Millar Western Forest Products Ltd.’s Whitecourt Pulp Division, in Whitecourt, Alberta, is currently offering an 8-12 month co-op work-term position. This position will support the mill’s Engineering team, providing technical engineering skills and course knowledge. This position is expected to begin in May or September 2023.


Working under the direction of a supervising engineer, the co-op student will:

  • provide engineering support to maintenance operations;
  • review, recommend, estimate and design modifications/solutions to meet plant requirements and needs;
  • oversee the execution, implementation and closure of projects using management of change (MOC) process;
  • complete level appropriate engineering studies and calculations; and
  • review and update engineering documentation such as P&ID’s, Isometrics and Equipment Files.

Independence to Act and Decision Making:

The co-op student will:

  • work under the direction of a professional engineer who will be responsible for work completed; and
  • complete basic technical reports and analyses, applying engineering program/studies subject matter knowledge, within prescribed processes and/or as directed.

 Working Conditions:

  • This position will be mentally challenging with considerable variety in task and responsibility
  • While not physically demanding, work duties require some field time in an operating unit and, at times, will require climbing of stairs, ladders and navigating plant operational areas
  • The co-op student will operation primarily in an office/plant environment with no anticipated travel

Job Requirements:

  • This position requires the ability to provide creative, well-considered solutions to challenges
  • Eligible applicants must be working toward a BSc in Mechanical/Structural Engineering and will have completed second/third year studies
  • Applicants must be mechanically inclined and willing to take on new challenges
  • Physical ability to navigate a multi-storey mill environment, sit for long periods of time, and perform many duties
  • Experience working with MS Office suite of applications

Preferred Qualifications:

Preference for students who:

  • are advancing to their third or forth year mechanical or structural engineering studies upon completion of the co-op term
  • possess excellent interpersonal, communication, planning, problem solving, and organizational skills
  • are able to organize, coordinate and accomplish multiple tasks

Additional considerations:

  • working knowledge of AutoCAD 3D will be an advantage
  • basic knowledge in P&ID use and interpretation, piping flow and hydraulic calculations, pressure relief valve codes and standards, control valve design, pipe-sizing and piping design and simple instrumentation and control loop will be considered an asset

Co-op term position – Mechanical/Structural Engineering – Millar Western