RAYMOND – An internship program launched by Continental Tire focuses on students enrolled in Hinds Community College’s Industrial Maintenance Technology, Electrical Technology, and Electronics Technology programs.

Continental’s Maintenance Technician Internship Program is a nine-week, paid summer program that will provide three Hinds students with scholarships and specialized training at the company’s tire plant in Mount Vernon, Ill. Interns will be placed with the organization‘s maintenance and engineering experts for on-the-job experience in electrical, electronic, mechanical and hydraulic systems. Over the course of the program, interns will learn to:

  • Install and maintain piping
  • Troubleshoot and repair various control devices, motors, and electronic devices
  • Establish, maintain and follow-up on the plant’s lubrication schedule
  • Perform machinist tasks
  • Assist in start-up of equipment for production

Construction on a $1.45 billion plant on more than 900 acres near Clinton began in November and is expected to be completed in 2019.

“The Continental Internship is an awesome opportunity for our students to get hands on practical experience in a commercial vehicle tire operation,” said David Creel, district Director of Manufacturing Training. “The tuition assistance along with the inside look at the Continental processes and plant culture will be invaluable to our students. After this experience, these interns can tell their classmates firsthand about Continental and what to expect to see at the Clinton operation.”

Continental will use the internship program to develop its emerging workforce in Mississippi. Maintenance technicians will be some of the first positions filled when hiring begins in the Clinton-based commercial vehicle tire plant in late 2018. As one of the key roles in Continental’s daily operations, maintenance technicians are responsible for both reactive and preventative maintenance of equipment throughout the facility.

“Continental Tire is happy to partner with Hinds Community College for the internship program,” said Grant Bovim, project manager for Continental’s future commercial vehicle tire plant in Hinds County. “By providing interns with on-the-job training that could lead to employment at our local tire plant, we sincerely believe that this experience will prove to be beneficial to the students and Continental.”

The Maintenance Technician Internship Program will run June 5 through Aug. 4. Eligible applicants must have a 3.0 GPA and a positive attendance record. Completed applications must include three letters of recommendation. Applications for the Maintenance Technician Internship Program are being accepted now through April 7 at http://www.continental-jobs.com/.

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