Technical Contact Engineering Student - Sarnia Refinery


Sarnia, ON, CA

Company:  Imperial

Job description

Imperial is one of Canada’s largest corporations and has been a leading member of the country’s petroleum industry for more than a century.  We are the largest refiner and marketer of petroleum products - sold primarily under the Esso and Mobil brands - across the country.  A proven leader in hydrocarbon research, development, production, manufacturing, distribution, supply and logistics and marketing, we offer tremendously challenging and diverse employment opportunities.


Imperial is recruiting for engineering students to assign to a variety of positions within the Sarnia Technical & Supply Organization. Typical responsibilities may include: 

  • collaborate with multiple stakeholders including operations, reliability, and automation engineers to support safe and reliable unit operation
  • work with cross functional teams to identify, develop and implement process, operational and facility improvements with focus on safety, reliability, economics and sustainability
  • effectively communicate status of unit operation and improvement opportunities to various stakeholders 
  • participate in risk assessments and process safety evaluations


You may be required to give a presentation on the assigned project(s) at the end of your work term depending on the department you are working for.




  • Studying to achieve a Bachelor’s or Masters degree in Engineering
  • University Engineering student available for a work term beginning in May 2022
  • Currently enrolled in a University Engineering program and returning to full-time studies after the work term 
  • Your most recent unofficial transcript(s) must be submitted with your application
  • Demonstrated leadership and strong academic skills 
  • Previous industry experience is considered beneficial, but not essential



  • Commitment to safety on and off the job
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills in English are required for the role
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision and in a team-based environment
  • Fluency in French is an asset for certain positions; please note in your cover letter if you are fluent in French
  • Work schedule: full time position


Start date: May, 2022


Work Term: 8, 12 or 16 month work terms. Please indicate in your cover letter the work term / duration that you are interested in working based on your availability and school program.


Location: Sarnia, ON 

Who we are

  • We are the 5,000 men and women of Imperial.
  • At Imperial, Canada is more than a place to do business. It’s our home.
  • For more than a century, we’ve strived to reach our high standards protecting the environment and maintaining operational excellence.
  • Imperial employees strive to be preferred developers of Canada’s resources.
  • Our continued success will be driven by a commitment to continuously innovate processes, training and technologies along with our ever-present respect for the communities in which we work.
  • Imperial is committed to supporting persons with disabilities throughout the recruitment process. We will work with qualified applicants to provide reasonable accommodation upon request at Imperial.recruiting@esso.ca


Other considerations

  • For applicants selected to be interviewed, pre-employment background screening will be required.
  • We thank all those who apply; however, only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.


Eligibility to work in Canada
All applicants who receive an offer of employment must be eligible to work in Canada on a regular full-time basis without restrictions on their start date.  Proof of eligibility shall be in the form of a Canadian birth certificate, Canadian passport, Canadian citizenship certificate, Canadian certificate of permanent residence, Canadian open work permit or receipt from Immigration Canada of an application for a post-graduate work permit. Proof of eligibility must be current and valid (not expired, cancelled or voided). Proof of eligibility will be required if an offer of employment is made. Failure to provide proof of eligibility at least six (6) weeks prior to the start date may result in the offer of employment being rescinded.


Application Deadline: January 23, 2022 



Imperial is committed to providing equitable treatment and equal opportunity to all individuals.

In certain situations, Imperial may use your application to consider your suitability for other positions in the company and may also provide the information to its affiliates, including affiliates of Exxon Mobil Corporation, in connection with possible opportunities at those affiliates.

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