2020 Summer Intern Program - Engineering

  • Koch Industries
  • Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA
  • Sep 03, 2019
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Based in Wichita, Kansas, Koch Industries, Inc. is one of the largest private companies in America, with estimated annual revenues as high as $110 billion, according to Forbes. It owns a diverse group of companies involved in refining, chemicals, and biofuels; forest and consumer products; fertilizers; polymers and fibers; process and pollution control systems; electronics, software and data analytics; minerals; glass; automotive components; ranching; commodity trading; and investments. 

Since 2003, Koch companies have invested nearly $105 billion in growth and improvements. With a presence in 60 countries, Koch companies employ nearly 130,000 people worldwide, with about 67,000 of those in the United States. From January 2009 to present, Koch companies have earned more than 1,300 awards for safety, environmental excellence, community stewardship, innovation, and customer service. 

Koch Companies have positions available Nationwide.

A Day In The Life May Include: 


  • Manage electrical capital projects through budgets, schedule and execution
  • Identify, review, create, and implement procedures and maintenance plans for medium and low voltage electrical equipment including cables, 480V switch gear, electrical breakers, back-up power supplies, and electrical motors
  • Identify electrical upgrade needs to be compliant with current electrical codes
  • Work with project managers, design contractors, and vendors to develop scopes of work and support capital projects
  • Assist operators, mechanics, and engineers in troubleshooting equipment failures
  • Participate in root cause analysis to evaluate causes of equipment failures
  • Provide electrical support during planned plant outages

Instrumentation and Controls

  • Understand key performance metrics for instrumentation that drives instrument reliability to optimize product quality and yield.
  • Assist in designing and evaluating instrumentation and safety systems for reliable and safe operations that is in accord with applicable codes and standards such as (ISA 84, NFPA 70E, National Electrical Code)
  • Work closely with project managers, design engineers, and instrument vendors to develop scope of work for instrumentation and process control
  • Support plants with the installation and maintenance of instrumentation during plant shutdowns
  • Participate with Root Cause Analysis teams to identify and eliminate instrumentation that impacts plant and instrument reliability
  • Drive safety and compliance through the standardization of instrument calibration and maintenance
  • Improve operation of process control through managing local controllers and process control tuning

Power Distribution

  • Participate in hazardous area classification study for project; ensures study results are available, current, and consistent across business
  • Protective relay coordination, arc flash study/labels, and installed electrical equipment for proper classification use
  • Participate in implementation of assigned electrical projects
  • Participate in recovery response to unplanned outages of electrical systems
  • Leads planning and execution of offline electrical testing
  • Participate in root cause failure analysis on electrical failures; shares feedback across business


  • Actively involved in the day to day operation of a process unit, troubleshooting and incident investigations
  • Monitor and assist plant leadership in management of chemical process plant operations to improve reliability, efficiency and capacity while ensuring compliance with standards and regulations associated with site operations
  • Optimize availability and utilization of process equipment at lowest life cycle cost
  • Support the design and implementation of capital projects
  • Participates in root cause failure analysis of operating problems

Project Management

  • Lead and direct projects and coordinate key functions with internal and external technical resources to meet all project requirements for safety, budget, schedule, functionality and quality; meeting or exceeding company and industry standards and expectations.
  • Develop and implement definitive project plans which include risk assessed cost estimates, engineering design, contracting strategies, fabrication and construction, quality assurance, pre-commissioning and commissioning, and project closure to complete projects safely, on time, on budget and with satisfactory quality and functionality.
  • Additional responsibilities include project reporting and cost tracking / forecasting in conjunction with project controls and reporting to senior management


  • Focus on projects related to design, construction, maintenance, reliability, and integrity of facilities, including project management
  • Assist in all phases of reliability engineering, including mechanical engineering support to production and auxiliary equipment
  • Participate in equipment design, installation and evaluation, as well as support ongoing group activities
  • Monitor performance and execute daily projects to optimize the availability and utilization of process equipment at the lowest life cycle cost
  • Provide technical support on process machinery, including compressors (centrifugal, reciprocating and rotary), steam turbines, pumps (centrifugal, positive displacement)
  • Participate in root cause analysis

The Koch internship program is an in-depth experience, placing interns in a challenging and meaningful work environment that includes value-added project involvement, professional mentoring, and capability based competitions. Interns also enjoy a variety of social events and community volunteerism opportunities scheduled throughout the summer to facilitate networking and lasting career connections.

What You Will Need (Requirements):

  • Will have completed a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Engineering on or before summer 2021
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Some sites have certain physical requirements including but not limited to:
    • Performing physically demanding tasks repetitively for extended periods of time (i.e., lifting, walking, climbing, stooping, standing, pushing and/or pulling)
    • Wearing necessary Personal Protection Equipment (i.e., hard hats, safety glasses, face shield, chemical suit, respirator, ear plugs, hearing protection, steel-toe boots or safety shoes)
  • This role is not eligible for work visa sponsorship

What Will Put You Ahead (Preferences):

  • Pursuing a degree in Chemical, Electrical, or Mechanical engineering

Experience level of the applicant we want

Undergraduate, College / Sixth form, High School