Engineer Intern / Co-op

AO Smith Bethune, SC 2019-06-12

Water technology is one of the fastest-growing industries in the world, and as a leading global water technology company, A. O. Smith is at the center of the trend. We are a $3.2 billion, publicly-traded (NYSE: AOS) company with over 145 years of history and more than 16,000 employees worldwide. Our mission is to be a leading provider of innovative and energy efficient products used to heat, treat, and conserve water.

McBee, South Carolina is home to 500+ A. O. Smith employees in Manufacturing and Product Engineering for our Commercial Water Heaters and Boilers, a category where we are the industry leader with over 50% market share. Our Manufacturing Engineering department currently has 8 Engineers that are constantly evaluating and improving the processes and procedures of the production process, from fabrication to assembly.

The Manufacturing Engineer Intern / Co-op will allow you to apply skills and knowledge you're learning in College, while contributing to exciting, real-world projects. We will provide hands-on experience to fit your career goals, complement your academic work and enhance your learning. We have two work options available:

  • A co-op would work full-time, either June 2019 to December 2019, or January 2020 to August 2020
  • An intern would work year-round, full-time (40 hours/week) in summer and part-time (15+ hours/week) during the school year
  • Gain industry and organizational knowledge through daily business interactions and job assignments.
  • Develop business, financial and analytical skills needed for career of his or her choice.
  • Support assigned team in project creation and staffing, project closing, project plan development, etc.
  • Works independently and is responsible for meeting deadlines and setting priorities.
  • Updates manager regarding project status on a regular basis.
  • Demonstrates ability to respond quickly and appropriately to the needs as identified.
Job Duties
  • Apply sound ergonomic and safety practices in all functions of manufacturing process, equipment and facilities.
  • Develop, evaluate, and improve manufacturing methods using data collection, analysis and experience.
  • Assist Engineers in researching New Technologies and Processes in support of improving Manufacturing Efficiencies, Productivity, Cost Savings and/or Product Quality.
  • Develop Capital Cost Justification for New Product Tooling, Equipment, Cost Savings Initiatives, etc.
  • Analyze and plan workforce utilization, space requirements, and workflow, and design layout of equipment and workspace for maximum efficiency.
  • Product Development System (PDS) Team Member ensuring Design for Manufacturability (DFM), tooling and equipment needs are met to ensure efficient manufacturing processes and successful product launch.
  • Partners with vendors to determine product specifications and arrange for purchase of equipment, materials, or parts, and evaluates products according to specifications and quality standards.
  • Estimate production times, staffing requirements, and related costs to provide information for management decisions.
  • Partners with management, engineering, and other staff regarding manufacturing capabilities, production schedules, and other considerations to facilitate production processes.
  • Understand and implement Quality and Lean Manufacturing Principles such as Continuous Improvement, Blitzes, KanBan, Line Balancing, TPM, Takt Time, etc.
  • Work closely with maintenance personnel in troubleshooting problems as needed and equipment installation and set-up.
  • Currently enrolled in a Bachelor’s Degree of Engineering program
  • Entering junior or senior year of college
  • 3D CAD experience (ex: Solidworks) and 2D CAD experience (ex: AutoCad) a plus
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Adaptability and ability to learn quickly in high-pressure environments
  • Self-starter who has demonstrated the ability to contribute as an effective team member
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills
  • Demonstrated motivation and initiative to succeed
  • Knowledge and interest in A. O. Smith Corporation
  • Willingness and ability to give presentations to colleagues, managers and directors
  • Comfortable working with confidential information

We Offer

Competitive pay rate and an opportunity to work on a wide variety of projects within a manufacturing environment that has a variety of different manufacturing processes. We are not able to offer a housing stipend for this role.

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