Industrial Engineer Co-Op

Company Overview

Nashville, Tenn.-based Bridgestone Americas, Inc. is the U.S. subsidiary of Bridgestone Corporation, the world’s largest tire and rubber company.
Bridgestone Americas and its subsidiaries develop, manufacture and market a wide range of Bridgestone, Firestone and associate brand tires to address the needs of a broad range of customers, including consumers, automotive and commercial vehicle original equipment manufacturers, and those in the agricultural, forestry and mining industries.

The companies are also engaged in retreading operations throughout the Western Hemisphere and produce air springs, roofing materials, and industrial fibers and textiles. The Bridgestone Americas family of companies also operates the world’s largest chain of automotive tire and service centers.

Guided by its One Team, One Planet message, the company is dedicated to achieving a positive environmental impact in all of the communities it calls home.

Position Summary

Our co-ops will get a technical foundation and acquire leadership skills, project management experience, and cross-functional process knowledge.   They will also obtain experience in developing and documenting key processes.The candidate will work on projects that have a measurable impact on our business. Upon completion of the degree program, successful candidates will be recommended for hiring at any of 9 Tire manufacturing facilities, 10+ Diversified operations facilities & Bridgestone Americas Corporate offices. Additionally, successful candidates will the recommended to Bridgestone America Navigator program (College graduate trainee program).


Conduct Industrial Engineering analysis projects, particularly in capacity utilization, and productivity/process improvements

Ensure that the appropriate methodology, measurements, tools and quantitative techniques (e.g. data collection, computer simulation, statistics, process flow analysis, etc.) are applied in projects

Establish standard production rates.

Communicates with personnel from both the office and production environment in order to complete work assignments.

Assists with facility layout/simulation

Creates Process Documentation


Required Qualifications

Junior, Senior, or graduate student in Industrial or Manufacturing Engineering

Knowledge of Industrial Engineering, Work Measurement and Human Factors principles via coursework or prior experience

Preference given to candidate with complete coursework in: Simulation analysis/design; Stochastic manufacturing; Supply Chain modeling; probability/statistics

Effective research and communication skills

Mathematical skills including geometry and algebra

Demonstrated strong analytical, problem solving, and decision making skills

Strong computer skills (Microsoft Excel & Access)

GPA 3.0 or higher

Ability to work independently, learn new tasks/handle multiple tasks, solve problems, meet deadlines, and show strong self-motivation and initiative.

Additional Qualifications Preferred

Ability to create drawings using AutoCAD

Ability to simulate process flow/material handling environments

Demonstrates the use of Lean principles

Demonstrated strong interpersonal skill

Prior related work experience, including co-op/intern programs with a focus on problem solving





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