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Caterpillar, Inc. Manufacturing Specialist High School Intern - Pontiac, IL in Pontiac, Illinois

Career Area:

Human Resources

Job Description:

As a Manufacturing Specialist High School Intern you will spend 6 weeks with the Caterpillar Pontiac Facility. You will help set up, operate and adjust automatic lathes to perform complex combinations of operations to close tolerances on a variety of parts; N/C lathes to perform complex combinations of machining operations or limited combination of machining operations to close tolerances; automatic crankshaft lathes; multi-spindle automatic screw machines; or engine or turret lathes which do not have production tooling provided. Also included in this classification are the manually operated vertical turret lathes that perform complex machining operations on large complex parts such as transmission cases.

Job Duties/Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Orientation program/training

  • Job Shadow operators to get a better understanding of machining in manufacturing.

  • Help identify quality defects and follow the Built in Quality process to find the root cause of the issue.

  • Understand control plans and how to follow the procedures that are written

  • Networking and social opportunities

Basic Qualifications:

*Candidate must currently be enrolled in High School going into your Junior or Senior year of school or will be graduating from High School at the end of this current school year.

  • Must be 16 years of age.

  • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States.

  • Good communication skills and strong commitment to safety and teamwork

Top Candidates will also possess:

  • Ability to perform simple computer operations

  • Awareness of Sort, Set, Shine, Standardize, and Sustain (5S), Total Productive Maintenance (TPM), safety, and quality

Additional Information:

*This position is only for High School Students as part of Caterpillar Pontiac’s Student Internship Program

*Position is located in Pontiac, IL. No relocation package is available.

Caterpillar is not currently hiring individuals for this position who now or in the future require sponsorship for employment visa status; however, as a global company, Caterpillar offers many job opportunities outside of the U.S. which can be found through our employment website at

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EEO/AA Employer. All qualified individuals - Including minorities, females, veterans and individuals with disabilities - are encouraged to apply.

There’s more to work at Caterpillar than just the work itself. We hire smart, friendly people and it shows in our culture. We hold ourselves to high standards and make sure our values of integrity, excellence, teamwork, commitment and sustainability come to life in the way we work. We make sure our employees feel continuously challenged while also supported. We provide professional growth opportunities, including leadership programs. We celebrate the diversity of our team, while also working together as one Caterpillar.

Our culture, like everything at our company, is made possible by each employee’s contribution. Person by person, we create the environment we work in, and we are proud of the Caterpillar we’ve built.