Continuous Improvement Intern

Job Description

Eaton’s Vehicle Sector is seeking a Continuous Improvement Intern to work at the Kearney, NE facility.

This is a paid internship based in Kearney, Nebraska that Eaton is looking to hire one student for. The chosen candidate will have the option to participate in the internship for up to four years (a minimum of one-year internship participation is expected; more than one year of participation is ideal). The internship will be 19.5 hours a week during the academic year, with up to 40 hours a week available during the summer. Students participating in this internship will be eligible to be hired into the company upon graduation.

Essential Responsibilities:
  • Learn the Eaton Lean System (ELS) through hands-on training and tool application in a large, fast-paced automotive production environment.

  • Lead and participate in CI (Continuous Improvement) projects and Rapid Improvement Events (RIE's; Also known as Level 3 Kaizen events) to support plant improvement initiatives and cost out.

  • Have fun, while learning, educating and deploying the tools

  • Develop hands on experience with the CIF (Continuous Improvement Framework) and lean tools through working closely with shop floor supervisors, employees and Operations leaders in the plant.

  • Develop problem solving skills through utilization of the A3 & 8D Structured Problem-Solving methods.

  • Develop project management skill set.

  • Develop interpersonal communication skills and business acumen.


Basic Qualifications:
  • Must be actively enrolled in a bachelor’s or master’s Degree program

  • Must have a GPA of a 2.8 or higher (please do not round)

  • Must be at least one academic year from completing degree

  • No relocation is being offered for this role. The candidate must reside within 50 miles of Kearney, NE.

  • Must be eligible to work in the United States on a continual basis without company sponsorship


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Strong Data Analysis
  • Enjoys troubleshooting
  • Creative problem solver
  • Growth-oriented mindset
  • An interest in developing leadership skills

  • Ideally: an understanding of Viseo, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook, and Microsoft Word, and comfort working with and presenting to groups of people

We make what matters work. Everywhere you look—from the technology and machinery that surrounds us, to the critical services and infrastructure that we depend on every day—you’ll find one thing in common. It all relies on power. That’s why Eaton is dedicated to improving people’s lives and the environment with power management technologies that are more reliable, efficient, safe and sustainable. Because this is what matters. We are confident we can deliver on this promise because of the attributes that our employees embody. We’re ethical, passionate, accountable, efficient, transparent and we’re committed to learning. These values enable us to tackle some of the toughest challenges on the planet, never losing sight of what matters.

Job: Operational Excellence

Region: North America – US/Puerto Rico
Organization: VEH NAA North America Auto

Job Level: Entry Level
Schedule: Part-time
Is remote work (i.e. working from home or another Eaton facility) allowed for this position?: No
Does this position offer relocation?: No
Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time