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Instrumentation, Controls & Electrical Engineer (Intern) - Whiting, IN

Instrumentation, Controls & Electrical Engineer (Intern) - Whiting, IN

  • Location United States of America - Indiana - Whiting
  • Travel required Negligible travel should be expected with this role
  • Job category Business Support Group
  • Relocation available This role is eligible for relocation within country
  • Job type Graduates
  • Job code RQ068199
  • Experience level Entry
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Job summary


Production & Operations

Job Family Group:

Business Support Group

Job Summary:

Grade K

Responsible for acquiring valuable insight and knowledge that can further the intern's interest in their chosen career field through gaining work experience through a carefully monitored assignment and learning about the business and the Company.

Job Description:

***Please note: you can apply to (1) bp early careers opportunity globally per academic year. If you make multiple applications within the same academic year then we will only process the first application you make, and you’ll be withdrawn from any subsequent applications. 

The position of Electrical/Instrument Engineer at our Whiting Refinery will involve working with multiple disciplines.  The candidate will work in a team environment and engage with operations, maintenance, environmental, safety and engineering personnel to provide technical support for operating units, design and management of projects, and engineering solutions for major unit maintenance events.  Specific responsibilities may include work on any of the following: 

  • Electrical Engineer - power equipment design and analysis, switchgear & cable selection, variable frequency drive conversions, power generation and distribution support, lighting design & layout, grounding design, area classification interpretation, heat tracing design

  • Instrument Engineer - instrumentation design & analysis of flow, pressure, level, temperature instruments, gas detection & analyzer applications, controls and ladder logic design.

  • Both -  emergency shutdown system design and testing, I&E equipment reliability, equipment troubleshooting, root cause failure analysis, use of design codes (API, NEC, etc), financial and business decision making (NPV, IRR, life cycle cost methodology), searching for and implementing new technology,  construction support, review of supplier data and quality for engineered equipment, review of capital projects for conformance with refinery specifications, and ownership of engineering documentation for instrumentation & electrical equipment in the refinery.

Assignments may vary, but could include:

  • Supporting day-to-day maintenance and reliability activities for an operating asset in the refinery
  • Troubleshooting refinery critical instrumentation and electrical equipment
  • Developing scope and executing operating unit outage activities
  • Using analytical methods to develop maintenance strategies for instrumentation and electrical equipment to optimize operational availability
  • Providing technical recommendations and direction on instrumentation and electrical equipment to front line teams and production personnel
  • Working with process engineers to optimize and improve unit operations

Successful interns will be considered for a full-time role within our One Engineering Program upon earning their degree. The One Engineering Program at bp is a development program for Early career discipline engineers, in which they will build their experience through challenging development assignments, develop a toolkit of transferable skills for the future, and have a dedicated network of support to help them succeed. 

At bp, we love our interns! In addition to developing your technical capabilities within your given discipline, we ensure you enjoy your time with us and have a fun summer. Some of the wonderful things you’ll experience as a bp intern are: 

  • 12-week internship 
  • Competitive pay
  • Retirement savings opportunities
  • bp provided corporate housing with furnished apartments
  • Relocation assistance (if eligible)
  • Social events, lunch & learns and community service opportunities
  • “Chat with a Leader” sessions 
  • Projects centered on meaningful work and true business impacts 

Minimum Requirements

  • Pursuing Bachelors of Science Degree 
  • Must have cumulative and major GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • bp will not support US immigration sponsorship for internships or full-time/long term employment
  • Majoring in Electrical Engineering/Technology, Mechanical Engineering/Technology, Chemical Engineering, Controls Engineering, or other closely related discipline
  • Graduation date between Dec 2024-May 2025

bp’s modernized Whiting refinery is the largest in the Midwest and a critical supplier of fuel in the region. It is bp’s largest refinery worldwide, capable of processing around 430,000 barrels of crude oil and producing it into 19 million gallons of refined products every day. The Whiting Refinery supports the average daily travel of more than 7 million cars and produces about 7 percent of all asphalt in the United States.   

Travel Requirement

Negligible travel should be expected with this role

Relocation Assistance:

This role is eligible for relocation within country

Remote Type:

This position is a hybrid of office/remote working


Adaptability, Authenticity, Collaboration, Communication, Continuous Learning, Courage, Creativity and Innovation, Curiosity, Decision Making, Digital fluency, Ethical judgement, Excellence, Influencing, Knowledge Sharing, Listening, Managing volatility, Problem Solving, Resilience, Self-Awareness, Stakeholder Engagement, Stakeholder Management, Understanding Emotions, Writing skills

Legal Disclaimer:

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company.  We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, neurodiversity/neurocognitive functioning, veteran status or disability status. Individuals with disabilities may request a reasonable accommodation related to bp’s recruiting process (e.g., accessing the job application, completing required assessments, participating in telephone screenings or interviews, etc.).  If you would like to request an accommodation related to the recruitment process, please contact us to request accommodations.

If you are selected for a position and depending upon your role, your employment may be contingent upon adherence to local policy.  This may include pre-placement drug screening, medical review of physical fitness for the role, and background checks.

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