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Chemical & Materials engineers have a variety of career options; many work in the water, energy, pharmaceutical and food industries. However, since they are taught project management and process flow in college, chemical engineering graduates can also be recruited to work in the financial industry.
Chemical & Materials Engineers do the following tasks:
- Preparing designs for chemical process systems and planning control systems for processes such as those used to remove and separate components, effect chemical changes, test and evaluate fuels, transfer heat, and control the storing and handling of solids, liquids and gases.
- Monitoring the operation and maintenance of equipment to achieve maximum efficiency under safe operating conditions ensuring correct materials and equipment are used and that they conform to specifications.
- Diagnosing malfunctions in chemical plants and instituting remedial action.
- Studying product utilisation and pollution control problems.
- Reviewing plans for new products and submitting material selection recommendations in accordance with design specifications and factors such as strength, weight and cost planning and implementing laboratory operations to develop new materials and fabrication procedures for new materials to fulfil production cost and performance standards.
- Conferring with producers of materials, such as metals, ceramics, polymers, cements and elastomers, during the investigation.
- Evaluation of materials suitable for specific product applications.
- Reviewing product failure data and implementing laboratory tests to establish or reject possible causes, and advising on ways to overcome any problems.