General internship assignment – Participation in a Zeton project

General internship assignment – Participation in a Zeton project

Zeton company profile

As the world’s leading designer and builder of innovative lab scale systems, pilot plants, demonstration plants, and small modular commercial plants, Zeton helps its customers to bring their new technology and processes to market, faster, with less risk, and lower cost. Zeton is active in all aspects of pilot plant design and construction including commissioning at the client’s site. With operations in Burlington, Canada and Enschede, The Netherlands, Zeton has successfully completed over 800 projects in 35 countries across six continents. The location in Enschede has about 100 employees and serves mainly, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Russia.

Working method

Zeton is a project based organization and at any particular time there are always projects in execution in  different phases. The different project phases are summarized below:

  • Conceptual design/Basic design
  • Detail design
  • Construction
  • Testing including factory acceptance testing (FAT)
  • Reassembly and site acceptance testing

Each project phase is composed of specific tasks and involves specialists from different disciplines. The engineers at Zeton are involved in all the project phases as described above, although the manufacturing itself is conducted by Zeton’s construction department. Most of the engineering hours at Zeton are spent in de the detail design phase.


The internship assignment is to participate in an engineering and construction project as a process engineer for small to medium scale pilot plants. During the assignment you are part of the project team and will be assigned different project tasks which need to be carried out independently but under supervision. Examples of the engineering activities are given below.


Below a general description of activities is given, however this list is not conclusive. During an internship a number of these activities will be performed depending on the project phase. In most projects it will not be possible to perform all activities.


  • Perform engineering calculations, e.g.
    • Line size calculations
    • Relief valve calculations
    • Heat exchanger calculations
  • Participate in project meetings
  • Participate in safety assessments
  • Specifying and procurement of new items due to design changes
  • Write test protocols for the factory acceptance test
    • The system covered in a test should be understood in detail, the system should be analysed for complicated start-up procedures, perform a safety check, design the test so that it is possible to perform in the workshop with the tools and media which are available, etc.
  • Perform Piping & Instrumentation Diagram (P&ID) and Process Bill of Materials (PBOM) checks while the plant is in construction.
  • Perform functional tests, report possible problems/punches and find solutions
  • Solve punches
    • Procurement of missing items or replacement of parts for damaged or incorrectly designed items
    • Make inquiries at suppliers or invite suppliers to solve problems which arise during construction