Chemical/Paper Science Entry Level Engineer

Engineering / Ingénierie Hawesville, Kentucky







Position Title: Chemical/Paper Science Entry Level Engineer 


Location: Hawesville (on-site) 


Reports to: Production Department Manager 


Domtar is seeking recent college graduates with a focus in Chemical or Paper Science Engineering interested in growth development and sophisticated project assignments to join our team!  


As an Entry Level Engineer, you will be part of a team that shapes the future of innovation in the Pulp and Paper industry. Our Entry Level Engineers enter the workforce and immediately begin to impact the organization by helping us bring world-class innovation to market and design our next generation of amazing products that people touch every day. 

You’ll become fully integrated into our mill, working directly with executives and management with an assigned mentor to maximize your growth and development. During this time, our Entry Level Engineers will receive a comprehensive orientation to Domtar, full exposure to the mill, and work closely with operations and engineering in various functional units within the facility on project intake, scope, design, documentation, and rollouts. We have rotational programs set-up, providing entry level engineers the opportunity to rotate throughout the pulp, paper, and power sectors. 

Career advancement exists in operations, maintenance, quality assurance, product development, wastewater treatment, environmental and safety operations. Join us, and build something better for yourself, for our customers and for the world. 

Job Responsibilities/Accountabilities: 


  • Focus on improving the quality control of paper machines by proactively identifying potential problems, and quickly and efficiently troubleshooting issues.
  • Analyze production costs, productivity issues, and provide quality control improvement solutions.
  • Technical exposure to various production and support units within the electrical and mechanical teams supporting piping and instrumentation-based projects.
  • Research and develop processes and guidelines for various functional operational units within the facility.
  • Detailed documentation of findings in various systems.
  • Decipher data, apply findings into project recommendations, and revise project plans/drawings/materials.

Required Experience/Qualifications:  


  • Must be recent graduate from an accredited degree program. Desired major include Chemical or Paper Science Engineering.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office applications.
  • Technical writing, presentation, and critical thinking skills to quickly grasp the concepts and components of the pulp and paper industry and process application.
  • CAD experience preferred but not required.
  • Up to 10% travel to U.S. Mills based on project requirements.


Preferred Professional Experience/Qualifications: 


  • Interest in the pulp and paper industry and building a developmental career with unlimited learning opportunities.
  • Ability to comply with and enforce company, safety and environmental policies and procedures.
  • Excellent time management skills and ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Proven interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Team player attitude, with the ability to work with diverse teams, multiple organizational levels and across business functions.
  • Well-developed problem solving and analytical skills.
  • High level of initiative and motivation.
  • Resourceful, quick learner and dependable.
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills.
  • Resourceful, quick learner and dependable with demonstrated leadership skills.


This role is considered a safety-sensitive position. You must successfully complete a selection process that includes interviews, an employment background check, a pre-employment drug and alcohol screen, reference verifications, aptitude tests (for some positions), and a fitness-for-duty test (for some positions). 


Domtar is an equal-opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will be considered without regard to age, race, color, sex (including gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, and pregnancy), marital status, religion, national origin, genetic information, disability, or veteran status.  We are also committed to ensuring reasonable accommodations for individuals protected by Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1974, and Title I of the Americans with Disability Act of 1990.  


Our offer: 

  •        A flexible insurance plan (life, medical, dental) 
  •        Competitive compensation, including an annual bonus plan. 
  •        A pension plan with matching company contributions + more!
  •        An employee assistance program 
  •        Employer-paid development and continuing education 
  •        A Body Mechanic Center/Gym onsite with available physical therapy/rehab for employees 



About Domtar: 

Domtar makes products that people around the world rely on every day. 


Serving more than 50 countries, we are a leading provider of a wide variety of fiber-based products including communication, specialty and packaging papers, market pulp and airlaid nonwovens. We make our products at manufacturing and converting facilities in the U.S. and Canada, with a focus on safety, quality, and sustainability. 


Through our values of agility, caring and innovation, we constantly find better ways to serve our customers, support our employees and strengthen our communities. 


Domtar’s principal executive office is in Fort Mill, South Carolina and Domtar is part of the Paper Excellence group of companies. To learn more, visit 





Domtar is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will be considered without regard to age, race, color, sex (including gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, and pregnancy), marital status, religion, national origin, genetic information, disability, or veteran status.