Renewable Energy Group Intern, Chemical Engineer in Ames, Iowa


The purpose of this position is to assistwith a variety of chemistry and engineering duties with a focus on supporting the production of biodiesel fuel and related co-products.


Technical Support

  • Provide technical and engineering support to the biodiesel plants

  • Obtain equipment specifications and price quotations for new or replacement equipment as needed

Research Function

  • Perform background research on projects using journals and online tools such as SciFinder

Analysis Function

  • Perform process engineering and design work on plant improvement projects

  • Perform analysis on potential plant process optimizations and lead projects to implement improvements

  • Conduct analyses and experiments to identify opportunities for improving or economizing operations without sacrificing product quality

  • Recommend changes to improve efficiencies

Laboratory Functions

  • Evaluate and ensure safety procedures are being followed in laboratory and plant operations and encourage others to do the same

  • Use laboratory equipment and computer systems to set up tests, enter data, design models to simulate physical processes and to process test results

Other frequent duties:

  • Maintain laboratory equipment in good working condition

  • Interact with various internal departments including sales, finance, logistics, quality and others to provide technical support and knowledge

Perform other duties as assigned


Education Required: Pursuing a bachelor’s degree – Chemical/Biological Engineering with lab experience required or related degree

**Senior or Junior status required

Experience Required: Laboratory experience required

**Relevant courses, club participation and internship preferred

Skills Required:

Strong verbal and written communication skills

Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Word, Visio)

Basic accounting skills

Advanced math skills

Special skills or knowledge preferred:

Ability to give detailed instructions

Process simulations

Process data historians

Project Management

Biodiesel production or related processes