Business:  Kalmar
Job Function:  Operations / Assembly

Ottawa, KS, US

Manufacturing Group Leader - Intern

Kalmar keeps global trade moving. Our innovative solutions contribute to every fourth container movement in the world and help transform the future of cargo handling. We believe in collaboration, delivering on our promises and that people make the difference.

Internship description


2024 Summer Internship- Housing Available!

Who is Kalmar?
⮚    Kalmar is the industry forerunner in port automation and energy efficient cargo-handling- unique in its ability to enable seamless integration of different terminal processes.
⮚    Kalmar is the world’s leading manufacturer of terminal tractors- Kalmar Ottawa has built over 80,000 terminal tractors/yard trucks and the majority of them are still in use today.
⮚    One in every Four container moves around the globe is handled by a Kalmar solution
⮚    Cargotec recently invested $22 mil EUROS into the Ottawa, KS manufacturing facility to increase manufacturing capabilities of the current Terminal Tractor line and bring an Electric Terminal Tractor to market- Now is the time to join our team if you are interested in opportunities for growth and advancement. 
⮚    Kalmar is 2022 recipient of the Best of Ottawa- Manufacturing Award!

What makes Kalmar GREAT:

✔    Kalmar’s commitment to sustainability- Our sustainability focus areas are: people & society, environment and governance.
✔    Kalmar believes in collaboration, delivering on our promise and that people make the future.
✔    Team members can expect to be appreciated, respected and highly valued.      


Hear what one of our former Industrial Engineer Interns has to say:  “My time with Kalmar has been a time of personal and professional growth. Going into my final year of College, Kalmar has been the springboard experience I hoped for. Great People, Great Company.” - Kirk Scott


Making your next move count

Main tasks and responsibilities

We are seeking a Manufacturing Group Leader Intern who will have general supervisory responsibility over a large group of employees engaged in plant production operations. Are you a natural influencer and leader who can motivate your peers to accomplish goals? In this Internship, you will be responsible to achieve production schedules using lean manufacturing principles. This role would teach you excellent leadership skills as well as manufacturing processes. Your work would involve the coordination of several assembly operations involving the ability to make decisions within the limits of general practices and policies. Work would be performed under general supervision, while exercising a high level of independent judgement.


Specific responsibilities include:

●    Maintain awareness of quality standards, communicate department quality goals and use resources to solve quality problems
●    Build and maintain good working relationships with employees, union and management
●    Understand and consistently coordinate the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
●    Bring leadership skills that help develop teams
●    Strong problem-solving skills utilizing data
●    Implement/follow systems that prevent reoccurrence of known issues.
●    Promote safe work practices and achieve objectives for ergonomics, health and safety and housekeeping
●    Empower, train and develop employees to effectively perform their jobs utilizing standardized methods
●    Utilize human resources in accordance with corporate policies and procedures and government regulations
●    Control costs and achieve productivity improvements
●    Provide input to payroll and perform other administrative tasks as required
●    Demonstrated knowledge and ability to implement and apply lean principles to both operations and maintenance
●    Apply technical knowledge with some direct guidance from supervisor

What you’ll need to succeed


●    College student (Junior or higher) majoring in Industrial Engineer preferred
●    Prior internship in automotive, technology, or manufacturing
●    Outstanding interpersonal and relationship management skills to effectively collaborate with varying levels of the organization as needed
●    Demonstrates leadership in field of study, extra-curricular activities or service organizations
●    Strong leadership skills, to guide project teams through planning, execution and insight phases
●    Strong critical thinking and analytical skills, especially the ability to synthesize large amounts of data involving multiple variables into comprehensive, actionable insights
●    Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, managing results and goals
●    Willingness to ask questions, take initiative and be resourceful
●    Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to distill sophisticated subjects to a wider audience
●    Emerging partnership and collaboration skills and ability to learn from and share knowledge with co-workers in a rapidly moving environment
●    High level of integrity, ability to deal with ambiguity, takes initiative/self-directed
●    Evidence of strong character with integrity, honesty, accountability and trust
●    Deliver new and creative solutions to sophisticated problems
●    This role requires you to work fulltime, 40 hours per week, in a plant environment.

We are offering you 

●    A 10-12 week Summer Internship in an international leading company with solid values and a strong will to succeed. 
●    Excellent opportunities to gain real world experience and insight into an automotive OEM’s engineering processes.
●    Location - On site in Ottawa, KS- Housing Available!


You will be part of


✔    Kalmar is part of a global organization with over 12,000 employees worldwide- We have a very talented and diverse workforce focused on equity & inclusion.
✔    We believe in our people as it is our people who really make the difference. 
✔    We always work in close collaboration with our customers, deliver on our promises and never walk away no matter how big the challenge. 
✔    We succeed because we do it together. 
✔    With us, you will have the opportunity to realize your potential and become an important member of our global team.

Interested to join?


Please submit your resume/CV to be considered!

Kalmar is part of Cargotec

Kalmar is the global leader in sustainable cargo handling for ports, terminals, distribution centres and heavy industry. With our extensive electric portfolio and global service network, we help our customers move towards safer, more eco-efficient and productive operations. Together, we develop innovative solutions that shape the future of our industry, improving our customers’ every move.

Kalmar is part of Cargotec. Cargotec's (Nasdaq Helsinki: CGCBV) sales in 2022 totalled approximately EUR 4 billion and it employs around 11,500 people.