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Chemical Engineers
District Of Columbia

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Design chemical plant equipment and devise processes for manufacturing chemicals and products, such as gasoline, synthetic rubber, plastics, detergents, cement, paper, and pulp, by applying principles and technology of chemistry, physics, and engineering.

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Currently Employed: 130

Projected Annual Job Openings: 0

Typical Hourly Wage: $48.04 - $62.12

Typical Annual Salary: $99,900 - $129,200

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typical training

Typical education needed for entry: Bachelor's degree

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: None

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typical job duties

  • Develop safety procedures to be employed by workers operating equipment or working in close proximity to on-going chemical reactions.
  • 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.
  • Determine most effective arrangement of operations such as mixing, crushing, heat transfer, distillation, and drying.
  • 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.
  • Prepare estimate of production costs and production progress reports for management.
  • Design measurement and control systems for chemical plants based on data collected in laboratory experiments and in pilot plant operations.
  • Develop processes to separate components of liquids or gases or generate electrical currents using controlled chemical processes.

tools & technology


Tools:
  • Freezedryers or lyophilzers
  • Heat exchangers
  • Laboratory mixers
  • Microcontrollers
  • Processing tanks

Technology:
  • Analytical or scientific software
  • Computer aided design CAD software
  • Data base user interface and query software
  • Object or component oriented development software
  • Spreadsheet software

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