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Chemistry/Polymer Engineering/Metallurgical Engineering Co-op - (Spring 2024 Semester – 23011379

As a Chemistry Co-op, you will perform a variety of benchtop analytical and wet chemistry tests to evaluate the condition and performance of oils, metalworking fluids, contaminants (“unknowns”) and other materials associated with our industry. You will assist with data collection, preparing data reports for customers, as well as assisting in preparation of samples for follow up testing. 

As a Polymer Engineering Co-op, you will support activities thorough in-depth engineering analysis, preparation of user training materials and documents, preparation of detailed input for analysis, summarizing data, documenting, and presenting results. Conduct accelerated aging of plastics and elastomers to look at the effect of time and temperature on both physical and mechanical properties to determine if they are appropriate for lifetime use our product applications.

As a Metallurgical Engineering Co-op, you will provide materials engineering support to the metallurgy group in the areas of lab sample preparation, lab testing, data collection, analysis and report writing in a wide variety of projects. Your projects may include topics such as: aluminum alloys forming and casting, brazing quality, cast iron foundry and production machining support, accelerated corrosion salt fog testing, copper alloys, powder metal, additive manufacturing of metal components, failure analysis of various globally made parts and products, steel processing and heat treating, and welding and materials joining quality analysis.

Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:
  • Working with materials to assess physical properties including mass, volume swell, dimensional change, and hardness.
  • Working with materials to determine mechanical properties including stress at break, strain at break, modulus, and elongation.
  • Performing basic laboratory experiments, such as filtrations, titrations, viscosity, moisture analysis, and sample preparation and processing.
  • Understanding beginning Engineering aspects of heat transfer technologies
  • Using laboratory sample preparation equipment such as hand tools, band saws, abrasive cut-off saws, abrasive grinding wheels, mounting press, metallographic polisher, and etchants to enable further laboratory analysis.
  • Performing laboratory testing and analysis using equipment such as: hardness testing machine, 2D and 3D microscopes, scanning electron microscope, salt fog corrosion test chambers, optical emission spectroscopy chemical analyzer, FTIR, GC, TGA, DSC, DMA, etc.
  • Summarize testing and analysis in communication with engineers and internal customers in the form of data tables, as well as informal and formal reports.

  • Undergraduate student currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Polymer Science and Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, or related field
  • Sophomore or higher class status
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher
  • Ability to work 40 hours/week
  • Prior lab experience and ability to work safely in a lab environment with typical hazards of high temperature, pressures, flammable, mildly toxic chemicals. 
  • Hands-on skills and attitude for using laboratory tools and equipment to prepare and test samples
  • Ability to lift 45 pounds on a regular basis, standing for extended periods of time, and use of hand and power tools
  • PC skills including Microsoft Office - Able to communicate in both verbal and written forms
  • Good communication skills and collaborative ability to work well in a team
  • Legal authorization to work in the United States - Sponsorship for this role will not be provided

  • Undergraduate student currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Polymer Science and Engineering, Material Science and Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering, Corrosion Engineering, Welding and Materials Joining Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or related field
  • Prior Co-op Experience with Copeland or another company
  • Basic lab experience in metallurgical sample preparation & metallography
  • Familiarity with principles of laboratory instrumentation.
  • Familiarity with Visual Basic and HVAC System
  • Reliable transportation- Sidney has multiple locations and will need own transportation for commuting