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Automation Intern in Minneapolis, MN at Jack Link's

Date Posted: 1/14/2019

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Jack Link's isn't made up of a bunch of button-up, corporate types. Like our beef jerky, we believe in being authentic and genuine. Life's too short to be artificial. We've never done things the way everyone else does. Over the years, it's always been more than just a way of doing business. It's a way of life. We push hard and take risks - with the unwavering passion to get done what we've set out to do. All backed up by an unflinching eye on quality. So when you picture the people who make North America's best-selling brand of beef jerky, you'll find we're just a bunch of regular folks, inspired to make the finest beef jerky possible, every single day. We're just lucky enough to have the whole world asking for a taste.

The story of Jack Link's® Protein Snacks is a story of family traditions. It began with treasured family recipes that were passed from generation to generation, ultimately transforming a small North Woods business into one of the fastest-growing meat snack manufacturers in the world. Today Jack Link's sells more than 100 different meat snack products in more than 40 countries. More than a century has passed, but the Link family principles and traditions remain the same: hard work, integrity and a commitment to earn consumer respect by delivering the best-tasting meat snacks in the world.


Automation Engineer Interns are responsible for learning and contributing to multiple projects utilizing a variety of automation technologies and platforms. These technologies are deployed for the control of automated manufacturing processes. Automation Engineer Interns are given the opportunity to learn and work on projects from the design and development phase to field installation and commissioning. Essential duties and responsibilities will be completed in direct partnership with the Engineering Team.



  • Electrical Design and 2-D layouts – especially as it relates to facility as-builts (AutoCad Typical)
  • Project documentation and equipment design specifications
  • PLC Programming (Allen Bradley Typical)
  • HMI Application Design (Rockwell, Wonderware, and GE Intellution Typical)
  • System Site Commissioning
  • Facility Operator and Technician Training
  • Project Warranty Support
  • Network communications including communications with manufacturing equipment using VPN.
  • Perform design and engineering functions in accordance with accepted practices and company standards.
  • Prepare project scopes of work, preliminary design concepts, and cost estimates for small projects. Assist in gathering field data and preparing project specifications.
  • Develop high-quality, error-free industrial software programs in keeping with the defined project requirements.
  • Coordinate design with other members of the project team.
  • Prepare scopes of work, bills of material, specifications, cost estimates, and other necessary projects documents.
  • Prepare project correspondence as required.
  • Maintain positive client relationships on projects assigned

Job Requirements


    • Pursuing Associates Degree (or equivalent).
    • Proficient with industrial programming:
      1. Auto CAD
      2. Allen Brady (logix 500, Logix, 5000, Studio 5000, Factory Talk ME)
      3. Bosch-Rexroth (Indra Works, Indra Logics)
        1. Programs will be dependent on the area you will work in.
    • Proficient with Microsoft Office programs (Excel, Word, Outlook).

Desired Qualifications

  • 1-3 years previous experience in automation.
  • Robotics/Automation specialization and training.

To qualify for this position an individual must be able to partner with the Engineering team, work to learn each of the primary tasks and responsibilities, and meet the educational requirements. The individual must have strong communication skills, be capable of maintaining customer relationships, and carry themselves in a professional manner at all times.



  • Pursuing education in Electrical Engineering, information systems, information technology, computer engineering, Computer Science or similar



  • General understanding of computer hardware and network technologies and equipment

Basic understanding of manufacturing equipment and food processing systems is a plus

  • Understanding of basic electrical circuits
  • Software application experience utilizing Windows operating systems and Microsoft Office applications MS Office Suite
  • General understanding of PLC programming with troubleshooting capabilities
  • General understanding of HMI applications such as Rockwell software, GE Intellution, and/or Wonderware software applications
  • Visual Basic and Database Programming is a plus
  • Strong written and oral communication skills




  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; talk, and hear.
  • Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
  • This position must also be able to perform industrial field work which may include hazardous locations, ladders, and stairs


We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment

without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation and gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.