Chemical Engineer

Chemical Engineer Job Description

A Chemical Engineer Is Involved In The Design, Development, Construction And Operation Of Industrial Processes For The Production Of A Diverse Range Of Products, As Well As In Commodity And Specialty Chemicals.

Relevant Industries Include Oil And Gas, Pharmaceuticals, Energy, Water Treatment, Food And Drink, Plastics And Toiletries.

Modern Chemical Engineering Is Also Concerned With Pioneering Valuable New Materials And Techniques, Such As Nanotechnology, Fuel Cells And Biomedical Engineering.

The Role May Focus On One Or More Of The Following: Researching New Products From Trial Through To Commercialisation; Managing Scale-up Processes From Plant To Full Industrial-scale Manufacturing; Improving Product Lines; Modifying The Processing Plant That Produces The Products; And Designing And Commissioning New Plants.

Chemical Engineer Duties/Functions/Responsibilities

  • designing plant and equipment configuration so that they can be readily adapted to suit the product range and the process technologies involved, taking environmental and economic aspects into account; 
  • working closely with process chemists and control engineers to ensure the process plant is set up to provide maximum output levels and efficient running of the production facility;
  • instituting scale-up and scale-down processes including appropriate changes to equipment design and configuration;
  • applying new technologies;
  • ensuring that potential safety issues related to the project operator, the environment, the process and the product are considered at all stages.
  • assessing options for plant expansion or reconfiguration by developing and testing process simulation models;
  • designing, installing and commissioning new production plants, including monitoring developments and troubleshooting;
  • optimising production by analysing processes and compiling de-bottleneck studies;

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