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Controls Engineering Co-Op (Fall 2023)

Posted Date:  May 2, 2023
Requisition Number:  118308

Location: Stuarts Draft, VA

Duration:  Fall 2023 (Full Time Co-Op June- December 2023 with possible additional 6 month rotations)



This Controls Engineering Co-Op has the potential for the selected candidate to work 3 consecutive rotations within the Controls Engineering department depending on your availability.


The available Co-op position would have the opportunity to begin in the Spring 2023. Successive rotations would then follow school schedule for co-op experience.




This position may include but is not limited to the following:


Project Work:  Under the guidance of the controls engineer, the intern may be involved in project work which may include electrical design, equipment/instrument installation, equipment/instrument checkout, project startups and maintenance troubleshooting and support.


Intern Project:  Working on their own assigned project.  Projects may involve developing electrical elementary drawings, writing program logic controller (PLC) programs, Human Machine Interface (HMI) screen development.  Project work may also include observing existing plant processes, making recommendations, setting up a test design and working with plant operators and supervisors to troubleshoot existing systems.  Researching new technologies to implement in production environments.


Other:  The student intern may also gain experience in talking to vendors, equipment/instrument selection, equipment/instrument set up and training of manufacturing personnel.  The intern may also work with process engineering, packaging engineering, quality assurance, industrial engineering and other Hershey personnel.



Major:  Sophomore or junior working toward a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering or Electrical Engineering Technology with a minimum GPA of 3.0/4.0.


Coursework:  The candidate must have completed the basic or introductory courses in the following areas:

  • Electrical Theory
  • Electronics
  • Electrical Design


Coursework or experience in the following areas is not necessary but would be a plus:

  • Networking
  • SCADA Systems
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) Programming - Ladder Logic, Function Blocks, Structured Text
  • Human Machine Interface (HMI) Development – Using Visualization Software
  • Food Processing or Manufacturing


Candidate must have a valid driver’s license.


This position may involve international travel.


Technical Skills:  Ability to use basic electrical instruments such as digital multimeter, current probes and signal calibrators. The successful candidate must also have basic electrical troubleshooting experience.


Personal Skills:  The successful candidate works well with others, is organized, takes initiative, is dependable, has common sense and is flexible and willing to travel.

Nearest Major Market: Charlottesville
Nearest Secondary Market: Virginia

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