Engineer (Metal Packaging)

Date Posted: 6/13/2024 | Last Day to Apply: 8/4/2024
Posted in: Manufacturing
Position Type: Full-Time
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From a small family business to a multi-billion-dollar global company, Sonoco has been changing the face of products and packaging since 1899 — all while keeping the heart of “People Build Businesses” alive.


Our talented people are at the core of our growth, constantly reinventing the Sonoco wheel with brilliant solutions every year. Today we are a world leader in global packaging solutions with diversified operations in over 34 countries. We're extremely proud of our portfolio of brands, our achievements in sustainability and industrialization and the groundbreaking work accomplished by our people. 



While reporting to the Engineering Manager, you will provide Engineering and Maintenance support to 711 plants throughout the Division. The successful candidate must work closely with the Directors of Manufacturing, Plant Managers, Production Managers, Process Engineers, Technicians, and other plant personnel in order to drive maintenance excellence programs, provide engineering and equipment solutions, drive productivity improvements, lead major projects, act as a safety champion, support standardization, and support day to day engineering and maintenance needs.


What you’ll be doing:

  • You will work on large- and small-scale initiatives with minimal direct supervisor.

  • You will actively support Maintenance excellence programs with the plants.

  • You will maintain a broad working knowledge of Sonoco’s processes, products, and machinery.

  • You will act as Project leader of assigned major capital projects and be responsible for all aspects of project management (budget, schedule control, status reporting, customer interface, performance to design objectives, etc.)

  • You will evaluate new technology and make recommendations for alternative equipment and process systems; to include vendor visits and selection.

  • You will help local plant management identify skill gaps of maintenance employees and participate in the testing and evaluations of maintenance candidates.

  • You must be willing to work the hours necessary to complete objectives which may include: weekends, extended hours, and travel away from home 25-50%

  • You will Monitor spending on projects to stay within project limits.


This position is located in either beautiful Memphis, Tennessee or Henderson, Kentucky and will require 25-50% travel.


We’d love to hear from you if:

  • We expect you to have a BS degree in Engineering or Sciences or equivalent experience. BS in Electrical Engineering preferred. 

  • You will have at least 5 years of manufacturing experience or equivalent. Mechanical knowledge and hands-on implementation experience 

  • We expect you to maintain advanced computer skills (word, spread sheets, CAD, project management software, etc.)

  • We expect you to have experience working with hydraulics, pneumatics, electrical, automation, and PLC’s.

  • Working knowledge of Allen-Bradley PLC 5, SLC 500 and Clogix controllers, DeviceNet and Ethernet networks,  HMI development, VFD's and various types of field sensors.

  • Working knowledge of NEC (NFPA70) and NFPA70E and OSHA Electrical Safety requirements.

  • Strong, effective verbal and written communication skills.

  • We expect you to have prior Project Management experience.



The annual base salary range for this role is from $104,325 to $125,190.

An annual incentive is awarded to eligible employees upon attaining various business and individual goals as defined by the Company and the department leader.  This annual incentive is discretionary, and the Company has sole discretion to determine the amount of the award.




At Sonoco Products Company, we offer a comprehensive total rewards package, including competitive pay and benefits. *Benefits listed below are for employees located in the U.S. Specific benefits and wellbeing programs may vary depending on your location (within the U.S. or global), or if you are a union employee.


  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage for you and your dependents, including FSA and HSA options
  • 401(k) retirement plan with company match
  • Wellbeing tools and resources to support holistic health, including an Employee Assistance Program with a variety of services
  • Paid time off and holidays to recreate, rejuvenate and care for the health of yourself and family
  • Variety of company paid and voluntary employee-paid insurance plans including life, personal accident, and disability insurance
  • Tuition reimbursement



We are an equal opportunity employer, and we strictly prohibit and do not tolerate discrimination against employees, applicants or any other covered persons because of race, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, marital status, gender identity or expression, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, or any legally protected characteristic.


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