Chemical Engineers

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Also known as:
Absorption and Adsorption Engineer, Chemical Process Engineer, Chemical Research Engineer, Fuels Engineer, Oxidation Engineer, Plastics Engineer, Polymerization Engineer, Refinery Process Engineer

ABOUT CHEMICAL ENGINEER CAREERS
Video transcript

From the foods we eat, to our clothes, furniture and automobiles, chemicals play a large role in our lives. Chemical engineers convert scientific discoveries into marketable products. Chemical engineers are involved in many aspects of chemical production, research and design, as well as in the construction and operation of industrial plants.

They conduct research to develop new manufacturing processes, analyze operating procedures, equipment and machinery functions and make recommendations for reducing processing time and cost. Frequently, chemical engineers specialize in one area, such as food, pharmaceuticals, petrochemicals or consumer products such as plastics, detergents, pain and synthetic textiles.

Other chemical engineers, who have knowledge and experience in both the scientific and production aspects of the work, may be employed as administrators, Project directors, sales engineers, or technical consultants.

Chemical engineers usually have a bachelor's degree, but those working in research often have a master's or Ph.D. As chemical and manufacturing companies develop new products and more efficient processes, they will continue to need chemical engineers to implement their plans.

SNAPSHOT
Design chemical plant equipment and devise processes for manufacturing chemicals and products, such as gasoline, synthetic rubber, plastics, detergents, cement, paper, and pulp, by applying principles and technology of chemistry, physics, and engineering.
Leadership
HIGH
Critical decision making
HIGH
Level of responsibilities
HIGH
Job challenge and pressure to meet deadlines
HIGH
Dealing and handling conflict
LOW
Competition for this position
MED
Communication with others
HIGH
Work closely with team members, clients etc.
HIGH
Comfort of the work setting
HIGH
Exposure to extreme environmental conditions
LOW
Exposure to job hazards
LOW
Physical demands
LOW
Daily tasks

Design and plan layout of equipment.

Direct activities of workers who operate or are engaged in constructing and improving absorption, evaporation, or electromagnetic equipment.

Develop safety procedures to be employed by workers operating equipment or working in close proximity to ongoing chemical reactions.

Design measurement and control systems for chemical plants based on data collected in laboratory experiments and in pilot plant operations.

Perform laboratory studies of steps in manufacture of new products and test proposed processes in small-scale operation, such as a pilot plant.

Determine most effective arrangement of operations such as mixing, crushing, heat transfer, distillation, and drying.

Develop processes to separate components of liquids or gases or generate electrical currents, using controlled chemical processes.

Conduct research to develop new and improved chemical manufacturing processes.

Perform tests and monitor performance of processes throughout stages of production to determine degree of control over variables such as temperature, density, specific gravity, and pressure.

Monitor and analyze data from processes and experiments.

Troubleshoot problems with chemical manufacturing processes.

MAIN ACTIVITIES
Processing Information Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
Analyzing Data or Information Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
Interacting With Computers Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
AREAS OF KNOWLEDGE
Engineering and Technology Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
Chemistry Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Physics Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
Design Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
Production and Processing Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
TOP SKILLS
Science Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Systems Analysis Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
Mathematics Using mathematics to solve problems.
Systems Evaluation Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.