Idaho Forest Group LLC ENGINEER-JUNIOR in Athol, Idaho


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  • 10-Aug-2018 to 09-Sep-2018 (MST)

  • Athol, ID, USA

  • DOE

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  • Full Time

    Full Benefits Package

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Built on Tradition

From its Coeur d'Alene, Idaho headquarters, the closely held, family-owned company is now one of America's largest lumber producers, with capacity for over one billion board feet per year and markets around the globe. The company holds high standards when it comes to product, process and company objectives. This is a healthy, growing company big enough for its national and international markets, but with hometown ethics and pride in a job well done. Excellence is the goal in caring for our team members, customers, and natural resources.

IFG is a growing company with 7 regional sawmills located in North Idaho and Montana that values employees and holds a reputation for high quality products.

The acutally home office for this job will be at our Athol, Idaho facility and not our Corporate Office in

Coeur d'Alene.

Job Summary:

This entry-level automation engineering position is to engage with and support the advancement of robotics and automation within multiple sawmill sites. The position reports directly to the Director of Automation.

Essential Functions:

  • Research, design, evaluate and develop machines and tools.

  • Install and maintain machines applying engineering

  • Work with internal and external resources to validate and fabricate designs.

  • Assist in commissioning automated machinery.

  • Assist with Design ideas for process improvement related to Safety, Productivity, and Efficiency

  • Troubleshoot both new and existing equipment

  • Become proficient in programming automated equipment


  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited College or University in Engineering; Mechanical, Industrial, Automation or Electrical disciplines will be considered. An M.B.A. and/or master's degree is preferred, but not required.

  • Prior internship and/or exposure to either the Sawmill industry, Timber industry or Automation

  • Working knowledge and/or experience with AutoCAD / SolidWorks

  • Working knowledge of office equipment, like printers and fax machines

  • Proficiency in MS Office (MS Excel and MS PowerPoint, in particular)

  • Excellent time management skills and the ability to prioritize work

  • Attention to detail and problem-solving skills

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to multi-task

  • Valid Driver's License & reliable transportation to travel to various sites around north Idaho and western Montana

  • A valid Passport, or ability to obtain one, for possible international travel

  • Pass a drug, physical, and background check

Physical Requirements:

Ability to sit and/or stand for shift, reach with hands and arms, stoop, squat, bend at the waist, kneel, walk varying distance, climb stairs and safely navigate through job sites and/or mill sites. Must be able to tolerate all weather elements, loud conditions, airborne particles (sawdust).

  • Bend at waist occasional

  • Twist upper body occasional

  • Stoop - occasional

  • Repetitive use of hands frequent for clerical duties

  • Stand/walk occasional

  • Sit frequent

  • Vision near and far correctable; depth perception

  • Hearing preferred for awareness of surrounding machinery, mobile equipment, emergencies

    Total Rewards

We understand the value of our team members and how each and every one plays such a vital role in the day to day success of Idaho Forest Group. Idaho Forest Group looks for driven people with strong work ethics, morals and values. When we find them, we want to keep them. Therefore, we offer competitive total rewards compensation.

Idaho Forest Group has a wide range of benefits including Health Care Coverage, Flexible Spending Accounts, Annual Incentive Plan, Wellness Programs, Life and Disability Protection, 401(k) Benefits, PTO, Holiday Pay, Family and Self Care Leave, Scholarships, and more. We value a good balance between career and personal life and encourage a healthy lifestyle.

Idaho Forest Group is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race/ethnicity, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other status protected by law. If you are an individual with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation in the application or hiring process, please contact Human Resources at 208-762-6630 and/or