• Chemical Engineering Co-Op Student

    Job Locations US-NC-Aurora
    Posted Date 3 weeks ago(9/27/2018 9:48 AM)
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  • Job Description

    Maintenance Services/Chemical/Mining Co-op Student, Aurora, NC


    Majors: Chemical/Biomolecular Engineering


    Why work at Nutrien? Great question!

    Safety is a core value at Nutrien. Keeping every employee safe, healthy and secure is our top priority. Nothing is more important than seeing our people go home safe at the end of every single day.

    While working here you will have the opportunity to grow your career while helping us feed the future. We pride ourselves in hiring from a variety of backgrounds and truly believe that it is our differences that make us stronger so we hope you will join us.

    In addition to exciting and challenging opportunities, Nutrien offers competitive salaries, great benefits and performance based incentives.

    Outside of the skills and necessary qualifications, you will be committed to sustaining our safe and positive work environment while welcoming working side by side others in a diverse culture. Culture at Nutrien is the core of everything we do and all employees are respectful of diverse opinions and views.

    This position reports to the Superintendent within the assigned department. This is a temporary, full-time, hourly-paid position during semester work period. Allowance provided to assist with housing expense. Prior to beginning work, all Co-Ops will attend one week of mandatory introductory safety training. Work will be both indoors and outdoors in all weather conditions. Outside the office, standard work wear will consist of hard hats, safety boots, safety glasses and ear plugs, with other items as needed; these items will be provided.

    Key Tasks

    • Chemical Plants:
      • Become familiar with AutoCAD 2010 and the generation and revising of Piping and Instrumentation Diagrams (P & IDs).
      • Assist Production Engineer and operators with the troubleshooting of various unit operations.
      • Help revise Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
      • Assist operations in generating Managements of Changes (MOCs) and conducting Pre-Start Up Safety Reviews (PSSRs).
      • Study and recommend improvements to the assigned chemical process.
      • Develop mass and energy balances for various unit operations and chemical processes.
      • Assist in the design and implementation of process improvements.
      • Assist the Production Engineer with updating and organizing the Process Safety Information (PSI) file.
      • Participate in safety and environmental audits and inspections.  
    • Mill Department:
      • Work with Flotation Technician to develop additional concentrator testing to improve recovery.
      • Work with Flotation Technician and vendor to reduce reagent consumption and reduce unit cost.
      • Develop matrix and trend chart to show relationship between coal sulfur content and AES.
      • Research and develop Calcining energy efficiency program to reduce BTU per ton of calcined rock. 


    • Ability to effectively communicate (both verbal & non-verbal) with a diverse group of people.

    • Must be able to work at heights, outdoors, and around potentially hazardous chemicals.
    • Must be comfortable and physically capable of entering and working in a confined space.
    • Must be able to hear and understand audible alarms, changes in noise levels of rotating equipment and portable radio communications.
    • Must be familiar with Microsoft’s Office Suite.


    • Must be a rising Junior (at minimum), who is currently enrolled in a recognized Bachelor’s Degree program in preferably Chemical or Biomolecular Engineering.
    • Active and in good standing with an accredited university; GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred.
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, required.

    • Strong written, verbal and facilitation skills.

    • Excellent listening skills.

    • Ability to ask questions and act upon the information presented.

    • Candidate must be able to perform the essential functions of the position, with or without an accommodation (reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions).

    • Must be available to work for the entire semester.

    • Must pass a pre-employment exam and drug screening.
    • Possess and maintain a valid driver’s license.
    • Must be legally authorized to work in the US without sponsorship. 

    Nutrien is committed to creating an inclusive workplace.  We encourage applications from all well qualified candidates who reflect the diversity of the regions where we operate.  This includes recognizing the voluntary identification of status such as gender, sexual orientation, visible minority, Indigenous status, persons with disabilities, and veterans, where applicable.

    If this sounds like a good match, apply now.  In order to ensure consideration for this role, candidates are encouraged to apply by October 31, 2018. However, this job will remain posted until filled. You may be required to undergo a background check and substance test in accordance with Nutrien policies. 

    While we appreciate all applications we receive, we advise that only candidates under consideration will be contacted.


    **EOE race/color/sex/sexual orientation/gender identity/disability/vet



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