Designs chemical plant equipment and devises processes for manufacturing chemicals and products, such as gasoline, synthetic rubber, plastics, detergents, cement, paper, and pulp, by applying principles and technology of chemistry, physics, and engineering.
This career is part of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics cluster Engineering and Technology pathway.
A person in this career:
- Monitors and analyzes data from processes and experiments.
- Develops safety procedures to be employed by workers operating equipment or working in close proximity to ongoing chemical reactions.
- Develops processes to separate components of liquids or gases or generates electrical currents, using controlled chemical processes.
- Troubleshoots problems with chemical manufacturing processes.
- Evaluates chemical equipment and processes to identify ways to optimize performance or to ensure compliance with safety and environmental regulations.
- Conducts research to develop new and improved chemical manufacturing processes.
- Performs laboratory studies of steps in manufacture of new products and test proposed processes in small-scale operation, such as a pilot plant.
- Prepares estimate of production costs and production progress reports for management.
- Designs measurement and control systems for chemical plants based on data collected in laboratory experiments and in pilot plant operations.
- Determines most effective arrangement of operations such as mixing, crushing, heat transfer, distillation, and drying.