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Position Title: Engineering Intern - Appleton, Wisconsin - May 2024 

Position Type: Temporary - Full-Time ​

Position Location: Plover 

Requisition ID: 24955 



Potatoes. French Fries. Taters. You love them, we make them. In fact, we make 1/3 of the world’s frozen potato products and if you have eaten fries this week, chances are, they were ours. Or if you prefer the other side of the menu, we make most of the onion rings, mozzarella sticks, and other fried foods that people enjoy when they are together.


At McCain Foods, we know the importance that food plays in people's lives - the power it has to uplift and bring people, families, businesses and communities together. Guided by our purpose to bring enjoyment to people's lives through great tasting food, we believe that working together with our teams, business and community partners will bring sustainable growth and positive change - today, tomorrow and for generations to come.


As a privately owned family company with over 60 years of experience, a presence in over 160 countries and a global team of 22,000 people, our values and culture are at the heart of everything we do.


Students like you are important to us.  We aim to hire the best and brightest co-op students and interns, with the goal of having you join us as full-time employees upon graduation.  Our ideal student candidate is passionate, collaborative, willing to learn and take initiative.


Why Join the McCain family?

  •  You aren’t “just a student” at McCain, you will be treated like any other member of your team
  • Work with and learn from passionate leaders
  • Our core values – Family, Authentic, Trusted and Quality – shine through every day, in everything we do
  • Your experience at McCain is what you make of it – ask questions, network, take advantage of the opportunity to learn from our professionals


Position Summary

 We are looking for an Engineering Intern to join us for a 4-month period, starting in May 2024.


This position will be based out of our Appleton, WI office.


In this position, you will take your current skills and your ability to learn from the classroom in order to solve problems with McCain’s Appetizer Engineering group. Like our full time engineers, you will be expected to be resourceful and self-sufficient as you support our five appetizer plants and our major initiatives.


The Team
The Apps Engineering team consists of ten individuals reporting to the Director of Apps Engineering. We have a variety of backgrounds from multiple engineering fields and a wide range of developmental backgrounds. We support engineering efforts in five plants across North America building and executing capital projects, testing new technology, and finding ways to reduce our impact on the environment.


What You Will Be Working On

 Like our corporate engineers, your work can be very fluid and may change depending on current needs. Examples of what you could be working on include:

  •  Safety walks/observations
  • I/O checkouts & commissioning
  • Field verification of drawings
  • Deficiency list management
  • Parts management and distribution
  • Training coordination and documentation
  • Asset, BOM, and PM route creation
  • Warehouse and process data system construction
  • Assist with project implementation/commissioning
  • Identifying process inefficiency & creating solutions
  • Procurement document creation


What You Will Learn

  •  Safe working practices for manufacturing environments and construction sites
  • Requirements and practices of food manufacturing
  • Time and resource management
  • Relationship building
  • Cross function teamwork
  • McCain’s culture and commitment to improvement  


What You Need to be Successful

  •  Safety focused with the courage to question practices to keep self and others safe
  • Pursuing Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or related discipline, preferably Sophomore or Junior standing
  • Must have exceptional analytical skills and be able to work with complex data
  • Detail oriented with the ability to work with speed and accuracy
  • Must be a self-motivated, analytical and independent thinker.
  • Results focused.  Bias towards action, able to synthesize multiple pieces of information and act decisively
  • Effective communication skills (both oral and written).
  • Excellent problem solving, organization and planning skills.
  • High proficiency in tools used for data analysis such as Excel is a must; AutoCAD is a plus
  • Car travel within Wisconsin may be required. The Engineering intern is expected to provide their own car


What You Can Expect From Us

  •  A supportive team that will encourage you to be and do your best
  • A safe and flexible working environment that promotes work/life balance
  • The opportunity to be part of meaningful work and projects
  • The opportunity to be part of our student community, to connect with students across North America


McCain Foods is an equal opportunity employer. We see value in ensuring we have a diverse, antiracist, inclusive, merit-based, and equitable workplace.  As a global family-owned company we are proud to reflect the diverse communities around the world in which we live and work. We recognize that diversity drives our creativity, resilience, and success and makes our business stronger. 
McCain is an accessible employer. If you require an accommodation throughout the recruitment process (including alternate formats of materials or accessible meeting rooms), please let us know and we will work with you to meet your needs.
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Job Family: Student & Graduates; Engineering & Technical      
Division: NA Operations 
Department: ​Maintenance West ​
Location(s): US - United States of America : Wisconsin : Plover 

Company: McCain Foods USA, Inc. 

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