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Chemical Engineering Co-op Program (Spring/Summer 2023 1

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Date: Sep 7, 2022

Location: Wickliffe, OH, US, 44092 Avon Lake, OH, US, 44012 Deer Park, TX, US, 77536

Company: Lubrizol Corporation

The Lubrizol Corporation, a Berkshire Hathaway company, is a market-driven global company serving customers in more than 100 countries. We own and operate manufacturing facilities in 17 countries, as well as sales and technical offices around the world. Through our global sales and manufacturing networks, we are able to deliver the products and services our customers need, where and when they need them.

At Lubrizol, our mission is straightforward: We improve lives as an essential partner in our customers’ success, delivering efficiency, reliability or wellness to their end users. 

Chemical Engineering Operations Co-op Program 


Job Description 


The Lubrizol Corporation is looking for highly motivated Chemical Engineering sophomores for our Operations Co-op Program to start in our program in the Spring and Summer 2023 semesters. 


What will you gain from this opportunity? 

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. 


Lubrizol’s co-op programs have been around for over five decades. Many of our senior leaders began their own careers as Lubrizol co-ops; this list includes former Lubrizol Presidents and CEOs. Each Lubrizol Chemical Engineering Co-op is regarded as a potential future leader. 


What will you do in the Operations Co-op Rotations? 

Students are recruited, interviewed, and selected to join the Operations Co-op Program. 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.  The following provides a brief description of some of the available work terms: 


Lubrizol Additives 

The co-op students in the Additives division of Lubrizol can choose 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. You will be exposed to a variety of assignments with the three core sessions being Operations, Production, and Process Development. These three core assignments are designed to develop you as a well-rounded engineer by exposing you to various departments and sites throughout the company.  


Lubrizol Advanced Materials 

The co-ops in the Advanced Materials division of Lubrizol will have assignments at our Avon Lake, OH site, our Brecksville, OH site, and terms at our other manufacturing sites across the United States. Avon Lake is home to our process development group, pilot plant facilities, and production of many of Advanced Material’s specialty products. Our other sites offer manufacturing of various products in different markets. The sites offering co-op terms include: Bowling Green, OH; Calvert City, KY; Clifton, NJ; Corona, CA; Franklin, WI; Gastonia, NC; Louisville, KY; Paso Robles, CA; Pedricktown, NJ; Victor, MT; and Wilmington, MA, with more opportunities continually opening up at other sites. During your time in the Advanced Materials program, you will have assignments in each of the three core areas: Operations, Production, and Process Development. These three core assignments are designed to develop you as a well-rounded engineer by exposing you to various departments and sites throughout the company.  


1st term Chemical Operations (Wickliffe, Avon Lake, Deer Park)  

You will work alongside chemical operators who run a wide variety of chemical processing equipment. This is a great introduction to manufacturing equipment, basic chemical engineering unit operations, and Lubrizol’s work processes. While learning about safe chemical processing in the field, you will be given projects that reinforce on that knowledge and reflect actual work done by full time engineers at Lubrizol. This assignment provides the strong base from which your future assignments will build. 


Manufacturing – Production and Ops Support (Any of our 12 U.S.-based manufacturing facilities) 

Co-ops will assist to ensure smooth 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 (Wickliffe, Avon Lake, Brecksville) 

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. These terms are spread across a wide range of applications including Skincare, Pharmaceuticals, corporate-wide functions, and much more. 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. 


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 greater than 35 miles from their assigned work location(s) 
  • Diverse experiences with the stability of one employer. We ask co-ops to visit one of our many locations across the country for one of their 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. In fact, more than 70% of co-ops come to Lubrizol after graduation. Two of our most well-known former co-ops include former Lubrizol Presidents and CEOs. 


Who are we looking for? 

  • 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 up to 2026. 

  • Ability to complete three or more co-op work terms (preferred) 

  • Students with GPA > 3.0 will be given priority consideration. 

  • 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.  


How do you learn more or apply? 

Lubrizol partners with universities across the country to recruit for the Chemical Engineering Operations Co-op Program. Talk to your university career services department to find out when we will be on your campus. Then, visit us at our information session and at your university career fair. You will also need to submit an online application - click "Apply Now." 


While headquartered in the United States, Lubrizol is truly a global specialty chemical company.  We have a major presence in five global regions and do business in more than 100 countries. Our corporate culture ensures that Lubrizol is one company throughout the world, but you will find each region is a unique place to work, live and play.


Lubrizol is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, race, color, national origin, citizenship, age, religion, marital status, military service, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, or any other characteristic or trait protected by federal, state, or local law.

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