Profession chemical engineer

Chemical engineers design and develop large-scale chemical and physical production processes and are involved in the entire industrial process required for transforming raw materials into products.

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Personality Type

  • Investigative / Realistic


  • Chemistry

    The composition, structure, and properties of substances and the processes and transformations that they undergo; the uses of different chemicals and their interactions, production techniques, risk factors, and disposal methods.

  • Analytical chemistry

    Instruments and methods used to separate, identify and quanitfy matter - the chemical components of natural and artificial materials and solutions.

  • Engineering processes

    The systematic approach to the development and maintenance of engineering systems.

  • Engineering principles

    The engineering elements like functionality, replicability, and costs in relation to the design and how they are applied in the completion of engineering projects.


  • Test chemical samples

    Perform the testing procedures on the already prepared chemical samples, by using the necessary equipment and materials. Chemical sample testing involves operations such as pipetting or diluting schemes.

  • Work with chemicals

    Handle chemicals and select specific ones for certain processes. Be aware of the reactions which arise from combining them.

  • Perform scientific research

    Gain, correct or improve knowledge about phenomena by using scientific methods and techniques, based on empirical or measurable observations.

  • Approve engineering design

    Give consent to the finished engineering design to go over to the actual manufacturing and assembly of the product.

  • Adjust engineering designs

    Adjust designs of products or parts of products so that they meet requirements.

  • Assess environmental impact

    Monitor environmental impacts and carry out assessments in order to identify and to reduce the organisation's environmental risks while taking costs into account.

  • Apply health and safety standards

    Adhere to standards of hygiene and safety established by respective authorities.

  • Perform chemical experiments

    Perform chemical experiments with the aim of testing various products and substances in order to draw conclusions in terms of product viability and replicability.

  • Forecast organisational risks

    Analyse the operations and actions of a company in order to assess their repercussions, possible risks for the company, and to develop suitable strategies to address these.

Optional knowledge and skills

think analytically thermoplastic materials develop chemical products quality standards assess the feasibility of implementing developments human physiology chemical preservation electrical instrumentation engineering physics pharmaceutical drug development semiconductors define quality standards use chemical analysis equipment industrial software provide technical expertise write batch record documentation intellectual property law use cad software microbiology-bacteriology laboratory techniques conduct public presentations pharmacology electricity manage pharmaceutical production facilities construction perform laboratory tests material mechanics nanotechnology manufacturing processes supply chain management software architecture models pharmaceutical legislation integrate new products in manufacturing pharmaceutical manufacturing quality systems mechanics pollution legislation packaging engineering use a computer apply validation engineering optical engineering ensure compliance with safety legislation electrical engineering examine engineering principles draft design specifications contribute to registration of pharmaceutical products composite materials develop material testing procedures pharmacovigilance legislation design prototypes biological chemistry materials science record test data toxicology design principles improve chemical processes drug administration regulations good manufacturing practices pharmaceutical chemistry monitor plant production create solutions to problems test production input materials advise on waste management procedures use technical drawing software types of packaging materials textile materials pharmaceutical technology write technical reports design optical systems computer engineering pharmaceutical industry establish collaborative relations types of metal test materials biology basic chemicals analyse production processes for improvement advise on pollution prevention develop pharmaceutical drugs design pharmaceutical manufacturing systems quality assurance methodologies mechanical engineering ensure compliance with environmental legislation manage chemical testing procedures types of plastic evaluate pharmaceutical manufacturing process analyse test data