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Eaton Corporation Eaton Electrical Services Systems Early Talent Program – Switchgear Modernization Internship in Urbandale, Iowa

We make what matters work.

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?

Position Overview: 

The Eaton Switchgear Modernization Engineering Internship, with the Electrical Engineering Services and Systems Division, is designed to provide opportunities to a diverse mix of students who demonstrate the same high level of ethics, values, creativity and performance we expect from our employees. During the 12-week paid internship, students will work on projects that have a measurable impact on our business and will be coached and mentored by leaders within the division.

Eaton’s Switchgear Modernization product line offers a host of solutions for aging power systems to extend the useful life of electrical power systems. These range from reconditioning to equipment replacement and additions to existing systems that improve reliability and safety.

As a Switchgear Modernization intern, you will be responsible for the layout and design of custom solutions for metal enclosed and metal-clad switchgear components for low voltage (LV) and medium voltage (MV) applications to meet customer specifications and industry standards. The intern must be capable of self-management and will work as part of a cross-functional team to develop specifications, bill of materials, mechanical and/or electrical design layouts, assembly and detail drawings and models utilizing AutoDesk Inventor or equivalent software. The intern will consult with engineers, manufacturing, marketing and supply chain when required to solve problems. Individual shall demonstrate the ability to identify and meet project schedules and budgets. Responsibilities include interpreting customer requirements, identify and addressing design parameters and engineering problems and ensuring solutions are implemented accurately and within budget. Participation in assembly, design testing and documentation of life extension solutions is also required.

This internship will help prepare you for both technical and future leadership roles at Eaton. As an intern, you will be provided with a structured training and development curriculum; a blend of instructor-led, virtual classrooms, eLearning courses, and on-the-job training provided by expert mentors and team members to assist you in developing your career. 


Basic Qualifications (Including Educational Requirements):

  • Actively enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program in engineering, with a major in Electrical, Electrical Engineering Technology or Electro-Mechanical, Mechanical Engineering or Mechanical Engineering Technology 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 on a permanent basis without company sponsorship now or in the future.

  • Geographical flexibility to relocate within the United States for the duration of the Internship Program.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Training and/or experience working with AutoCAD, AutoDesk Inventor, Pro-E, or Solidworks. 

  • Demonstrated leadership experience within campus and/or the community.  

  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail are necessary for success.

  • Strong mechanical aptitude and ability to perform mechanical assembly and functional tests is preferred.

  • Possess good interpersonal skills and enjoy a fast-paced environment with the ability to manage multiple activities at the same time and flexibility to adjust to changing project conditions.

  • Ability to read engineering drawings of complex assemblies and detail components.

  • Mechanical aptitude and knowledge and use of hand tools and basic machine tools.

  • Ability to use precision measurement tools and layout techniques desired.

  • Strong Computer Skills; Knowledge of MS Office; Outlook, Word, and Excel.

  • Minimum GPA of 3.0.

Position Criteria:

  • Successfully complete and maintain compliance with the company’s safety program

  • 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.  

  • 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. 

  • Participant must be willing to relocate to Warrendale, Pennsylvania; Greenwood, South Carolina; or Houston, Texas.

To Apply: In addition to applying through the campus system, interested candidates must apply to in order to be considered for this opportunity

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: ESSG EESSD Electrical Engrg Svcs Systems Div

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

Eaton is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. Eaton is 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.