Manufacturing Process Engineer Student

Job ID 2023-5891
Location Brookings, South Dakota
Student Temporary


When you work at Daktronics, you’ll be part of something amazing. We design, engineer, manufacture and support bold, eye-catching digital LED and LCD video displays and audio systems.


Our products bring excitement to professional, college and high school games. They attract customers for businesses around the world, and even provide direction for people as they travel, work and play.


As part of the Daktronics team, you’ll have interesting, impactful work with flexible opportunities. You can learn and grow at a company that provides competitive compensation and meaningful benefits – and the people are second to none.


Learn more About Daktronics!


Where is this opportunity located?  

Position is in Brookings, South Dakota. This position is open to candidates eligible to work in the U.S. Candidate must be enrolled as a student and registered in at least 12 credits. Preferred applicant should be available to work 15-20 hours per week during the academic year and at least 20 hours per week during the summer.


What will work look like for me?    

At Daktronics, you’ll experience challenging and meaningful work; you’ll have a mentor who will challenge you to find solutions, take initiative, and develop a strong understanding of Daktronics products, practices, and procedures. We will make sure you have the knowledge needed to be successful, but you will hit the ground running! We will do our best to prepare you for full-time employment so we can confidently encourage you to apply for our positions after graduation.    


Daktronics Manufacturing Process Engineer students will be a liaison between Manufacturing and Engineering. You will gain valuable hands-on experience as you collaborate to problem solve the day-to-day issues within manufacturing processes and product. 

  • Aid full time staff in:    
    • Recommending process improvements to streamline product flow and be responsible for implementation of process improvements/lean manufacturing concepts.   
    • Coordinating with Engineering on major product changes.   
    • Overseeing implementation of incremental product improvements through ECO process suggestions and overall process improvement opportunities.   
    • Assisting with construction of prototype cabinet designs to gather feedback and determine effectiveness.   
    • Assist with the construction of workstations, gravity racks, carts, work aides and fixtures, gather feedback, and determine effectiveness.   
  • Develop concepts and ideas for tooling designs in Creo.   
  • Fabricate prototypes using 3D printing capabilities, sheet metal forming, or other methods.   
  • Work effectively as a team member, work with little supervision, help when and where needed, make suggestions for process and product improvement, and communicate effectively with team members.     
  • Be at work on time and maintain good attendance. Be willing to work additional hours, as necessary.   
  • Other duties as needed to assist manufacturing departments.   

Check out our Daktronics Student Career Video.    


What is the pay and perks?   

The typical hiring pay for this position is $18.00 to $20.00. The actual offer will consider a wide range of factors, including relevant education/experiences.  


Students with GPA of 3.5 and above are eligible for a $500 bonus (Academic Excellence Reward) each semester completed while employed.  


This position will be eligible for company benefits including, employee discount program, employee assistance program, community donation program, unpaid time off, 401(k), Employee Stock Purchase Plan, leaves, disability, and accommodations.  


This information is intended to be a general overview and may be modified by Daktronics due to factors affecting the business.  


Academic Requirements:

  • The preferred candidate will be a student registered in at least 12 credits and currently enrolled in accredited Bachelor’s degree program in Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, or related field.  
  • The preferred candidate will be in their sophomore or junior year of school.
  • Only strong academic performers will be considered. Must maintain an acceptable GPA, preference to 3.0 GPA or greater.
  • Unofficial transcripts or web transcripts must be submitted with application to be considered for this position.

Other Requirements: 

  • Candidates should be available to work 15-20 hours per week during the academic year and up to 40 hours per week during the summer.   
  • Good oral and written communication skills, good organizational skills, self-motivation.   
  • Fluent in English, both written and verbal.   
  • Computer software experience to include 2D and/or 3D CAD, with Creo preferred but not required.   
  • Ability to successfully participate as a member of a team.   
  • Ability to work with minimum supervision.   
  • Ability to learn quickly.   
  • Ability to effectively exercise discretion and independent judgment.   
  • Physical Requirements include the ability to:   
    • Operate automated equipment and/or hand tools.   
    • Work with or around odors (solder/paint/solvent/Manufacturing odors).   
    • Lift and carry up to 45lbs. and/or awkward items.    
    • Be able to stand for the full shift.   
  • Applicants must be 18 years of age or older. 
  • Daktronics does not sponsor, renew, or extend immigration visas for this position.

Daktronics is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetics, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status or citizenship status. If you would like more information on your EEO rights under the law, please click here.


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