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Renewable Energy Group Process Engineer Intern, Summer 2022 in Ames, Iowa

TENTATIVE DATES:

May 18 - August 5, 2022

POSITION PURPOSE:

The purpose of this position is to assist with a variety of chemistry, mechanical system and engineering duties with a focus on supporting the production of biodiesel fuel and related co-products.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

Technical Support

  • Provide technical and engineering support to the biodiesel plants

  • Obtain equipment specifications and price quotations for new or replacement equipment as needed

Research Function

  • Perform background research on projects using journals and online tools such as SciFinder

Analysis Function

  • Perform process engineering and design work on plant improvement projects

  • Perform analysis on potential plant process optimizations and lead projects to implement improvements

  • Conduct analyses and experiments to identify opportunities for improving or economizing operations without sacrificing product quality

  • Recommend changes to improve efficiencies

Mechanical Systems

  • Perform energy efficiency studies on key equipment and systems

  • Assist in the sizing and selection of plant utility systems

  • Assist with the implementation of maintenance and reliability programs with local plant management and maintenance personnel

  • Become proficient in utilization of plant data historian programs such as PI in support of maintenance and reliability of equipment and systems

Capital Projects

  • Obtain equipment specifications and price quotations for new or replacement projects

  • Assist with bid packages and help evaluate and review project costs and budgets with the contractor

  • Assist with the monitoring of contractor progress throughout the construction process including a final review of contractor work before the contractor leaves the site

Design and Review Process

  • Assist in the development and evaluation of operational manuals as necessary

  • Coordinate with contractors to accommodate design changes made during construction

  • Review installation of process piping and equipment to ensure all items are installed per the technical drawings

  • Evaluate and ensure safety procedures are being followed in plant operations and encourage others to do the same

  • Look for ways to economize plant processes and installation as well as ways to maximize plant efficiencies

  • Use computers and computer systems to set up functions, enter data, design models to simulate physical processes, and process information

Other frequent duties:

  • Interact with various internal departments including sales, finance, logistics, quality and others to provide technical support and knowledge

  • Provide technical expertise input as required in support of Research & Development department

  • Conduct analyses to identify potential opportunities for improving operations within cost requirements without sacrificing product quality

  • Recommend changes to gain efficiencies from completed operations analysis

Perform other duties as assigned

JOB QUALIFICATIONS:

Education Required: Pursuing a bachelor’s degree – Chemical/Mechanical Engineering or related degree

**Senior or Junior status required

Experience Required: Laboratory experience required

**Relevant courses, club participation and internship preferred

Skills Required:

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

  • Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Word, Visio)

  • Basic accounting skills

  • Advanced math skills

Special skills or knowledge preferred:

  • Ability to give detailed instructions

  • Process simulations

  • Process data historians

  • Project Management

  • Biodiesel production or related processes

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