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ROTATIONAL ENGINEERING INTERNSHIP – RCW Program at Subaru of Indiana Automotive


Subaru of Indiana Automotive Lafayette, IN, IN Full-Time
$20.00 - $21.50 / hour
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SPECIFIC TO: Electrical Engineering, Mechatronics, Robotics Engineering, Automation Engineering, Welding Engineering

-- If interested in other internship opportunities not particular to electrical engineering, robotics, and weld engineering, please visit SIA's careers page, and apply to the general internship opportunity –


SIA Plant Overview: 

Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc. (SIA) was America’s first zero-landfill automotive manufacturing company and is the safest vehicle manufacturer in the country. SIA is a 4.4 million square foot facility with 6400+ associates and is growing. The automotive manufacturing plant houses both production and administration offices. The SIA facility is a fully-integrated automotive OEM, meaning that our manufacturing process begins with sheet metal and ends with a high-quality vehicle – all under one roof. Subaru’s customer base has proven to be highly resilient during economic downturns and, this brand loyalty has led to our plant’s continuous and aggressive growth since its 1989 inception.



  • Choosing an internship with SIA means you want to learn real-world skills from a global leader in advanced automotive manufacturing.
  • Internships at SIA are immersive, giving you invaluable, hands-on experience in a diverse range of career options. As the only manufacturer of Subaru vehicles in North America, there are 6400 associates at our 4.4M sq/ft automotive manufacturing plant - and we are growing! 
  • While summer internships are most common, students who study in the Lafayette to Indianapolis areas have the ability to maintain their internship throughout the year in a continuous fashion. 


Details of the RCW rotational internship program (Robotics, Controls & Welding)

Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. has multiple departments that overlap in function. Additionally, there are roles throughout engineering that are specific to automation, PLC programming, SCADA / IIOT, and electrical controls engineering. The purpose of a Robotics, Controls and Welding Rotational (RCW) Internship program is to train students from sophomore year to senior year on the various job functions that overlap in multiple departments: Body, ME-Body, and ME-Powertrain. 


Body: Body is the department that handles the production line pertaining to robotic welding. This department has hourly production associates, robot techs, production group leaders, and production process engineers. The RCW program would train interns on the latter job function. The Process Engineers in Body are line-side engineers that take on the hybrid role of manufacturing engineering, quality engineering, and at times, controls engineering. This job function's main purposes are to keep the line going (troubleshoot the line), make good weld (quality engineering), and continuously improve the weld process.

ME-Body:  This department provides support to the body group in two ways. First, this group plans all of new model activity that will occur within the Body shop. New Model development activity involves planning production line layout (for future models), processes and PLC programming, assuring that existing equipment meets manufacturability specifications, and more. Second, this group plans for and carries out all capital equipment installations and commissioning of the newly installed robotics and machinery. Both the Facilities Engineers and Process Engineers in this group must be highly proficient with PLC programing and electrical controls. The RCW internship program will rotate engineering interns through both of these job functions. 

ME-Powertrain: Much like ME-Body, this group has the two functions to support the Engine & Transmission assembly departments. First, to plan new model activity. Second, to handle capital equipment installs. There is a group of engineers within this group who are assigned with the PLC driven machinery. This internship would train interns on this job function. 

Minimum Requirements:

  • Incoming or Current Sophomore, Junior, or Senior in an engineering field related to one of the following.
  • Electrical Engineering, Welding Engineering, Robotics Engineering, Mechatronics, Controls Engineering, etc.
  • Engineering Technology Degrees in similar fields are very welcomed: BSEET, WET, etc.

Recommended skills

Electrical Engineering
Robotic Programming
Welding Engineering
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