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Bridgestone Americas Mechanical Engineering Co-op in Des Moines, Iowa

Company Overview

Wherever you work and whatever role you fill, when you represent the Bridgestone name you know that you are a valued teammate who is part of our larger mission to “Serve Society with Superior Quality.” We start by offering each teammate more than just a salary. We provide formal training, competitive performance incentives, paid vacation and holidays, healthcare packages for full-time and part-time employees, and a 401k plan to help build your future.

We believe people can only provide superior service and quality to others when they are allowed to bring their whole selves to work and know they are supported. We believe in championing all perspectives, individuals and teams because we understand the importance of seeing the world and our business through many different lenses. We are building a team as diverse as the world we serve. So, show us what you’re made of. Show us the smart stuff, the tough stuff, the bold, beautiful and brave stuff. Because who you are is what we need.

Bridgestone Americas, Inc. is headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee and is the U.S. subsidiary of Bridgestone Corporation headquartered in Japan. Bridgestone Americas and its subsidiaries develop, manufacture and market a wide range of Bridgestone, Firestone and associate brand products to address the needs of a broad range of customers and industries.

Job Category

Interns & Co-Ops

Position Summary

Engineers at Bridgestone have a passion for innovation that drives our company forward. Our Co-Op program gives you the opportunity to join the world's largest tire and rubber company at the forefront of innovation and mobility. As a teammate, you will gain hands-on experience working on meaningful projects, network with engineers across the organization, learn what it is like to be an engineer at Bridgestone, and finally, make a lasting impact while developing lifelong skills and competencies to elevate your future career.


Mechanical Engineering co-ops typically work on projects such as:

  • Designing, developing, and deploying machinery and other equipment intended to execute and improve processes

  • Learning and utilizing key electrical manufacturing tools and systems; suggesting improvements as needed

  • Process Engineering; support specifications and standards in areas such as compound, component, curing process, or uniformity analyses

  • Plant Engineering; assist in the safe design, procurement, installation, debug, start-up and operation of plant equipment and projects

  • Product Design; utilize software and standards for accurate creation, revision, and organization of documents and distribution controls

You will also get to:

  • Apply interpersonal and communication skills to collaborate with fellow teammates and achieve common goals

  • Work in a hands-on environment with cross functional teams

  • Utilize project management skills to develop, manage, and control scope, schedule and cost

We are looking for students who are:

  • Highly motivated with the ability to work independently with minimal supervision

  • People-centric focus with ability to collaborate with all teammates across the organization

  • Strong initiative, work ethic and levels of enthusiasm

  • Demonstrated technical aptitude in major of study

  • Excellent communication and presentation skills

Minimum Qualifications

To thrive in this role, you need…

  • To be pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering or another applicable major and actively enrolled in an accredited university the semester prior to your start date

  • To be junior-senior level standing with a GPA of at least 3.0

  • Completed course work in Computer Aided Design (CAD)/AutoCAD

  • To be available to work 40 hours weekly in a 6-month minimum co-op assignment

  • No other work experience is required. We will teach you everything you need to know!

Bridgestone is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. It is our policy to consider for employment all individuals regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.

Employment Eligibility

If hired, a Form I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification must be completed at the start of employment. Temporary work authorization or the need for sponsorship may disqualify you from employment.