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Avient Corporation (formerly PolyOne Corporation), with 2019 revenues of $2.9 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 that require less plastic
  • Light-weighting solutions that replace heavier traditional materials like metal, glass and wood, 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 9,100 associates and is certified ACC Responsible Care® and a founding member of the Alliance to End Plastic Waste.  For more information, visit www.avient.com


At Avient, we strive for a culture of trust and engagement. Our associates are leading company initiatives such as Lead by Women, HYPE and Pride 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 on hiring, promotion, development, compensation or advancement are based solely on a person’s qualifications, abilities, experience and performance.


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 Avient operation associated with a different one of the Avient business segments.  In some cases, for later rotations Co-op students may be provided (based on their interest and Avient 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 leadership competencies 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 Avient organization are a critical program component.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  1. To support the vision, mission and guiding principles of the company.
  2. Observe all applicable Safety, Health, and Environmental rules and guidelines.  The use of appropriate personal protective equipment is required.
  3. Adhere to appropriate company operating procedures, benefit rules, employment policies, and safety policies.
  4. 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.

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.

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