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Engineering Co-op - Jackson, MI

Engineering and Architecture

Architectural Engineering


Jackson, Michigan, United States

At Eaton, our businesses make a difference to the world. As a part of the company, you can make a difference. Eaton is a power management company with 2021 sales of $19.6 billion. Eaton provides energy-efficient solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical and mechanical power more efficiently, safely, and sustainably. Eaton has approximately 92,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries. At Eaton, we’re committed to "Making what Matters Work" and that’s not just a slogan. It’s an unwavering commitment to the highest ethical practices and standards of behavior. It’s how we conduct ourselves in interactions with each other, our customers, and our business partners. It’s how we support our communities, respect the environment, and it’s a reflection of our long-standing core values and beliefs about people. Our Aerospace Group In the aerospace industry, Eaton is a worldwide leader in the design, manufacture, and marketing of a comprehensive line of reliable, high-efficiency systems and components for hydraulic, motion control and fuel applications. Eaton’s comprehensive portfolio of components consistently sets the industry standard for engineering excellence, resulting in superior systems design and integration capability. These products power hundreds of military and commercial aircraft platforms with a focus on improved reliability, weight reduction and fuel efficiency. To learn more about Eaton, please visit

Eaton’s Co-Op Program at our Jackson, MI Aerospace Group Manufacturing Plant is for students pursuing a degree in engineering.

The objective of this program is to develop your technical skills in engineering through a practical experience and assist in your personal development of leadership competencies through training, networking, and coaching.  During the program you will provide engineering services to support the operations of our dynamic and exciting Aerospace business through an assignment in one of the following departments, based upon your interest and business need:  New Program Development, Product Engineering, or Manufacturing Engineering. 

A brief description for each of these possible assignments follows:

New Program Development

In this assignment you will be responsible for assisting in the launch of new Aerospace programs (products) utilizing ProLaunch, Eaton’s standard approach to new product and program development.  This includes the design, development, implementation, and improvement of safe and environmentally responsible manufacturing processes; managing new program metrics and facilitating efforts to drive continual improvement with new program launches; participating on cross-functional integrated ProLaunch teams; and designing equipment, gauging, and tooling utilizing CATIA solid modeling software and other engineering analysis and design tools. You may lead and/or participate in Rapid Improvement Events (RIEs), drive sustainment, and coordinate structured closure on follow-up activities.           

Manufacturing Engineering

In this assignment you will be responsible for our manufacturing processes including equipment specification, tooling design, visual controls, process standardization, gauging, and poka-yokes. You may develop production cell standard work by understanding customer demand, identifying the process capacity/bottlenecks, determining the proper staffing, and defining the activities of each associate working in the cell. You will collect and analyze manufacturing data and implement process improvements that advance safety, product quality, and gross utilization. Additionally, you will utilize Lean tools to eliminate waste driving customer satisfaction, cost reduction, decreased inventory, and improved productivity. You may lead and/or participate in Rapid Improvement Events (RIEs), drive sustainment, and coordinate structured closure on follow-up activities. You will support production as a member of the high-performance work team (HPWT) by dispositioning discrepant material (DMRs), fielding operator process questions, and problem-solving systemic defects for root cause determination and corrective actions.

Quality Engineering

You may lead and/or participate in Rapid Improvement Events (RIEs), drive sustainment, and coordinate structured closure on follow-up activities.

All assignments may have additional responsibilities as assigned.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Actively enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program in engineering at an accredited institution. (Preferably mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, chemical engineering, and mechatronics)
  • Must have a combined GPA of 2.8 or higher (please do not round).
  • Legally authorized to work in the United States without company sponsorship on a continual permanent basis.
  • Relocation is not provided for this role, the candidate must be located within 60 miles of Jackson, MI.
  • This position requires use of information or access to hardware which is subject to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR).  All applicants must be U.S. persons within the meaning of ITAR.  ITAR defines a U.S. person as a U.S. citizen, U.S. Permanent Resident (i.e. Green Card Holder'), Political Asylee, or Refugee.

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What you will get from us

Eaton’s mission is to improve the quality of life and the environment through the use of power management technologies and services. We provide sustainable solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power – more safely, more efficiently and more reliably. Making what matters work at Eaton takes the passion of every employee around the world. We create an environment where creativity, invention and discovery become reality, each day. It’s where bold, bright professionals like you can reach your full potential—and where you can help us reach ours. Eaton’s 2020 revenues were $17.9 billion, and we sell products to customers in more than 175 countries. We have approximately 85,000 employees.

We make work exciting, engaging and meaningful for our employees through our dedication to tackling some of the toughest power management challenges on the planet and by never losing sight of what matters. Our culture is built on a strong commitment to practicing our core values and supporting our employees with the tools they need to succeed. We pledge to always foster a diverse and inclusive environment, including inclusion resource groups that bring together employees who share a common purpose, interest or background. In the past year, our company has received top employment recognition by the Human Rights Campaign and almost fifty percent of our Board of Directors represented diverse groups. When we embrace the different ideas, perspectives and backgrounds that make each of us unique, we — as individuals and as a company — are stronger.

We have demonstrated our passion for sustainability with the recent announcement of cutting carbon emissions from the company’s operations by at least 50 percent by 2030. We are ethical, passionate, accountable, efficient, transparent and committed to learning. We are confident we can deliver on our promise to improve the quality of life and the environment because of the attributes that our employees embody.

We are committed to ensuring equal employment opportunities for all job applicants and employees. Employment decisions are based upon job-related reasons regardless of an applicant's race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability, marital status, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by law.

Job: Manufacturing & Operations

Region: North America – Canada
Organization: AER FED Fluid Electrical Distribution

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?: No
Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time