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Mechanical Engineer Co-op/Intern

SSAB is one of the largest North American producers of steel plate and coil, serving many industrial markets including energy, construction, agriculture and transportation.  SSAB operates five state of the art facilities strategically located in key regions across the U.S. 
SSAB has nearly 1,200 highly skilled employees in the U.S.  Jobs at SSAB range from machine operators and sales people to advanced engineers and corporate professionals in HR, finance and more.  SSAB offers challenging careers and comprehensive benefit program designed to keep employees and their families healthy and secure.


The Mechanical Co-op (MCOP) will report directly to the Manager Facility Engineering.

The MCOP will work daily with Mechanical Engineers, Other Engineers, Designers, Drafting Personnel, Mechanical Planners, Plant Operators, and the Shift Mechanical Technicians as well as various contractors. The MCOP will be required to attend and adhere to all safety training classes, rules and regulations, and be part of the plant safety culture. The MCOP may be required to assist in facility and equipment designs and upgrades, maintenance outages, vacation coverage, and/or safety investigations as is deemed necessary.


  • Assist in updating existing facility, structural, mechanical, and electrical drawings.
  • Creation of designs and drawings for facility upgrades and retrofits.
  • Work with and provide basic support to the operators, maintenance planners, shift maintenance personnel, his/her peers, and various site contractors.
  • Assist in Mechanical Maintenance improvements and troubleshooting.
  • Assist in the improvement/selection of equipment.
  • Assist in the development and training of fellow Coop personnel.
  • Down Day Preventive Maintenance, Maintenance, and basic project supervision.

 Key Expected Results

  • Prove the ability to successful function as part of a team.
  • Prove that MCOP can work in a heavy industrial environment safely and proficiently.
  • Develop the necessary skills and thought processes an engineer needs to make a positive impact on the business
  • Prove the MCOP will develop into a proficient engineer.
  • Develop ability to troubleshoot and diagnose complicated equipment issues.
  • Learn to take a project from conceptual design through proof of concept, engineering, installation, commissioning and start up.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision.


Competencies and Experience Required:

  • The MCOP will be required to have completed at least two (2) years toward an engineering degree.
  • Familiarity with mechanical drawings: assemblies, details and bill of materials
  • Intermediate Microsoft Excel and Word skills
  • Excellent safety awareness
  • Dedicated and hard worker
  • Must be punctual
  • Team membership skills/goal oriented
  • Must be able to work flexible and demanding work schedules; the facility operates 24-7/365.
  • Able to learn, adapt, and change quickly
  • Mentally tough – work well in pressure situations
  • Able to meet high professional standards
  • Quality conscious
  • Good communicator – oral & written
  • Any knowledge or experience in the following areas is a plus:
  • Prior heavy industrial experience a plus, but is not mandatory
  • Machine and equipment design
  • Mechanical Maintenance
  • Hydraulic systems
  • Hydraulic schematics reading
  • Autodesk AutoCAD Mechanical and/or Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks
  • Maintenance Connection (Computerized maintenance management system)



  • Completion of at least two (2) years toward a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering


Position has no supervisory responsibilities


  • Position is full time, non-exempt, and is eligible for overtime


Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that may be required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.
SSAB's vision is a stronger, lighter and more sustainable world.
SSAB's values form the guiding principals of our company. 
They shape our culture and characteristics.  They serve as a compass for our actions and behavior, and describe what we stand for.  Values guide us daily in making the right choices and doing the right things.

SSAB's values are:

  • Driven - Together we create value
  • True - Do what is right
  • Ahead - Future in mind