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Spirit AeroSystems 2024 Summer Intern: Industrial Engineering/Lean in Wichita, Kansas


Flight begins at Spirit AeroSystems, where our products are taking off somewhere around the world every minute of every day. We design and build large structural parts for the world’s premier commercial aircraft (think Boeing and Airbus), as well as top Defense and other cutting edge programs.

Spirit AeroSystems is a global company headquartered in Wichita, Kansas with a diverse work force spread across three continents. Our Summer Internship Program was recently selected as a US Top 100 Internship Program by a panel of industry experts. This selection was based on our program having a focus on diversity, equity, inclusion, intern professional development, social activities, career shadowing opportunities, mentoring support, and the conversion of our interns to full time employees. At Spirit AeroSystems we are focused on inventing, designing, and building what’s best in aerospace and we welcome you to consider joining us in this endeavor!


Flight begins with you at Spirit AeroSystems, a place where you can explore your interests and grow your career by working on impactful projects. As an Engineering intern, you can expect to:

Industrial Engineering

  • Utilize analytical skills for capacity analysis, tool and equipment utilization as well as line balancing

  • Discrete Event Simulation to validate Cycle time, WIP, bottlenecks, throughput, capacity, resource utilization, and production rate changes of complex production systems.

  • Analyze and design sequence of operations and work flow to improve efficiencies in plant and production facilities and equipment layouts; and establish methods for maximum utilization of production facilities and personnel and optimization of product flow.

  • Conduct studies pertaining to cost control, cost reduction, inventory control, and production record systems.

  • May assist facilities engineers in the planning and design of facilities.

  • Develop and provide time standards to the shop floor as well as standard work for operations and processes.


  • Define improvement projects aligned with business strategies through the use of Just-In-Time/Lean manufacturing tools and techniques.

  • Facilitate and coach projects and subsystems of Lean activities from inception through completion and act as primary customer contact to meet project objectives.

  • Be the catalyst to initiate change activities and coach for sustaining momentum.

  • Develop and implement Lean improvement plans and schedules to ensure accuracy and timely completion.

  • Conduct reviews and oversee improvement activities (e.g. 5S, Kitting and Mechanic Verification).

    Also, should you be selected as a 2024 Spirit AeroSystems Summer Intern, you will have exposure to several activities including:

  • Multiple Manufacturing Plant Tours of Iconic aircraft

  • Professional development workshops

  • Project Expo (An opportunity to present an intern project for Executive Leaders)

  • Social/Networking Events


· You must be a US Person (US Citizen or US Permanent Resident) · You must be enrolled full time in a university degree program aligned to the area of internship. · You must be a current sophomore, junior, senior or graduate student in good academic standing. Spirit AeroSystems is an equal opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital or civil partnership status, pregnancy, age, disability, veteran status or any other protected factor under federal, state or local law.