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Engineer (Chemical and Material)

A specialised type of engineer, Chemical and Material Engineers work with chemical systems in a variety of capacities. They may plan for the construction of chemical plans, outline specifications for chemical processing systems, work on the development of chemically-intensive consumer products, or conduct research into the properties and possible commercial applications of metals, ceramics, and other materials.

Duties and tasks

  • Adjusting and repairing chemical and lab equipment as needed
  • Conducting laboratory work to determine the efficiency of a particular chemical process, operation, or product
  • Conducting research into the properties or viability of various chemical substances
  • Designing chemical processing systems
  • Ensuring laboratories and product development centre's are kept up-to-date and to code with the specifications outlined by relevant governmental agencies
  • Offering advice to product developers about commercial, chemical, and engineering applications of products
  • Testing for chemical changes and effects

Skills required

  • Ability to think critically and use logic
  • Extraordinary attention to detail
  • High mathematical and chemistry competence
  • Oral and written communication skills
  • Teamwork

Working conditions

Chemical and Material Engineers sometimes work in traditional office settings, either as part of a specific engineering firm or as part of an in-house chemical engineering department of a larger company or organisation. Laboratory work is also quite common for chemical and material engineers.

Professional associations / Industry information

Association of Professional Engineers, Scientists and Managers Australia 

Engineers Australia Engineers Australia is the national forum for the advancement of engineering 

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