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Intern - Continuous Improvement in Sylmar, CA at Arconic

Date Posted: 2/19/2019

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Job Description

We’re currently seeking highly motivated and energetic engineering and business students to join our team as interns in our Corporate Continuous Improvement Organization. An internship at Arconic allows students to be a part of dynamic and innovative projects, while providing ample mentoring and professional development opportunities. Working alongside business leaders, our Corporate interns can sharpen their skills through hands-on learning. An internship with our Corporate team will provide you with invaluable experience that you could utilize in any role, and it is Arconic’s goal to evaluate interns for potential entry-level openings. With over 60 locations across the US, there are opportunities to work in a variety of places around the country
The Continuous Improvement (CI) Intern is a position in Arconic’s corporate Continuous Improvement organization.  The role is comprised of training designed to provide interns with a comprehensive knowledge of Arconic’s system of lean manufacturing, known as “ABS”.  CI Interns learn ABS through, one-on-one coaching from CI Managers, and shop-floor improvement activities and kaizens.  Heavy emphasis is placed on experiential learning, known as “learn by doing”.  During the assignment, CI Interns are exposed to multiple production processes, and multiple ABS coaches, to broaden their exposure and learning experiences to prepare them for future entry level positions in the company.   
Essential Functions: Examples of the responsibilities for the Continuous improvement intern include but are not limited to:
  • Participate in and help lead successful kaizen events with both internal and external consultants, customers, and suppliers, with a major emphasis on locally focused improvement. 
  • Assist team leaders in team skill and knowledge development to support meeting management goals, project management, improvements, results measurements, problem solving, and related team skills.
  • Provide assistance and support to identify opportunities for improvements.
  • Assist in the collection of data for tracking improvements.
  • Coordinate with resource departments to fabricate, install, and implement improvements
  • Ensure that all work activities are performed in accordance with established safety and environmental standards.
  • Maintain full compliance with Company policies, procedures, and conduct all activities in accordance with the Arconic Guide to Business Conduct.
Essential Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
  • Leadership and Initiative — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
  • Problem Solving – Job requires problem-solving skills.
  • Energy – Job requires high levels of personal energy and initiative.
  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.


Basic Qualifications:  
  • 3.0 GPA and Above
  • Previous work experience

  • Must be currently enrolled in a bachelor’s Degree program with a major in Operations, Manufacturing, Engineering, or Business Management. Must have an expected graduation date of August 2019, December 2019, or April/May/June 2020.
  • Must be involved in at least 1 extracurricular activity
  • Employees must be legally authorized to work in the United States. Verification of employment eligibility will be required at the time of hire.  Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.
  • This position is subject to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) which requires U.S. person status.  ITAR defines U.S. person as an U.S. Citizen, U.S. Permanent Resident (i.e. 'Green Card Holder'), Political Asylee, or Refugee.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Prefer candidates be enrolled in bachelor’s degree programs in Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or Manufacturing Engineering, from an accredited institution.
  • Previous Internships in Manufacturing operations that provided experience making improvements on the shop floor.
  • Knowledge of, and experience with, Toyota Production System (TPS) principles.
  • Knowledge of, and experience with, Lean Six Sigma principles.
  • Outstanding interpersonal and teaming skills including the ability to work well on cross-functional teams.
  • Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to customers, clients, and other employees of the organization; ability to prepare and present training
  • Computer Skills - knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Good planning and organizational skills; ability to prioritize and accomplish tasks in a fast-paced environment.