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Mining Engineer Co-op January 2024 - Multiple Locations

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Job ID 276919 Date posted 09/14/2023 Location : Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, Minnesota

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Mining Engineer Co-op January 2024

To be considered for employment, candidates must apply online and complete the entire application process. Complete applications are required prior to participating in an interview process. Click the link below to directly access the position application.

Your Co-op

Gain real experience. Learn from the best. See how your work matters.

Our internships/co-ops are designed to prepare you for your career journey, not a final destination. When you join our team, you are welcomed into a community committed to providing you with a safe environment to learn, grow and cultivate your skills. With our expansive learning resources, our well-respected leaders, and our carefully curated development courses, you will be equipped to confidently solve tomorrow's global issues. And, truthfully, our future relies on you. Your innovative minds, your intentional collaboration, and your sincere desire to provide the resources necessary for sustainable development. At Cargill your work will contribute to keeping our communities safe. Join our community to cultivate your curiosity, develop meaningful relationships and propel your career in the mining industry or beyond.

Engineering Co-op

Our Engineering Co-ops work in either or Lansing, NY or Cleveland, OH underground salt mine locations as part of our Cargill Protein and Salt (CPS) business unit.
There, you will learn to lead production or maintenance employees, project teams, contractors or technical operations teams executing on critical initiatives and projects in a fast-paced, underground environment. Although business processes vary, the design of this role provides appropriate exposure to the people management and technical components of the mining industry The intent of the Engineer Co-op role is to allow individuals to be exposed to the technical and management aspects of engineering, while beginning to develop an interest for longer term career aspirations

Your Work

Our Engineer Co-ops will gain experience in Operations Leadership and/or Maintenance & Reliability Engineering role. What lies ahead as a full-time engineer could be a career path in any of the following:

•    Mining Engineers – Work both underground with engineers and crews on active projects and on surface supporting our people and infrastructure bringing road deicing salt to our customers Engineers will learn mining techniques such as surveying and mapping, room and pillar mining operations, mineral processing, water management, materials handling, and mining safety best practices, Engineers will have the opportunity to work hand in hand with other team members on engineering work, and champion their own projects to leave a mark on our facilities. 

•    Electrical Engineers – The mining environment provides many opportunities to gain exposure to both high voltage power infrastructure and an extensive network of programming and control systems. Engineers Co-ops will learn how we safely operate and automate equipment from both experienced electrical engineers and electricians. Electrical reliability is the core support of production and communications in a unique environment and is maintained by best practices in maintenance and design that co-ops will learn to develop and implement by working with electric powered mining equipment, hoisting systems, pumps, conveyor belts, screening equipment, and other systems.

•    Production Management Engineers - Lead people, process, and input/product in a mining environment. They will be involved in day-to-day direct supervision of operators and production activities and participate in daily production management meetings. Engineers will learn how to comprehend and handle all aspects of MSHA federal regulations and compliance programs including environmental, health, safety, maintenance, and housekeeping. Production Management Engineers typically develop teams of production employees within the first two years of their careers and have responsibility for hiring, scheduling, motivating, and handling employee relation issues. They will also be involved in process optimization, equipment, and process reliability, and may run capital projects.

•    Process/Project Engineering - Responsible for business case development, vendor selection, budget management, and project management responsibilities for major projects and improvements involving process optimization, safety, quality, infrastructure, and energy use. They have heavy involvement with various innovation processes, idea generation systems, and reliability centered design, and they help implement technical initiatives driven from global Process Development Groups, Centers of Excellence, and Research & Development.

Our Programming

  • We offer both housing assistance and relocation reimbursement to co-ops who qualify (based on mileage).
  • Day–to-day transportation to and from work is the responsibility of the co-op.
  • Throughout the internship, interns and co-ops are encouraged to take part in events that will give exposure to leadership, provide development opportunities, and offer the ability to network with cross-functional interns/co-ops across the U.S.
  • Co-ops who demonstrate outstanding performance and a curiosity to learn more may be offered a second internship/co-op or full-time position for the following year.
  • As employees, co-ops receive access to volunteer and community outreach opportunities and paid time off to participate in volunteer activities.
  • Co-ops are paid and are at least 7-8 months in duration

Co-op details

  • Co-ops are typically 7-8 months in duration.
  • Co-ops are paid hourly for time worked.
  • Co-ops are responsible for transportation to and from work.
  • Must be able to work in an underground environment 
  • Must be open to relocation to Cleveland, OH or Lansing, NY
  • The plant environment is team oriented, fast paced, and hands-on.
  • Our environment will focus on employee engagement, inclusion, and innovation.
  • Co-ops are given the opportunity to showcase their skills and gain hands-on experience working on different projects from designing and upgrading current systems, to reviewing and updating plant drawings.
  • This job involves physical activity which generally requires a moderate amount of exertion on a regular basis – involving bending, stooping, squatting, twisting, reaching, working on irregular surfaces, occasional lifting of objects weighing over 50 pounds and frequent lifting of 10-25 pounds. The work may also involve other exertions, conditions, or exposures (i.e.- heat, cold, salt dust, etc.).


The expected hourly rate for this position is $24.40 - $33.80 per hour. Compensation decisions are dependent on graduation date and eligibility for full-time employment.

Our Benefits

At Cargill we put people first. As a co-op, you’ll have access to a wide variety of programs to support you and help you thrive.

Eligible programs and incentives include:

  • Paid time off
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing program
  • Digital Learning Library
  • Housing and Relocation Assistance for those that qualify

No matter who you are or where you are, we have resources to meet your needs. As part of your overall rewards, we offer a comprehensive benefit program including medical and/or other benefits dependent on the position offered and hours worked.

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Our Network

Your development is our priority. With our outstanding global network, you will establish relationships, acquire mentors, and build your professional contacts. Our program encourages and orchestrates networking opportunities that will benefit you now and in your future career. During the co-op, you will also receive consistent support from university recruiting staff, mentors, colleagues, and your supervisor.

Our Vibrant Community

At Cargill, you will be a part of our vibrant global community with a culture that celebrates diversity. This is a reflection of the clients we serve and generates an intellectually diverse set of employees. Business Resource Groups (BRGs) help us embrace our diversity, make our culture more inclusive and enhance our employees’ outstanding talents and perspectives to benefit our organization and employees.

Our U.S. Business Resource Groups include:

  • Asian Alliance Network
  • Cargill Young Professionals Network
  • Cargill Ability Network (iCAN)
  • Cargill Ebony Council, Group Responsible for Orienting and Welcoming (GROW)
  • Hispanic-Latino Council
  • Cargill Pride Network
  • Veterans & Military Support Network
  • Cargill Women’s Network.

Required Qualifications

•    Must be able to work in an underground environment
•    Currently pursuing a bachelor’s or a Mining Engineering (MinE), Mechanical Engineering (ME), Electrical Engineering (EE), Industrial Engineering (IE), or other related engineering discipline
•    Bachelor’s/master’s degree to be/recently completed between December 2024 – May 2027
•    Right to work in the U.S. that is not based solely on possession of a student visa or a visa sponsored by a third-party employer
•    Proven ability to work optimally with individuals from a diverse set of backgrounds and cultures
•    Candidates must be geographically flexible and willing to relocate for a co-op/internship opportunity to either Cleveland, OH or Lansing, NY
•    Able to complete a 7–8-month co-op in the Summer and Fall (May/June - December 2024)
•    Must possess a high degree of initiative and resourcefulness in completing work with limited guidance

Preferred Qualifications

•    Sophomores, juniors, or seniors currently enrolled in an accredited engineering program in a relevant field.
•    Mining or heavy industrial co-op, or intern experience preferred.
•    Overall 2.7 GPA preferred.
•    Ability to relate technical knowledge to job-related duties.
•    Demonstrated ability to solve problems and make decisions independently.
•    Excellent written and oral communication skills.
•    Leadership experience

Equal Opportunity Employer, including Disability/Vet.

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