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Project Engineer Intern and College Grad - Tempe

🚀 Off-cycle Internship


AI generated summary

  • You need to be proactive, resourceful, and have strong communication skills. You must be able to work independently, solve problems, and stay positive in challenging situations. Also, you should be a team player, a quick learner, and have a goal-oriented mindset.
  • You will support field labor, coordinate equipment and subcontractors, assist with budget analysis and project schedules, and handle document control and trade coordination.

Off-cycle Internship



  • Our internship program is designed to introduce students to a career in the Design/Build HVAC, Plumbing and Fire Protection industry. Primary responsibility is to assist a design manager or project manager to successfully coordinate a project using the necessary engineering, labor, equipment, materials, tools, and subcontracted services. This position requires the development of skills in design, estimating and scheduling to better understand the coordination of the design-build construction process.


  • A strong work ethic
  • Initiative and drive to get the job done
  • Strong communication skills
  • The ability to be resourceful and resilient
  • Able to solve problems with limited support
  • Quick learner, seeks answers on their own
  • Positive attitude during adverse/non-ideal situations
  • Exercises Accountability in stressful situations (avoids placing blame)
  • Goal Oriented
  • Collaborative spirit and a Good Teammate – has a “We vs. Me” attitude
  • Strong active listening skills
  • Competent general business writing and public speaking
  • About You:
  • You’re pursuing a degree that aligns with Southland needs:
  • Mechanical, Architectural, Electrical Engineering
  • Construction Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Safety Sciences
  • Other areas of interest – Building Automation, Energy Management
  • You have an Interest in technical courses – fluids, heat transfer, CM scheduling, finance, etc.
  • What you’ll gain from our Student Programs at Southland Industries:
  • Basic knowledge of HVAC design to include types of equipment utilized in the industry as well as general understanding of system operations (i.e. variable air, constant volume, refrigeration cycle) is desired but not required.
  • The ability to read mechanical and plumbing drawings and identify work installed to track labor feedback accurately.
  • The ability to prepare an equipment delivery log and track status of these orders.
  • You’ll learn to communicate effectively with engineers, vendors and suppliers to procure, manage and update the submittal process.
  • Ability to communicate with field foremen in order to write and track Requests for Information (RFI) both internally with our design department and externally with the architect or other designers.
  • Finally, you’ll get your hands dirty!

Education requirements

Currently Studying

Area of Responsibilities



  • Support field labor
  • Labor feedback
  • Equipment & Subcontractor procurement
  • Document Control
  • Design, Trade & Subcontractor coordination
  • Assist in budget analysis, cost and margin projections, estimate project changes & impacts, etc.
  • Assist in the development of project schedules.


Work type

Full time

Work mode





  • Hands-on classroom and on-the-job experience in your specific role
  • Opportunity to work side by side with company leaders
  • Socially distant group activities and team events
  • Paid housing (some locations)
  • Paid internship/Co-op
  • Potential full-time employment opportunities

As an employee-owned company, we offer a comprehensive benefits package to all full-time employees, that includes excellent benefits for you and your family:

  • 401(k) Plan with 50% Company Match(no cap) and immediate 100% vesting
  • Annual bonus program based upon performance, profitability, and achievement
  • Medical, Dental, Vision Insurance – 100% Paid for Employee
  • Term Life, AD&D Insurance, and Voluntary Life Insurance
  • Disability Income Protection Insurance
  • Pre-tax Flexible Spending Plans (Health and Dependent Care)
  • Holidays/Vacation/Personal Time/Life Events Leave
  • Numerous training opportunities and company paid membership for professional associations and licenses