Chemical Engineering

Chemical engineers apply the principles of science and engineering, especially chemistry, biochemistry, applied mathematics and engineering principles to solve problems involving the production or use of chemicals, building a bridge between science and manufacturing. Chemical engineers might work in production and manufacturing, Research and Development, design, management or marketing, or even teaching. They design equipment and develop processes for large-scale chemical manufacturing, plan and test methods of manufacturing the products and treating the by-products, and supervise production. Some chemical engineers create drug delivery systems, numerical models for atmospheric pollution problems, as well as magnetic and electronic materials. They may also work in a variety of manufacturing industries other than chemical manufacturing, such as those producing electronics, photographic equipment, clothing, and pulp and paper.

These engineers must apply the principles of both mathematics and chemistry to solve problems, create materials, and design complex chemical systems. Not only do chemical and petroleum manufacturers employ them, but chemical engineers also find work in firms that produce drugs, plastics, paints, magnetic tapes, and synthetic fuels. Some work event with nanotechnologies, electronics and information technologies, and some even get law degrees and specialize in patent law.

Sample Occupations:

  • Bioproduct Engineer
  • Biotechnology
  • Colorist
  • Chemical Engineer
  • Design Engineer
  • Electronic and Advanced Materials
  • Environmental Health
  • Field Engineer
  • Food Processing Engineer
  • Microelectronics
  • Operations engineer
  • Petrochemicals
  • Polymers
  • Pharmaceuticals
  •  Process Engineer
  • Projects Engineer
  • Project Manager
  • Pulp and Paper
  • Research and Development Engineer
  • Specialty Chemicals
  • Supply Chain Manager in Process Engineering
  • Toxicologist

Skills Required:

  • Communication skills
  • Knowledge of the most up-to-date practices
  • Testing
  • Active learning
  • Operation monitoring
  • Teamwork skills
  • Higher education
  • Critical thinking
  • Operations analysis
  • Computer skills

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