Chemical Engineer Job Description: Top Duties and Qualifications

Chemical Engineers, or Process Engineers, oversee the process of converting raw materials into new products in fields such as environmental conservation, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, energy and consumer manufacturing. Their duties include designing procedures to isolate different chemical elements and reconfigure them, testing the resulting products and designing equipment setups for optimal safety and efficiency.

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Chemical Engineer duties and responsibilities

Chemical Engineers perform many scientific and technical related to the process of manufacturing products. Some of their typical duties and responsibilities include:

  • Developing manufacturing processes that minimize waste and increase the quality of finished products
  • Monitoring and testing processes and products found in all phases of production
  • Developing and implementing safety procedures for staff working with hazardous materials
  • Designing, planning and implementing the layout of manufacturing equipment to optimize production and decrease costs
  • Staying up to date with new and emerging manufacturing processes
  • Creating and presenting cost analysis reports to upper management

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Chemical Engineer

Job Duties / Responsibilities:

1. Perform all essential chemical analysis to ensure process control in support of a reel-to-reel plating operation.

2. Utilize proven analytical methods that include the use of pH meter, hydrometer, atomic absorption (AA) spectrophotometer, thermometer, & titration equipment.

3. Enter all test results in True Chem software and alert supervisor of any conditions that exceed the established control limits.

4. Respond in a proactive manner to conditions that exceed the established control limits by re-sampling, error proofing, & communicating.

5. Utilize Hull Cell as a diagnostic qualitative troubleshooting aid

6. Maintain a supplier contact list in order to contact suppliers for technical info and guidance.

7. Audit plating lines per [website]

8. Create and organize Line Changeovers. Analyze the data in the Changeover forms once the work has been completed – The goal is to reduce setup time and improve plating line efficiency.

9. Work with the lab technicians on solution maintenance protocols as well as traceability / record keeping of when the treatments are completed/scheduled.

10. Precious Metal Utilization: This includes the mass balance calculation for each job processed, and most importantly the RC / CA for a job that does not meet the mass balance target.

11. Scrap / First Pass yield: Create a weekly report for each line defining the FPY for the previous week. Determine RC / CA for the jobs that do not meet the target.

12. Update / create Work Instructions as required.

13. Follow all International Standards that apply to IEP’s certification and QMS.

14. Follow Company policies and procedures as defined in the Interplex Employee Manual.

15. Follow safety rules and wear required Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as required.

16. Maintain regular and satisfactory attendance.

17. Perform work outside of normal work hours as required.

18. Other duties as assigned.

Education /Skills /Qualifications:

1. Must have a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering.

2. Must read, write and communicate in English as it relates to this position and safety.

3. Must have 0-2 years of Chemical Laboratory or relevant Industrial experience.

4. Must successfully complete 90-day probationary period.

5. Effective communication skills both oral and written.

6. Effective listening skills.

7. Time management skills with the ability to prioritize workload.

8. Demonstrated organizational skills with the ability to multi-task when required.

9. Self-starter with initiative and drive for continuous improvement.

10. Administrative & Record-Keeping skills.

11. Advanced computer skills & knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, & PowerPoint.

12. Able to follow proper procedures / protocols for working with chemicals in a fast-paced Mfg. environment.

13. Use of graduates, scales, & miscellaneous apparatus used within the Chem. Lab.

14. Advanced mathematical skills.

Job Type: Full-time

Work Location:

  • One location


  • Health insurance

  • Dental insurance

  • Vision insurance

  • Retirement plan

  • Paid time off

  • Flexible schedule

  • Tuition Company Describes Its Culture as:

  • Detail-oriented -- quality and Monday to Friday
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    Chemical Engineer

    Our company is seeking a Chemical Engineer (preferred) for our Chemicals Research program. A suitable candidate must have proven expertise in design and troubleshooting of lab-scale and/or pilot-scale reactors and will need to work closely with a team of chemists in and out of the lab. Candidate must be milestone driven, able to be self-managing and task focused. Willingness and ability to work as a team member in a fast-paced startup company is necessary. The company is located in the Katy area of Houston, and offers a comprehensive benefits package.

    Job Responsibilities:

  • Design input for small to medium sized lab-scale and pilot plant reactors, including flow rates, material selection, component recommendation and PSV (pressure safety valve) designs

  • Design various types of reactors (Cstr, PBR, PFR)

  • Assist with assembly of reactor systems and perform experiments

  • Evaluate analytical data, assist with data analysis

  • Troubleshoot lab and pilot units (hardware and software)

  • Provide detailed process specifications, PFD’s, P&ID’s and equipment data sheets for projects

  • Use CAD, Aspen Plus and Microsoft Office

  • Write regular reports for internal presentation

  • Maintain safety as the highest priority and abide by all company safety policies and procedures


  • Bachelor’s degree (preferred) or equivalent in chemical engineering

  • 3-5 years of experience working in a lab, pilot and/or chemical plant environment

  • Experience in design and construction of lab and pilot testing units; design and construction of lab or pilot-scale reactors a plus

  • Hands-on knowledge of reactor design, process thermodynamics, kinetics, and basic separation technology

  • Aspen simulation, PLC programming and familiarity with GC a plus

  • Candidate must be self-motivated, adaptable and able to work with a small team in a start-up environment.

    Job Type: Full-time


  • laboratory/pilot plant/chemical plant: 3 years (Preferred)

  • design and construction of laboratory/pilot/chemical plant : 1 year (Preferred)

  • reactor design: 1 year (Preferred)


  • Bachelor's United States (Required)
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    Chemical Engineer

    Do you have experience with extraction or chemistry? Are you passionate about the CBD industry? Do you want to be a part of something from the beginning? If so, we have an exciting opportunity for you!

    We are actively engaged in establishing hemp processing operations and are looking to add critical members to the team. We are seeking chemical engineers to assist in research and processing development for CBD & CBG crude oil, full spectrum oil, isolates, distillates & t-free distillates.

    Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assists in extracting and processing CBD crude oil to various end products

  • Masters various techniques, including; t-free distillate

  • Keeps accurate records and protocols

  • Records and tracks accurate weights and measurements throughout processes, using company systems and protocols

  • Maintains a clean, safe environment inside the processing area

  • Calibrates, operates, cleans and stores equipment according to company procedures.

  • Provides consistent oversight of extraction procedures, ensuring standardized requirements and accuracy

  • Expertise in various extraction methods as well as the purification, separation and isolation of various compounds of cannabis or industrial hemp

  • Knowledge of distillation techniques

  • Maintains quality control measures to ensure a high-quality product

  • Ensures compliance with State regulations and testing requirements

  • Maintains inventory of supplies, materials, equipment, including material safety data sheets for all chemicals and products

  • Ensures accurate weighing and inventory

  • Conducts hemp biomass extraction, including but not limited to the safe operation of open/closed loop systems, ethanol extraction, freeze drying, fume hoods, vacuum ovens, high pressure gas systems, and rotary evaporation.

  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of CBD products (distillate, oils, tinctures, concentrates, etc.)

  • Follow all company policies.

  • Other duties as assigned.

    Education and/or Work Experience Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, Biology, Chemical Engineering, Material Science, Biochemistry or related sciences field preferred or in lieu of degree, equivalent work experience

  • A minimum of 1-2 years of experience in extraction processes that adheres to strict health and safety policies and procedures,

  • Fundamental knowledge and understanding of chemistry and materials science and demonstrated mechanical aptitude.

    Additional Skills:

  • High level of attention to detail

  • Experience with Hplc and SPD

  • Excellent, proven interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills

  • Proficient with Word, spreadsheet software and email systems

  • Extended time standing, sitting, walking, bending, and reaching

  • Ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds for a distance of 100 feet

  • Close visual focus required

    If this sounds like you please send a note discussing your experience along with a resume.

    We thank all applicants in advance for their interest; however, only those applicants who are being considered for an interview will be contacted.

    HempNova is an Equal Opportunity Employer [website] All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, citizenship, gender, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, genetic information or veteran status.

    Job Type: Full-time

    Salary: $0.00 /hour


  • chemical production: 2 years (Preferred)

  • extraction: 1 year (Preferred)

  • CBD / Cannibas: 1 year (Preferred)


  • Bachelor's (Preferred)

    Work authorization:

  • United States None

    Work No

  • What does a Chemical Engineer do?

    Chemical Engineers are often employed in a laboratory environment to improve and refine chemical manufacturing methods. Chemical Engineers implement safety procedures to limit risk when working with volatile chemicals and heavy machinery, creating and testing new tools for properly developing a medication, household product or tech device. Their role is to apply biology and chemistry concepts to a manufacturing or processing environment within the scope of safety regulations. Chemical Engineers travel to different work sites to instruct and train manufacturers, collect samples to study, update processes and troubleshoot problems at production facilities.

    Chemical Engineer skills and qualifications

    Chemical Engineers must use many technical skills and transferable soft skills to make the best possible products at competitive prices and in the most responsible ways, including:

    • Ability to apply chemical principles in new and creative ways
    • Expert knowledge of chemical components, solutions and mixtures
    • Understanding of safe handling procedures of all chemicals, including hazardous materials
    • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills
    • Superior math skills, including physical and chemical math equations and theories
    • Good interpersonal and communication skills
    • Ability to work effectively as a team with other staff members

    Chemical Engineer salary expectations

    A Chemincal Engineer makes an average of $89,324 per year. Salary may depend on level of education, experience and geographical location.

    Chemical Engineer education and training requirements

    Entry-level Chemical Engineers have at least a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering or another relevant field from an accredited program. Entry-level Chemical Engineers must pass the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam and attain their Professional Engineering (PE) License after working for four years. For higher-level positions or those with more complex responsibilities, experienced candidates with a PE license may be preferred. For managerial roles or those in research may be required to have a master’s degree in chemical engineering.

    Chemical Engineer experience requirements

    For roles with fewer complex responsibilities, entry-level Chemical Engineer candidates with internship experience may be qualified to complete on-the-job training under the supervision of more senior Chemical Engineers. Roles with complex responsibilities, research tasks or leadership opportunities, years of previous professional experience as a Chemical Engineer and a PE license may be required.

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    Frequently asked questions about Chemical Engineers


    What is the difference between a Chemical Engineer and a Chemist?

    Chemists and Chemical Engineers both use scientific study and knowledge of a substance’s properties to complete their goals, but Chemists develop and test various theories while Chemical Engineers tend to apply existing concepts into useful products. Chemical Engineering is an interdisciplinary field that applies physics, math and industry knowledge to a chemistry background. Chemists work on a small scale to perform research and development while Chemical Engineers apply substances to a large production do deliver new substances to the user. Although Chemical Engineers can work in a lab environment occasionally, they generally work at an industrial plant.


    What are the different types of Chemical Engineers?

    Chemical Engineers generally work as pharmaceutical manufacturers, academics, petroleum processors or product manufacturers. Other types of Chemical Engineers include Electroplating Engineers, Principal Scientists, Product Engineers and Chemical Process Maintainers. Chemical Engineers can also specialize in a particular type of chemical or solution, such as lubricants, glidants, plastics, fibers, pesticides and fertilizers. All types of Chemical Engineers study the effects of the chemicals they work with on the people who use resulting products, ensuring that different combinations of chemicals are safe in the short-term and the long-term before, during and after production.


    What are the qualities of a good Chemical Engineer?

    Good Chemical Engineers are highly creative problem-solvers who can use their advanced education to find new uses for the natural and manmade substances on the planet. They are confident leaders and can direct a team, resolving issues on their behalf. Successful Chemical Engineers can look at all of the different elements of a situation and create a product that fills a specific need. A good Chemical Engineer enjoys analyzing processes to improve their organization and efficiency, and also has the interpersonal communication skills to explain new systems to others.


    What should you look for on a Chemical Engineer resume?

    A Chemical Engineer’s resume should highlight their education, including key coursework and research studies they participated in. On the experience section of their resume, look for job duties that involved working with specialized chemical engineering equipment such as spectrophometers, chromagraphs and infrared light instruments. Experience in a product-oriented manufacturing environment also indicates the ability to be successful as a Chemical Engineer.

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