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Jobs in 2029
What Do They Do?A chemical engineer could...
Find a way to turn recycled plastic bottles into high-end fabrics.
Create substances that fluoresce different colors at different temperatures.
Develop new fuels to propel the next generation of spacecraft farther and faster.
Invent a bubble gum formula that makes it easy to blow big bubbles.
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Chemical engineers solve the problems that affect our everyday lives by applying the principles of chemistry. If you enjoy working in a chemistry laboratory and are interested in developing useful products for people, then a career as a chemical engineer might be in your future.
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Do You Have the Skills and Characteristics of a Chemical Engineer?
- Science: ? Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
- Complex Problem Solving: ? Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
- Critical Thinking: ? Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
- Judgment and Decision Making: ? Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
- Systems Analysis: ? Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
- Reading Comprehension: ? Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
- Mathematics: ? Using mathematics to solve problems.
- Systems Evaluation: ? Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
- Active Learning: ? Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
- Operations Analysis: ? Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
Core TasksThink about if you'd like the typical tasks a Chemical Engineer might do:
- Monitor and analyze data from processes and experiments.
- Develop safety procedures to be employed by workers operating equipment or working in close proximity to ongoing chemical reactions.
- Develop processes to separate components of liquids or gases or generate electrical currents, using controlled chemical processes.
- Troubleshoot problems with chemical manufacturing processes.
- Evaluate chemical equipment and processes to identify ways to optimize performance or to ensure compliance with safety and environmental regulations.
- Conduct research to develop new and improved chemical manufacturing processes.
- Perform laboratory studies of steps in manufacture of new products and test proposed processes in small-scale operation, such as a pilot plant.
- Design measurement and control systems for chemical plants based on data collected in laboratory experiments and in pilot plant operations.
- Prepare estimate of production costs and production progress reports for management.
- Determine most effective arrangement of operations such as mixing, crushing, heat transfer, distillation, and drying.
- Direct activities of workers who operate or are engaged in constructing and improving absorption, evaporation, or electromagnetic equipment.
- Perform tests and monitor performance of processes throughout stages of production to determine degree of control over variables such as temperature, density, specific gravity, and pressure.
- Design and plan layout of equipment.
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