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ChE bound Co-op Companies

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In the previous post I talked about the companies that participates in the Lehigh Co-op Program. Here’s a another quick look to get more details on the ones that hire ChEs specifically. Hopefully this post will help you get a better image of career interests and types of industries chemical engineers get into. After reading this post, you should have a good idea what each described company does and whether or not if it’s the type of field you are interested in. So here we go.

Air Products produce industrial gases, as well as equipment. Products mainly focuses on Oxygen, Nitrogen, Argon, Hydrogen and Carbon Dioxide. In fact, Air Products is the world’s largest supplier of hydrogen and helium gases.  It is headquartered in Allentown, PA, roughly 30 minutes away from the Lehigh campus. It is a fortune 500 company, current developing Hydrogen infrastructure that powers hydrogen cars. Company has a well established culture and history, and it hires a lot of ChEs.

Crayola manufactures colored pencils, crayons, markers, paints, as well as other color related products. It offers Research & Development positions in Bethlehem, PA, same town as where Lehigh campus is at. Its products are sold over 80 countries. They focus on making their products more environmental friendly while bringing fun to children.

Essorc is a leading cement producer with over 6.5 million metric tons of annual capacity. it headquarters in Nazareth, PA, which is roughly 20 minutes away from the Lehigh campus. It has plants all over the country. The company focuses on sustainability as it delivers top quality cement to architecture professions.

ExxonMobil is worldwide producer of fuels and lubricants. One of the most well established companies in the world. Top fortune 500 company. Co-ops assigned at Baton Rouge, LA. Really good chemical plant experience. Well developed culture and historical background.

The company that I Co-oped at. A 50/50 joint venture between Exxon and Dutch Shell. Products focus on engine fuel additives and lubricants. Its products runs in 7 out of the 10 cars on the road. Location is based on Linden, NJ, greater NYC area. First rotation is R&D work, second rotation is plant work.

Materion supplies highly engineered advanced enabling material to companies across the world. Products include specialty metals, optical fibers, inorganic chemicals and powders. In fact, it’s the world’s only integrated “mine-to-mill” supplier of berylium-based products. Company is based in Shoemakersville, PA, which is roughly 40 minutes way from Lehigh campus.

Purolite makes products that deals with general ion exchange, adsorbent and catalyst challenges common to the majority of industries. Ion-exchange Resins is one of its many specialties. Location is based in Philadelphia, PA. It offers R&D positions to Co-ops.


RPA Engineering provides engineering services such as project management, engergy management or design as well as analysis. Job is really wide-spread, depending on what the client demands. It was founded about 20 years ago, a small company where impacts made can be more significant.


Author: Jerry Jin

Hello, My name is Jerry Jin. I'm a senior at Lehigh University pursuing a degree in Chemical Engineering. I'm from Allentown, PA, but I was born in Shanghai, China. I moved here when I was fourteen years old. I'm currently the secretary for Southeast Asia at Lehigh Club, and treasurer for SASE. I'm also on the Lehigh Ultimate Frisbee Team and I enjoy being spontaneous.

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