Process Engineer Co-Op

Tomahawk, WI

Req #9214
Posted: 02/02/24

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

PCA is seeking Process Engineer Co-op positions at our mill in Tomahawk, WI for the Summer/Fall 2024 term.


As a Process Engineer Co-Op, you will complete project work under the direction of a Process Engineer. Co-Ops will support the various production departments (Pulp, Paper, Environmental, Utilities) in process optimization and engineering support, which may include but not limited to working on reducing operating costs, conducting data analysis, increasing production capacity and reducing process variability. This position also works closely with the Project Engineering and Process Control groups on new system design.


Typical activities include:

  • Reviewing existing data to see if more research and information needs to be collected
  • Designing, installing and commissioning new production equipment, monitoring, modifications and upgrades as well as troubleshooting existing processes
  • Assessing the safety and environmental impact of proposed projects
  • Managing costs and time constraints of projects
  • Selecting, managing and working with contractors
  • Working closely with Senior Engineers to monitor and improve the efficiency, capacity and safety of the mill
  • Collecting and interpreting data from other Technical and operating staff in the mill

Basic Qualifications:


Currently working towards a bachelor’s degree in Paper Science or Chemical Engineering.


Ability to build sound relationships with both internal and external customers.


Ability to exhibit excellent written, communication, analytical, organizational, and computer skills (Microsoft Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Word, AutoCAD and Project).


Capable of independently making sound decisions through creative problem-solving.


Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and handle multiple requests simultaneously.


Ability to read and understand technical correspondence, memos, instructions, and reports.


Must be authorized to work in the U.S.


Must possess a valid driver's license.



PCA Representatives will be at the following schools:


UW-Platteville Career Fair: Wednesday, February 7, 2024, 3:00pm-6:00pm and Thursday, February 8, 2024, 3:00pm-6:00pm. On-site interviews Thursday, February 8, 2024, and Friday, February 9, 2024.


Michigan Technological University Career Fair: Tuesday, February 13, 2024, 11:00am-4:00pm. On-site interviews Wednesday, February 14, 2024.


UW-Madison Engineering & STEM Fair: Tuesday, February 13, 2024, 11:00am-5:00pm. On-site interviews Wednesday, February 14, 2024.


University of Minnesota-Duluth STEM Fest: Thursday, February 15, 2024, 10:00am-2:00pm. On-site interviews Friday, February 16, 2024.

All qualified applicants must apply at to be considered.

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