Nova gives students some real-world lessons

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Nova Chemicals Corp. Nova Chemicals Corp.'s current co-op students.

Nova Chemicals Corp. recently welcomed 22 new co-op students to its Manufacturing East sites in Ontario, including its polyethylene resin unit in Sarnia.

The students will work in a variety of different business areas, such as operations, information technology and engineering to gain valuable hands-on work experience, officials with Calgary-based Nova said.

A typical rotation for students in the program will include six months in manufacturing infrastructure technical services — where they can see how plans in the office come to life in the plant — and eight months with a pelletizer unit, where they’ll use problem-solving skills to help keep the plant running as safely and productively as possible.

Other program experience includes helping to update and improve corporate engineering standards and providing technical support for activities related to rotating equipment, including reliability initiatives.