Polymer Application Development & Technical Service Co-Op - 2024
Avon Lake, OH 
Posted 14 days ago
Job Description


Avient Corporation (NYSE: AVNT), with expected 2021 revenues of $4.6 to $4.7 billion, provides specialized and sustainable material solutions that transform customer challenges into opportunities, bringing new products to life for a better world. Examples include:

  • Barrier technologies that preserve the shelf-life and quality of food, beverages, medicine and other perishable goods through high-performance materials
  • Light-weighting solutions that replace heavier traditional materials which can improve fuel efficiency in all modes of transportation
  • Breakthrough technologies that minimize wastewater and improve the recyclability of materials and packaging across a spectrum of end uses

Avient employs approximately 8,400 associates and is certified ACC Responsible Care, a founding member of the Alliance to End Plastic Waste and certified Great Place to Work. For more information, visit .


At Avient, we strive for a culture of trust and engagement. Our associates are leading company initiatives such as Lead by Women, HYPE (Harnessing Young Professionals), Pride at Avient and Embrace to advance diversity in professional and personal development. We also provide our associates with robust development programs such as Avient 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.

At Avient, 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 in hiring, promotion, development, compensation and advancement are based upon non-discriminatory factors such as, for example, qualifications, abilities, experience, and performance.

Job Summary

The Application Development & Technical Service (ADTS) Co-op will collaborate with local ADTS teams within SEM to participate in engineering activities. The Co-op will be located at a different location during each of their three rotations to get broad exposure to Avient's technologies and businesses.

Activities will include both in-house application development testing and internal mold trials, as well as collaborating with External ADTS engineers to travel to customer facilities for product validation.

The Application Development & Technical Service (ADTS) Engineer will be responsible for recommending appropriate Engineered Thermoplastics (ETP's) for customer applications and optimizing customer processes, while also providing education/training on how to design applications and tooling. The candidate will also participate in the resolution of customer complaints, as needed. ADTS Engineer may also be responsible for developing testing plans and procedures, data analysis, and communication of results for new applications and product launches.

Travel within North America, Central America, South America and Canada. Up to 50% travel may be required as needed.

Essential Functions

  • Support application evaluation and material selection
  • Attend process trials of new and existing products
  • Troubleshoot processing problems at existing customers
  • Engage customers on quality issues as well as process and technology questions
  • Create product part or mold design and processing/troubleshooting literature for each product line
  • Construct presentations and provide processing and design training to the customer
  • Interpret and analyze customer part drawings, mold filling simulation, elemental analysis, etc.
  • Additional support as needed to internal customers - Sales, Product Management, Technology, Manufacturing.
  • Familiarization of current and legacy product portfolio.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Education and Experience

  • Bachelors Student in Plastics Engineering or related Engineering field required.
  • Advanced degree or experience a plus
  • 1+ year's related experience (including internship/co-op experience) preferred
  • Injection molding, extrusion, blow molding, thermoforming experience a plus

Additional Qualifications

Technical Competence

* Strong injection molding and/or extrusion processing skills. Knowledge of other processing methods a plus

* Strong mold and part design skills

* Capability to think outside the box and work on cutting edge concepts

* Proficiency with SolidWorks and Moldflow (or similar software)

* Proficiency with Finite Element Analysis Software

* Understanding of plastics materials and compounding processes

* Performs work with speed and accuracy.

* Adheres to internal Avient policies and rules. Interprets Technical Data sheets (TDS) / Safety Data Sheets (SDS) and provide proper instruction

Leadership / Communication Skills

* Strong communication skills required, both oral and written (technical and non-technical)

* Able to present ideas and results in a logical manner

* Receptive to ideas and feedback

* Responds to emails/calls and provides detailed reports in appropriate fashion and timeframe.

* Understands project purpose and commitment required. Able to present ideas and results in a logical manner.

* Can effectively communicate technical information with other functions that are non-technical.

* Works seamlessly with others without difficulty.

* Bi-lingual with Spanish is a plus


Each position at Avient focuses on eight Core Competencies as a Leader of Self. Additionally, management positions focus on Leadership Competencies as a Leader of Others and/or a Leader of the Business. These competencies are designed to drive behavior that will ultimately help our associates excel at their current roles, while supporting individual and career development.

Physical Demands

The characteristics listed below are representative of the physical demands required by an individual to successfully perform the essential duties of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties.

* Must be able to work in laboratory, plant and processing environments.

* While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; stoop; kneel; crouch or crawl; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; talk and/or hear.

* Occasionally required to sit.

* Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus, and ability to differentiate color.

Work Environment

The characteristics listed below are representative of the work environment typically encountered by an individual while performing the essential duties of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties.

* Requires the use of safety equipment as dictated by the work area such as safety glasses and shoes, dust mask, hard hat, respirator, face shield, hearing protection, chemical suit, gloves, aprons, etc.

* Occasionally work in a manufacturing environment where the noise level is loud.

  • The individual will be required to work extensively at a computer screen and will, at times, sit at a desk for extended periods.
  • Must be able to travel by car or airplane.

Avient Corporation is a drug free workplace. Avient 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.

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
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
1+ years
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