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Innovation Engineering Intern

Apply Now Submit a Referral Job ID REF11949R Date posted 02/23/2024 Address 206 Byrne Industrial Drive, Rockford, MI Job Type Full-time Job Status Non-Exempt

Illinois Tool Works Inc. (NYSE: ITW) is a global Fortune 200 diversified manufacturing company that delivers specialized expertise, innovative thinking, and value-added products to meet critical customer needs in a variety of industries.   ITW, with approximately 14.1 billion dollars in global revenues, operates 7 major segments with businesses in 57 countries that employ approximately 45,000 women and men. These talented individuals, many of whom have specialized engineering or scientific expertise, contribute to our global leadership in innovation. We are proud of our broad portfolio of more than 16,000 active patents. 

The foundation of our company is the ITW Business Model, a unique and differentiated set of core capabilities and business practices that comprises three key elements: ITW’s 80/20 Front to Back Process, customer-back innovation and a decentralized entrepreneurial culture. Our strategy is to leverage the full potential of the ITW Business Model to generate solid growth with best-in-class margins and returns. ITW is committed to operational excellence and innovation that helps our customers create the products and services that make our lives better.

Seats & Motion Division Description

The Seats & Motion Division within the ITW Automotive Segment delivers highly differentiated, precision-engineered plastic solutions to our top global OEMs & Tiers across North America and Europe through customer back innovation, targeted at addressing the emerging pain points associated with passenger seating & comfort, and ensuring best-in-class quality & delivery through our commitment to operational excellence.


The InnovationEngineering Intern will provide coordination and alignment to Innovation and engineering goals. This position will report directly to the Innovation Manager in our Rockford, MI facility.

Critical Skills:

  • Leadership – organizational change agent with the ability to identify, communicate & implement positive change challenging the status quo with courage; delivers outstanding performance through others.
  • Influence – ability to drive improved employee engagement at all levels
  • Project Management – ability to utilize the ITW toolbox to plan, map and execute on projects within budget & timing
  • Technical – understanding of Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) and Computer Aided Design (CAD) software
  • Other tasks and duties as assigned.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Apply knowledge of process design, fabrication, assembly, tooling, and materials
  • Apply knowledge of CAE and CAD to lead material characterization of key raw materials used within the Innovation team
  • Design (in CAD), prototype, validate, and fabricate a testing fixture that will generate key data to be loaded on a material card to enhance CAE modeling accuracy
  • Provide technical support to the Innovation and Engineering team members on assigned projects.
  • Utilizes problem-solving tools in various situations, including root cause analysis, flowcharts, and fishbone diagrams.
  • Perform other duties as required.

ITW Culture & Leadership Expectations

  • Exemplify and embody the ITW Leadership expectations
  • Able to thrive and collaborate in a decentralized and entrepreneurial culture
  • Functions with a high level of accountability and ownership to achieve personal and company performance
  • Able to communicate with clarity and simplicity using forms of communication
  • Exemplifies a strategic-thinking approach and process to program management
  • Able to make strategic decisions and use critical thinking and analytical approaches when weighing options.
  • Nurturing an environment consistent with the ITW values and culture
  • Commitment to foster an environment of Diversity and Inclusion
  • Outcome driven and applies the 80/20 principles to prioritize work demands
  • This position requires a high level of leadership experience and emotional intelligence
  • Able to maintain strict confidentiality

Qualifications:

Position Skills and Experience Requirements:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Must be pursuing bachelor’s degree in Industrial/Mechanical engineering or related field (with 2024/25 target graduation)
  • Previous manufacturing experience preferred
  • Previous experience working with CAD and AutoCAD and knowledge of CAE
  • Excellent analytical skills and proficient with computer
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to persuade others to change existing practices
  • Strong attention to detail & ability to manage projects
  • Proven ability to identify, assess and solve problems

ITW Culture & Leadership Expectations:

  • Exemplify and embody the ITW Leadership expectations  
  • Able to thrive and collaborate in a decentralized and entrepreneurial culture 
  • Able to take a high level of accountability and ownership for personal and company performance
  • Able to communicate both verbal and written with clarity and simplicity
  • Exemplifies a strategic-thinking approach and process to product management
  • Able to make decisions and use critical thinking and analytical approaches when weighing options

ITW is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. 

ITW is an equal opportunity employer. We value our colleagues’ unique perspectives, experiences and ideas and create workplaces where everyone can develop their careers and perform to their full potential. 

As an equal employment opportunity employer, ITW is committed to equal employment opportunity and fair treatment for employees, beginning with the hiring process and continuing through all aspects of the employment relationship. 

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, disability, protected Veteran status or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws.  

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At ITW, we value our colleagues' unique perspectives, experiences, and ideas and create workplaces where everyone can develop their careers and perform to their full potential.

Equal Opportunities

ITW is committed to equal employment opportunity and fair treatment for employees, beginning with the hiring process and continuing through all aspects of the employment relationship.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, disability, protected Veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws. Read more information here.

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