CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Chemical Engineers

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering
Benchmark Title: Chemical Engineers
Summary Job Description Tasks
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. Develop safety procedures to be employed by workers operating equipment or working in close proximity to on-going chemical reactions.
Determine most effective arrangement of operations such as mixing, crushing, heat transfer, distillation, and drying.
Prepare estimate of production costs and production progress reports for management.
Direct activities of workers who operate or who are engaged in constructing and improving absorption, evaporation, or electromagnetic equipment.
Perform laboratory studies of steps in manufacture of new product and test proposed process in small scale operation such as a pilot plant.
Develop processes to separate components of liquids or gases or generate electrical currents using controlled chemical processes.
Conduct research to develop new and improved chemical manufacturing processes.
Design measurement and control systems for chemical plants based on data collected in laboratory experiments and in pilot plant operations.
Design and plan layout of equipment.
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 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.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering
Benchmark Title: Chemical Engineers
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
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.
Physics Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
Production and Processing Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Design Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
Public Safety and Security Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
Biology Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering
Benchmark Title: Chemical Engineers
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Science Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Systems Analysis Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
Mathematics Using mathematics to solve problems.
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Systems Evaluation Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Operations Analysis Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Troubleshooting Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
Negotiation Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
Technology Design Generating or adapting equipment and technology to serve user needs.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering
Benchmark Title: Chemical Engineers
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Mathematical Reasoning The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Number Facility The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering
Benchmark Title: Chemical Engineers
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
Absorption process simulation software Analytical or scientific software
Applied Flow Technology AFT Arrow Analytical or scientific software
Applied Flow Technology AFT Fathom Analytical or scientific software
AspenTech aspenONE for Chemicals Analytical or scientific software
C++ Object or component oriented development software
CD-adapco STAR-CAD Computer aided design CAD software
Cerebro CerebroMix Analytical or scientific software
ChemicaLogic SteamTab Analytical or scientific software
Chempute Software ChemDraw Graphics or photo imaging software
Chempute Software E-Notebook Data base user interface and query software
Chempute Software Engineer's Aide SINET Analytical or scientific software
Chempute Software EstPro Financial analysis software
Chempute Software SuperPro Designer Analytical or scientific software
Chempute Software VisiMix Analytical or scientific software
Chemstations CHEMCAD Analytical or scientific software
Control Station ENGINEER Analytical or scientific software
Desktop publishing software Desktop publishing software
EPCON International CHEMPRO Engineering Suite Analytical or scientific software
EPCON International SYSTEM 7 Process Explorer Analytical or scientific software
EPCON International SiNET Analytical or scientific software
G&P Engineering Software EngVert Analytical or scientific software
G&P Engineering Software PhysProps Data base user interface and query software
G&P Engineering Software PipeDrop Analytical or scientific software
GE Fanuc Proficy Machine Edition Industrial control software
Laboratory information management system LIMS software Analytical or scientific software
Madison Technical Software Chempak Plus Analytical or scientific software
Madison Technical Software Enviropak Analytical or scientific software
Madison Technical Software Steampak Analytical or scientific software
Microsoft Access Data base user interface and query software
Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet software
Microsoft Office software Office suite software
Microsoft Project Project management software
Microsoft Visual Basic Development environment software
Microsoft Visual C# .NET Object or component oriented development software
Microsoft Word Word processing software
Presentation software Presentation software
Prode PD-Plus Analytical or scientific software
Relational database software Data base user interface and query software
SoftLab PHEdesign Analytical or scientific software
SolidWorks CAD software Computer aided design CAD software
Spreadsheet software Spreadsheet software
Statistical software Analytical or scientific software
Thermal Analysis Systems The Energy Analyst Analytical or scientific software
Agitators Mixers or agitators
Atomic force microscopes Scanning probe microscopes
Benchtop centrifuges Benchtop centrifuges
Benchtop mixers Laboratory mixers
Catalytic reactors Catalytic combustion analyzers
Chromatographic scanning equipment Chromatographic scanners
Distillation columns Distillation pipings or columns or fittings
Distillation systems Bi distillation units
Filtration systems Laboratory filtration hardware or accessories
Gas absorbers Chemical absorption gas analyzers
Heat exchangers Heat exchangers
Laboratory evaporaters Laboratory evaporators
Lyophilizers Freezedryers or lyophilzers
Mass spectrometers Mass spectrometers
Mixing tanks Laboratory mixers
Personal computers Personal computers
Personal digital assistants PDA Personal digital assistant PDAs or organizers
Plate filter presses Ultrafiltration equipment
Powder mixing equipment Laboratory mixers
Programmable logic controllers PLC Microcontrollers
Safety goggles Goggles
Sludge dryers Dewatering equipment
Surface analysis spectroscopes Spectrometers
Vacuum pumps Vacuum pumps
Vial handling systems Robotic or automated liquid handling systems
Wet scrubbers Wet scrubbers
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering
Benchmark Title: Chemical Engineers
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education Bachelor's Degree
Related Work Experience None
On-Site or In-Plant Training Up to and including 1 month
On-Site or In-Plant Training Over 1 month, up to and including 3 months
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering
Benchmark Title: Chemical Engineers
Alternate Job Title(s)
Absorption and Adsorption Engineer
Automation Engineer
Blending Coordinator
Chemical Engineer
Chemical Process Control, Design, or Development Engineer
Chemical Process Engineer
Chemical Research Engineer
Chemical Test Engineer
Commissioning Engineer
Design Engineer
Development Engineer
Engineering Scientist
Explosives Engineer
Fuels Engineer
Gas Combustion Engineer
Lubricating Engineer
Monomer Recovery Supervisor
Oxidation Engineer
Pharmaceutical Process Engineer
Plant Engineer
Plastics Engineer
Poly Area Supervisor
Polymerization Engineer
Polymerization Supervisor
Process Control Engineer
Process Design Engineer
Process Development Director
Process Development Engineer
Process Engineer
Processes Chemical Design Engineer
Project Engineer
Refinery Process Engineer
Research Chemical Engineer
Sand Analyst
Sand Technologist
Supplier Quality Engineer (SQE)
Technical Supervisor
Weapons Designer
Weapons Engineer
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering
Benchmark Title: Chemical Engineers
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