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Job Description

Chemical engineering technicians help chemical engineers to research, develop and manufacture plastics, medicines, foods, textiles and fuel.

Entry Requirements

You can get this job through:


You can take a college course in Applied Science before applying to a company for a trainee job.

You may need:

  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course

The following local colleges offer courses in Applied Science:

Or your local 6th form may offer a relevant course.


You can complete a laboratory technician or science manufacturing technician advanced apprenticeship.

You'll usually need 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship.

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You can do a foundation degree in chemistry or higher national certificate in applied science chemistry.

You'll usually need 2 or 3 A levels, or equivalent, including chemistry.

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More information

You can get more advice about careers and training in the chemical industry from the Institution of Chemical Engineers and Cogent Skills.

Career Path and Progression

With experience, you could become a shift supervisor, eventually moving into maintenance or production management. 

You could also move into materials development and design, quality control or sales and marketing.

Related careers you may be interested in:

  • Chemical engineer
  • Chemical plant process operator
  • Energy engineer
  • Leather technologist
  • Materials technician

Required Skills

  • chemistry and maths skills
  • spoken and written communication skills
  • the ability to understand and present scientific data
  • excellent IT skills
  • problem-solving ability
  • analytical thinking skills

Salary Range

£18,000 to £35,000

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