Mill Co-op Programs
New Johnsonville Mill
The Cooperative Education (Co-op) program at the New Johnsonville mill provides engineering students valuable work experience as well as providing needed resources for mill operation. The mill has supported this program for several years working with Tennessee Tech, Auburn, Georgia Tech, Mississippi State, and the University of Alabama. The configuration of the mill allows the opportunity for students to be exposed to all operating areas including Environmental Compliance, Quality Assurance, Production, and Utilities. Chemical engineering students are actively recruited, and other engineering disciplines have been employed in the past. Co-op assignments can either consist of three alternating semesters or a continuous three semester year, and the mill has worked with both arrangements. The Co-op experience at New Johnsonville gives students a great foundation for a career in the Pulp and Paper industry as well as many other manufacturing fields.
St. Francisville Mill
The Saint Francisville mill has a strong tradition of hiring Co-ops from surrounding universities, particularly Louisiana State University. We currently have 9 LSU Chemical Engineering alumni working here, 6 of which were hired directly from their Co-op positions. Our mill’s location lends itself for students to be able to continue their coursework during their Co-op. Some of the examples of past projects completed by the Chemical Engineering Co-ops include:
- Refiner plate design trials and optimization.
- Development of ratio-based feedforward pH control strategy.
- Capital project lock-out procedure development.
- Mill-wide process safety audit.
- Development of maintenance and operating SOPs.
Additionally, the mill has also had Co-op’s in the disciplines of Mechanical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Industrial Engineering. Previous Co-ops have also come from Mississippi State, Louisiana Tech, and Southern Miss.
Hood Container started our summer intern program in 2020. It is a ten-week program focused on bringing in several interns each summer so that they may gain exposure to the industry. We partner with ICPF to meet and engage with future interns and effectively recruit upcoming graduates who fit into our succession plan. Always future-focused, we are happy to encourage soon-to-be graduates to actively pursue a career in the paper and packaging industry.
Look for HCC On Campus coming soon! Hood Container is currently developing a college recruiting program that will provide students the chance to interact and speak with our professionals about what the paper and packaging industry has to offer.