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Student Chemical Technician at Process Research Ortech
Location: Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Salary range: $$
Number of Reviews: 5
Popularity on RateMyCoopJob: 1113 clicks
Job Description: Operate pilot plant, perform sample analysis, provide lab support.
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"Decent co-op for first or second year. Use it as a stepping stone to get better co-ops later, since any lab-based experience looks good on your resume. Enjoyability/learning really depends on your supervisor; some of the senior members (eg, J---- micromanage and don't care about you learning anything, while the younger engineers (Sina, Sridevi) are great to work under and help you learn. You may have to work night shifts. Co-op students aren't valued much, but take the hit for future jobs."

over 1 year ago

$$
Based on $450/week
3.0_stars
"You'll be able to learn how to use a variety of analytical instruments, but you'll be swamped with the amount of work that they provide you. You'll find yourself wanting to come early to avoid leaving late. You'll most likely be working with other co-op students, unless you work with solvent extraction, where you're basically working in a small dungeon alone (most of the time). Supervisors are arrogant at times, leading to less efficiency in the work place. Place also needs a renovation."

over 2 years ago

$$
Based on $500/week
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"Not a bad option if you're in an early work term. Experience/enjoyability will depend alot on who you work with. As stated previously try to work with B-- as much as possible. Looking back, their 'look the other way' attitude toward safety is frightening and unacceptable. Hopefully this has changed since I was there. Overall, all of the other co-ops I worked with went on to some really good jobs in the next few terms, so it's a good stepping stone."

about 6 years ago

$$
Based on $450/week
3.0_stars
"Pro: Great for first or second work term, there's definitely much to learn about extraction processes and scale up methods. Related to the stuff I learned in my study term afterwards. Con: Terrible pay, but it is the standard in this type of field (process research) May work overtime, up to 12 hours (but comes with compensation) Note: Working under the younger engineers were fantastic; ask anything and they will be happy to answer and give off a good vibe. Not the same for older employees."

almost 7 years ago

$$
Based on $450/week
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"I have done this once in co-op. You will pick up a lot, especially from the non-management (and not Indian) senior guys, however there were 12 hours shifts, the pay sucked, and depending on who you worked under you either had almost absolute freedom or were micromanaged to death. If you do get a job there try to work under Rob D. and avoid Jude. Not to say that Jude is a bad guy (in case he is reading this) he just crushes you with micromanagement. Management is negative working there. The management is quite poor and that unfortunately detracts from the absolutely brilliant ideas that comes out of the two heads. Bottom line, if you want to get into chemical engineering or metallurgy, and are willing to take a hit on pay you can learn a lot"

almost 7 years ago

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Based on $420/week