Technical Sales Apprentice


This position is responsible for preparing to assume the responsibilities of a technical field sales role. The Apprentice will actively rotate throughout the various departments within the organization learning the processes, products, and policies of each entity. The associate will serve as a team member within each group working on assigned projects.

The position has a set start date of January 2022 or June 2022.


  • Learn the organization's products/services and policies as preparation towards selling Phoenix Contact products/services
  • Pursue a defined course of basic training, covering the organization's products/services and policies as outlined in the Apprenticeship Program
  • Learn selling techniques involved in marketing the organization's products/services; learn the selling methods required based on the market served
  • Learn the organization's prices, its manufacturing policy, its delivery policy and customer service policies
  • Accompany experienced sales personnel on selling missions to observe actual selling techniques performed by a seasoned, experienced individual and assist in these sales and in some cases sell alone
  • Learn marketing techniques by reading manuals, attending seminars and completing marketing projects for all product lines
  • Perform marketing projects which will assist the Product Marketing Manager in the implementation and coordination of marketing plans, programs and sales efforts within each product line for the Phoenix Contact Marketing Department
  • Effectively communicate with the entire Phoenix Contact team, verbally and written
  • Develop and maintain a working knowledge on all Phoenix Contact products/solutions
  • Prepare reports on the subject matter covered and execute special assignments designed to indicate progress
  • Continue personal development through an effective skill building program as determined by the Project Engineering Manager, Director of Sales, and/or the Harrisburg Training Department
  • Perform other related duties as assigned by management


  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering or Computer Science
  • Ability to communicate (both verbal and written) effectively
  • Ability to prioritize projects and assignments
  • Strong organization skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to relocate to anywhere in the US as assigned
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office: Excel, Word and PowerPoint
  • Excellent presentation skills
  • Detailed reporting skills


  • Must be able to travel via airplane
  • Must have a valid driver's license and travel via automobile for up to six hours at a time
  • Must be able to lift a minimum of 50 lbs. (sample, demos, literature)
  • Must be able to travel overnight
  • Comply with company dress code guidelines
  • Punctuality in all aspects is required
  • Timely reporting of expenses, sales call activity, and opportunity tracking (not to exceed two weeks)
  • Attendance in accordance with company policies and participation in local, regional, and (inter)national meetings
  • Must be able to sit and/or stand for extended periods of time (2-4 hours at a time)
  • Must be able to work on a computer for extended periods of time (up to 4 hours at a time)
  • Must be able to communicate effectively in verbal and written English

Notice to Staffing Agencies, Placement Services, and Professional Recruiters:

Phoenix Contact has an internal Staffing Department. Recruiters are hereby specifically directed NOT to contact Phoenix Contact employees directly in an attempt to present candidates. Phoenix Contact will not accept unsolicited resumes from any source other than directly from a candidate. Any unsolicited resumes sent to Phoenix Contact, including unsolicited resumes sent to a Phoenix Contact mailing address, fax machine or email address, directly to Phoenix Contact employees, or to Phoenix Contact's resume database will be considered Phoenix Contact property. Phoenix Contact will NOT pay a fee for any placement resulting from the receipt of an unsolicited resume. Phoenix Contact will consider any candidate for whom a Recruiter has submitted an unsolicited resume to have been referred by the Recruiter free of any charges or fees. Phoenix Contact will not pay a fee to any Recruiter that does not have a signed Phoenix Contact contract in place specific to the position for which the resume was submitted. Recruiting vendor agreements will only be valid if in writing and signed by Phoenix Contact's Director of Organization Development and Talent Acquisition or his or her designee. No other Phoenix Contact employee is authorized to bind Phoenix Contact to any agreement regarding the placement of candidates by Recruiters. By submitting a candidate to Phoenix Contact, recruiters agree to be bound and comply with this policy.

Phoenix Contact
Salary Range
$39,000.00 - 58,000.00
per Year
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Middletown, PA 17057, US
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