Engineering Co-Op

Date: Sep 12, 2023

Location: Dover, OH, US, 44622

Company: Kraton

Make a +Difference at Kraton!

At Kraton, we make a Positive Difference, and we are looking for individuals who are also looking to make a difference in their jobs, our customers, and the world.  We are looking to hire a key operations team member.

Key Responsibilities

The Operations Co-op position exists as a developmental support position for our manufacturing operations teams. The position will be involved in day-to-day process engineering support activities and also be responsible for completing 1-2 larger, long-term projects which will be defined at the beginning of the co-op rotation. Co-ops will be targeted at the sophomore and junior levels and will complete 2-3 rotations within the Company's manufacturing operations and may be assigned to manufacturing plants located in Panama City, Florida; Pensacola, Florida; Savannah, Georgia, Belpre, Ohio and Dover, Ohio.

The key responsibilities of this role include but are not limited to the following:

  • Define and complete 1-2 large projects within the rotation period.
  • Gain knowledge of the Company's operations and provide technical support as needed.
  • Participate in plant management and departmental team meetings.
  • Create and deliver end of semester presentation/report to senior management and executive leadership.

Required Skills

  • Keen focus on personal and physical safety.
  • Operates with integrity.
  • Technical engineering knowledge.
  • Courage to make tough decisions.
  • Flexible and willing to work in an industrial, unionized chemical plant setting.
  • Self-motivated and driven.
  • Positive can-do attitude.
  • Solid teamwork and leadership abilities.
  • Capable of learning and applying knowledge and skills to the performance of analytical, engineering, and technical work.
  • Communicates effectively (written and verbal).
  • Influencing and facilitation skills. 
  • Able to research and integrate new ideas into the business.
  • Committed to completing the rotational program.
  • Clear interest in polymer or chemical manufacturing engineering as a field of study and profession.
  • Experience performing work in a manufacturing setting preferred. 
  • Basic understanding and knowledge of manufacturing operations processes, procedures, and equipment.
  • Must evidence effective business communication skills, (oral, written, instructional, and presentation).
  • Must be a proficient user of Microsoft Office applications to include Word, Excel, PowerPoint.
  • Willingness to work in an industrial manufacturing process/operation. 
  • Able to work off hours if needed/necessary.

Education, Certifications & Licenses

  • Students seeking Bachelor’s degree in Polymer or Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Chemistry.
  • A current undergraduate or graduate-level student pursuing a bachelor's or master's degree in Polymer or Chemical Engineering or related technical field with a minimum 3.0 GPA.


The statements above are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by employees assigned to this classification.  Statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities and skills required for this position.

Kraton’s internal talent acquisition team manages our recruiting efforts and from time to time works with pre-selected/pre-approved external staffing agencies. We do NOT accept unsolicited resumes or candidate referrals from recruiters and/or agencies who are not pre-selected/pre-approved.

Kraton is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Nearest Major Market: Canton
Nearest Secondary Market: Akron