- Entry level
- No Education
- Salary to negotiate
Chemical engineers typically do the following:
Conduct research to develop new and improved manufacturing processes
Develop safety procedures for those working with potentially dangerous chemicals
Develop processes to separate components of liquids and gases or to generate electrical currents using controlled chemical processes
Design and plan the layout of equipment
Do tests and monitor performance of processes throughout production
Troubleshoot problems with manufacturing processes
Evaluate equipment and processes to ensure compliance with safety and environmental regulations
Estimate production costs for management
Some chemical engineers specialize in a particular process, such as oxidation (a reaction of oxygen with chemicals to make other chemicals) or polymerization (making plastics and resins). Others specialize in a particular field, such as nanomaterials (making extremely small substances), biological engineering, or in developing specific products.
Chemical engineers also work in producing energy, electronics, food, clothing, and paper. They work in research in life sciences, biotechnology, and business services.
Chemical engineers must be aware of all aspects in the manufacturing of chemicals, drugs, or other products. They must also understand how the manufacturing process affects the environment and the safety of workers and consumers.