Lubrizol Chemical Engineering Co-op Program in Wickliffe, Ohio

Chemical Engineering Co-op Program

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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. Read the cover story at https://www.lubrizol.com/-/media/Lubrizol/Our-Company/Documents/Eric-Schnur-Smart-Business-Article.pdf in Smart Business Magazine to learn how Lubrizol plans to advance its growth.

The Lubrizol Corporation is looking for highly motivated sophomores for our Chemical Engineering Co-op Program to start in our program in the spring, summer, or fall 2019 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 Chemical Engineering 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 our President and CEO, Eric Schnur and our former President and CEO, James Hambrick. Each Lubrizol Chemical Engineering Co-op is regarded as a potential future leader.

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

Students are recruited, interviewed, and selected to join the Chemical Engineering Co-op Program. Hired co-ops are then placed into one of our sub-programs based on student's preferences and business needs. There are currently three different sub-programs for Chemical Engineering students, as follows: Lubrizol Additives, Lubrizol Advanced Materials, and Lubrizol Texas. Each program offers a unique set of locations and responsibilities. There will opportunities to complete assignments outside the program you hire into based on your interest and the availability at certain locations. 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; and Spartanburg, SC. Wickliffe is Lubrizol’s global headquarters and is home to our R&D, mechanical testing, and pilot plant facilities. 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.

Chemical Operations (Wickliffe)

You will work side-by-side with chemical operators who run a wide variety of chemical processing equipment. You will turn valves, start pumps, charge raw materials, and perform tasks that are necessary to help Lubrizol learn about and optimize our chemical processes. This is a great introduction to manufacturing equipment, basic chemical engineering unit operations, and Lubrizol’s work processes. This assignment provides the strong base from which your future assignments will build upon.

Process Development (Wickliffe)

The process development department works to develop and optimize new and existing chemical processes. One major objective of this department is to scale-up lab reactions into full-scale production processes. In this term, you will lead a portion of several operations projects involving multidisciplinary teams. Your duties will include designing and conducting the necessary set of experiments, determining the appropriate analytical tests, analyzing the experimental data, and proposing the optimal solution.

Commercial Segment Support (Wickliffe)

As a segment support co-op, you will be located more in the business side of the company, working as a project manager to support technologies in our various business segments. Whether helping to determine new technologies to be developed, testing and comparing competitive products, or travelling out into the field to see our products in action, this term is all about big picture exposure to the drivers of our company's business.

Environmental (Painesville)

You will help the plant manage its waste safely and efficiently by assembling data on air and water quality for government reports, tracking the disposal of waste generated at the facility, and assisting with required EPA testing. You will also be given the opportunity to lead plant initiatives to optimize waste handling and other utility operations.

Asset Services (Painesville)

You will learn the critical roles that mechanical and automation support play in all processes. This assignment will involve working with instrumentation, configuring control systems, troubleshooting, improving upon the designs of process equipment, working with the craftsmen, and gaining invaluable hands-on experience with chemical processing equipment. You may also have the opportunity to lead capital projects from design through construction.

Manufacturing Operations Support (Painesville and Spartanburg)

In the Operations Support department, you 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 optimizations, new process and equipment start-ups, troubleshooting, and recommending and/or implementing equipment changes. In this role, you will have the opportunity to interact with a variety of departments within the plant, throughout Lubrizol, and in outside organizations.

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. Each assignment will challenge you to build on the knowledge you gain in the classroom.

Chemical Operations (Avon Lake)

This assignment will provide you with the basic understanding of the chemistry and processing of all of Advanced Materials' product lines. You will work side-by-side with the chemical operators in the Pilot Plant turning valves, charging raw materials, monitoring charges, and helping to trouble shoot the various processing equipment while learning the basic chemistry and operating procedures within Lubrizol Advanced Materials. You will also assist the Pilot Plant Engineers with small projects to keep the plant running smoothly. The knowledge you gain during this term will serve as a foundation for all future assignments.

Process Development (Avon Lake and 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.

Production (Any of our 12 U.S.-based manufacturing facilities)

While working in Production, you will assist the area engineers to ensure the smooth day-to-day operations of one of our many production facilities. You will also work on a wide variety of process improvement projects including process optimization, safety improvements, new equipment start-up, and energy monitoring and improvements that will help the company by increasing capacity, improving processing, and reducing operating costs. You may also get involved in the capital project process which may include: equipment or control system design, project estimation, installation, and start-up. This assignment will expose you 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. This term can take place at most of our production facilities throughout the United States, with opportunities opening up at new plants all the time.

Lubrizol Texas

The co-op down in the Texas-based program will have diverse work experiences over their terms including opportunities in day-to-day production units, long-term process improvement, and environmental compliance. The work will vary from hands-on operation of process equipment to data collection, optimization, and design. Some of the opportunities include:

Manufacturing Operations Support

In the Operations Support department, you will assist to ensure smooth operation of production units and help solve technical issues encountered in manufacturing. You will work on projects involving process optimizations, new process and equipment start-ups, troubleshooting, and recommending / implementing equipment changes. In this role, you will have the opportunity to interact with a variety of departments within the plant, throughout Lubrizol, and outside organizations.

Production

While working in Production, you will assist the area engineers to ensure the smooth day-to-day operations of one of our many production facilities. You will also work on a wide variety of process improvement projects including: process optimization, safety improvements, new equipment start up, and energy monitoring and improvements that will help the company by increasing capacity, improving processing, and reducing operating costs. You may also get involved in the capital project process which may include: equipment or control system design, project estimation, installation, and start up. This assignment will expose you 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. This term can take place at any of our production facilities throughout the United States with opportunities opening up at new plants all the time.

Environmental

You will help the plant manage its waste safely and efficiently by assembling data on air and water quality for government reports, tracking the disposal of waste generated at the facility, and assisting with required EPA testing. You will also be given the opportunity to lead plant initiatives to optimize waste handling and other utility operations.

Chemical Operations

You will work side by side with chemical operators who run a wide variety of chemical processing equipment. You will turn valves, start pumps, charge raw materials and perform whatever tasks are necessary to help Lubrizol learn about and optimize our chemical processes. This is a great introduction to manufacturing equipment, basic chemical engineering unit operations and Lubrizol’s work processes. This assignment provides the strong base from which your future assignments will build upon.

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 assistance during work sessions

  • Housing assistance and relocation assistance is offered to students with a permanent residence that is 35 miles or more 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 James Hambrick, President and CEO, and Eric Schnur, Corporate VP and COO.

Who are we looking for?

  • Students currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from an accredited university, with a graduation date of 2022 or later.

  • Ability to complete three or more co-op work terms.

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

How do you learn more or apply?

Lubrizol partners with universities across the country to recruit for the Chemical Engineering 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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