Who We Are:

Fuels and Energy Development Section works in pilot plant services and process development of new first-of-their-kind processes.

Objectives of this Role:

  • This internship will provide the opportunity to be hands-on with process development and process testing for chemical and petroleum processes to generate client data.
  • This Internship is open for a local year-round student.
  • Participate in process design for safety and operating protocols on pilot units.
  • Lead operations and setup analytical testing for process development.
  • Compile analytical and process data to prepare concise, timely, and descriptive reports.
  • Interact with functional groups within SwRI to ensure project success; includes operators, analyst, engineers, and management.

Daily and Monthly Responsibilities:

  • Data pattern recognition from pilot plant, run data spreadsheets, work with mass balances, control charts, and related activities.
  • Equipment quoting, sizing, and cost estimation.
  • Work with sample identification, labeling, inventory, and work order generation.
  • Quickly learn refinery or chemical process, such as fluidized bed related technology, hydrotreating, roller processes, and packed bed systems.
  • Put together relevant information for mass balance closure in spreadsheets or summary reports.
  • Data processing in spreadsheets.
  • Help with the screen format and layout of the process control software interface, including software such as LabVIEW/Lookout direct, DeltaV, Allen Bradley RS Logix.
  • Data extraction and analysis from process control software.
  • Work with heavy oil/coal/biomass/gas/coke/polymer/specialty chemical/bulk chemical samples, classification, and labelling.
  • Monitor data during run operations.
  • Hands on work during pilot plant turnaround and operation weeks.
  • Will require some shift work.


  • Must be pursuing a BS with a 3.00 GPA in Chemical Engineering
  • Shift work required.
  • 2 years: Intro to Chemical Engineering, elementary principles of chemical process or equivalent, Thermo I, Transport Phenom, Applied Engineering and Analysis, or Intro to programing for Engineers courses must have been completed
  • Must have a focus on oil and gas
  • Junior preferred, sophomores with fundamental Chemical Engineering classes may be considered
  • A valid/clear driver's license is required

Special Requirements:

Must be a U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident due to ITAR work in section.

Job Locations: San Antonio, Texas

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An Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer
Race/Color/Religion/Sex/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/National Origin/Disabled/Veteran
Committed to Diversity in the Workplace
Full time
San Antonio, TX 78208, US