A process engineer develops chemical and biochemical processes to make the huge range of products on which modern society depends, including food, drink, fuel, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, plastics, toiletries, energy and clean water. Work is project-orientated and you may be working on a number of projects, all at various different stages, at any given time. Several process engineering companies act as consultancies.
Typical work activities include:
- Assess processes and the adequacy of engineering equipment.
- Design, install and commission new production units, monitor modifications and upgrades and troubleshoot existing processes.
- Conduct process development experiments to scale in a laboratory.
- Assess the availability of raw materials and the safety and environmental impact of the plant. Select, manage and work with sub-contractors.
- Support the conversion of small-scale processes into commercially viable large-scale operations.