Project Engineer - Summer Internship - (PLC/Automation)

Job Locations US-IL-Rochelle
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About Us



Do you want to work for a stable, growing organization that reaches back more than 130 years?  Our steel tube and pipe products have helped build landmarks and buildings in North America; Come build your career at Zekelman Industries! 

Job Description

Wheatland Tube, a division of Zekelman, is seeking a Project Engineer Intern located at our facility in Rochelle, IL.  Reporting to the VP of Engineering and Technology, this position will be hands-on, and the candidate selected will have the opportunity to work in our new facility with one of the worlds most advanced steel mills. The intern will learn the essential duties of PLC Engineering and Robotics.



  • Travel maybe required
  • Responsible for new/existing projects, including working closely with integrators/contractors/vendors
  • Assist with designs and engineering solutions for the projects assigned
  • Work closely in identifying and resolving problems involving equipment at the facility
  • Work with programming and troubleshooting PLCs and Robotics. Specifically: Allen Bradley; Siemens; and Fanuc
  • Read and understand electrical prints and ladder logic
  • Evaluate manufacturing processes to improve product quality, process efficiencies and machine reliability
  • Research and identify robotics technology for use on the plant floor
  • Provide technical assistance and troubleshooting for robotics
  • Assist in develop new control systems and modify existing systems
  • Work with plant production to evaluate areas for process improvement and then oversee improvement from concept to implementation
  • Troubleshoot equipment problems; identify need for new equipment and/or modifications to existing equipment to optimize performance and reliability
  • Maintain records of all plant equipment and their modifications, updating files and AutoCAD drawings to ensure accurate information is on file
  • Analyze data and present findings in written report form
  • Research new technologies and investigate their integration into plant applications
  • Other duties as assigned




  • High School diploma or equivalent
  • Current College student pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or related field (Mechanical, Electrical, Robotics, Mechatronics)
  • A strong team player is necessary with the ability to coordinate efforts of many individuals internal and external to the organization
  • Sound decision making ability, computational, and analytical skills
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of all aspects of job responsibilities
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Proficient in MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

Zekelman Industries offers competitive compensation and excellent benefits, including low-cost, high-quality medical and dental benefits.  In addition, we have an amazing tuition assistance program, a bonus plan, a 401(k) plan with a generous company match, immediate vesting, and much more.


We are Zekelman Industries.


We manufacture superior quality tubular and related products, and provide outstanding service for our valued customers.

We seek to continuously advance the skills and opportunities of our employees, utilizing the latest technology and management tools available to consistently increase profitability and the enterprise value of Zekelman Industries and of our customers.


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