Internship - Chemical Air Engineer

Job location:
Sylacauga, Alabama, USA
Created moment:
March 6, 2024
Job reference:
REQ - 07976

The Company

The world’s leading supplier of mineral-based specialty solutions for industry with 14,000 employees, operations in more than 40 countries, and €4.3 billion in revenue in 2022.
Imerys delivers high-value-added, functional solutions to a great number of sectors, from processing industries to consumer goods. The Group draws on its understanding of applications, technological knowledge and expertise in material science to deliver solutions by beneficiating its mineral resources, synthetic minerals and formulations. Imerys’ solutions contribute essential properties to customers’ products and their performance, including heat resistance, hardness, conductivity, opacity, durability, purity, lightness, filtration, absorption and water repellency. Imerys is determined to develop responsibly, in particular by fostering the emergence of environmentally-friendly products and processes.
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The Position

Internship - Chemical Air Engineer

Job Summary

Chemical Engineer Intern 

Project Name: Compressed Air Reduction and Usage Inventory

Project Duration: 3months 

Paid Internship: The pay rate for this internship is commensurate with the candidate's years of schooling and major. The pay scale is between $15 - $26 per hour.


  • Chemical Engineer Degree preferred

  • Coursework Prerequisites: Must be Junior/Senior by coursework, having taken Transport I/II.

Location: Sylacauga, Alabama


Identify and collect details of Major Compressed Air Usage Points along with identifying leaks as well as air usage reduction ideas to drive energy usage reduction.


Lead the development and initial implementation of a Plant-wide Compressed Air Network Strategy: 

The project steps will include:

  • Mapping the existing compressed air network

  • Identifying areas for improved or reduced air usage due to inappropriate use and poor practices

  • Define plant air network design standards to holistically manage air consumption

  • Developing a program to maintain plant air network standard

  • Identifying key branch locations to isolate/monitor plant consumption

  • Modeling compressed air network using modern flow analysis software

  • Identify response plans for plant shutdowns to reduce air consumption.

  • Produce an actionable strategy for other plants to implement similar best practices

  • Setup key compressed air flow meter

  • Define and execute a plan to improve dust collector efficiency and air usage.


Following the internship, the successful intern will be able to apply their skills and knowledge to solve practical operational issues encountered in implementing a strategic team objective involving multiple departments across various levels of leadership.  

They will:

  • Understand the functionality and key attributes of major consumption equipment (what the equipment does and how)

  • Understand common issues that can cause excessive or poor utility consumption

  • Apply advanced engineering techniques to identify non-obvious problem areas

  • Incorporate new or modified activities into existing management systems to maintain the compressed air network.

What we offer you:

  • Responsibilities as of Day 1 – you will feel the ownership of your project from the beginning, and you will be given specific projects and responsibilities

  • Continuous coaching & mentoring– We'll help you work with passionate people and also receive both formal training and mentoring from your manager

  • Visibility of Senior Leaders

  • Dynamic and respectful work environment – employees are at the core; we value every individual and encourage initiatives promoting agility and work/life balance

  • Priority in the selection process for Imerys Full-time positions – upon successful completion of your Co-Op and university graduation, you will be given priority in hiring into full-time positions

Intern/Co-Op details:

  • We provide relocation support to get you where we need you.

  • We offer competitive wages

  • We are an equal-opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. 

Position Type

Full time


Intern (Fixed Term)

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To ensure fairness and legal compliance in our recruitment processes, only applications received through the online application process will be considered. 

IMERYS is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer and it is our policy to not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or any other status protected by federal, state or local laws.