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Title:  Engineering Associate Intern

Requisition ID:  11165-159

Visalia, CA, US, 93278

Category:  Engineering and Technical Services
Travel:  No Travel Required
Pay Grade: 


The position exists to execute process improvement tasks and projects to reduce unscheduled downtime, increase life of assets, and enhance processes to improve safety, quality, and plant performance.  The Engineer Associate Intern understands and aligns business operations and continuous improvement efforts as he/she executes their role to exceed customer expectations and align with GPI business, cultural, financial and operational objectives.

JOB FUNCTIONS: Job functions include, but are not limited to the following.

  • Support the facility capital budget to meet business commitments.
  • Develop capital requests, RFP’s, bids, and recommend vendors. Hire vendors.  Manage construction and quality control of new projects.
  • Demonstrates organizational agility by being able to find solutions through teamwork.
  • Develop and maintain accurate and complete spending forecasts
  • Discuss and lay out project specifications.
  • Make detailed plans to accomplish goals.
  • Review, approve, or modify product designs.
  • Prepare budgets, bids, and contracts.
  • Approve expenditures.
  • Review and recommend contracts.
  • Develop cost estimates.
  • Draft proposals and reports for upper management.
  • Check technical accuracy of work.
  • Service internal customers by continuously improving production and maintenance processes which directly impacts safety, efficiencies, and material and labor cost
  • Complete root cause failure analysis and implement corrective actions to improve efficiencies
  • Identify and implement cost savings initiatives that reduce plant expenses
  • Implement and share best practices with other food service facilities.
  • Contribute to a safe work environment by identifying and implementing safety improvements.
  • Other duties as assigned.



  • Process improvements are identified by analyzing the processes and applying analytical problem solving skills
  • Safety and ergonomics improvements are identified through observations and interaction with plant personnel and issues are corrected using plant personnel and contractor labor
  • Cost saving targets are achieved by eliminating waste (time, energy, money) which reduces overall plant expense
  • Implement systems to improve equipment efficiencies using data to identify areas for improvement and implementing appropriate corrective actions
  • Support departments on as needed basis to develop training programs to keep the skills up to date as technology changes



  • Preferred field of study of Mechanical, Industrial, or Electrical



  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to proactively manage projects and keep stakeholders engaged and informed on progress
  • Good leadership skills
  • Ability to function alone and in a team-based environment
  • Analytical Problem solving ability (TCC/Trouble Cause Correction)
  • The ability to work well under pressure
  • Work with resources internal and external to company to coordinate successful execution




  • General schedule is an 8-hour M-F assignment, however, employee must be willing to work alternate schedules occasionally; that may include early mornings, nights, and/or weekends and be punctual while doing so.
  • Occasional overnight travel to include flying, driving, riding or by rail.



  • Sitting or standing for extended periods of time up to 8-hours.
  • Occasional Lifting up to 20 lbs.
  • Reading computer screen or other electronic devices.
  • Use of various office hand and electrical tools or equipment.



  • Action Oriented
  • Drive for Results
  • Problem Solving
  • Priority Setting
  • Functional/Technical Skills
  • Timely Decision Making
  • Perseverance



GRAPHIC PACKAGING INTERNATIONAL, INC. is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All candidates will be evaluated on the basis of their qualifications for the job in question. We do not base our employment decision on an employee's or applicant's race, color, sex, age, religion, natural origin, sexual orientation, citizenship, handicap, or disability, marital status, veteran status or any other basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law.


Required Experience

At Graphic Packaging International (NYSE: GPK), we produce the box you may have poured your child's cereal from this morning, the microwaveable tray that heated your lunch, the paper cup that held your coffee throughout the day, and the carrier of those bottles of craft beer you may enjoy tonight! We're one of the largest manufacturers of paperboard and paper-based packaging for some of the world's most recognized brands of food, beverage, foodservice, household, personal care and pet care products. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, we are a team of collaborative, innovative, passionate individuals who are committed to providing consumer packaging that makes a world of difference.

With almost 18,000 employees working in more than 70 locations in North and South America, Europe and the Pacific Rim, we strive to be an environmentally responsible leader in our industry and in the communities where we operate. We are committed to workplace diversity and offer compensation and benefits programs that are among the industry's best to reward the talented people who make our company successful.

If this sounds like something you would like to be a part of, we'd love to hear from you. Learn more about us at www.graphicpkg.com.

Inspired Packaging. A World of Difference.

Graphic Packaging is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All candidates will be evaluated on the basis of their qualifications for the job in question. We do not base our employment decision on an employee's or applicant's race, color, religion, age, gender or sex (including pregnancy), national origin, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic identity, genetic information, disability, veteran/military status or any other basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law. Click here to view the EEO is the Law Poster.

Nearest Major Market: Visalia
Nearest Secondary Market: Tulare

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