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Intern- Engineering in Shreveport, LA at Welbilt

Date Posted: 5/16/2019

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Job Description

Frymaster is partnering with McKinsey & Company, a leading global management consultancy, to embark on a vanguard lean and digital manufacturing transformation. The Frymaster Summer Internship Program is designed to expose high potential individuals to all phases of a complex and ambitious program to re-design manufacturing systems and processes and will take place in the company’s Shreveport, LA* facility.

  • Gain first-hand experience and take part in a full upgrade of manufacturing processes from mostly manual, minimally automated, and low data maturity environment to a best in class system. This will include critical projects such as implementation of a new, full ERP software.

  • Work on challenging, complex problems in a no-playbook environment: interns will be offered a unique opportunity to own a discrete workstream from ideation to execution. Any transformation requires employees to find creative solutions to old problems. Interns will be encouraged to pitch ideas and projects that attend to the problems they identify.

  • Work with cutting edge hardware and software technology: manufacturing is undergoing a systemic change from primacy of high labor, repetitive processes to a tech-enabled, “smart” paradigm. We are bringing the factory of the future to Frymaster. This ambition is rare in medium-sized, domestic manufacturers.

The entire intern cohort will be working on different axis of the transformation. Interns will be working alongside Frymaster employees on real projects that will have a direct impact on the business. Interns will furthermore receive support from McKinsey consultants and sector experts, learning best in class management techniques and processes. They will learn how to balance operational execution with strategic thinking and gain uniquely valuable experience in a fast-paced digital manufacturing transformation.

Frymaster is committed to the professional development of students selected in the program. Each intern will be assigned a day-to-day supervisor as well as an executive sponsor to check-in weekly on development and overall satisfaction. Special emphasis will be put on overall experience for the entire cohort: townhall with senior Frymaster management, presentation of workstreams to the entire intern group to share successes and lessons learned, lunchtime professional development sessions, company-sponsored team events, etc.

Internship structure and responsibilities:

The entire summer intern cohort will be under the overall responsibility of Operational Excellence (OpEx). While the OpEx Department has overall responsibility for progress and leadership of the transformation, initiatives are split in different working teams that involve stakeholders from specific departments. We will allocate interns to teams working on specific topics based on experience, academic background, and professional goals/interest.


  1. Engineering Design: upgrade manufacturing design processes and work on new 30lb. fryer modular platform. Work alongside McKinsey design specialists on crafting an intelligent next generation fryer.

  2. Production Scheduling and Material Management: enable pre-kitting of all production by revamping materials management and parts delivery processes: conduct inventory analysis to determine optimal storage strategy (“min-max”), work with all stakeholders to determine new space and layout for parts supermarket, and assist material handling group with layout changes. Conduct market analysis for automatized storage solution and pick by light parts delivery, interview vendors, and assist in selection of new solution.

  3. Digitization of Production: implement digital performance management software (Digital Factory) and complete ERP system. Design back end architecture, data collection mechanism, and front-end user interface. Short term objective and scope of internship is of basic machine connectivity and data visibility for entire plant, as well as integration with Visual Factory (workforce productivity tracking and kitting process).

  4. Quality management: conduct improvement of existing processes with a special focus on calibration, non-conforming, incoming inspection, manage inline testing and verification, review test hood process and identify of new methods of examining finished goods, create line audit process and schedule, research warranty costs drivers and propose plan to mitigate.

  5. Strategic process improvement: each intern will be assigned one production line to audit and manage for the entire duration of engagement. Manage robust and comprehensive operational diagnostic (cycle time analysis, time studies, spaghetti charts, interviews) and work with OpEx department to determine a new layout. Interns will also learn to schedule production on a daily basis and use pace-boards to manage production.

  6. Project Management: overall co-ordination and reporting of transformation. Collaborate with McKinsey consultants to manage all initiatives using proprietary project management processes and software.

Job Requirements

Job Requirements:

Must be currently enrolled and pursuing a degree in Electrical/Computer/Software/ Mechanical engineering (special exception can be granted for Group E or F where other degrees will be considered) at an accredited school. Must have completed Sophomore year coursework to be eligible.

Students with all sorts of experience are encouraged to apply.

Must have valid US work authorization. 

Experience in manufacturing environment is preferred but not required, although a demonstrable interest in industrial processes will be evaluated during the interview process.

Valuable experience differs for each working group:

  • Group A: electrical wiring in SolidWorks, PCB design, software development, LabView, Microsoft Office, scripting languages (shell, python, perl), lab measurement equipment (e.g. DMM, oscilloscope, etc.), C/C++, IoT concepts

  • Group B: any shop floor processes and layout changes, familiarity with inventory management optimization

  • Group C: Visual Factory or similar system, software development, computer programming experience (scripting languages), systems integration, data analysis, vendor evaluation and selection, setup of ERP system

  • Group D-E: Industrial engineering work in similar situation (high complexity, low volume, high labor), coursework in process optimization

Working Conditions:

Interns will mostly work in normal office environments with extended periods of sitting and standing; but must be able to engage with processes on shop floor.  Must be able to wear all required Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

Normal business hours, up to 40 hours a week.

*Frymaster in Shreveport, Louisiana is an industry leader in the manufacturing of commercial fryer, fryer  filtration equipment (built-in and portable), foodservice equipment computers, water-bath rethermalizers and pasta cookers. The facility in Shreveport is a division of Welbilt, Inc.

Welbilt, Inc. provides the world’s top chefs, premier chain operators and growing independents with industry-leading equipment and solutions. Our innovative products and solutions are powered by our deep knowledge, operator insights, and culinary expertise. Our portfolio of award-winning product brands includes Cleveland™, Convotherm®, Crem™, Delfield®, Frymaster®, Garland®, Kolpak®, Lincoln™, Manitowoc®, Merco®, Merrychef® and Multiplex®. These product brands are supported by two service brands: FitKitchen®, our fully-integrated kitchen systems brand, and KitchenCare®, our aftermarket parts and service brand. Headquartered in the Tampa Bay region of Florida, supported by over 5,800 employees and operating 17 manufacturing facilities throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia, we sell through a global network of over 3,500 distributors and dealers in over 100 countries. For more information, visit