Manufacturing Engineer Intern

Cranbury, NJ

The Manufacturing Engineering Intern is an entry level to early career position responsible for assisting and supporting all phases of the fabrication / manufacturing project lifecycle including set-up, machining operations, finishing, inspection, and testing with an emphasis on hands-on participation.


Are you a natural-born tinkerer? Do you love to break things down, see what makes them tick, then build them back better than ever? Do you like to learn as youg o, and figure out things as they land in front of you? Maybe you should intern with us! We dream big, in search of innovative engineering solutions. Read onto determine if you are the intern we may be looking for.

JAKTOOL is an engineering and precision prototype manufacturing company serving customers in the defense, consumer product, aerospace and medical communities.  We have grown over the past 25 years, into a highly skilled and diverse team of engineers and tradespeople, capable of maturing our customers’ ideas into functional physical prototypes; closing the loop between design and manufacturing.

JAKTOOL specializes in the development and prototyping of complex, tight tolerance, precision components and sub-assemblies for a variety of applications.  We supply leading OEMs as well as Tier One suppliers with services including design, development, prototyping, and low volume production. We invest in the latest technology to support specific customer needs to deliver long-term value through a collaborative approach.

Working under the engineering manager and manufacturing engineers, you will support their efforts in prototype manufacturing operating, and supervising CNC and manual subtractive manufacturing machines (mills, lathes, grinders, etc) as well as finishing tools, saws, etc. with the goal of acquiring the skills and experience to become a manufacturing engineer.

Candidates for this role must be able to demonstrate JAKTOOL core values:

  • Communicating Clearly
  • Showing Confidence with Humility
  • Seeking & Applying Knowledge
  • Expressing an Enthusiastic Attitude
  • Applying a Strong Work Ethic
  • Building Trust on Multiple Levels


  • Additive & Subtractive manufacturing of mechanical components, systems, fixtures and tooling
  • Extensive use of [HAAS] CNC + manual lathe, mill, and related manufacturing tooling;
  • Extensive use of precision inspection + validation instruments (optical comparator, micrometers, particle inspection, etc)
  • Coordinate with Testing and QC/QA
  • Use of CAD (Solidworks) software to read solid models and engineered drawings supporting rapid manufacturing
  • Use of CAM (Mastercam) software to create manufacturing job steps and prototype hardware
  • Coordinate project schedule with management, supply chain, and account managers
  • Support engineering, design, and manufacturing operations as needed
  • Support testing and QC/QA of products to determine product safety, efficacy, and conformity
  • Support brainstorming of new, creative product / process concepts and ideas
  • Troubleshoot production issues with project team members
  • Develop a broad knowledge base of technologies used in the markets served
  • Develop a broad knowledge base of JAKTOOL’s capabilities to support sales
  • Work independently on assignments and able to multi-task on several projects
  • Other duties as assigned   


  • Internal relationships include Marketing, Sales, Operations, Finance, Quality Control, Research & Development, and Purchasing 


  • A high school diploma is required
  • Vocational or College level training in machining, fabrication, welding, math, or current enrollment in one or related programs graduating within 12 months are considered pluses
  • Ideal candidate will have 1-4 years fabrication \ shop experience, or a more junior candidate with superior hands-on fabrication skills \ manufacturing experience   


  • Some hands-on shop experience in manufacturing and assembly is required (lathe, mill, machine tools)
  • Willingness to learn CAD (Solidworks) to read drawings and perform basic manipulation (dimensioning, etc) is required
  • Willingness to learn CAM (MasterCam) milling and turning
  • Prior experience with QA/QC and metrology
  • Must possess a very high degree of hands-on mechanical aptitude
  • Excellent analytical, communication, teamwork, and organizational skills are essential
  • Good math and computer skills are required
  • Able to lift 50 lbs. and remain on your feet for most of the workday


This is paid internship position.  Compensation is based on skills and experience. 

JAKTOOL must comply with Federal Executive Order 14042 - Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors.  The Safer Federal Workforce Task Force issued provisions stating that all employees must be fully vaccinated by January 18, 2022. JAKTOOL strives to maintain a safe workplace for all employees and has fully adopted the standards issued.