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Project Engineer

Country:  United States
Country/Region:  Un
City:  Cloquet


Career Opportunity


Sappi North America is a division of Sappi Limited, a global company headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, with manufacturing operations on four continents in nine countries with sales offices in 50 countries. The Cloquet Mill, located on the banks of the St. Louis River, produces some of the highest quality heavyweight web and sheet fed products in the world.  The original mill opened in 1898 and has undergone a variety of changes and improvements over the years, most-recently (2013) to convert the pulp mill into a producer of Verve, a dissolving wood pulp used primarily for the textile markets. With the conversion, the pulp mill is now able to swing between dissolving wood pulp and Kraft pulp based on market needs.  With a focus on responsible and sustainable operations, the Cloquet Mill is focused on energy savings improvements which have led to local, state, and national environmental recognition.


Position (job title):  Project Engineer 

Department:  Engineering 

Work Site:  Mill Cloquet 


This position will provide Project Engineering support for the Cloquet Mill.   Main duties include engineering and managing capital projects from scoping through successful start-up.  Work will consist of managing designers, vendors, consultants, and contractors as required to complete projects in a safe, cost competitive, and timely manner.  Occasional maintenance technical support will also be required.



  • Manage capital projects through all phases including pre-feasibility study, conceptual design, execution planning, detailed engineering, procurement, construction, commissioning, optimization, and close-out.
  • Develop scope of work, schedules, and estimates for capital projects as required for budgeting
  • Provide technical engineering and project management oversight for the design, installation, and maintenance of plant systems.
  • Assist with troubleshooting related to operations and maintenance
  • Work within multiple project timelines
  • Make safety a priority in all aspects of the job – from personal safety, managing vendors and contractors, and ensuring project are installed and implemented with proper safety reviews and considerations.


Experience and education requirements / preferences:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in mechanical or electrical engineering, or equivalent.
  • A minimum of 1 year related experience; industrial project management experience is preferred.
  • Experience in applying leadership and team skills.
  • A working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Project), SAP, and AutoCAD
  • Experience with problem solving and decision-making techniques (ie. Kepner Tregoe, six Sigma, etc)
  • Perform root cause analysis and work with operations and maintenance to resolve repetitive issues and increase quality and productivity
  • Proficiency in the development and management of long-term plans and budgets, project management, and the reconciliation of actual expenditures to budget
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills and interpersonal skills are required.
  • Electrical Engineer: power system distribution and generation, relaying, DCS, PLC, maintenance
  • Mechanical Engineer:  piping design, process design, HVAC, ASME, and maintenance


Salary is determined by a number of factors including the value of the job to the organization, market forces, internal equity and skills brought to the job.


Sappi provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Sappi complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

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