Job Description: CHEMICAL ENGINEERING JOBS
Chemical Engineers will enjoy above-average job opportunities in Canada as employers strive to fill openings that have increased with the decline of permanent immigration.
Chemical engineers gather data and oversee operations in the plant or at the job site, but may do much of their work in an office environment. Some chemical engineers work in functional areas, such as process control, pollution control or fermentation processes, and may be instrumental in maintaining quality control.
Chemical engineers research, design, and develop chemical processes and equipment. They often oversee operations and maintenance of industrial plants to assure chemical quality control. Often serving as on-site technical advisors, they also troubleshoot problems, spearhead improvements in products and processes, and lead company safety efforts in the proper use and disposal of chemicals and chemical waste.
Chemical Engineers can move into senior engineering and supervisory positions or pursue opportunities in science, engineering, sales, marketing or management.
Chemical Engineers, often called "universal engineers" because they need to master a broad range of scientific and technical knowledge, also need excellent chemistry laboratory skills, plus personal qualities such as persistence, curiosity, and complex problem solving abilities. Because what they do has a great impact on process improvements and safety, they must be able to communicate this information to others clearly, both verbally and in writing.
Required Skills and Training
Chemical Engineers must have a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering or a related engineering discipline, while a Masters or PhD degree is often required or preferred.
Many employers prefer graduates with related coursework and a co-op placement for entry-level jobs. Many positions require several years of experience.
Skills and Certifications:
Chemical Engineers require licensing by a provincial or territorial association to practise as a Professional Engineer and approve reports and drawings. They must register within their province after graduation, as well as pass a professional licensing test after three or four years of practise. Since Chemical Engineers interact with employees, clients, and vendors, the need an extensive command of verbal and written French and English.
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