Project Engineer Co-Op

Tomahawk, WI

Req #8712
Posted: 09/07/23

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 Project Engineer Co-Op positions at our mill in Tomahawk, WI for the 2024 Fall and/or Spring terms.

You will be immersed with a variety of Capital & Expense funded projects which involve meaningful work, project management, and decision making from the moment you walk into the Mill. Each semester will be a unique challenge due to mill outage timeframes, department shutdowns, and independent project schedules. You will learn the project management process listed below:

  • Project Initiation: define problem, scope, constraints, etc.
  • Project Planning: detail costs and schedule, submit for approval
  • Project Execution: manage material & labor contracts, oversee that construction meets project planning and is performed safely
  • Project Closure: monitor and document project details

Skills learned or improved are as follows: planning/estimating, introduction to engineering design, contractor field oversight, AutoCAD design, PCA specific programs for equipment/operational details, Microsoft Office, working with multi-discipline teams, etc.

Your daily interactions with PCA personnel in Engineering, Maintenance, and Operations will sharpen your communication skills and strengthen your leadership qualities.

The successful candidate will possess the following Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Ability to be able to work well under pressure and within time constraints, multi-task, and build sound relationships with both internal and external customers.
  • Ability to exhibit excellent communication, analytical, organizational, and computer skills.
  • Capable of independently making sound decisions through creative problem-solving, ambiguity, and change.
  • Ability to read and understand technical correspondence, memos, instructions, and reports.

Basic Qualifications:

Working towards Bachelor’s degree in Civil or Mechanical Engineering.

Experience using Microsoft Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Word, Auto Cad and Project.

Must be authorized to work in the U.S.

Must possess a valid driver's license.

Representatives will be at the following schools:

UW-Madison Engineering & STEM Fair: Tuesday, September 12, 2023 11:00am-5:00pm. On-site interviews Wednesday, September 13, 2023.

University of Minnesota-Duluth STEM Fest: Thursday, September 14, 2023 10:00am-2:00pm. On-site interviews Friday, September 15, 2023.

Michigan Technological University Career Fair: Tuesday, September 19, 2023 11:00am-4:00pm. On-site interviews Wednesday, September 20, 2023.

Western Michigan University Engineering Expo: Wednesday, September 20, 2023 1:00pm-4:30pm. On-site interviews Thursday, September 21, 2023.

UW-Stevens Point PS & ChE Career Fair: Tuesday, September 26, 2023 4:00pm-7:00pm. On-site interviews Wednesday, September 27, 2023.

UW-Platteville Career Fair: Tuesday, September 26, 2023 3:00pm-6:00pm and Wednesday, September 27, 2023 3:00pm-7:00pm. On-site interviews Wednesday, September 27, 2023 and Thursday, September 28, 2023.

All qualified applicants must apply at to be considered.

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