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Chemical Engineer

Overview: Chemical engineers design the machinery and processes used for manufacturing chemical products in factories. They design entire chemical plants, and direct workers installing equipment such as evaporation towers, kilns, boilers, grinders and centrifuges.
Duties: They study chemical manufacturing production goals in terms of quantity and quality required. Decide what kinds of chemical manufacturing equipment is needed to meet production objectives.

Prepare design plans and calculate cost estimates for constructing the building needed and purchasing and installing the equipment and machinery.

Supervise the construction and installation of the chemical manufacturing equipment. They make sure it meets all state and federal safety regulations.

Train management and manufacturing employees to optimize production methods and safety precautions. They supervise initial production runs.

Degree(s): A.S. Engineering Science 
Job Outlook: Employment of chemical engineers is expected to decline through 2018. Growth will occur in service-providing industries such as professional, scientific, and technical services especially for research in energy, biotech, and nanotechnology.
Starting Salary: Chemical engineers enjoy one of the best starting salaries.
Salary Range (National Average): $49,000 to $54,000
Green: Green Career
Education Level: Typically, a Bachelor’s Degree from a 4-year college (some are 5 years) is required to be considered for this occupation.
Additional Training/Education: A bachelor's degree from an accredited engineering program is the typical requirement for entry positions. Some employers require a master's degree. All 50 states require registration for engineering positions that may affect life, health or property of the public. Registration generally requires a bachelor's degree, four years of working experience and passing a state examination.
Advancement Info: Beginning engineering graduates usually work under the supervision of experienced engineers and, in large companies, also may receive formal classroom or seminar-type training. As new engineers gain knowledge and experience, they are assigned more difficult projects with greater independence to develop designs, solve problems, and make decisions. Engineers may advance to become technical specialists or to supervise a staff or team of engineers and technicians. Some may eventually become engineering managers or enter other managerial or sales jobs.
Recommended Skills:
  • Analyzing requirements for a new product or service and creating a design to satisfy those needs.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Using mathematics and/or statistics to solve problems.
  • Ability to identify a problem, review related information, develop and evaluate options, and implement a solution.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Using scientific methods to investigate and conduct experiments.
  • Analyzing the symptoms of a problem and deciding what actions should be taken to resolve the problem.
  • Composing and communicating your ideas in written form.
Recommended Values:
  • Having the ability to work with equipment or material things.
  • Having a level of income that will afford you with luxuries, and which will allow you to become financially independent.
  • Being able to decide on how to get something done without significant direction from someone else.
  • Create new ideas, programs, things, or anything else not previously developed by another person.
  • Doing something where you can physically see the results of your work.
 

* National data collected by the Department of Labor between 2008-2012.
* For New York salary data information please click here
* For New York green job information please click here.

Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.