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Chemical engineers must have a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering. Employers also value practical experience, so internships and cooperative engineering programs, in which students earn college credit and experience, can be helpful.Education
Chemical engineers must have a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering. Programs usually take 4 years to complete and include classroom, laboratory, and field studies. High school students interested in studying chemical engineering will benefit from taking science courses, such as chemistry, physics, and biology. They also should take math courses, including algebra, trigonometry, and calculus.
At some universities, students can opt to enroll in 5-year programs that lead to both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree. A graduate degree, which may include a degree up to the Ph.D. level, allows an engineer to work in research and development or as a postsecondary teacher.
Some colleges and universities offer internships and cooperative programs in partnership with industry. In these programs, students gain practical experience while completing their education.
ABET accredits engineering programs. ABET-accredited programs in chemical engineering include courses in chemistry, physics, and biology. These programs also include applying the sciences to the design, analysis, and control of chemical, physical, and biological processes.Important Qualities
Analytical skills. Chemical engineers must be able to troubleshoot designs that do not work as planned. They must be able to ask the right questions and then find answers that work.
Creativity. Chemical engineers must be able to explore new ways of applying engineering principles. They work to invent new materials, advanced manufacturing techniques, and new applications in chemical and biomedical engineering.
Ingenuity. Chemical engineers learn the broad concepts of chemical engineering, but their work requires them to apply those concepts to specific production problems.
Interpersonal skills. Because their role is to put scientific principles into practice in manufacturing industries, chemical engineers must develop good working relationships with other workers involved in production processes.
Math skills. Chemical engineers use the principles of calculus and other advanced topics in mathematics for analysis, design, and troubleshooting in their work.
Problem-solving skills. In designing equipment and processes for manufacturing, these engineers must be able to anticipate and identify problems, including such issues as workers’ safety and problems related to manufacturing and environmental protection.Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations
Licensure for chemical engineers is not as common as it is for other engineering occupations, nor is it required for entry-level positions. A Professional Engineering (PE) license, which allows for higher levels of leadership and independence, can be acquired later in one’s career. Licensed engineers are called professional engineers (PEs). A PE can oversee the work of other engineers, sign off on projects, and provide services directly to the public. State licensure generally requires
The initial FE exam can be taken after one earns a bachelor’s degree. Engineers who pass this exam commonly are called engineers in training (EITs) or engineer interns (EIs). After meeting work experience requirements, EITs and EIs can take the second exam, called the Principles and Practice of Engineering.
Several states require engineers to take continuing education to keep their license. Most states recognize licensure from other states if the licensing state’s requirements meet or exceed their own licensure requirements.Advancement
Entry-level engineers usually work under the supervision of experienced engineers. In large companies, new engineers also may receive formal training in classrooms or seminars. As junior engineers gain knowledge and experience, they move to more difficult projects with greater independence to develop designs, solve problems, and make decisions.
Eventually, chemical engineers may advance to supervise a team of engineers and technicians. Some may become architectural and engineering managers. However, preparing for management positions usually requires working under the guidance of a more experienced chemical engineer.
An engineering background enables chemical engineers to discuss a product’s technical aspects and assist in product planning and use. For more information, see the profile on sales engineers.
|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Senior Process Development Associate||Novavax, Inc.||Rockville, MD||Feb 24, 2016||$99,174|
|Process Development Associate II||Abbott Laboratories||Worcester, MA||Sep 03, 2012||$80,000|
|Process Development Associate III||Abbott Laboratories||Worcester, MA||Apr 22, 2011||$77,485|
|Senior Process Development Associate||Novavax, Inc.||Gaithersburg, MD||Feb 08, 2016||$76,193|
|Senior Process Development Associate||Novavax, Inc.||Rockville, MD||May 15, 2014||$75,000|
|Process Development Associate Senior||Lonza Biologics, Inc.||Portsmouth, NH||Oct 26, 2015||$65,000|
|Process Development Associate||KBI Biopharma, Inc.||Durham, NC||Sep 13, 2016||$63,000|
|Process Development Associate II||Abbott Laboratories||Worcester, MA||Oct 01, 2009||$62,000|
|Process Development Associate Senior||Lonza Biologics, Inc.||Portsmouth, NH||Nov 01, 2013||$61,812|
|Process Development Associate||Dpt Lakewood, LLC||Lakewood, NJ||Sep 05, 2015||$58,760|
|Process Development Associate Senior||Lonza Biologics, Inc.||Portsmouth, NH||Nov 15, 2010||$58,000|
|Process Development Associate Senior||Lonza Biologics, Inc.||Hopkinton, MA||Oct 01, 2010||$58,000|
|Process Development Associate||KBI Biopharma, Inc.||Durham, NC||Sep 13, 2016||$57,866|
|Process Development Associate||Aerotek Scientific LLC||Waltham, MA||Oct 01, 2011||$57,852|
|Process Development Associate Lead||Lonza Biologics, Inc.||Portsmouth, NH||Oct 01, 2009||$55,053|
|Process Development Associate||Lonza Biologics, Inc.||Portsmouth, NH||Sep 16, 2009||$55,053|
|Process Development Associate I||Novavax, Inc.||Rockville, MD||Aug 31, 2015||$55,000|
|Process Development Associate Senior||Lonza Biologics, Inc.||Portsmouth, NH||Aug 30, 2016||$54,000|
|Process Development Associate I||Novavax, Inc.||Gaithersburg, MD||Sep 15, 2016||$52,749|
|Process Development Associate Junior||Lonza Biologics, Inc.||Hopkinton, MA||Oct 01, 2012||$51,542|
|Process Development Associate Junior||Lonza Biologics, Inc.||Hopkinton, MA||Sep 24, 2012||$49,920|
|Process Development Associate Junior||Lonza Biologics, Inc.||Hopkinton, MA||Sep 16, 2011||$48,001|
|Process Development Associate Junior Fermentatio||Lonza Biologics, Inc.||Hopkinton, MA||Aug 06, 2013||$47,840|
|Fermentation Process Development Associate||Conagen, Inc.||Bedford, MA||Jan 09, 2016||$47,000 -
|Fermentation Process Development Associate||Conagen, Inc.||Bedford, MA||May 09, 2016||$47,000 -
|Process Development Associate Junior||Lonza Biologics, Inc.||Hopkinton, MA||Jan 24, 2011||$46,800|
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