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Process Engineer Co-Op - Steam and Recovery

Posting ID:     17861
Position Type:    Co-op 
City:   Prince George, BC, Canada 
Location:   Northwood Pulp (BC18) 


Who We Are:


At Canfor, we know wood-based products can build a better world, whether it’s a component in your smartphone or skyscrapers built from wood. We founded our entire company on that idea. Because, we know that wood-based products are sustainable and the opportunities to innovative have only just begun.


We know when managed responsibly, the forest is everlasting and Canfor is committed to using virtually 100% of every tree for lumber, pulp, paper, and renewable energy—so nothing goes to waste.


You can find Canfor products in every corner of the globe. We’re especially excited by the innovative ways some of our customers are using our products. We know that the work we all do at Canfor today will shape what the world looks like tomorrow. Whether that means building a house or a skyscraper, using paper instead of plastic or learning something new from a colleague down the hall or around the globe. We know not everyone thinks about their impact on the world but at Canfor, we do.


The Opportunity:
Canfor is currently seeking a motivated and talent student to join our team as a Process Engineer Co-op at our pulp operations.

The Role:
In this role, the successful candidate will work on site at our pulpmill location primarily under the direction of a Process Engineer or Process Specialist. Responsibilities of this role will include:

  • Process testing crosschecks, these include: K#, consistency, residual, brightness, etc.
  • Process performance monitoring, this includes a series of sampling and testing of non-routine locations for the purpose of evaluating efficiency or performance issues. i.e. Tertiary chip screen reject testing, washer and wash press efficiency testing, brown stock soda profile testing, etc.
  • Calibration of new process testing equipment. Pulpeye – kappa, freeness, brightness calibration. Sampling the chip belts, sending out samples and coordinating with FP Innovations for calibration new chip analyzers.
  • Developing a K number to Kappa number relationship for our pulp.
  • Helping with various sample collection and analysis as required.
  • Helping with data collection and analysis as required.

Upcoming and ongoing projects that the co-op student will assist the area engineers with:

  • Continue to work with the Pulpeye calibration and optimization
  • Help with the statistical analysis / modeling work on the optical fiber properties being generated by the Pulpeye
  • Continued Kappa and K number work
  • Brownstock soda profile testing for optimization and advanced justification work
  • Ongoing testing crosschecks
  • Other help as needed

It is our intention to provide the student with an opportunity to become familiar with the Kraft pulp process and to utilize the theoretical knowledge of engineering principles in a work situation.

The student engineer will work independently and as a team member with the opportunity for input from a variety of resources including experienced Professional Engineers, mill operators and Maintenance personnel. The successful applicants will gain practical experience in various aspects of Chemical Engineering.


The Candidate:

  • Minimum two years completed in a Chemical Engineering or Chemistry Program or Mechanical Engineering.
  • Strong PC skills required.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Previous Pulpmill experience or other industrial experience an asset.
  • Able to work with minimal supervision.

The Incentive

  • Competitive salary
  • Benefits package includes core medical coverage.
  • If applicable, Co-op fees will be paid for by Canfor

Hiring for this position is ongoing and will be filled as required. To be considered for this position, please apply today.

In order to be eligible for this position, you must be legally entitled to work in Canada for our Company.

There has never been a better time to join the Canfor team and become part of the modern forest industry. We have a wide range of rewarding careers in some of the best communities in North America, with plenty of room for advancement. Our mills are modern, high-tech and safe; and our marketing and sales activities are world-class. We offer competitive compensation and benefits packages, and are committed to the professional development of our employees.

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Prince George, BC

Known as BC’s Northern Capital, Prince George is city that offers big city comfort and convenience, but small town serenity and sensibilities. As the largest city in northern BC, Prince George is a hub of industry, offering numerous employment opportunities and is home to the University of Northern British Columbia. This region’s temperate climate creates a lush environment of emerald-green forests and ample opportunities for outdoor activity. For more information, visit

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