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Engineering Co-Op Job in Avon Lake, Ohio US

Engineering Co-Op

PolyOne Corporation - Avon Lake, OH

Posted: 3/10/2020 - Expires: 6/8/2020

Job ID: 216591303

Job Description

PolyOne Corporation (NYSE:POL), is an award-winning workplace because of the value we place on our people and their contributions through recognition programs, competitive pay, community service, and opportunities to grow professionally and personally. We have a proven track record of promoting from within by providing unique leadership development and training opportunities.

We are a $2.9 billion world-class, global provider of specialty and sustainable polymer solutions with our materials used in everyday products ranging from sports equipment to medical devices to electronics and more. With approximately 5,700 global associates and 60+ facilities around the world, we collaborate closely with our customers to achieve their most pressing design, material science and sustainability goals. If you like to be challenged in a fast-paced, collaborative environment and to work with top, innovative talent, then PolyOne is the ideal company for you to make an impact and build your career.

At PolyOne, we strive for a culture of trust and engagement. Our associates are leading company initiatives such as Lead by Women and Pride at PolyOne to advance diversity in professional and personal development. We also provide our associates with robust development programs such as PolyOne Academy, Lean Six Sigma, and various leadership workshops to allow for career growth in a variety of ways. With workplace flexibility, health and wellness programs, casual dress days, and paid time off for community service, we are committed to building upon our positive momentum.

Our corporate co-op program provides unique opportunities for development - with a focus on development of leadership and change management competencies and real process engineer project activity intended to provide value to PolyOne and application of engineering knowledge for the student.  The objective of the program is to develop the students so that - on graduation - they are strong candidates for PolyOne's Engineering Leadership Development program and for future leadership positions within the PolyOne manufacturing organization.


The Co-Op Student is an entry level production / process engineering position which allows an engineering student, following their second year of formal studies, to gain hands-on experience in the manufacturing setting.  A successful Co-Op Student candidate will work three full rotations (fourth optional), each at a different PolyOne operation associated with a different one of the PolyOne business segments.  In some cases, for later rotations Co-op students may be provided (based on their interest and PolyOne need) with opportunities to complete one rotation in corporate functions (for example EHS or R&D).

The specific assignments are geared to the needs of the plant during that time, as well as the interests of the Co-Op Student - but are developed with a view to developing competencies as described above ("why PolyOne") and process engineering capabilities.

Students will be provided with specific mentors on project activity and will receive coaching from senior manufacturing personnel.  Orientation training is provided at the start of the 1st and 2nd work semesters and students will report out on their activity each semester to representatives of PolyOne's senior manufacturing management including EVP, Manufacturing and HR director(s).  Networking opportunities within the PolyOne organization are a critical program component.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

To support the vision, mission and guiding principles of the company.

Observe all applicable Safety, Health, and Environmental rules and guidelines.  The use of appropriate personal protective equipment is required.

Adhere to appropriate company operating procedures, benefit rules, employment policies, and safety policies.

Carry out process engineering related project activity - specific projects will be dependent on operation needs and student desired focus areas.  Students will both work projects independently (with mentorship) and as part of functional teams at the operation.  Examples of historical project activity include:

Operation productivity      enhancement:
Rate improvement
Changeover       reduction
Yield improvement       - 1st pass quality improvement
Waste (lean)       elimination
Equipment       reliability related activity (downtime reduction)

Small capital project      work (specification of requirements, capital request submission including      ROI justification, oversight of install and commissioning)
Resolving EHS related      issues
Resolving quality or      customer complaint issues



Pursuing Bachelor's Degree in Engineering      or related field.

1+ years of experience preferred (can include strong internship experience)

Some awareness of LSS and lean manufacturing will be considered an asset

Willingness and ability to travel.

Must be able to read/comprehend written and oral instructions in English; read and comprehend safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, procedure manuals and product recipes/material identifications.

Must have ability to reason and develop      critical thinking skills
Must have manual dexterity sufficient to      operate a wide variety of small hand tools, scales, spatula, barrel cart,      hand trucks, fork lift, utility knife, and mixer/blender machinery and      computer equipment.
Significant amounts of time on operations      plant floor will require, extended periods of standing and walking.  Operations can be hot environments.


PolyOne Corporation is a drug free workplace.  PolyOne is an equal opportunity employer. We maintain a policy of non-discrimination in providing equal employment to all qualified employees and candidates regardless of race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, genetic information, protected veteran's status, or other legally protected classification in accordance with applicable federal, state and local law.

At PolyOne, we believe diversity of ideas and backgrounds gives us the creativity to be successful in a rapidly changing world.  In support of this, we stress equality of opportunity for all qualified individuals in accordance with applicable laws. Decisions on hiring, promotion, development, compensation or advancement are based solely on a person's qualifications, abilities, experience and performance.


PolyOne is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action employer and provides equal employment opportunity to all qualified applicants regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status, or other legally protected classification in the state in which a person is seeking employment. PolyOne will use E-Verify to ensure employment eligibility of newly hired employees where required.

Job Summary

Employment Type:
Full Time Employee
Job type:
Federal Contractor
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Education Level:
Bachelor's degree
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