Manufacturing Engineer Intern - Summer 2023 (full-time)

Manufacturing Kent, Washington


Digital Control Incorporated (DCI) is the world’s leading supplier of underground locating and steering products for the horizontal directional drilling (HDD) industry. Since the introduction of this revolutionary technology 30 years ago, Digital Control has been at the forefront of trenchless technologies that enable the efficient installation of underground utilities such as fiber optic, telecom, gas, and water lines world-wide. DCI’s products are valued for their durable design, ease of use and uncompromising commitment to customer service. 

We have an exciting opportunity in the Manufacturing team for a full-time Summer 2023 Intern. This internship is primarily based out of our headquarters in Kent, WA.

As an Engineering Intern in our Manufacturing department, you will apply course concepts and lean tools to a real-world manufacturing environment.  You will develop knowledge about our product line through direct exposure to functional areas of engineering, quality, and production.  You will work directly in assembly and testing groups to understand our tools, equipment, and workflows.  You will lead your own project to improve manufacturing processes for a key product, and assist in ongoing manufacturing engineering, work cell efficiency, equipment maintenance, and technical documentation initiatives.


  • Paid internship -$25 per hour
  • PTO (accrue 6.77 hours per bi-weekly paycheck)
  • Paid holidays plus 1 floating holiday
  • Free convenient parking and commuter benefits
  • Located in a quiet business park near walking trail

What you’ll do:

  • Investigate and improve manufacturing processes for a key product, working with production, planning, and quality teams
  • Lead analysis of current state performance, identify and propose initiatives that may involve procedure updates, custom tooling or fixtures, or design changes
  • Provide support to ongoing Manufacturing Engineering and Quality projects
  • Provide support to ongoing work cell efficiency or ergonomic improvement projects
  • Provide support to manufacturing automation initiatives and implementation
  • Assist in equipment maintenance program activities
  • Present project results and recommendations to management


Who you are:

  • Junior or Senior year undergrad student pursuing an engineering degree
  • Industrial, mechanical, and electrical engineering knowledge with hands-on aptitude
  • Passion for lean/ process improvement and wanting practical experience
  • Ability to work cross-functionally with various manufacturing and engineering groups
  • Critical thinker, attention to detail, problem solver, and communicator
  • Technical writing and presentation experience
  • 3D printing and/or design experience
  • Proficiency in MS Office, familiarity with SolidWorks and Visio


Why DCI? 

Work hard, play often... DCI employees are innovative and creative. Our open (forest-like) work environment creates free flowing conversations across all functions. We have gaming days; Lego challenges and ping pong matches to build on our creativity when one hits a roadblock. If that is not enough, our employees bring their four-legged companions (dogs) to work and can take them for a walk around the Green River trail. 

DCI takes pride in caring a lot about our employees. We believe that employees should not be burdened with benefits expenses, so we provide lucrative health care plans unmatched in most other companies. We also like to eat at DCI and find any excuse to celebrate the most random holidays (Pi Day, Chocolate Ice Cream Day, etc.) We have monthly catered lunches, a fully stocked snack area, sporting tickets, wellness competitions, and most importantly a team of people who will tell you that DCI is the best place they've ever worked. This is evident by our long service team and low turnover. 

We celebrate inclusion. 

DCI is an equal opportunity employer. Employment at DCI is based solely on a person's merit and qualifications directly related to professional competence. DCI does not discriminate against any employee or applicant because of race, creed, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy or related condition (including breastfeeding), or any other basis protected by law.

It is DCI’s policy to comply with all applicable national, state and local laws pertaining to nondiscrimination and equal opportunity. The Company's EEO policy includes the full & complete support of the Company and all levels of leadership. Because it's just the right thing to do. We hope you think so, too.