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ZF is a global technology company supplying systems for passenger cars, commercial vehicles and industrial technology, enabling the next generation of mobility.

ZF allows vehicles to see, think and act. In the four technology domains of Vehicle Motion Control, Integrated Safety, Automated Driving, and Electric Mobility, ZF offers comprehensive product and software solutions for established vehicle manufacturers and newly emerging transport and mobility service providers. ZF electrifies a wide range of vehicle types. With its products, the company contributes to reducing emissions, protecting the climate and enhancing safe mobility.

Electro Mechanical Tech Intern

Country/Region:  US

North Mankato, MN, US, 56003

Req ID 59676 | North Mankato, United States

Job Description

JOB TITLE: Electro Mechanical Technician Intern



FLSA STATUS: Non Exempt                                        

DIVISION: Minnesota                                      SHIFT: Day

DEPARTMENT: Engineering                            LOCATION: North Mankato

REPORTS TO: Engineering Lab Supervisor


This job description and its duties and requirements may be amended, modified, or eliminated at the sole discretion of ZF.

Position is for a school-year and summer internship, starting immediately, working hands-on in the Engineering Test Lab. 

Expectation is for at least 12 hours per week.  Hours are flexible, weekdays between 8 and 5.



Assist in building and testing prototypes.  Learns to operate and maintain mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic and electrical test equipment.  Document test processes, equipment, results, anomalies, and solutions.  Create and archive test reports.  Perform general care and maintenance of the Engineering Lab. 



Will include, but not limited to the following areas:


Assist designers and engineers during the product research and development process.


Use blueprints and engineer’s instruction to confirm components and build prototypes.


Set up and operate lab equipment, including data acquisition systems, hydraulic benches, electrical controls, and other test instruments.


Test prototypes per written specifications and verbal instruction.


Acquire and format test data.  Record test processes and findings.  Compile data into reports.


Repair and maintain equipment, including hydraulic test benches and electromechanical test fixtures.


Assist in building test equipment. This may include wiring and plumbing from a schematic.


Provide technical assistance to other departments as needed.  Help troubleshoot production processes and equipment.


Maintain a clean, highly-organized, and safe work environment.  Maintain inventory of lab supplies and equipment as required.


Will be aware of and comply with all ZF and Engineering Lab safety rules.  Personal safety devices (hearing, eye and foot protection, respirator, etc.) will be worn when required.  Be safety-conscious in all daily activities.



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.



Classwork in an Engineering Technician/Technology program is required.  Experience in assembling and / or testing hydraulic components is desirable. 



The employee must complete general safety training such as Right to Know annually as well as specific training such as Lockout/Tagout, Respirator, Degreaser, Hazardous Waste Management and any others that may be deemed pertinent to job duties.  All policies must be understood and followed.



Ability to read English, analyze and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, and document procedures. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from engineers or designers.



Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.



Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.  Ability to interpret and follow a variety of technical instructions in diagram or written form.



Ability to read blueprints and analyze assembly procedures.  Ability to easily navigate the Windows operating system, proficient working knowledge of Microsoft Office, and the ability to quickly learn new PC software programs is required.  Must understand basic hydraulic, electrical, and ladder logic schematics.  Must be self-motivated and able to work with little supervision.



The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls and reach with hands and arms. The employee frequently is required to stand and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to walk; sit; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.


The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 35 pounds. The employee is required to request assistance when lifting anything exceeding 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, and depth perception.



The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee frequently works near moving mechanical parts. The employee occasionally works in high, precarious places and in outside weather conditions and is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, extreme cold, extreme heat, risk of electrical shock, risk of radiation, and vibration. Hands and arms are exposed to oils, solvents, and water-soluble coolants.  

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


Be part of our ZF team as Electro Mechanical Tech Intern and apply now!


Barbara Fischer


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are more than just words for us. They are at the core of the ZF Way that propels our team members towards their utmost success. We strive to build and nurture a culture where inclusiveness is a natural reflex. We actively seek ways to remove barriers so that every member of ZF can rise to their full potential. We aim to embed this in our legacy through how we operate and build our products as we shape next generation mobility, safety, sustainability and social justice. 

With four generations across 118 nationalities in 41 countries, ZF combines a unique variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and ideas. Together, we solve problems, drive innovation and shape next generation mobility. 

Our company is committed to the principles of Equal Employment Opportunity and to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants with physical and/or mental disabilities. If you are interested in applying for employment with us and are in need of accommodation or special assistance to navigate our website or to complete your application, please contact us. Requests for reasonable accommodation will be considered on a case-by-case basis. ZF is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer and 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. Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer M/F/Disability/Veteran


At ZF, we continuously strive to build and maintain a culture where inclusiveness is lived and diversity is valued. We actively seek ways to remove barriers so that all our employees can rise to their full potential. We aim to embed this vision in our legacy through how we operate and build our products as we shape the future of mobility.

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