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2023 Spring/Summer Co-Op - Environmental Engineering, St Catharines Propulsion Plant

  • Location
    • St. Catharines, Ontario
  • Schedule Full time
  • Posted


General Motors of Canada Company– St. Catharines Propulsion Plant, is inviting applications from Environmental Engineering students for 1 Co-Op/ i nternship position . The intern will be assigned to the environmental department for the entire duration of 16 months .

Get the jump-start you need to get your career moving by gaining valuable professional experience within an automotive environment! The General Motors St. Catharines Propulsion Plant proudly manufactures the V6 engine, V8 engine, Dual Clutch 8-Speed Transmission, and the Global Front Wheel Drive 6 speed transmission! Once our products are ready for distribution, they are shipped to 10 different GM assembly plants world-wide. 

The preferred candidate will be a self-motivated, confident engineering student with strong problem solving, interpersonal and communication skills. You will be required to work with minimal direction, and will be expected to continually improve the operation of your area and equipment. Also, you must have a valid unrestricted driver’s licence.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Support the implementation of plant sustainability initiatives and projects to meet GM Sustainability Commitments

  • Perform duties relating to air emissions, water quality, waste reduction/segregation, ecosystem enhancement, and other environmental aspects

  • Conduct plant environmental inspections and coordinate follow-up activities

  • Coordinate ISO 14001 Environmental Management System

  • Coordinate site-wide departmental training on environmentally relevant ISO Task Instruction Sheets

  • Support daily shipments for Reg. 347 wastes under the RPRA Hazardous Waste Program

  • Support plant waste management program in compliance with applicable legislation, and assist waste management contractor in resolving waste collection issues

  • Support zero waste to landfill activities, and actively pursue alternatives for waste diversion/reduction

  • Develop and coordinate plant sustainability community outreach activities and environmental awareness programs (ex. Wildlife Habitat Certification WHC program, World Environment Day, Earth Week, Waste Reduction Week)

  • Pursue new opportunities to increase environmental profile in the community

  • Support wastewater and storm water program in compliance with local by-laws, and Ministry of the Environment Conservation and Parks Environmental Compliance Approvals (ECA)

  • Assist in analyzing monthly environmental performance metrics (Plan Do Check Act PDCA continuous improvement process), and implement corrective actions to ensure compliance to target objectives

  • Support environmental engineering and facility projects as assigned


  • Pursuit of a Bachelor's (3rd or 4th year) degree with Co-Op in one of the following areas: Environmental Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Materials Engineering, Civil Engineering

  • Enrolled in a qualifying Ontario co‑operative education, or internship program

  • Able to work fulltime, 40 hours per week in Canada and 16-month term (4 consecutive semesters) starting May 2023

  • Willing to work in a plant environment

  • Have a valid Full Class G Ontario Driver’s Licence, or equivalent Canadian out-of-province licence

  • Successful candidates will be required to attest to their vaccination status (or indicating that they do not wish to disclose), and any job offer will be conditional on the candidate providing that attestation

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Past experience in an industrial and/or manufacturing environment

  • Knowledge and understanding of ISO 14001 standard and environmental legislation

Desired Skills:

  • Outstanding leadership, interpersonal, and relationship management skills with the ability to effectively collaborate with varying levels of the organization

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to distill complex subjects to a wider audience

  • High level of integrity, ability to deal with ambiguity, takes initiative/self-directed

  • Evidence of strong character with integrity, honesty, accountability and trust

  • Consistently demonstrates innovative thinking that is customer-centric
    Excellent project management skills and the proven ability to manage numerous projects at any given

  • Possess strong organizational, problem-solving, and analytical skills

  • Fundamental digital literacy including understanding of MS Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint

This role offers the following Work Appropriately strategies:

  • Onsite: This position requires an employee to be on-site on a full-time basis.


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