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Chemical Process Engineer Spotlight

Chemical Process Engineers use chemistry to improve efficiencies and solve critical issues around energy efficiency, environment and economics in the oil and gas industry. They are at the forefront of finding the most energy efficient way to extract or refine petroleum, reclaiming a tailings pond or improving wastewater recycling.

What a typical day look like:

Chemical Process Engineers work closely with a team full of experts from all disciplines and backgrounds to find new ways to improve efficiencies, reduce emissions or resolve other related issues. Often, a problem is brought forward by operations or is seen in monthly reporting, then Chemical Process Engineers and others on the team will meet to brainstorm ideas that might solve the problem.

They use their command of chemistry and the chemical manufacturing process to help find solutions. They research, design and develop chemical processes and equipment to make the oil and gas industry better. Once an idea is developed, Chemical Process Engineers test it as well. They compare variables such as temperatures, densities, and pressures. They also conduct economic and technical feasibility studies to make sure the proposed ideas are realistic to put into place.

Chemical Process Engineers can usually be found in an office where they work a 40-hour work week.

The kinds of problems Chemical Process Engineers solve at work:

The Chemical Process Engineer’s brain is hardwired to problem-solve and continually improve efficiencies in all chemical processes, from oil and gas production to refining. Oil and gas companies need their chemistry skills to work out problems and drive the industry forward.

Skills used most on the job:

Chemical Process Engineers have the adaptability, cooperation and patience that comes with collaboration, especially with other subject matter experts. They are also critical thinkers who can solve complex problems and make decisions based on data and logic. On top of it all, they understand chemistry and process.

Many of the world’s solutions come down to a single molecule. Chemical Process Engineers harness their knowledge of the molecule to improve efficiencies, costs and environmental performance.

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