Chemical Engineer Job Description: Top Duties and Qualifications

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Chemical Engineer job title

A great job title typically includes a general term, level of experience and any special requirements. The general term will optimize your job title to show up in a general search for jobs of the same nature. The level of experience will help you attract the most qualified applicants by outlining the amount of responsibility and prior knowledge required. And if your position is specialized, consider including the specialization in the job title as well. But avoid using internal titles, abbreviations or acronyms to make sure people understand what your job posting is before clicking.

  • Process Engineer
  • Chemical Technician (PE preferred)
  • Chemical Technologist
  • Chemical Process Engineer
  • Plant Process Engineer
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Example 1

Stelco has an opening for a Chemical / Materials engineering student co-op position. This co-op would include day to-day technical support and project development to support Stelco’s operations in one of our operating divisions (Coke Ovens, Blast Furnace, Steelmaking or Hot Strip Mill). Stelco is actively engaged in enhancing the understanding and technical knowledge of these operations in order to continuously improve the production and the quality of our final product. This position will actively work with operations, technical, maintenance & quality teams, and duties will include monitoring daily process health, data analytics, laboratory testing, troubleshooting and engaging in project work - all aimed to optimize the processes at Stelco. This position would be based Lake Erie Works facility in Nanticoke, ON. ( 2330 Regional Road 3, Nanticoke, ON N0A 1L0 ) Stelco is a world-class, fully-integrated steelmaker with several finishing operations that supplies high-quality steel substrate to the automotive, energy, appliance and construction industries. The integrated steelmaking facility is located in Nanticoke, ON, and consists of a Coke Oven, Blast Furnace, Basic Oxygen Steelmaking complex and Hot Strip Mill. Finishing operations are located in Hamilton, ON, and include a Cold Rolling Mill and Galvanizing Lines. Safety is the Core Value of Stelco and the individual will make Safety the #1 priority in the execution of all work activities, including monitoring contractor/vendor safety in support of work efforts. Your day-to-day  Monitor the health of process  Update daily process data analytics  Raw material sampling/testing, and report generation  Conduct technical and statistical analysis on processes  Assist in-field and soft troubleshooting as required  Process improvement identification, evaluation and justifications  Hold meetings to communicate work and test results with operational and technical teams  Work independently to ensure project deadline are being met  Develop tools and interactive platforms to provide resources for technical and operational teams. Job Qualifications  Perusing a degree in Engineering – Chemical or Materials  Minimum, enrolled in 3rd year of study in a 4-year program or 4th year of study in a 5- year program.  Returning to school after placement  Accountable for own transportation and housing at own cost  Must have valid G drivers license and own vehicle  This position is located in Nanticoke, Ontario Job Skills and Knowledge  Good interpersonal and leadership skills  Good problem-solving skills, effective and accurate decision making  Ability to multi task and prioritize work load  Good oral and written communication skills  Ability and desire to work in a shop floor/industrial environment  Good MS Office Suite abilities  Knowledge of other software packages is an asset [website] Minitab, CAD, AutoCAD, PI, HYSYS)  An enthusiastic approach and ability to learn quickly and assume responsibility are essential  As an individual contributor, qualified candidates for this role also must demonstrate the ability to champion change and effective communication while contributing to team success. Your work environment  Normal, fast-paced office environment for high impact teams  Field operations wearing appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in a heavy industry field environment Contract length: July 2021 - August 2022 Application deadline: 2021-06-28 Expected start date: 2021-07-12 Job Types: Full-time, Internship, Contract Schedule: * 8 hour shift * Monday to Friday Work remotely: * No

Example 2

In this role of Chemical Engineer, you will be involved in tasks such as collection/analysis of plant operating data, simulation of plant performance and the formulation of alternative solutions and economic evaluations. Key Accountabilities Monitor and optimize unit operation to ensure safe & reliable operations Optimize unit operation to meet run lengths and production target Assess product quality, unit material balance, yield and consumption Troubleshoot and resolve operational problems with process, maintenance and plant engineering support Initiate projects to improve plant performance Qualifications Education and Experience: Bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering with less than 4 years experience Registered member of APEGA or eligible for registration Experience in oil sands industry considered an asset Skills and Abilities: Ability to apply engineering theory in mass balance, fluid flow, and thermodynamics Ability to work in an industrial environment (Climb ladders, confined spaces, etc.) Strong communication, collaboration, and interpersonal skills Self-starter with strong organizational skills Requirements: Valid class 5 driver’s license Must be legally entitled to work in Canada Work Location This is a Fort McMurray based position located at our Mildred Lake or Aurora site. What We Offer Highly competitive base salaries Flexible benefit plan options Company matched saving program Defined benefit & company matched defined contribution pension plans Employee development Generous paid time off Who We Are There’s a certain something about the Syncrude culture that sets us apart. It’s an energy and collective spirit, a commitment to do better and having the heart to be industry leaders and leaders in our communities. We call it our Syncrude Side. Join us, and we’ll help you discover yours. Syncrude is situated in the heart of the Boreal Forest, and is proud to call Fort McMurray home. Our community offers the amenities of city living along with world class recreational amenities and outdoor pursuits. Pursue your goals by exploring the many exciting career opportunities with Syncrude.

Example 3

Chemical Engineer Manager - Manufacturing Location: Toronto Job type: Full time perm Salary: Competitive TO APPLY SEND Resume AND COVER Letter TO is looking to hire a Chemical Engineering Manager. This is a permanent full time, position This opportunity offers a full Benefits and Pension package. The Engineering Manager supervises a small but energic engineering team. This position is based out of the Mississauga location but will also support the Toronto Plant. The successful candidate will enjoy being out of their office and in the plant. This position supports the senior management and operations as follows: Develops and implements the Corporate Capital plan; Manages process safety and environmental programs including reporting; Manages product scale-up or transfer between Plants including process safety evaluations; Manages plant and process upgrade program; Monitors and reports on Plant performance (Productivity, Cycle times, Yields, Raw Material forecasting, etc.); Manages annual maintenance shutdowns; Develops and maintains the Preventative Maintenance programs; Assists in the development, costing and implementation of capital expenditure projects; Ensures TSSA Compliance (pressure vessels and process piping); Maintains data and specifications of Plant equipment and facilities including P&ID’s; Develops and maintains corporate design guidelines and specifications for Plant equipment, instrumentation, piping, materials of construction, parts, P&ID standards, and sets standards for any activity practiced in any plant or engineering operation; Assists in Operator and employee safety training; The successful candidate will possess a Chemical Engineering degree and Professional Engineering Certification (P-ENG) and 10+ years of engineering experience in a chemical manufacturing environment. Ideally 3-5 years of engineering management experience. TO APPLY SEND Resume AND COVER Letter TO

Example 4

Chemical Engineer- Flow process development Location: Toronto Job Type: Full time perm Salary: Competitive with benefits TO APPLY SEND Resume TO Our client, a leader in silicone manufacturing is looking for a Flow Process Development Engineer for the Toronto and Mississauga Plants. This role will transform the manufacturing operation from batch processing to more efficient and greener continuous (Flow) processing and will initially focus on three projects: 1. Carry out pilot trials and commercial development of continuous process for production of Silicone Gums and their derivatives. 2. Work with our R&D team to design/procure/install and operate a super turbulent gas/liquid pilot reactor (or fluidized bed reactor) for process development and scale up. 3. Design/procure/install and operate a pilot plug flow and an agitated tubular flow reactor, together with all complimentary continuous equipment to simulate and eventually replace some of our batch production processes. Key responsibility: The primary responsibility of this position will be to critically analyze and define the process kinetics of each unit step, prepare process flow diagram and specs for the entire process and work with vendors to expeditiously source/procure/install the scale up or commercial equipment. This will require skillful interaction: internally with chemists, plant engineering, foremen & operators and externally with vendors and suppliers of specialized equipment and instrumentation. This position will also be expected to operate the equipment installed, interpret the results and modify accordingly in order to build scale up capabilities Knowledge and skills Required 1. Chemical Engineering Degree (minimum). 2. Professional Engineering Certification (PEO) 3. Thorough knowledge of chemical unit processes such as Esterification, Hydrosilation, fractionation/distillation, heat/mass transfer, fluid mechanics, etc. 4. Background in piloting and scaling up processes. 5. Excellent PFD and P&ID skills. 6. Must have excellent computer skills (Word, Excel, AutoCad, Visio, Minitab etc). Essential Work Experience. 1. 5-8 years in a chemical manufacturing or chemical process design environment. 2. Experience in Continuous Flow Process design is highly desirable but, at a minimum, the candidate must have a solid knowledge of continuous flow technologies. Other Essential Skills and Capabilities: 1. Must be comfortable to working directly with chemists to understand chemical processes, while able and willing to apply independent criteria to assess the safety and soundness of the process. 2. Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills 3. Is comfortable taking a hands-on approach to solve problems. 4. Must have a strong interest in learning and understanding the chemistries Siltech currently practices and those that are currently being developed. 5. Is capable to think outside the box 6. Has the capability to visualize and carry out a project from inception through to start-up and certification. 7. Is comfortable working in a plant-based setting. 8. Enjoys working in a fast pace environment on multiple projects simultaneously. TO APPLY SEND Resume TO

Example 5

The STEM Montessori Academy of Canada is a registered not-for-profit organization specializing in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programming open to all students with the mission to deliver top-notch STEM literacy and application. The STEM program will educate students from preschool to high school. The SMAC will specialize in an advanced, bar-none STEM-based educational curriculum that emphasizes the interconnected subject areas of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). *Who Should Apply?* STEM Montessori Academy of Canada is seeking enthusiastic, engaging university students, club facilitators, instructors, or teachers with expertise in the subject areas for online programming for a 1 to 8 weeks part-time-contract position. *Shifts: *Monday to Friday 9 am - 12 pm EST, or 1 pm - 4 pm EST, 3 hours per shift, 15 hours per week. Start times may vary. *Planned Start date* July 5, 2021, *End Date: * August 27, 2021 **Candidates should be available for all these weeks for consideration. This temporary contract position is on an as-needed basis, and it is based on enrollment. The dates and shifts, and hours are not guaranteed. July 5, 2021, to July 9, 2021, * Five days July 12, 2021, to July 16, 2021, * Five days July 19, 2021, to July 23, 2021, * Five days July 26, 2021, to July 30, 2021, * Five days *August 3, 2021, to August 6, 2021,* * *Four days* August 9, 2021, to August 13, 2021, * Five days August 16, 2021, to August 20, 2021, * Five days August 23, 2021, to August 27, 2021, * Five days Compensation: $21.87 per hour *** YOU MUST HOLD A VALID Vulnerable Sector Police Clearance CHECK. Must be valid within the last 12 months.* *Position Description: * *Chemical Engineering Instructor* (CEI) - The CEI will have a strong background in the field of Electrical Engineering and will teach students about research, design, and develop chemical processes and equipment, oversee the operation and maintenance of industrial chemical, plastics, pharmaceutical, resource, pulp and paper, and food processing plants, and perform duties related to chemical quality control, environmental protection, and biochemical or biotechnical engineering. *Duties: * · Be creative and innovative in the time spent with the children by planning and executing activities online related to the job position. · Must be comfortable creating meaningful content related to job position activities for children between the ages of 7-17 years in a virtual environment. · Be self-motivating and enthusiastic in carrying out the duties, fostering self-esteem, problem-solving and conflict resolution skills. · Ensure the atmosphere is inclusive, welcoming, and safe for all children. · Provide positive role-modelling for child participants and volunteers to the program, be always polite and helpful, smiling and greeting both parents and children. · Provide weekly reports on your program, complete appropriate attendance records, daily log, and program plans as required. · Be accepting of all children without regard to race, creed, religion, socioeconomic status. *Requirements: * ** Vulnerable Sector police clearance check – A MUST within the last 12-months from the date of issue. -MUST be dependable and organized -Ability to be at least 5 consecutive days a week for 1 to 8 weeks from July 5, 2021, to August 27, 2021. -Exhibit personal suitability and flexibility -Have exceptional interpersonal skills - Have excellent oral and written communication skills. -Previous online teaching experience would be an asset. -Post-secondary students and grad students welcome to apply. We are strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community. We welcome and encourage applications from all religious backgrounds, persons of colour, women, persons, persons with disabilities, and others who can contribute to the diversification of our community. Interested candidates are encouraged to submit a resume. Thank you for your interest in this opportunity; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Contract length: 1-8 weeks Part-time hours: 15 per week Expected start date: 2021-07-05 Job Types: Part-time, Temporary, Contract Salary: $21.87 per hour Schedule: * Monday to Friday COVID-19 considerations: Interviews will be conducted via Zoom Work remotely: * Temporarily due to COVID-19

Chemical Engineer job summary

A great job description starts with a compelling summary of the position and its role within your company. Your summary should provide an overview of your company and expectations for the position. Outline the types of activities and responsibilities required for the job so job seekers can determine if they are qualified, or if the job is a good fit.

Example of a Chemical Engineer job summary

We’re seeking a qualified chemical engineer to join our research and development team on a full-time basis. This exciting role involves providing technical expertise on a range of cross-functional projects, including process design, development, implementation and improvement, and maintaining equipment in a qualified state. Candidates must possess a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering and at least three years’ experience in a cGMP-regulated environment. The successful candidate will be proactive, detail-oriented and inventive, with strong analytical and problem-solving skills, impeccable interpersonal and organizational skills and a willingness to keep abreast of industry advances. Proven experience in coordinating and collaborating with people in other disciplines is required for this role.

Chemical Engineer responsibilities and duties

The responsibilities and duties section is the most important part of the job description. Here you should outline the functions this position will perform on a regular basis, how the job functions within the organization and who the job reports to.

  • Design, develop and implement new and improved processes.
  • Conduct tests to evaluate the efficiency of processes.
  • Evaluate processes and equipment to ensure regulatory compliance.
  • Troubleshoot problems with processes and implement changes as required.
  • Assist in the supervision of plant operations.
  • Schedule and coordinate projects to align with deadlines and budgets.

Chemical Engineer qualifications and skills

Next, outline the required and preferred skills for your position. This may include education, previous job experience, certifications and technical skills. You may also include soft skills and personality traits that you envision for a successful hire. While it may be tempting to include a long list of skills and requirements, including too many could dissuade qualified candidates from applying. Keep your list of qualifications concise, but provide enough detail with relevant keywords and terms.

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering required.
  • Professional Engineering (PE) license required for most professional-level positions.
  • Excellent problem-solving and analytical skills.
  • Good team-working skills.
  • Exceptional IT skills.
  • Commercial awareness.
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