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Design chemical plant equipment and devise processes for manufacturing chemicals and products, such as gasoline, synthetic rubber, plastics, detergents, cement, paper, and pulp, by applying principles and technology of chemistry, physics, and engineering.

    Work Activities
    • Monitor and analyze data from processes and experiments.
    • Develop safety procedures to be employed by workers operating equipment or working in close proximity to ongoing chemical reactions.
    • Develop processes to separate components of liquids or gases or generate electrical currents, using controlled chemical processes.
    • Troubleshoot problems with chemical manufacturing processes.
    • Evaluate chemical equipment and processes to identify ways to optimize performance or to ensure compliance with safety and environmental regulations.
    • Perform laboratory studies of steps in manufacture of new products and test proposed processes in small-scale operation, such as a pilot plant.
    • Conduct research to develop new and improved chemical manufacturing processes.
    • Prepare estimate of production costs and production progress reports for management.
    • Design measurement and control systems for chemical plants based on data collected in laboratory experiments and in pilot plant operations.
    • Determine most effective arrangement of operations such as mixing, crushing, heat transfer, distillation, and drying.
    • Direct activities of workers who operate or are engaged in constructing and improving absorption, evaporation, or electromagnetic equipment.
    • Perform tests and monitor performance of processes throughout stages of production to determine degree of control over variables such as temperature, density, specific gravity, and pressure.
    • Design and plan layout of equipment.
    Skills
    • Science

      Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

    • Complex Problem Solving

      Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    7
    Workplace Documents
    6
    Graphic Literacy
    5
    Abilities
    • Written Comprehension

      The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

    • Category Flexibility

      The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.

    • Deductive Reasoning

      The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

    Knowledge
    • Engineering and Technology

      Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.

    • Chemistry

      Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.

    • Mathematics

      Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $97,250/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $46.76/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 1,450
    • Yearly Projected Openings 100
    Typical Education
    Personality
    Investigative: People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Analytical Thinking
    • Integrity
    • Attention to Detail
    • Dependability
    • Achievement/Effort
    • Initiative
    Tools
    • Processing tanks
    • Microcontrollers
    • Laboratory mixers
    • Heat exchangers
    • Freezedryers or lyophilzers
    Technology
    • Object or component oriented development software
    • Development environment software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Computer aided design CAD software
    • Analytical or scientific software
    Tags
    • InDemand occupations are considered a priority by the state of Ohio.
    • Green occupations are jobs that contribute to energy conservation, development of alternative energy, reducing pollution, or recycling.