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Valent BioSciences Project Engineer Intern- Valent BioSciences, LLC in Osage, Iowa

Valent BioSciences is a global organization that embraces a team-focused, fast-paced, challenging and professional work environment offering its employees room to grow. As a leading supplier of environmentally friendly, highly effective products and services for agriculture, public health, and forestry, we are always looking for people who share our passion and commitment to improving the quality of life for people worldwide. The Valent Biosciences manufacturing site located on an expansive 73-acre site in Osage, IA is a state of the art 130,000 square foot plant and is the largest purpose-built biorational facility in the world. It serves as the manufacturing and quality control center for Valent Biosciences broad portfolio of fermentation products.

Job Summary and Key Objectives

The Engineering Interns will learn and be exposed to various engineering projects such as equipment startup and modification. Each intern will be assigned a project to improve an existing system or to work on a new installation, while focusing on safety and environmental impact. They will collaborate with project engineers as well as maintenance technicians to determine feasibility of their proposed methods. The goal of the projects will be successful implementation of project equipment into the plants mechanical systems. Projects may cover the areas of piping correction, system design, equipment specification, and equipment acquisition. Interns may need to work with vendors for supplying the equipment necessary for project completion.


  • Plan, schedule, conduct or coordinate detailed phases of the engineering work including P&ID development, equipment and instrumentation design specifications, process requirement specifications, work scope development, equipment procurement, project cost control, construction oversight through project closeout.

  • Supervise changes, modifications, and improvements in process and utility systems to ensure compliance with safety, production, and regulatory requirements.

  • Independently evaluate, select, and apply standard engineering practices, procedures, and criteria, using judgment in making minor process adaptations and modifications.

  • Maximize standardization of information contained in design documents, schematic drawings, operating procedures, and training documents.

  • Coordinate with production technical support personnel to oversee verification protocols or experimental runs of new equipment.

  • Check system drawings by walking through to the end points of responsibility, including checking pipes and valves for proper identification, and tagging.

  • Investigate equipment and system failures to determine root cause and whether failure management can be improved.

  • Evaluate energy and resource demand of processes and facilities to optimize consumption and conserve usage.

  • Specify equipment modifications to improve reliability.


  • Other duties as required.


  • Juniors and Seniors majoring in bioengineering, biotechnology, biochemical engineering, biology, chemical engineering or related fields is required.

  • Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills.

  • Must be able to work independently and as a part of an interdisciplinary, diverse team.

  • Excellent computer skills are desired.

  • Must have flexibility to work some limited off-shift and weekend hours in order to support all production shifts when needed.

    What We Offer:

    We work together to power our sustainable future. Here’s what drives us: Valent BioSciences, LLC has a strong commitment to both sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR). In fact, being a responsible corporate citizen has been ingrained in our culture since the company’s founding. Today, it remains at the forefront of everything we do.

  • Valent BioSciences LLC is an Equal Opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation and/or identity, national origin, citizenship, immigration status, disabilities, or protected veteran status.

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