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Continuous improvement - Intern

Date: Mar 15, 2023

Location: Maple Grove, MN, US

Company: Celestica International Inc.

Continuous improvement - Intern
Req ID: 115875
Hiring Manager: Tyler Grefe
Band: 01 
Region: Americas 
Country: USA 
State/Province: Minnesota
City:  Maple Grove

AbelConn, a Celestica company, is a global Center of Excellence for the Aerospace, Defense, Licensing and HealthTech industries. Our business is growing. We recently moved into a new state-of-the-art facility located in Maple Grove, MN that offers world-class manufacturing, engineering, and product lifecycle services. Our deep expertise in manufacturing, electromechanical design support, prototype manufacturing, electronic assembly, finishing, and enclosure assembly is unlocking new solutions for our customers.

Interested in working on some of the most exciting new technologies on the market? We are always looking for talented people with the right experience, skills, and attitude to join our expanding team. Your success is our success—our top priority is to hire the best and offer a sense of ownership and opportunity in building your career. We offer competitive compensation and exceptional opportunities for personal and professional growth. Join our talented team and help us to imagine, develop and deliver a better future with our customers.



The Continuous Improvement Internship provides students with the opportunity to apply academic knowledge and skills in a professional environment, and to promote the graduate’s career goals through contact with professionals in their field of study. Provide support and implementation of sustainable successful lean manufacturing methods that will accomplish operational excellence.  Participate in kaizen events, project activities, and meet operational efficiency goals.  Provide ideas to learn Kaizen tools to support a Lean Enterprise culture throughout the organization, focusing on waste elimination, cost reduction and process improvements. 


REPORTS TO:     Continuous Improvement Coordinator



  • Be encouraged and expected to innovate and be creative in your problem solving and presentation of solutions
  • Work with a mentor facilitate and cultivate a continuous improvement culture by developing awareness of lean manufacturing concepts and tools, to achieve or exceed safety, quality, cost and delivery goals. 
  • Develop your skills by learning from and working with collaborative team members
  • Participate in engagement and discovery sessions between the continuous improvement team and employees from functional/business units in order to identify problems/gaps and process improvement opportunities
  • Collects, organizes, and analyzes data related to business processes, procedures and controls including root cause analysis on identified challenges
  • Assist in developing measurable standards at the start of a project, and then compare actual project results against these to support business objectives with financial performance.
  • Documents core operational processes, creating detailed process maps and associated materials for basic current and future state processes
  • Support the Tier system for the facility and track the CODE Celestica Operational Dashboard Elements
  • This is not an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities of this position.


AbelConn is ISO 9001, ISO 13485, AS 9100 registered, Nadcap Accredited, NASA-STD-8739 and all job duties are to be performed to support the business in meeting all requirements and documented instructions.



  • Currently enrolled in Engineering, Business Administration, Project Management, or similar degree program at an accredited institution, entering junior or senior year, or recent graduate
  • Familiarity with Excel (pivot tables, pivot charts, functions, etc.) and Process Mapping tools – e.g. Visio and Microsoft suite or similar software
  • Some knowledge of: standardization, continuous improvement, Lean Six Sigma, SMED, 5S, Visual Management, Value Stream Mapping, Continuous Flow/Cell Design
  • Highly motivated individual that can work with minimal supervision.
  • Able to build relationships, interact and influence others.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Able to manage time wisely, handle multiple, and conflicting priorities. 
  • Good communication skills: organized, speak, listen, and write well; hold presentations, facilitate meetings and trainings, and create reports
  • Experience with data analysis and process mappings (beneficial)


Positions with AbelConn involve the release of export controlled goods either directly to employees or through the employee’s movement within the facility. As such, AbelConn will require necessary information from all applicants upon an applicant’s acceptance of employment to determine if any export control exemptions or licenses must be filed.


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Celestica’s policy on equal employment opportunity prohibits discrimination based on race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, marital status, veteran or disability status, or other characteristics protected by law. 

This policy applies to hiring, promotion, discharge, pay, fringe benefits, job training, classification, referral and other aspects of employment and also states that retaliation against a person who files a charge of discrimination, participates in a discrimination proceeding, or otherwise opposes an unlawful employment practice will not be tolerated. All information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.



Celestica (NYSE, TSX: CLS) enables the world’s best brands. Through our recognized customer-centric approach, we partner with leading companies in Aerospace and Defense, Communications, Enterprise, HealthTech, Industrial, Capital Equipment and Energy to deliver solutions for their most complex challenges. As a leader in design, manufacturing, hardware platform and supply chain solutions, Celestica brings global expertise and insight at every stage of product development – from drawing board to full-scale production and after-market services for products from advanced medical devices, to highly engineered aviation systems, to next-generation hardware platform solutions for the Cloud.

Headquartered in Toronto, with talented teams spanning 40+ locations in 13 countries across the Americas, Europe and Asia, we imagine, develop and deliver a better future with our customers.


Celestica would like to thank all applicants, however, only qualified applicants will be contacted.

Celestica does not accept unsolicited resumes from recruitment agencies or fee based recruitment services.

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