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Internship Program

2020 internship hiring is closed. Please check back in the Fall regarding 2021 opportunities.

UPI is always on the lookout for bright, motivated people to join our team. One way we bring in new talent is through our internship program, which provides the foundation for the continued growth and development of our project management group. We connect with prospective interns through existing relationships and recruiting events at several universities, which include Michigan Tech, North Dakota State University, University of North Dakota, Iowa State University, and University of Minnesota to name a few. We hire several interns and coops (students who spend six months working with us) per year. These young people have the opportunity to participate in meaningful work that substantially contributes to the success of projects across the company. Many return to work with us for several successive years, and we regularly hire former interns and coops into full-time positions after graduation. If you are interested in receiving more information regarding our intern program, please contact us today.

Training Efforts

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In an effort to expand talent available to our industry, coupled with a desire to increase opportunities for indigenous people to work on our projects, UPI started a training program unique in its history. We partnered with local indigenous tribes to conduct hands-on courses in pipeline construction techniques and safety. 25 tribal members gathered at UPI’s corporate office for two separate, week-long training events in 2017. These training events provided tribal members with the certifications to work in the pipeline industry, whether that be working for UPI or another contractor in our industry. Each training week consisted of a half day safety orientation, focusing on hazards specific to pipeline construction and the environments in which UPI works. The group then moved out to a local gravel pit where UPI personnel had buried several sticks of pipe and set up training stations that focused on mechanical and hydrovac excavation; sandblasting and profile testing; and pipe coating. Participants rotated between stations, trying their hands at the tasks and receiving instruction from some of UPI’s most experienced laborers and operators.

The trainings wrapped up with Operator Qualification tests, the successful completion of which will allow band members to work on any project that takes place on their reservation. Several band members expressed interest in taking the next step and pursuing union membership in order to go to work on pipeline projects, and all the participants provided great feedback that will help UPI plan follow-on events.

These events were a first for UPI but not the last, and their success will pave the way for more initiatives and training events that help UPI reach its broader community.

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United Piping Inc. (UPI) is a leading pipeline construction company in the Midwest. Our success has always been built upon a highly-trained team of experienced professionals.

We empower our people by investing in their development. UPI offers trainings in skills, safety and leadership, as well as certifications. Contact us to learn more.

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Project Engineer


United Piping Inc.


United Piping Inc. (UPI) is a Duluth-based oil and gas industry general contractor, serving clients across the country. At UPI, we have built a solid reputation for our focus on safety, protecting the environment, quality craftsmanship and meeting project schedules. We pride ourselves on our pipeline facility construction, pipeline and facility maintenance, pipeline fabrication, horizontal directional drilling, access services, cathodic protection, and blasting, coating and painting services to the oil and gas pipeline industry. UPI has excelled for more than two decades and has outstanding core values and an uncompromising drive to be an industry leader. Our success is due to the high caliber of our people, and our dedication to supporting one another.


Project Engineers serve as a vital connection between Project Managers, project teams, field crews, and clients. They lead the team working in the project office on job sites, communicating with client representatives and assisting site superintendents to ensure the job runs smoothly. They have the opportunity to mentor Field Engineers working on their teams, and to be mentored by senior Project and Client Managers.


  • Effective interpersonal, time management, and organizational skills

  • The ability to function well under stress, despite numerous interruptions, with accuracy and attention to detail

  • Ability to self-motivate and prioritize effectively

  • Moderate to advanced computer skills

  • Comfortable as both a strong member of the team and as its leader when required

  • There are no education or experience requirements for this position; a four-year degree and/or industry experience is preferred.


  • Work closely with the Project Manager, Superintendent, and Foremen on your projects to ensure that customer specifications, quality, safety, and schedule requirements and expectations are met or exceeded. 

  • Plan and execute the construction of new facilities, existing facility improvements, and other UPI projects. 

  • Assist the Project Manager with project billing and accounts receivable, accounts payable and subcontracts, committing and updating costs through purchase orders and extra work authorizations, and verifying accuracy of labor, equipment, subcontractor, and material costs. 

  • With home office assistance, maintain project schedules and other project specific administrative deliverables. 

  • In coordination with the Training and Development Manager, ensure timely and targeted training and development of less experienced Project Engineers, Field Engineers, and Co-Ops/Interns. 

  • Identify areas for improvement in all tasks performed while executing your assigned responsibilities.

  • Continuous development of your skill set and the skills of those with whom you work.

  • A substantial portion of your time is expected to be spent in the field, on the project to which you are assigned.


• Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance • Flex Spending • Health Savings Account • 401(k) • ESPP • Paid Time Off • Employee Assistance Program • Life and Disability Insurance Options

Pay Range:

Pay range to be determined depending on experience level

More Info:

  • When in office: office environment with moderate noise levels; will require consistent time spent on the computer and phone throughout the day.

  • When in field: office trailer on job site location with moderate to high noise levels; may be required to perform tasks such as observing work outdoors in inclement weather; will require consistent time spent on the computer and phone throughout the day; standard schedule is 6 days per week, 10 hours per day, but is subject to extension.

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