Co-op Chemical Process Engineer

Counce, TN

Req #6653
Posted: 06/22/22

As a Fortune 500 company, Packaging Corporation of America (PCA) is an ideas and solutions company.  Our corrugated packaging business seeks to be the leader in helping our customers — large and small — package, transport and display products of all kinds.  Our white paper business delivers Paper With Purpose by providing the highest level of customer service and operational excellence.  We have approximately 15,000 team members in more than 100 locations in the United States that strive to meet the local needs of our customers.  Our mission is to serve the needs of our customers, today and tomorrow, with products and services that exceed expectations for performance and environmental responsibility.

People • Customers • Trust

ChE Process Co-Ops: As a co-op, you will be immersed in a high-energy, innovative culture – doing meaningful work, managing projects, and making decisions from the moment you walk into the Mill.  Your daily interactions with PCA personnel in Technical and Operations will sharpen your communication skills and strengthen your leadership qualities.

You will have a real impact on the overall process.  As you learn about the department’s process, you will use data collection, experimentation, and chemical analysis to troubleshoot and solve actual problems associated with your projects.  You will also realize the importance of coordination and teamwork between the departments.  In each department, you will take responsibilities to ensure the quality of the process, the efficiency of production and the reliability of the equipment in three areas.:

– The Pulp department is in charge of digesting the wood, recovering the byproducts and producing the necessary chemicals to make linerboard.

– Utilities department concentrates and combusts the byproducts of the Pulp mill to recover chemicals and provide steam, water, and energy to the mill. PCA currently produces over 70% of our energy consumed.

– The Paper department manages the production, grade, and quality of the linerboard which is the end product at the Counce Mill.


Basic Qualifications:

Must be currently enrolled at Auburn University, Mississippi State University, The University of Mississippi, University of Alabama, University of Maine, University of North Carolina State, University of Miami Ohio, University of Tennessee, Tennessee Technology University, University of North Alabama, University of Memphis  majoring in Chemical Engineering or a related field and have completed the freshman year.  A minimum grade point average of 3.0/4.0 is required and must be a permanent U.S. resident.  

All qualified applicants must apply at to be considered.

PCA is an Equal Opportunity Employer – Veterans/Disabled and other protected categories.