Title:  Project Engineer

Requisition ID:  2221

Waco, TX, US, 76712

Department:  Engineering
Travel:  Up to 25%

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At Graphic Packaging International, we produce the paper cup that held your coffee this morning, the basket that transported those bottles of craft beer you enjoyed last weekend, and the microwave tray that heated your gourmet meal last night. 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 products. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, we are collaborative, diverse, innovative individuals who create inspired packaging while giving back to our communities. 


With over 25,000 employees working in more than 130 locations worldwide, we strive to be environmentally responsible 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.

A World of Difference. Made Possible.


The Project Engineer is responsible for all mechanical related issues in projects as well as leading projects supporting four paper machines, power and recovery and OCC plant. Performs as a team member of various project teams where capital improvements have been identified against specific business issues. Also serves as a coordinator or clearing house of ideas for improvement techniques and implementation strategies.  Understand and align business operations and Engineering in the execution of their role to exceed customer expectations and align with GPI business, cultural, financial and operational objectives. Actively leads and participates in the plant safety, housekeeping, and continuous improvement efforts.

JOB DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Design and direct installation of mechanical products or plant systems.
  • Analyze product or equipment specifications and performance requirements to determine designs that can be produced by existing manufacturing or processing facilities and methods.
  • Determine feasibility of designing new plant equipment or modifying existing facilities considering costs, available space, time limitations, company planning, and other technical and economic factors.
  • Provide technical information concerning manufacturing or processing techniques, materials, properties, and process advantages and limitations which affect long range plant and product engineering planning.
  • Direct and coordinates manufacturing or building of machine improvements and/or plant systems.
  • Evaluate engineering test results for possible application to developments of systems or other uses.
  • Work with maintenance to troubleshoot electrical/mechanical machine problems.
  • Lead and guide all work with piping systems, structural steel and civil design.
  • Confer with engineers and other personnel to implement operating procedures, resolve system malfunctions, and provide technical information.
  • Research and analyze design proposals, specifications, manuals, and other data to evaluate the feasibility, cost, and maintenance requirements of designs or applications.
  • Specify system components or direct modification of products to ensure conformance with engineering design and performance specifications.
  • Research, design, evaluate, install, operate, and maintain mechanical products, equipment, systems and processes to meet requirements, applying knowledge of engineering principles.
  • Investigate equipment failures and difficulties to diagnose faulty operation, and to make recommendations to maintenance crew.
  • Supports mill and department goals in safety, environmental compliance, quality, cost, productivity, and continuous improvement.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • BS degree in Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Solid planning, leadership, and administrative skills.
  • Proven experience process improvement and project management skills.


  • Proven record of identifying opportunities and the ability to recommend and implement improvements.
  • Must be a leader with exceptional communication skills, good organization, and the ability to communicate with all levels of the organization.
  • 3-5 years previous environmental experience in heavy industry manufacturing with paper manufacturing experience preferred, with 2-3 years project management experience.
  • Sap experience preferred.
  • Critical thinker, with excellent analytical abilities.
  • Design skills, presenting technical information, equipment maintenance.
  • Quality focus, general consulting skills, production planning, technical acumen.
  • Ability to manage multiple, complex tasks and deal easily with pressure on a day in and day out basis.
  • Ability to motivate, communicate and drive continuous improvement.
  • Good attention to details with the ability to manage the big picture to and deliver projects on budget and according to critical path.
  • Strong interpersonal communications such as recommending, directing, and influencing.
  • Troubleshooting and Problem-solving skills



  • Growth Mindset in Developing Talent and Teams and Continuous Improvement
  • Leadership Mindset in Enabling Performance and Engaging Employees
  • Strategic Mindset in delivering a High-Performance Organization
  • Integrity & Trust
  • Action Orientation
  • Problem Solving Acumen
  • Priority Setting
  • Conflict Management
  • Organizing
  • Motivating Others
  • Timely Decision Making
  • Decision Quality

Nearest Major Market: Waco