Chemical Engineers
SOC: 17-2041.00

Description:

Design chemical plant equipment and devise 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.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
34,300 employed

Projected (2024):
34,900 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Absorption and Adsorption Engineer
  • Automation Engineer
  • Blending Coordinator
  • Chemical Engineer
  • Chemical Process Control, Design, or Development Engineer
  • Chemical Process Engineer
  • Chemical Research Engineer
  • Chemical Test Engineer
  • Commissioning Engineer
  • Design Engineer
  • Development Engineer
  • Engineer
  • Engineering Scientist
  • Explosives Engineer
  • Fuels Engineer
  • Gas Combustion Engineer
  • Lubricating Engineer
  • Monomer Recovery Supervisor
  • Nanotechnologist
  • Oxidation Engineer
  • Pharmaceutical Process Engineer
  • Plant Engineer
  • Plastics Engineer
  • Poly Area Supervisor
  • Polymerization Engineer
  • Polymerization Supervisor
  • Process Control Engineer
  • Process Design Chemical Engineer
  • Process Design Engineer
  • Process Development Director
  • Process Development Engineer
  • Process Engineer
  • Processes Chemical Design Engineer
  • Project Engineer
  • Refinery Process Engineer
  • Research Chemical Engineer
  • Sand Analyst
  • Sand Technologist
  • Scientist
  • Supplier Quality Engineer (SQE)
  • Technical Supervisor
  • Weapons Designer
  • Weapons Engineer


  • Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.

    Education:

    Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Troubleshooting
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Food Production
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Develop safety procedures to be employed by workers operating equipment or working in close proximity to on-going chemical reactions.
  • Determine most effective arrangement of operations such as mixing, crushing, heat transfer, distillation, and drying.
  • Prepare estimate of production costs and production progress reports for management.
  • Direct activities of workers who operate or who are engaged in constructing and improving absorption, evaporation, or electromagnetic equipment.
  • Perform laboratory studies of steps in manufacture of new product and test proposed process in small scale operation such as a pilot plant.
  • Develop processes to separate components of liquids or gases or generate electrical currents using controlled chemical processes.
  • Conduct research to develop new and improved chemical manufacturing processes.
  • Design measurement and control systems for chemical plants based on data collected in laboratory experiments and in pilot plant operations.
  • Design and plan layout of equipment.
  • Troubleshoot problems with chemical manufacturing processes.
  • Evaluate chemical equipment and processes to identify ways to optimize performance or to ensure compliance with safety and environmental regulations.
  • Perform tests and monitor performance of processes throughout stages of production to determine degree of control over variables such as temperature, density, specific gravity, and pressure.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Agitators
  • Atomic force microscopes
  • Benchtop centrifuges
  • Benchtop mixers
  • Catalytic reactors
  • Chromatographic scanning equipment
  • Distillation columns
  • Distillation systems
  • Filtration systems
  • Gas absorbers
  • Heat exchangers
  • Laboratory evaporaters
  • Lyophilizers
  • Mass spectrometers
  • Mixing tanks
  • Personal computers
  • Personal digital assistants PDA
  • Plate filter presses
  • Powder mixing equipment
  • Programmable logic controllers PLC
  • Safety goggles
  • Sludge dryers
  • Surface analysis spectroscopes
  • Vacuum pumps
  • Vial handling systems
  • Wet scrubbers
  • Absorption process simulation software
  • Applied Flow Technology AFT Arrow
  • Applied Flow Technology AFT Fathom
  • AspenTech aspenONE for Chemicals
  • Autodesk AutoCAD
  • C++
  • CAD/CAM
  • CD-adapco STAR-CAD
  • Cerebro CerebroMix
  • ChemicaLogic SteamTab
  • Chempute Software ChemDraw
  • Chempute Software E-Notebook
  • Chempute Software Engineer's Aide SINET
  • Chempute Software EstPro
  • Chempute Software SuperPro Designer
  • Chempute Software VisiMix
  • Chemstations CHEMCAD
  • Computer aided design and drafting CADD software
  • Control Station ENGINEER
  • Dassault Systemes CATIA software
  • Desktop publishing software
  • EPCON International CHEMPRO Engineering Suite
  • EPCON International SiNET
  • EPCON International SYSTEM 7 Process Explorer
  • G&P Engineering Software EngVert
  • G&P Engineering Software PhysProps
  • G&P Engineering Software PipeDrop
  • GE Fanuc Proficy Machine Edition
  • Laboratory information management system LIMS software
  • Madison Technical Software Chempak Plus
  • Madison Technical Software Enviropak
  • Madison Technical Software Steampak
  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Project
  • Microsoft Visio
  • Microsoft Visual Basic
  • Microsoft Visual C# .NET
  • Microsoft Word
  • Minitab
  • Minitab software
  • National Instruments LabVIEW
  • Presentation software
  • Prode PD-Plus
  • PTC Creo Parametric
  • Relational database software
  • SAP software
  • SoftLab PHEdesign
  • SolidWorks CAD software
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Statistical software
  • Structured query language SQL
  • Thermal Analysis Systems The Energy Analyst


  • architecture and engineering


    industry stats

    SOC: 17-0000

    Total Employed: 2,475,390

    Average Annual Salary: $82,980