Are you looking for a chemical engineering job within a specialist technical industry?
Chemical engineers play a vital role within the energy and process industries. They take raw materials, such as crude oil and natural gas, and convert them into fuels that can be used for jobs like heating homes.
Additives and complex chemicals are necessary to get crude oil into a usable form so it can power the machinery, electronics and automobiles we rely on every day.
Here at Airswift, we provide recruitment and workforce solutions to some of the world’s biggest energy and process corporations. We are here to help chemical engineers find the right role for their skills, expertise and career goals.
What are the key responsibilities for a chemical engineer?
Chemical engineers are involved in designing and developing a diverse range of products. Their work focuses on changing the chemical, physical and biophysical state of a substance into something else. For example, they might make plastic out of oil.
The responsibilities involved will depend largely on your role and the sector you work in. A typical job description might include:
Working with process chemists and control engineers to set up the process plant for maximum output levels
Maintaining quality service by establishing and enforcing organisational standards
Ensuring projects are compliant with ISO standards and meet all associated requirements
Promoting a culture of safety within the organisation
Overseeing policy, process and system development
Establishing supply chain, production, marketing and technical service policies and practices
Developing strategic plans and ensuring execution once approved by directors
Monitoring activities to ensure operations meet the highest standards
Staying on top of the latest chemical blending market updates and industry trends
Developing new and improving existing products and processes and applying new technologies
What qualifications and skills will I need to become a chemical engineer?
To pursue a career in chemical engineering, you’ll need a strong understanding of how to alter raw materials whilst adhering to health, safety and cost requirements.
Candidates usually need a bachelor degree in chemical engineering, although some organisations accept degrees in process or biochemical engineering as well. To gain chartered engineer status as your career develops, your degree should be accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE).
Some employers also accept HND or foundation degrees in applied or physical sciences.
It’s also important to have relevant work experience in order to secure a chemical engineering job.
In terms of skills, you’ll need:
An understanding of engineering principles, manufacturing processes and process control
Strong project management and resource management skills
Good oral and written communication skills
An ability to analyse and solve problems to identify process improvements
An ability to work as part of a team
The capacity to lead and motivate a team
Strong IT skills
A methodical approach to chemical manufacturing with good attention to detail
Business and commercial awareness
We offer a personalised approach to connecting job candidates with the best role for them.
With head offices in Houston, Manchester and Singapore, we have placed more than 7,000 contractors in 57 different countries and have more than 60 offices across the globe.
The energy, process and infrastructure industries are renowned for being globally mobile. This means you may get the opportunity to work in other countries or regions. We recognise that moving to a new place for work can be daunting, so we’ll help to smooth the process by taking care of all the relevant logistics. This means you have more time to focus on preparing for your new role.
Sectors we've placed engineers in
At Airswift, we've placed electrical engineer candidates in many sectors within the energy industry, including:
We work with oil and petrochemical companies around the globe, but the largest oil producing regions and chemical plant owners we work with are in:
France, the United Kingdom and throughout Europe
Singapore, China and Asian manufacturing hubs
Oman, the United Arab Emirates and Middle East
Whether you want to work close to home or explore what the world has to offer, there is always a tremendous job market for chemical engineers.
Are you an employer looking for chemical engineers to join your organisation?
If you’re looking for qualified chemical engineers to join your organisation or work on your projects, Airswift can help. We’ll perform all the essential HR tasks during the hiring process, such as background checks, drug screenings and payroll procedures, so you can focus on your business.
If you’re ready to begin your job search with us, simply fill in the contact form and upload your CV here. We look forward to working with you!
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