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Chemical Engineering Technician

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Chemical engineering technicians work under the supervision of chemical engineers in research, development and manufacture. They are involved in producing a wide range of chemical-based materials. These include dyes, fertilisers, fuels, petrochemicals and pharmaceuticals.

They are also known as process engineering technicians.

The Work

You could be:

Pay

Starting pay is often based on the National Minimum WageThe figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

Starting pay is often based on the National Minimum Wage. At present the apprentice rate, for those aged under 19 or aged 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship, is £4.15 an hour (1 April 2020).

Starting salaries for chemical engineering technicians are normally about £18,000 a year, rising to around £25,000 a year. Those in senior positions might earn up to around £35,000 a year. You can earn extra through shift allowances and overtime.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

Most chemical engineering technicians work in processing and manufacturing plants or in other large firms which use a lot of chemicals. These include companies in the petroleum, paper, water, gas and electricity industries and manufacturers of fertilisers, plastics, food and artificial fibres. There are job opportunities in the UK and abroad.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland

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2020
8678
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2025
8682

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What Does it Take?

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Training

Getting On

More Information

The Tomorrow’s Engineers website has more information on careers in engineering.

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Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Cogent
Tel: 01925 515200
Website: http://www.cogentskills.com
Website (2): http://www.sciencecareerpathways.com
Twitter: @cogent_skills
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CogentSkills

Cogent is the Sector Skills Council for the science industries.

Engineering Council
Tel: 020 3206 0500
Website: http://www.engc.org.uk/
Twitter: @EngCouncil

EngineeringUK
Website: http://www.engineeringuk.com
Twitter: @_EngineeringUK

Enginuity (formerly SEMTA)
Tel: 0845 643 9001
E-mail: Customer.Services@enginuity.org
Website: https://enginuity.org/
Twitter: @Enginuity_Org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EnginuityOrg

Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE)
Tel: 01788 578214
E-mail: membersupport@icheme.org
Website: http://www.icheme.org/
Website (2): http://www.whynotchemeng.com/
Twitter: @IChemE
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/icheme1

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