Chemical Engineer

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    Chemical engineers are responsible for the chemical, biochemical and/or physical processes and machinery used to transform raw materials into valuable products.

    As a chemical engineer, you will be involved in the design and development of a diverse range of products. Your work will focus on changing the chemical, biochemical and physical state of a substance to turn it into something else, such as making plastic from oil.

    You can work in a variety of industries including:

    • energy
    • food and drink
    • oil and gas
    • pharmaceuticals
    • plastics
    • toiletries
    • water treatment.

     

    Duties

    • testing new processes
    • collecting data required to make improvements and modifications
    • overseeing the construction of new plants
    • using and developing process simulation software to work out the best production methods
    • purchasing and installing equipment
    • using scientific principles related to magnitude, momentum, heat transfer etc
    • supervising plant operations
    • investigating and troubleshooting plant/process problems
    • scheduling and coordinating work to tight deadlines and within financial budgets
    • ensuring that equipment works to its specification and to appropriate capacities
    • assessing safety and environmental issues
    • liaising with installation/project engineers and specialists
    • ensuring safe working conditions and compliance with health and safety legislation.

     

    Qualifications

    To become chartered, you will need to have studied at Masters level, either completing a four-year MEng in chemical engineering or a BEng followed by the relevant Masters.

    The following degree subjects may be considered useful:

    • applied chemistry
    • biochemical/process engineering
    • biomedical engineering
    • chemistry
    • environmental engineering
    • nuclear engineering
    • polymer science/technology.

     

    Skills

    • an understanding of engineering principles and mathematics
    • an aptitude for, and interest in chemistry
    • project management skills
    • resource management skills
    • oral and written communication skills
    • analytical and problem-solving ability
    • the ability to work as part of a team
    • the capacity to motivate and lead a team
    • strong IT skills
    • a careful and methodical approach with good attention to detail
    • commercial and business awareness
    • creativity and innovation.

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