Product Development Rotational Trainee

This is a full time position for new or recent graduates that will begin in June 2019.

SICK is unable to provide sponsorship for this position.

SICK is one of the world's leading manufacturers of sensors, safety systems, and automatic identification products for industrial applications. Whether automating factories or optimizing distribution centers, SICK provides cost-effective solutions. We have been a technology leader for more than 70 years and with more than 50 global subsidiaries, SICK has a presence all over the world. Leveraging a history of innovation, our company has pioneered a long line of industry firsts‑such as the first safety light curtain, the first color sensor, and many more.
The SICK SensorING Rotational Program is an 18-month rotation designed to provide recent college graduates with robust professional knowledge and experiences. This program ensures graduates are well rounded once they complete the program and progress into their career with SICK. This program consists of separate tracks candidates can choose from and provides candidates with opportunities within different segments of the business through on the job training, classroom training, coursework, seminars, and other curriculum. At the conclusion of the program, candidates transition into a position based on their performance during the rotation. This placement takes into account the trainees input, but overall business conditions and need will determine final placement. The objective of the program is to have completed one of the finest professional on boarding programs, which gives the successful trainee an accelerated capability and career trajectory through their hands on knowledge of the broader business.

  • Gain aptitude in product development based on the selected track options for the rotation (choose 3):
    • Applications Engineering: This position is responsible for providing technical support to the SICK. Strategic Industry Teams, distributors, integrators, and customers with regard to SICK products.
    • Product Management: This position has primary responsibility for the successful management of assigned product lines globally to provide profitable return for SICK. Successful management includes increasing profitability of existing products and developing new products to meet global market requirements.
    • Process Engineering: This position has primary responsibility over the hands-on design and support of SICK products through entire product lifecycle. In addition, this position will use their skills to capture customer requirements, devise appropriate solutions and evaluate results for function, reliability and performance.
    • Product Development:This position has primary responsibility for hands-on design and support of SICK products through entire product lifecycle. The Product Development Engineer will use their skills to capture customer requirements, devise appropriate solutions and evaluate results for function, reliability and performance. Work with a multi-national team to design new product offerings and enhance performance of existing production lines.
    • Systems Application Engineering:This position serves as the primary technical resource for the field sales force, and are responsible for actively driving and managing the technology evaluation stage of the sales process. Working in conjunction with the sales team as the key technical advisor and product advocate, the Application Engineer must be able to identify and provide reliable solutions for all technical issues to assure complete customer satisfaction through all stages of the sales process.
  • Participate and collaborate as a team member in various departments within SICK.
  • Understand and participate in developmental related tasks through a variety of channels including: self-study, classroom learning, mentor support and development, and other learning opportunities.
  • Actively seek out information to learn how SICK operates as a business (products, departments, etc.).
  • Learn and follow The SICK Way through all interactions with employees, customers, and vendors.
  • Complete a final presentation at the close of the program that outlines the involved project(s) and knowledge gained. Additional topics may be suggested by Management Board.
  • Provide feedback on the rotational experience at the close of the program.
  • Carry out other duties and responsibilities as may be assigned or required.
Education and Experience:
  • Currently pursuing a bachelor's or master's degree in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science or related program OR a recent graduate of the above listed program with less than 2 years of relevant work experience.
    • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Prior relevant internship/co-op experience preferred.
  • Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, and Excel).
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to travel as needed throughout the program.
Other Qualifications:
  • Self-directed and able to work without supervision.
  • Energetic and eager to tackle new projects and ideas.
  • Able to self-start and learn on the fly.
  • Legally permitted to work in the United States.
  • Able to work in a general office environment.
  • Able to relocate and travel for the program.
Ethics and Integrity Personal Growth and Learning, Customer Focus, Personal Accountable, Building Effective Relationships
If you thrive in a fast-paced, team-oriented work environment that offers challenges and the opportunity for growth, we're the place for you! SICK, Inc. has several locations throughout domestic US and offers competitive wages and an excellent benefits program. Qualified candidates can apply online by clicking the “Apply Online” button. Visit us at

All applicants must complete a 500 word essay answering: What is Industry 4.0 and how does this apply to SICK? Why am I a fit for the SensorING Rotational Program.
Affirmative Action (AA)/Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) M/F/D/V

Back to top