RAMCO Innovations is an Automation Solutions Provider (distributor) who has been in business since 1962. We sell technically applied products into the industrial marketplace. Ramco does business in Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, and Southern Illinois.

Job Summary:

Position Title: Automation Intern Classification: Internship
Reports to:West Des Moines, Iowa   Schedule: 7:30 AM – 4:30 PM (Mon.-Friday)

The Automation Intern will get exposure to a variety of value-add projects and concepts, including working on electrical panels and automation projects. The intern will have the opportunity to work alongside experienced technical personnel at Ramco and be introduced to electrical drawings, schematics, wiring diagrams and code specifications. Additionally, the Automation Intern will be exposed to the Ramco Application and Sales teams to see the full value-add automation distributor sales and project cycles.

Company Vision:

Ramco will be a place where passionate employees collaborate and commit to providing our clients with excellent automation solutions. We will be a consultant and partner to our clients by putting them first, bringing value to their organization, and customizing our service to their needs. We will deliver value-based solutions by utilizing premier products and the knowledge and expertise of our employees. We will stay on the cutting-edge of technology and educate our clients. We will define excellence as an automation solutions provider.

Primary Responsibilities and Opportunities:

Shop Team:

    • Perform electrical wiring, soldering and crimping of electrical connections per schematics and wiring diagrams.
    • Assist with testing of panels to ensure Ramco’s quality.

Application Engineering Team:

  • Shadow automation team members. Projects can include motion systems, vision systems, sensor applications, etc.
  • Assist with robotics proof-of-concept work
  • Learn other day-to-day functions of the automation/application team:
    • Crossing parts
    • Developing training sessions
    • Creating white papers (step-by-step guides on how to perform a particular task)


  • Must be a student at one of the Iowa community colleges, private colleges, Regent universities or a student who graduated from high school in Iowa but attends an institution of higher learning outside of Iowa.
  • Must be within 1 to 2 years of graduation (undergraduate or graduate student) ) ***Students that have recently graduated, and are no longer current students, are INELIGIBLE for this program***
  • Computer skills, including Microsoft and Google Suite. AutoCAD is a plus.
  • Occasional travel to client sites across the Midwest with supervision.
  • Able to interact and cooperate with all company employees.
  • Adhere to all company policies, procedures, and business ethics codes.
  • Self-motivated, results-oriented, organized, and energetic.
  • Read and comprehend basic English.
  • Must possess a valid state motor vehicle operator’s license and maintain an approved motor vehicle record (MVR).
  • Understand and demonstrate safe shop equipment operating procedures, including basic use and safe operation of hand and power hand tools.
  • Able and willing to learn and perform additional tasks that may be assigned.
  • Appearance at all times must represent the company image.

Working Conditions:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

  • Variable work environment which includes both indoors and outdoors, in industrial (using shop tools), commercial and office settings with varying environmental conditions, including the following:
    • Sitting in a normal seated position for an extended period of time.
    • Work in a typical shop environment.
    • Fast-paced environment: subject to numerous schedule and priority changes and short notice activity.
  • Exposure to the environment of customer facilities during on-site visits which may require wearing safety glasses, steel-toed boots, ear plugs and possibly a hardhat.
  • Occasional lifting of up to 50lbs.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, ability to adjust focus.
  • Reaching by extending hand(s) or arm(s) in any direction
  • Finger dexterity required to manipulate objects with fingers rather than with whole hand(s) or arm(s), for example, using a keyboard, hand tools and testing equipment