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Mechanical Engineering Co-Op (Spring 2023)

Posted Date:  Sep 1, 2022
Requisition Number:  114285

Job Title: Mechanical Engineering Intern

Location: Hershey, PA

Duration: Spring 2023


This job opportunity is at the Reese Plant in Hershey, PA.  We are one of the world's largest chocolate manufacturing facilities and several of Hershey’s famous brands are manufactured within our plant.


In this co-op position, the student will be working in an industrial environment and is expected to assume a very "hands-on" role.  The intern will be given challenging, productive assignments similar to those of an entry-level, full-time engineer, allowing him/her to experience a sense of accomplishment and contribution.  Specific duties will mainly involve working with packaging equipment and will require the student to work directly with Production, Maintenance, Trades, Outside Contractors and Vendors, Engineering, Quality Assurance, and other support team members depending on the assignment.


Although Mechanical Engineering will be the focus, the student will also interact frequently with Chemical, Industrial, Electrical, and Controls Engineers.  This allows the intern to understand what role each engineering discipline plays in a manufacturing plant.  Many of the concepts that the intern learns in this position can be applied to other industries.



The student will work under the direct supervision and guidance of an experienced engineer and perform the same tasks.  Responsibilities will increase as appropriate as the intern term progresses.  Typical assignments are:

  1. Investigate and troubleshoot problems
  2. Design and optimize processes and equipment
  3. Develop scopes, functional specifications, and cost estimates
  4. Function as project manager by writing and implementing projects
  5. Purchase components and equipment
  6. Coordinate installation work and equipment startups


Required Skills/Experience:

  1. Verbal and written communication and interactive skills are critical in this assignment
  2. Proficiency with Microsoft Office software such as Word, Excel, etc.  Knowledge of AutoCAD is useful but not required.
  3. Must have completed sophomore year and have a minimum 2.8 GPA
  4. Preferred major is Mechanical Engineering
  5. Must have reliable transportation


Work Schedule:

Monday through Friday:  8:00am – 4:30pm

Nearest Major Market: Harrisburg

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