Chemical Engineering Co-op Program (Summer 2024)

Date: Feb 24, 2024

Location: Deer Park, TX, US, 77536

Company: Lubrizol Corporation

​​Salary Range: $22.47 - $32.05 


About Lubrizol  
The Lubrizol Corporation, a Berkshire Hathaway company, is committed to enabling a sustainable future. Our unmatched science unlocks immense possibilities at the molecular level, driving sustainable and measurable results to help the world Move Cleaner, Create Smarter and Live Better. Our solutions are used by people every day, improving billions of lives around the world. 

We value diversity in professional backgrounds and life experiences. By enabling a consistent, unbiased, and transparent recruitment process, Lubrizol seeks to create a positive experience for candidates so we can get to know them at their best. We recognize unique work and life situations and offer flexibility, ensuring our employees feel engaged and fulfilled in every aspect of life. 

Chemical Engineering Co-op Program (Summer 2024)

Job Description


The Lubrizol Corporation is looking for highly motivated Chemical Engineering students graduating in 2027 and 2028 for our Operations Co-op Program to start in our program in the Summer 2024 semester.

What will you gain from this opportunity?

Lubrizol’s co-op programs have been around for over five decades. Lubrizol believes in providing you with a wide variety of experiences and increasing your responsibilities as you progress through the program. As a Lubrizol Operations Co-op, you will rotate through a number of different assignments based on your interests and opportunities in the company. Assignments will challenge you in an effort to promote professional growth while being an integral part of the company’s business. Lubrizol’s commitment to providing a rewarding experience for you is guaranteed to pay dividends in your career development. Each Lubrizol Chemical Engineering Co-op is regarded as a potential future leader.

What will you do in the Chemical Engineering Co-op Rotations?

Our program offers a wide range of locations and responsibilities. Each assignment will challenge you to build on the knowledge you gain in the classroom.  You will be exposed to a variety of assignments mainly focusing on Production Support and Process Development. These core assignments are designed to develop you as a well-rounded engineer by exposing you to various departments and sites throughout the company.  You may be asked to work shifts that mirror those of the operators during your term.


Production Support

Co-ops will assist the day-to-day operation of production units and help solve technical issues encountered in manufacturing. You will work on projects involving process optimization (increasing capacity, reducing batch cycle time, etc.), safety improvements, new process and equipment start-ups, system troubleshooting, capital project design, and recommending and/or implementing equipment changes. In this role, you will be exposed to a wide variety of projects that will develop your troubleshooting and problem-solving skills while applying the knowledge you have learned in the classroom. You will have the opportunity to interact with a variety of departments within the plant, throughout Lubrizol, and in outside organizations. You will also be introduced to the variety of tools and methods that are used by production engineers to help keep production moving.


Process Development

Our Process Development group is responsible for developing and scaling up new products and assisting the plants in optimizing the quality and processing of existing products. In this term, you will be asked to design lab and pilot scale experiments, implement equipment changes, develop and evaluate analytical tests, collect and analyze data, and then make recommendations based on your results. In this assignment you will be challenged to expand on your classroom studies and to think outside of the box to help expand Lubrizol’s technology base as we develop new and innovative products.


Other Available Terms

To provide a variety of opportunities for our co-ops, many other terms are available depending on student interest and business need. Previous additional terms have included Safety, Environmental, Capital Project Management, Research & Development, Commercial, New Product Development, and Quality. This is an excellent way to explore a diverse array of potential career paths and challenge yourself to try new roles while you are still in school.



Co-op terms in the Additives division of Lubrizol can span between Wickliffe, OH; Painesville, OH; Deer Park, TX; Bayport, TX and Spartanburg, SC. Wickliffe is Lubrizol’s global headquarters and is home to our R&D, mechanical testing, and pilot plant facilities. Deer Park, Bayport, Painesville and Spartanburg are the manufacturing homes to many of Lubrizol Additives’ specialty products.  


Co-op terms in the Advanced Materials division of Lubrizol can span between Avon Lake, OH; Bethlehem, PA; Brecksville, OH; Bowling Green, OH; Calvert City, KY; Corona, CA; Franklin, WI; Gastonia, NC; Lewisville, TX; Louisville, KY; Victor, MT; and Wilmington, MA, with more opportunities continually opening up at other sites. Avon Lake is home to our process development group, pilot plant facilities, and production of many of Advanced Material’s specialty products. Brecksville houses the corporate offices of the Advanced Materials Division along with many labs and pilot plant facilities. Our other sites offer manufacturing of various products in different markets.


Benefits of Lubrizol's Chemical Engineering Co-op Program:

  • Rewarding your hard work!
    • Competitive pay
    • Holiday pay for holidays that fall within your work period
    • Tuition reimbursement for fees associated with co-oping
    • Housing assistance and relocation assistance is offered to students with a permanent residence that is more than 35 miles from their assigned work location(s)
  • Diverse experiences with the stability of one employer. Co-ops are encouraged to work at several locations across the country for work sessions; this provides a deeper understanding of different businesses, products, processes, and people.
  • FUN! We a variety of events and activities for our students. Past events include attending sports events, paid volunteering days, and even a picnic hosted by our CEO!
  • Grow professionally. All co-ops present their work at the end of each work session. This is an excellent opportunity to improve your public speaking skills and hear what other co-ops are doing.
  • Full-time opportunities after graduation. Our engineering co-op program is an important vehicle for hiring full-time engineers at Lubrizol.


Who are we looking for?

  • Must be authorized to work in the United States without requiring work authorization sponsorship by our company for this position now or in the future.  
  • Students who are interested in working in a chemical manufacturing environment.
  • Students currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from an accredited university, with a graduation date of 2027 or 2028.
  • Ability to complete three or more co-op work terms (preferred).
  • Students with GPA > 3.0 will be given priority consideration.



Chemical Engineering Co-ops may encounter a portion or all of the below physical requirements during their co-op rotations: 

  • Willing/able to work outdoors in inclement weather. 

  • Presence of nuisance odors, noise, heavy machinery from chemical processes, testing/laboratories facilities. 

  • Requires use of appropriate PPE, Personal Protective Equipment, to fulfill safety requirements. These include but are not limited to; safety footwear, safety apparel, eye protection, hard hat, hearing protection, and respiratory protection. 

  • Handle glassware and equipment for laboratory work. 

  • Operation of equipment and/or handling of chemicals if/when properly trained. 


Co-ops often shadow operators. Physical requirements during this shadowing experience include: 

  • Able to work in a fixed position, standing or sitting, for long portions of the workday. 

  • Completion of work hours on shift schedule; for example, swing shift, second shift, or third shift (maximum of 6 weeks per term) 

  • Requires use of appropriate PPE to fulfill safety requirements. 

  • Physically able to climb and work in elevated area (i.e., climbing and descending stairs repeatedly during shift). 



If you’re interested in the position, we encourage you to apply. Lubrizol is always looking for candidates who embody our cultural beliefs in everything they do. If you’re All In, Lead Decisively, Take Action, Think External, and can Be Courageous, Lubrizol could be the place for you.

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