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Maintenance Electrical Engineer

Columbus, MS

What if you were given the opportunity and responsibility to make a difference? It is time to embrace your Infinite Possibilities. This is your opportunity to be part of International Paper, a Fortune 500 company and global leader in paper and packaging products. IP is known for our commitment to the environment and to cutting-edge technology. We have spent more than 100 years creating new ideas, and we are looking for people who can collaborate to help us build on our history, while creating future success. We are committed to attracting, preparing, promoting and supporting our teams. At International Paper, you control your destiny. We offer benefits, challenges, global opportunities and total rewards. When we say Infinite Possibilities, we mean it!

This position supports International Paper’s Columbus Modified Fiber Plant (CMF), located in Columbus, Mississippi.  CMF is a vital part of International Paper’s Global Cellulose Fibers Business.  We are a converting operation that produces specialty fibers used in the production of diapers and other absorbent personal care products.  The successful candidate will be responsible for moderately complex engineering projects and direct the work of assigned technical associates.  They will promote increased performance of machinery and equipment through failure analysis, and report to the Maintenance Manager.

Tasks and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Work with plant operations, maintenance and engineering to implement strategic initiatives that support achievement of reliability objectives, key performance metrics, maintenance cost objectives and capital projects execution

  • Responsible for all aspects of project management: scope development, estimating, planning, design, prioritization, scheduling, implementation/construction management and budget management
  • Responsible for assigned Maintenance projects
  • Support the Electrical Power Distribution Program activities
  • Responsible for euipment reliability improvements
  • Responsible for ensuring projects are compliant with all environmental and safety requirements
  • Provides electrical and instrumentation (E&I) design support for Plant capital projects
  • Support the planning effort of Plant shutdowns to include: complex job planning, job coordination, resource planning and financial management
  • Monitor effectiveness of E&I predictive and preventative maintenance programs
  • Identify and develop opportunities for improvement and optimization based on failure analysis outcomes

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering or equivalent work experience in a manufacturing environment.
  • Minimum of three (3) years professional manufacturing experience
  • Power Distribution and/or Control Systems (i.e., Emerson, Rockwell, Honeywell) required
  • Strong computer skills including proficiency with AutoCAD and all Microsoft Office applications
  • Experience in the pulp and paper industry is preferred
  • Excellent leadership skills
  • Proven commitment to safety and safety processes
  • Strong technical foundation in control systems and electrical engineering
  • High level of initiative and motivation
  • Strong communication skills (oral & written)
  • Able to excel with minimum supervision and work independently
  • Desire and ability to work as a team player
  • Desire to aggressively learn and continue to develop knowledge and skills


  • Drive for results
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Technical & functional skills
  • Planning
  • Organizing

International Paper is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law. 

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