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Controls Engineer Intern

Location McPherson, Kansas Date posted 10/16/2021
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CHS Inc. is a leading global agribusiness owned by farmers, ranchers and cooperatives across the United States that provides grain, food and energy resources to businesses and consumers around the world.  We serve agriculture customers and consumers across the United States and around the world.  Most of our 10,000 employees are in the United States, but today we have employees in 19 countries. At CHS, we are creating connections to empower agriculture.


CHS has an exciting opportunity at our Oil Refinery facility in McPherson, Kansas. We are looking for a Controls Engineer Intern to provide technical support assistance to refinery Instrumentation & Controls Engineers for a variety of refinery units in order to achieve optimal performance while meeting company safety, environment, and economic guidelines. You must be detail oriented with excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.


You will:

  • Perform routine engineering calculations.
  • Identify and organize documentation associated with refinery electrical utilization and distribution systems.  This will primarily include searching equipment and project files for drawings and documentation associated with the electrical utilization equipment for various process units.  The drawings (one-lines, schematics, elevation drawings, etc.) and documents will then need to be field verified, revised appropriately, and stored in the refineries electronic filing systems including the computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) and drawing storage system.
  • Design motor feeder circuits including updated piping and instrument diagrams (P&IDs), an electrical area classification drawing, a plan drawing showing general conduit routes and equipment locations, a revised switch rack or motor control center elevation drawing, revised one-line diagrams, schematic drawings, and a revised conduit and cable list.
  • Design feeder circuits including updates of piping and instrument diagrams (P&IDs), a plan drawing showing general conduit routes and equipment locations, a revised switch rack or motor control center elevation drawing, a revised conduit and cable list, and an updated power panel  schedule.
  • Recognize and report and/or suggest recommendations regarding safety, health and environmental issues that impact operations and personnel.
  • Interpret instructions and apply learned engineering principles on assignments, complex features, and possible solutions.
  • Work on projects that may include: equipment design, testing of materials, preparation of specifications, process study, research investigations, report preparation, and other activities of limited scope requiring knowledge of principles and techniques in particular areas of assignments.

Minimum Qualifications (required)

  • Currently a Junior or Senior enrolled in an Electrical Engineering program at an ABET accredited four-year college/university
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office software
  • Must be able to work 40 hours per week
  • Ability to wear personal protective equipment, including respirators

Additional Qualifications

  • Previous internship experience in the petrochemical or refining industry
  • Completed core engineering courses such as Circuit Theory

CHS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Effective January 6, 2020, the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires employers to conduct a pre-employment verification full query against the newly established License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse prior to beginning employment in a position that requires a valid commercial driver’s license (CDL). Candidates seeking employment in a position that requires a commercial motor vehicle license must voluntarily enter their information into the FMCSA and must provide disclosure authorization, at the time of offer, to CHS or an authorized third-party agent of CHS to verify information.

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