chemical engineer job description
In your role as a Chemical Engineer, you research, design, and develop chemical processes and equipment. You’re often found overseeing operations and maintaining industrial plants to assure chemical quality control. Frequently you serve as an on-site technical advisor; you 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. Your working day is full and critical to the safe, efficient and effective running of the company that employs you.
You can look forward to moving into senior engineering and supervisory positions or pursue opportunities in science, engineering, sales, marketing or management.
While your formal title is ‘Chemical Engineer’, you’re often referred to as a ‘universal engineer’ because you need to master a broad range of scientific and technical knowledge and possess excellent chemistry laboratory skills along with personal qualities like persistence, curiosity, and complex problem solving abilities. Because what you do has a great impact on process improvements and safety, you need top-notch communication skills so you can share information with others clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing.
required skills and training
Chemical Engineers must have an undergraduate 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
As a Chemical Engineer, you require licensing by a provincial or territorial association to practice and approve reports and drawings. You must register within your province after graduation, as well as pass a professional licensing test after three or four years of practice. Since you interact with employees, clients, and vendors, you need an extensive command of verbal and written French and English.
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