Designs and prepares specifications for chemical process systems and the construction and operation of commercial-scale chemical plants, and supervises industrial processing and fabrication of products undergoing physical and chemical changes.Registration or licensing may be required.
Previously referred to in ASCO as: 2129-17 Engineer - Chemical Engineer
A Washington Accord accredited engineering degree
Either a qualification comparable to a:
Bachelor of Engineering,
or Bachelor of Engineering (with Honours),
or Master of Engineering degree
A qualification at Level 7 or higher with a letter from IPENZ certifying
that the degree and any further learning meets the academic requirements for registration as a ‘Chartered Professional Engineer’ in New Zealand
NZ registration as a ‘Chartered Professional Engineer’
Chemical engineers design and coordinate the construction and operation of
manufacturing facilities and processes that convert raw materials into
everyday products such as petrol, toothpaste, pharmaceuticals and plastics.
Chemical engineers usually work standard hours, but may be called in to meet
demanding deadlines. Those with responsibilities for continuous process plants
may be on call 24 hours a day. Some may work shifts during the commissioning
of new plants.
Workplaces range from laboratories and processing plants to engineering design
offices and research institutions.
How much can I expect to earn?
Full-time employed Chemical Engineer earn an average of $2197 per week. The
[average annual salary for this job is $114244 excluding super.]
enjoy technical and engineering work
able to identify, analyse and solve problems
good communication skills
aptitude for computing and design
practical and creative
able to work independently and accept responsibility.
This job also involves:
Handling chemicals/greasy items
These jobs involve the daily handling of substances which may cause irritation
to skin, eyes, etc., and may aggravate dermatitis or other medical conditions.
Mainly indoor work
Workers performing these jobs would usually be expected to spend more than
three-quarters of their day indoors, in an office, factory or other enclosed
area protected from the weather.
Reading or writing
These jobs require moderate or better reading and writing skills. Workers may
be expected to prepare, understand or act on written materials, such as
letters or reports. People may wish to avoid these jobs if their reading or
writing English skills are limited to a small range of words or phrases and
symbols. Jobs remaining may still require very basic reading or writing
This occupation offers jobs at the following skill levels:
Jobs in this group usually require completion of a recognised Bachelor Degree,
or extensive relevant experience. Some jobs also require post-graduate study,
such as a Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or Master Degree.
At school, you can study these subject(s) to get a good foundation for this
School subjects that include some aspects of CHEMISTRY provide a useful
background to these jobs. In some cases a chemistry-related subject is a pre-
requisite for entry to courses that provide the training for the job.
School subjects that include some aspect of MATHEMATICS provide a useful
background to these jobs. In some cases a mathematics-related subject is a
pre-requisite for entry to courses that provide the training for the job.
School subjects that include some aspect of RURAL STUDIES provide a useful
background to these jobs. In some cases an rural studies subject is a pre-
requisite for entry to courses that provide the training for the job.
Duties and tasks of a Chemical Engineer
Chemical engineers may perform the following tasks:
seek new and more efficient processes and materials, or improve or find new uses for existing materials
design methods and equipment to control and contain the processes that transform basic materials into useful products
ensure the safe, efficient and environmentally friendly operation of equipment and test products at various stages of production to check their quality
make plans and specifications for new production plants, taking into account available technology, the cost and size of equipment and storage space, market requirements, transport methods and disposal of surplus substances
review current methods of production for cost efficiency, environmental friendliness, maximum output and optimal product quality
identify faults in the day-to-day operation of process plants (such as oil refining, steel making and water treatment) and take corrective action
prepare reports, feasibility studies and cost analyses of processes
provide product process information to sales and marketing personnel or customers
direct and coordinate the work of maintenance and construction tradespeople or process plant operators.
Chemical engineers may specialise in the following fields:
Bioprocess - involves pharmaceuticals and the food and drink industries.
Chemical Process - involves the fertiliser industry, pesticides and herbicides, caustic soda, glass and specialty chemicals.
Combustion - involves large industrial furnaces such as those for steel manufacture or power generation from coal or gas.
Environmental - involves waste and water treatment, environmental regulations and recycling.
Minerals - involves major minerals industries such as alumina/aluminium, steel, copper, lead and gold.
Petrochemicals - involves the conversion of oil and gas into plastics, synthetic rubber and similar end uses.
Petroleum - involves the production of oil, gas and LPG from onshore and offshore fields.
Process Control - involves the instrumentation and control systems, which enable a manufacturing process to run smoothly, safely and efficiently.
Project Delivery - involves the construction of a process plant, converting the design into an efficient, safe operating plant.
Bachelor of Engineering with Honours (Civil Engineering) (NZQF Level 8)
Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Civil Engineering) (NZQF Level 7)
Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Highways Engineering) ( NZQF Level 7)
A bachelor’s degree at NZQF Level 7, or a higher qualification with the minimum equivalent of 360 credits, which includes the requirements of a New Zealand major in the focus areas of construction management or highway engineering
A Graduate Diploma at NZQF Level 7, or a higher qualification which includes the knowledge requirements of a New Zealand Graduate Diploma in the focus areas of construction management, highway engineering or construction project managementA diploma at NZQF Level 6, or a higher qualification, with the minimum equivalent of 240 credits, which includes the knowledge requirements of a New Zealand Diploma in the focus areas of civil engineering, highway engineering or construction management
A Washington Accord or Sydney Accord accredited undergraduate (initial) engineering degree in Civil Engineering (listed see Note )
A qualification at NZQF Level 7 or higher, with a letter from IPENZ certifying that the degree and any further learning meet the benchmark requirements towards Chartered Professional Engineer professional status in New ZealandNZ registration in the field of civil engineering as a Chartered Professional Engineer or an Engineering Technologist by the Institution of Professional Engineers New ZealandAND a minimum of five years’ relevant post-qualification work experience
NOTE：Where a Washington Accord accredited undergraduate engineering degree is a requirement, the engineering degree has to be awarded from or after the date the country became a signatory, and must be on the list of accredited programmes of the signatory country. To determine if an engineering degree awarded is Washington Accord accredited,please refer to the links from the International Engineering Alliance on their website: http://www.ieagreements.org/Washington-Accord/Accredited.cfm.
Where a Sydney Accord accredited undergraduate engineering degree is a requirement, the engineering technology degree has to be awarded from or after the date the country became a signatory, and must be on the list of accredited programmes of the signatory country. To determine if an engineering technology degree awarded is Sydney Accord accredited, please refer to the links from the International
Engineering Alliance on their website: http://www.ieagreements.org/Sydney/signatories.cfm.
Where a Seoul Accord accredited undergraduate IT degree is a requirement, the IT degree has to be awarded from or after the date the country became a signatory, and must be on the list of accredited programmes of the signatory country. To determine if an IT degree awarded is Seoul Accord accredited, please refer to the following link: