Associate Project Engineer

Job Summary

The Associate Project Engineer manages engineering projects from conception, design, procurement, installation, and follow-up. They will oversee the maintenance of mechanical plant utilities. 


CalPortland is proud to offer a comprehensive, competitive benefits package that provides health and financial support to our most important resources: our employees. Your benefits are an important part of your overall compensation at CalPortland. That’s why we give you a wide range of benefits to choose from. 

  • Medical, Dental, Vision 
    • low-cost premiums even for family coverage
  • Company-paid life/AD&D insurance
  • Company-paid short-term disability
  • Paid sick/vacation/holiday
  • 401k/Company Funded Pension Program (program is dependent upon location and job type)
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Additional voluntary benefits 



  • Assists in preparing and implementing the capital budget including justifications, conceptual design, estimating, scope, etc.  
  • Helps Plant Engineer with CAR submittal to the CAPEX portals
  • Use CAD software (AUTOCAD, SOLIDWORKS) to develop designs and implement feedback from management
  • Manages assigned projects including concept design, sketches or draws layouts and general arrangements; Supervises and checks detailing, researches and specifies equipment and components, writes specifications/contracts/requisitions, solicits bids, and makes recommendations to Purchasing 
  • Supervises and coordinates installation and/or start-up; Instructs personnel on operation and maintenance of new equipment, setting up files and spare parts, and controlling budgeted expenditures; rotational shifts might be required during project installation and/or startups
  • Supports local plant in technical matters as assigned, including equipment troubleshooting, critical path scheduling, material selections, strength, mathematical calculations, etc. 
  • Maintains plant water and gas utility
  • Writes technical reports as required
  • Maintains records and assists with presentations
  • Performs any special assignments or duties as directed
  • Interprets regulations as needed, including OSHA, MSHA, UPC, UBC, NFPA, NEC, and others 
  • Inspects inventory and reordering materials and technical components
  • Analyzes operations and offers suggestions for improvement


Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, or similar field is required 


  • A valid driver's license
  • Excellent attention to detail and organizational skills
  • Strong customer service skills and time management
  • Ability to quickly assess engineering problems and research/offer solutions
  • General Microsoft Office software skills
  • AutoCAD experience
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to multi-task and work under pressure


  • One to three years of experience in heavy industrial engineering or a manufacturing setting
  • Knowledge of safety, environmental, and building regulations; knowledge of construction materials processes, equipment, and application
  • Familiarity with the SAP operating system

Conditions of Employment

Successful candidate must submit to a post-offer pre-employment physical examination, drug/alcohol screen, and background check. Some positions require Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) registration/clearance as well as ongoing alcohol and drug testing.


Mojave, CA, US, 93501

Job Req ID:  12075
Job Type:  Salaried

Nearest Major Market: Bakersfield

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