Chemical Engineer (Occupation Code : 214501)

The path to becoming a Chemical Engineer


A Chemical Engineer designs and prepares specifications for chemical process systems and the construction and operation of commercial-scale chemical plants. A chemical engineer also supervises industrial processing, fabrication and manufacturing of products undergoing physical and chemical changes and related technologies.


Conducting research and advising on, and developing commercial-scale chemical processes to refine crude oil and other liquids or gases, and to produce substances and items such as petroleum derivatives, explosives, food and drink products, medicines, or synthetic materials.

Specifying chemical production methods, materials and quality standards and ensuring that they conform to specifications.

Establishing control standards and procedures to ensure safety and efficiency of chemical production operations and safety of workers operating equipment or working in close proximity to on-going chemical reactions.

Designing chemical plant equipment and devising processes for manufacturing chemicals and products.

Performing tests throughout stages of production to determine degree of control over variables, including temperature, density, specific gravity, and pressure.

Developing safety procedures to be employed.

Preparing estimates of production costs and production progress reports for management.

Performing laboratory studies of steps in manufacture of new products and testing proposed process in small scale operation such as a pilot plant.

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