Internship - Mechanical Engineering
Motiva Enterprises LLC

Port Arthur, Texas

Primary Position Location: Motiva Refinery; Port Arthur, TX

Other Locations: Motiva Corporate, Houston, TX

Program Overview:

If you are currently enrolled as a student, Motiva's paid, assessed Internship Program enables you to get to know our company and immerse yourself in the oil and gas industry. It gives you day-to-day involvement in actual projects selected to match your interests and abilities. A supervisor and mentor will provide you with regular assessments and performance feedback throughout your internship. This is to ensure you get the most from your experience and help you decide if a potential career with Motiva is right for you.

Following completion of a successful internship, you have the potential to be offered a returning internship or full-time role that follows Motiva's Grad Framework dependent on your graduation date and business need.

Potential Opportunities:

If you're currently pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering, we have several potential opportunities available for you in 2022. If any of the below roles are of interest, we encourage you to apply. As we identify available positions, we'll contact you about next steps in the recruiting process should you meet our basic qualification requirements.

Rotating Equipment:

As a Rotating Equipment engineering intern, you'll be a member of an operating area production team that works within a cross a functional team to address both tactical and strategic reliability improvement items. This group is fascinated with defects, learning why they occur, developing or modifying practices that prevent future defects, and applying our learning's to similar equipment. Your responsibilities may include:

  • Providing technical assurance overview and support for rotating equipment systems and documentation to ensure safe, reliable, and cost-effective operation and maintenance
  • Help ensure that all new and existing rotating equipment installations are completed in accordance with applicable standards
  • Seek to attack underlying causes and eliminate reactive-natured work

Production Technical Support:

As a PTSE intern, you will provide coordination within Refinery Production Areas through project management, problem solving, small project execution, threat identification and risk assessment, engineering support to operations and maintenance, and turnaround support. The goal of this internship is to help you develop technical expertise in Static Equipment, Piping Systems, Pressure Vessels, Materials and Corrosion, and associated inspection techniques. This role interfaces with Engineers, Operators, and Maintenance Personnel. Key Responsibilities may include:
  • Assist in the design and implementation of expense projects and small capital projects related to Health, Safety, and Environmental threats, reliability threats within a Production Area.
  • Provide Engineering support for reactive maintenance and unplanned work, as required.
  • Champion Management of Change (MOC) by helping with cross-discipline.
  • Participate in both large and small-scale investigations focused on Health, Safety, Environmental, and Reliability Incidents.
  • Provide Engineering support to the Turnaround Organization during the planning and scope development for upcoming turnarounds.
  • Provide Engineering support during Turnaround Execution, including project support and reactive issues.

Maintenance Engineering:

As a Maintenance Engineering intern, your assignment may contribute to business activities through the following:
  • Understanding of overall Major Maintenance Planning Process
  • Provide engineering support for scope development, planning, and work execution of Major Maintenance projects/events
  • Participate in RCFA, rework, and quality investigations
  • Develop Opportunity Proposals and Investment Proposals for small capital projects
  • Lead the design and implementation of small capital projects related to HSE threats, reliability threats, compliance issues, and energy improvements


As a Turnaround intern, your assignment may contribute to business activities through the following:
  • Understanding of overall Turnaround Planning Process
  • Turnaround Engineering Quality Assurance process improvement
  • Turnaround Equipment and Material Engineering and Procurement process development
  • ASME Piping and Pressure Vessel code introduction

Basic Qualifications:
  • 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Pursuing a B.S in Mechanical Engineering
  • Basic computer skills, MS Windows, MS office and MS Excel
  • Basic computation and technical skills
  • Time management skills
  • Good communication skills, both written and oral
  • Candidates must be a U.S. citizen or national, an alien admitted as permanent resident, refugee, asylee, temporary resident, or an individual who possesses valid work authorization. Individuals with temporary visas (H-1, H-2, J-1, F-1, etc.) or who require sponsorship for work authorization now or in the future are not eligible for hire.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Previous internship experience is a plus
  • Proven leadership and/or participation in extracurricular activities preferred
  • Other work experience not related to position/area of study will be taken into consideration

Please note: We occasionally amend or withdraw Motiva jobs and reserve the right to do so at any time, including prior to the advertised closing date.

Before applying, you are advised to read our data protection policy. This policy describes the processing that may be associated with your personal data and informs you that your personal data may be transferred to Motiva affiliates and service providers..

Motiva and its approved recruitment consultants will never ask you for a fee to process or consider your application for a career with Motiva. Anyone who demands such a fee is not an authorized Motiva representative and you are strongly advised to refuse any such demand.

Motiva participates in E-Verify.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status, citizenship, genetic information or other protected status under federal, state or local laws.

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