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Chemical engineers

National Occupation Code (NOC): 2134

Chemical engineers research, design, and develop chemical processes and equipment, oversee the operation and maintenance of industrial chemical, plastics, pharmaceutical, resource, pulp and paper, and food processing plants and perform duties related to chemical quality control, environmental protection and biochemical or biotechnical engineering. Chemical engineers are employed in a wide range of manufacturing and processing industries, consulting firms, government, research and educational institutions.

Job Duties for Chemical engineers

  • Conduct economic and technical feasibility studies in areas related to chemical, petroleum, pulp and paper, food or other processing industries
  • Conduct research into the development or improvement of chemical engineering processes, reactions and materials
  • Evaluate chemical process technology and equipment and determine production specifications
  • Design and test chemical processing and associated plants and equipment
  • Oversee the construction, modification, operation and maintenance of pilot plants, processing units or processing plants
  • Establish and conduct quality control programs, operating procedures and control strategies to ensure consistency and adherence to standards for raw materials, products and waste products or emissions
  • Prepare contract documents and evaluate tenders for the process aspects of industrial construction
  • Supervise technicians, technologists and other engineers
  • May work in an administrative capacity, for example, in the development of guidelines and specifications for the handling of dangerous chemicals, environmental protection, or standards for foods, materials and consumer goods.
Chemical engineers may specialize in the products and processes of a particular industry such as pulp and paper manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, petroleum refining, energy processing, plastics, metal extraction and refining, or adhesives and coatings production. They may also specialize in functional areas of various industries such as process control, pollution control or fermentation processes.

Working Conditions for Chemical engineers

Work takes place indoors with frequent exposure to hazardous chemicals, substances, and odours. Safety procedures are usually in place to reduce the chance of injury from said exposure.

Alternate Job Titles

  • Adhesives Engineer
  • Biochemical And Biotechnical Engineer
  • Biochemical Development Engineer
  • Biochemical Engineer
  • Biotechnical Engineer
  • Biotechnology Engineer
  • Chemical Coating Engineer
  • Chemical Engineer
  • Chemical Process Control Engineer
  • Chemical Process Engineer
  • Chemical Project Engineer
  • Chief Chemical Engineer
  • Chief Process Engineer
  • Design And Development Chemical Engineer
  • Electrochemical Engineer
  • Environmental Chemical Engineer
  • Explosives Engineer
  • Fuels Engineer
  • Industrial Hygiene Engineer
  • Industrial Waste Treatment Engineer
  • Liquid Fuels Engineer
  • Petrochemical Engineer
  • Petroleum Refinery Process Engineer
  • Pipeline Transport Engineer
  • Plastics Engineer
  • Polymer Engineer
  • Production Chemical Engineer
  • Pulp And Paper Engineer
  • Pulp And Paper Engineer, Chemical
  • Refinery Engineer
  • Research Chemical Engineer
  • Waste Treatment Engineer
  • Adhesives Engineer
  • Biochemical Engineer
  • Biotechnical Engineer
  • Chemical Process Control Engineer
  • Chemical Process Engineer
  • Chemical Project Engineer
  • Environmental Chemical Engineer
  • Industrial Hygiene Engineer
  • Industrial Waste Treatment Engineer
  • Liquid Fuels Engineer
  • Petrochemical Engineer
  • Polymer Engineer
  • Pulp And Paper Engineer
  • Refinery Engineer
  • Waste Treatment Engineer
  • Pipeline Transport Engineer

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