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Engineer Co-op January 2023- Multiple U.S Locations

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Job ID 182003 Date posted 07/29/2022 Location : Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, Minnesota

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Engineer Co-op January 2023

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.

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 nourish the world. Your work may be local, but at Cargill, your impact will be global. Join our community to cultivate your curiosity, develop meaningful relationships and propel your career.

Engineering Co-op

Our Engineering Co-ops work in one of our many production facilities located in communities across the United States. Cargill’s diverse businesses include Agricultural Supply Chain North America (CASCNA), Cocoa and Chocolate North America (CCNA), Global Edible Oil Solutions North America (GEOS), Cargill Bio Industrial (CBI), Protein and Salt (CPS), Starches and Sweeteners and Texturizing Solutions (CSST). 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, production environment. Although business processes vary, the design of this role provides appropriate exposure to the people management and technical components of the role. 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:

  • Production Management Engineers - Lead people, process, and input/product in a plant 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 government 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.
  • Environmental Engineers - Work with various teams, processes and assets related to the effective operation of refrigeration, steam, freshwater distribution, hot water, and compressed air systems in a plant environment. As well as the operation of a large-scale Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) and be responsible for the programs related to environmental compliance and regulatory permitting. They will be involved in the day-to-day supervision of operators and technicians, have responsibility over their daily work and planning activities. This could include weekly maintenance, capital projects and process improvement.
  • Process/Project Engineering - Responsible for business case development, vendor selection, budget management, and project management responsibilities for major projectsand 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.
  • Maintenance & Reliability Engineers – Engage teams, improve processes, and utilize assets related to the effective operation of facility production to ensure downtime and repair costs are minimal. Supervise specialized teams and work activities related to runtime. Lead short- and long-term planning activities including weekly maintenance activities, capital projects and process improvement utilizing tools such as: Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM), Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA), Root Cause Analysis (RCA), 5S and 5-Why to the prevention of equipment failures.

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.
  • Various plant locations across the U.S.- must be open to relocation. 
  • 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, grain dust, etc.).
  • Locations could include: Blair, NE; Bloomington, IL; Buckeye, AZ; Cedar Rapids, IA; Chandler, AZ; Charlotte, NC; Cleveland, OH; Dalton, GA; Dayton, OH; Eddyville, IA; Fayetteville, NC; Fort Dodge, IA; Fullerton, CA; Gainesville, GA; Guntersville, AL; Hammond, IN; Hazleton, PA; Hutchinson, KS; Iowa Falls, IA; Kansas City, MO; Lafayette, IN; Lansing, NY; Memphis, TN; Milwaukee, WI; Minneapolis, MN; Mount Joy, PA; Paris, IL; Sidney, OH; Sioux City, IA; St. Clair, MI; West Fargo, ND; West Lincoln, PA; Wichita, KS

Our Benefits

No matter who you are or where you are, we have resources to meet your needs. 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

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

  • Currently pursuing a bachelor’s or a master’s degree in Chemical Engineering (ChE), BioChemical Engineering (BChE), Mechanical Engineering (ME), Biosystems Engineering (BSE), Agricultural Engineering (AgE), Mining Engineering (MinE), Electrical Engineering (EE), Industrial Engineering (IE), Environmental Engineering, Packaging or other related engineering discipline
  • Bachelor’s/master’s degree to be/recently completed between December 2023 – May 2026
  • 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 anywhere in the U.S.
  • Able to complete a 7-8 month co-op in the Spring and Summer (January-August 2023)
  • Must possess a high degree of initiative and resourcefulness in completing work with limited guidance

Preferred Qualifications

  • Previous plant, production, 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


Cargill highly encourages vaccinations but does not mandate at this time.  Upon hire, you will be asked to provide your vaccination status, and if unvaccinated or if you choose not to disclose, you would be expected to follow Cargill’s safety protocols for unvaccinated employees (i.e., mask mandates, and social distancing).

Equal Opportunity Employer, including Disability/Vet.

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