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Engineering Intern

Location: Boardman, OR, United States

Job Function: Operations

Req Number: 487

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We are a global leader in food & beverage ingredients. Pioneers at heart, we operate at the forefront of consumer trends to provide food & beverage manufacturers with products and ingredients that will delight their consumers. Making a positive impact on people and planet is all part of the delight. With a deep-rooted presence in the countries where our ingredients are grown, we are closer to farmers, enabling better quality, and more reliable, traceable, and transparent supply. Supplying products and ingredients on a scale is just the start. We add value through our unique, complementary portfolio of natural, delicious, and nutritious products. With our fresh thinking, we help our customers unleash the sensory and functional attributes of cocoa, coffee, dairy, nuts, and spices so they can create naturally good food & beverage products that meet consumer expectations. And whoever we’re with, whatever we’re doing, we always make it real. 
Position Summary
OFI’s internship program is a great way to gain the relevant experience needed to jump start your career. Here at OFI this role will work closely with exceptional talent building on OFI’s purpose to “Be the Change for Good Food and a Healthy Future”.  As part of the program, you will have opportunities to learn and contribute to what’s on trend in food & beverage, build a robust network, demonstrate leadership skills, and have some fun.
As a 2024 summer intern, you will have an opportunity to lead and contribute to critical work for the business.
Reporting to the Director of Engineering, the NA Operations Intern will learn about the spice industry including spice processing, food safety, and product development work. They will acquire this knowledge by supporting the Innovation Team while completing an estimated 10-12-week summer project. The project will focus on process engineering, and application development.
This intern will present their findings to the Innovation Team and the Summer 2024 Intern Cohort at the completion of the internship.   
The ideal candidate will be a self-starter with a high level of curiosity, initiative, and resourcefulness.  They should work well within a team and be open to direction and feedback. Ability to work effectively while ensuring attention to detail and deliverables are met will be required for successful completion of this internship.
Position Responsibilities
  • Conduct an independent research project in an area of agreed upon mutual interest – proposal, execution and written and oral presentation at conclusion of internship.
  • Work with and learn from the Operations, Innovation, Sales, and Marketing team on the production process and the end-to-end manufacturing process for Dehy Spices -based applications.
  • Assist in evaluation of process flows and identifying line losses with mitigation resolutions.
  • Record and document plant trials, scale-up/manufacturing trials and the development of specification and other technical documentation.
  • Learn how to manage contractors on the job site to adhere to project timelines.
  • Conduct research on technology trends and present updates bi-weekly.
  • Conduct equipment utility usage reports.
  • Identify water, steam, compressed air losses and work with maintenance/contractors to mitigate.
  • Assist the Operations team members with internal projects.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
Position Requirements  
  • Current academic standing of a Junior or Senior at an accredited college or university and working toward a bachelor’s degree in food science, Agriculture, Mechanical or Electrical Engineering, or related field is required.  Will also consider those working towards an M.S., or Ph.D. degree in similar degreed.  
  • Grade point average overall minimum of 3.0/4.0 and 3.25 within major
  • A firm knowledge of engineering, chemistry or biology with the ability to apply this knowledge to food systems is required.
  • The ability to work effectively within a fast-paced environment is required.
  • Proven record of being a self-starter with a high degree of curiosity, initiative, and resourcefulness is required.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, including Excel, Word, and Outlook, CAD is a plus
  • Able to work both independently and as part of a team is required.
  • The ability to effectively utilize problem-solving skills is required.
  • Interest in product / process development, food manufacturing.
  • Experience working in a laboratory environment.
  • Ability to perform data analysis.
  • Prior exposure to and/or familiarity with food science and processing concepts
Note: This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive. Employees may perform other related duties as negotiated to meet the ongoing needs of the organization. 
OFI provides equality of opportunity for all persons with respect to hiring without discrimination on the grounds of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, age, disability, veteran status, or sexual orientation. All employment will be decided based on qualifications, merit, and business need. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, you may contact us for support at: [email protected]