Career outlook for chemical engineer
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You'd do research to improve the manufacturing methods used to turn raw materials into fuel, plastics, food, medicine and more.
You'd also be involved in altering the chemical state of a substance to create products such as medicines, fuels or face creams.
You might also work on developing the machines used in production processes.
You could also work as a biochemical engineer. Taking exciting scientific discoveries to find more cost-effective and environmentally friendly manufacturing processes. You might also be involved in the creation of products such as new medicines or developing green sustainable technologies.
It's likely you'd specialise in working in manufacturing or in research and development. However, some employers would give you the chance to work in both fields.
If you worked in research and development, you would:
- Test new ways to develop products in the lab
- Use computer models to work out the safest and most cost-effective production methods
- Use lab tests to try out a pilot phase of production
- Plan how to take pilot projects to large-scale industrial processing
- Develop methods to deal with by-products and waste materials in a safe way
In manufacturing, you would:
- Work with plant designers to create equipment for the production process
- Help to oversee the day-to-day operation of the processing plant
- Check production and deal with problems
- Work closely with quality control managers
- Work closely with health and safety managers
You might also manage a team of chemical engineering technicians.
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