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STEM Careers Coalition: Chemical Engineer / Chemist
Chemical engineers use the principles of chemistry, biology, physics, and math to find solutions for manufacturing and production processes.
Their projects cover everything that uses or produces chemicals, fuel, drugs, and food, to name just a few.
WHO ARE THEY?
Chemical Engineers use the principles of chemistry, biology, physics, and
math to find solutions to problems. Their projects cover anything that uses or
produces chemicals, fuel, drugs, and food, to name a few. Chemical Engineers
take responsibility for designing the processes and equipment for large-scale
manufacturing as well as production methods. They also plan for processes
that safely handle the byproducts of all reactions. Chemical Engineers are
also often responsible for managing the day to day operations of lab.
WHAT DO THEY DO?
Chemical Engineers conduct research focused on the innovative
manufacturing process. They establish safety protocols for dangerous
chemicals. They evaluate equipment and methods to verify they meet all local,
state, federal, and industry regulations and standards. Chemical Engineers
can specialize in a particular industry such as polymerization (making of
plastics and resins). Others focus on a field of studies such as nanomaterials
or specific products like gasoline. The Chemical Engineer can find a job in
many areas, including energy, life sciences, biotechnology, and business
services.
HOW DO I BECOME ONE?
Chemical Engineers must have a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering or
related field. Some universities offer a 5-year engineering program that leads
to both a bachelor’s degree and a masters’ degree. A Ph.D. may be needed
for some levels of research and development. Many postsecondary schools
offer internships and/or cooperative programs in partnership with industry,
allowing for practical work experience. The school of choice should be an
ABET-accredited university
Video length 2:04 min

Science Topics
Chemistry
Engineering Topics
Materials
Chemist, Engineer (Materials)
Middle School, High School
6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade

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