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Job Description

A Chemical Engineer is involved with the design, construction and production of a diverse range of products including, food, plastics, oil, water treatments, toiletries etc.  They are also concerned with pioneering new materials and techniques such as nanotechnology, fuel cells and biomedical engineering

Entry Requirements

You’ll normally need an Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) or Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) accredited BEng degree in chemical, process or biochemical engineering.

If you have a degree in a different branch of engineering, or a related subject like chemistry or polymer science, a postgraduate qualification in chemical or process engineering may increase your chances of finding work.
You could also take an integrated master’s qualification, like an MEng, to prepare you for further postgraduate study like a PhD or EngD.

Some universities offer a foundation year for people without qualifications in maths and science. 

Cogent SkillsIChemEIET and Whynotchemeng have more information on becoming a chemical engineer.

Career Path and Progression

With experience, you could progress to senior process or design engineer, research and development manager. You could go on to be a plant manager, or overall operations manager.
You could also move into consultancy work.Related careers you may be interested in:

  • Chemical engineering technician
  • Chemist
  • Energy engineer
  • Nuclear engineer

National Government Policy states that all students should have achieved at least a Grade 4 or C Grade in English & Maths at GCSE.  Achieving this minimum grade in these subjects will increase the opportunities open to you, support your future career development and prospects.

Students who do not meet this standard will be supported to continue to study English and Maths through full-time education or an Apprenticeship.

Required Skills

You will need to be interested in chemistry and enjoy solving problems and have the ability to manage projects, budgets and people as well as having good analytical and problem solving skills

Starting Salary

£29,000 to £60,000

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