Eaton Internship Program: Controls Engineer

Job Description

We make what matters work.
At Eaton, we believe that power, whether it’s electrical, hydraulic or mechanical power -- is a fundamental part of people’s lives. Technology, transportation, energy and infrastructure—these are things the world relies on every day. That’s why  we are dedicated to helping our customers across the world find new ways to manage power more efficiently, safely and sustainably. And we’re committed to improving people’s lives, the communities where we live and work, and the planet our future generations will depend on. Because that’s what really matters–and  we’re here to make sure it works.
While our vision is to improve the quality of life and the environment through the use of power management technologies and services, our culture and what we value can be represented in six essential leadership attributes expected of all Eaton employees.
  • We’re ethical -- we play by the rules and act with integrity.
  • We’re passionate -- we care deeply about what we do. We set high expectations and we perform.
  • We’re accountable -- we seek responsibility and take ownership. We  do what we say.
  • We’re efficient -- we value speed and simplicity.
  • We’re transparent -- we say what we think. We make it okay to disagree.
  • We learn – we are curious, adaptable, and willing to teach what we know.
You want to make an impact in the world. At Eaton, we’re solving some of the toughest challenges on the planet. Our Early Talent Programs ensure that you have a multitude of opportunities to make an impact across a global organization. Participants in our Early Talent Programs work to solve real-world challenges while developing the skills required to lead at the next level. Early Talent assignments hold true significance to our businesses. In turn, participants gain enriching and diverse experiences and work side by side with experienced leaders to power their careers.
What sets our Early Talent Programs apart:
  • Each individual’s development experience is customized to help participants reach their potential; no two participants will have the same experience or set of responsibilities.
  • Participants receive cross-functional exposure. They have opportunities to build their skills and try on different roles early in their career, ultimately maximizing their potential for consideration for a variety of future roles.
  • By keeping our programs small and selective, we are able to make hiring decisions based on each candidate’s unique skill set and high potential.
  • The opportunity to learn from senior leaders is a part of the fabric of every experience.
Your career matters – and we’re here to make it work. Are you ready?

About Eaton:
As a power management company with 2018 sales of $21.6 billion, Eaton provides energy-efficient solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power more efficiently, safely and sustainably. We have approximately 95,000 employees across the world, and sell products to customers in more than 175 countries. 

Position Overview: 
The Eaton Internship Program – Controls position will provide participants with robust and challenging assignments, designed to prepare them for careers in roles such as an Embedded Controls Engineer and other technical roles focused on driving Eaton’s capabilities. Participants will be located out of several different Eaton facilities, including but not limited to Gaithersburg, MD; Southfield, MI; Galesburg, MI; Eden Prairie, MN; Plymouth, MN; Grand Rapids, MI; Pittsburgh PA; Menomonee Falls, WI; and Fort Worth, TX.

Example assignments include projects in areas such as automotive locking differentials, aircraft components, truck transmissions, hydraulic machinery, and electric vehicle components.  Specific assignments include but are not limited to:
  • Working with a team of embedded software engineers for one or two simple electro-mechanical and/or electrohydraulic controls applications, products or components based on supplied software requirements. Through these projects, candidates will become familiar with and utilize various communication protocols and software development standards. The candidate will be expected to collaborate with a multi-discipline team to test the software and the interface between hardware and software, and the operational performance requirements of the integrated system.
  • Working with a team developing next generation embedded sensing and control systems as well as the software that communicates with these systems.  As a key member of the team, you will work with lead engineers on design principles such as defining  requirements, contributing to definition of electronics hardware design, embedded system and algorithm solutions, define test plans and perform validation testing to confirm that system and functional requirements are met.  In this role, you will be responsible for working with team members and your engineering mentor to estimate development effort, resources and timing to achieve the desired results.


Basic Qualifications (Including Educational Requirements):
  • Actively enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program in computer engineering, computer science, electrical, mechanical, mechatronics, industrial, industrial & systems, aerospace &/or aeronautical, engineering technology, engineering management, operations and/or manufacturing engineering, physics, or mathematics from an accredited institution
  • Minimum overall cumulative GPA of 2.8 or higher (please do not round)
  • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States without company sponsorship
  • Geographical flexibility to relocate within the United States for the duration of the Internship Program
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Minimum overall cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Pursuing a bachelor’s degree in electrical, mechanical, mechatronics, systems, or aerospace engineering
  • Experience with Matlab/Simulink or other model based controls development software
  • Interest in the development of software to control electro/mechanical or electro/hydraulic systems.
  • Interest could also include any of the following:
    • Completion of control theory coursework with an understanding of control loop principles including PID controllers, feedback control, and feedforward control
    • Experience with controlling electric machines.  Examples include but are not limited to Arduino based projects, FIRST Robotics experience, or SAE competition vehicle components that involved a controller
    • Understanding control system concepts including plant modeling, utilizing sensors, or taking advantage of Controller Area Networks (CAN)
  • Prior internship or co-op experience
  • Completion of sophomore year by the start of internship
  • Active involvement in leadership activities
Position Criteria:
  • Transportation to and from the worksite and for incidental business travel is the responsibility of the intern; however, expenses for required and approved business travel (not including the worksite) will be reimbursed.
  • This role may include travel (up to 25%) within a local region as determined by the Software and Controls Assignment Manager.
  • The summer internship culminates with a formal presentation where students showcase their success stories to leaders of the organization and receive feedback on their performance.*

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: Engineering

Region: North America – US/Puerto Rico
Organization: Corporate Sector

Job Level: Entry Level
Schedule: Full-time
Is remote work (i.e. working from home or another Eaton facility) allowed for this position?: No
Does this position offer relocation?: Relocation from within hiring country only
Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time