Chemical engineers transform matter into products that we use every day.
Chemical engineers research, design, and develop chemical processes and equipment. Some may specialize in the products and processes of a particular industry, such as pulp and paper manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, petroleum refining, energy processing, plastics, or metal extraction. Others may specialize in particular processes, such as oxidation processes, polymerization processes, pollution control, or fermentation processes.
Chemical engineers will develop processes to separate components of liquids and gases or to general electrical currents using controlled chemical processes. They will conduct research into the development or improvement of chemical engineering processes, reactions, and materials in order to develop new or improved manufacturing processes. They will evaluate chemical process technology and equipment to determine production specifications. Chemical engineers will also conduct quality control programs and develop safety procedures for those working with potentially dangerous chemicals to ensure adherence to standards for raw materials, products, and waste products or emissions.