Associate chemical engineers are employed primarily at plants, factories, and other entities which deal with chemicals. These engineers must make sure that all employees, operations, and chemical processing techniques adhere to company policies, laws, and regulations to minimize the plant's impact on the environment, all while ensuring that these processes stay within budget requirements.
Developing plans to minimize the use of raw materials and utilities is an important part of the job; these processes should be monitored constantly by testing samples, performing calculations, and reviewing results. It will be necessary to be familiar with the machines used in the various processes to ensure they are working at optimal levels by monitoring, maintaining, and troubleshooting.
The ability to create reports may be necessary, along with minimum computer skills. Associate chemical engineers should keep up with all of the latest developments in their field/s in order to propose changes in their company's processes. These new developments may also need to be tested and implemented by those in this position.
Much of the work is done independently, though teamwork is required to carry out some tasks and coordinate efficient operations. Usually, a bachelor’s degree or higher in chemical engineering is necessary. Some less-technical positions may require less education, but more prior experience in the field.
Associate Chemical Engineer/Technician Tasks
Conceive develop and implement new processing and manufacturing technologies.
Work with all phases of project management from the first engineering drawing to the last phase of project start up.
Support line production and maintenance operations.
Work with teams to develop chemical processes for new and existing products.