Intern at ACCO Engineered Systems

Posted in Other 11 days ago.

Location: Santa Cruz, California

Job Description:

Intern Santa Cruz, CA

Why join ACCO? ACCO Engineered Systems is one of the largest mechanical contractors in the country. Since 1934, owners and builders have selected ACCO to design, install, and maintain more than 250,000 mechanical projects. ACCO is dedicated to the design, fabrication, installation, maintenance, and service of commercial and industrial HVAC, refrigeration, plumbing, process piping, and building automation systems. Whether your project is a low or high-rise office building, a shopping mall, hospital, semi-conductor fabrication facility, or pharmaceutical manufacturing plant...ACCO can design, build, install, and maintain a mechanical system to meet your needs.

Here at ACCO, we are a part of something bigger. Just ask our customers: California Academy of Sciences, L.A. Live, and San Francisco 49ers Stadium. While we have been around for 80+ years, we continue to grow at a dynamic pace. And we are looking for talented individuals to join our team. To read more about us, check out our ABOUT US section with current news and events.

As a Construction Intern, you will report to one of our experienced Project Managers. Your work assignments will vary but may include assisting with project execution, trade coordination, scheduling, document management, and/or the coordination of design and installation with Project Management, Construction, and Service Departments.

Supervises: N/A


  • Field engineering: assist with project execution, trade coordination, scheduling, document management, and problem-solving.

  • Surveying existing buildings (for retrofits), identifying opportunities for improvement

  • Assisting in completing preliminary designs, proposal data, and costs.

  • Collaborating with our Purchasing Department regarding price, delivery, and other specs for purchased items.

  • Assisting in coordinating installation procedures among Engineering, Construction, and other stakeholders.

  • Assisting in writing letters, memos, contracts, change orders, and other documents related to the project.

  • Assisting with estimation

  • Other duties as directed by partnering Project Managers, Sales Management, or Engineering leadership.


  • Coursework towards a BS in Mechanical Engineering / Environment Engineering or Construction Management

  • Prior intern experience with HVAC and/or engineering consulting preferred but not required

  • Excellent understanding of Engineering fundamentals

  • Proficiency in AutoCAD (or similar drafting software)

  • Ability to interact effectively with others in team environments

  • High sense of integrity

  • Excellent leadership skills

  • Excellent organizational and time management skills

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

  • Self-starter and strong desire to succeed

ACCO Competencies:

  • Proactivity / Initiative: Recognizes what needs to be done and accomplishes it in a manner appropriate for one's level/position and with minimal supervision.

  • Perseverance: Shows the wherewithal to fight for difficult goals despite challenges and to bounce back from adversity.

  • Insight: The ability to gather and make sense of information that suggests new possibilities.

  • Engagement: Shows a knack for using emotion and logic to communicate a persuasive vision and connect with people.

  • Teamwork: The ability to effectively work toward common goals with others by supporting, encouraging, and sharing information in an authentic and approachable manner.

  • Big Picture: Understands and contributes to organizations' short- and long-term business strategy. On a personal level have independently developed a vision for short- and long-term career success.

  • Motivation / Dedication: Commits to excellence in pursuing unselfish goals. Initiates action with collective goals takes responsibility, and shows personal humility.

  • Technical Curiosity / Willingness to Learn: Interest in seeking out new experiences, knowledge, and candid feed, back; demonstrating openness to learning and change.

  • Problem-Solver: Ability to identify, analyze, and solve a problem in support of personal, group, department, or organizational objectives.

Physical Requirements:

(The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.)

  • The physical demands described herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • The employee may regularly lift and /or move up to 10 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move up to 30 pounds.

  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include Close vision and Distance vision.

  • While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to stand; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms and talk or hear. The employee is regularly required to walk and sit; climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl (for purposes of assisting with project job walks and site inspections).

  • The employee is occasionally required to reach above shoulder height to access storage cabinets and shelves.

This is a non-exempt position from Monday through Friday. Work hours begin and end between 7:00 am and 5:00 pm with a one-hour break for lunch and two rest breaks. Eight hours per day is required and other occasional overtime may be necessary per business needs.

Travel: 0 -5% of the time to and from the primary office to regional branch offices.


We proudly hire U.S. Military Veterans, and those qualified are encouraged to apply.

Equal Employment Opportunity is The Law. | Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision.

ACCO will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories for employment.

At this time, ACCO is unable to provide visa sponsorship.