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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 such as 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 £3.70 an hour (April 2018).

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 and UK

  Scotland
2018
8941
1.4 %
RISE
2023
9070
  United Kingdom
2018
69428
2 %
RISE
2023
70791

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What Does it Take?

You need to have:

You need to be:

Training

Getting On

More Information

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

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

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

SEMTA (Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies Alliance)
Tel: 0845 643 9001
E-mail: customerservices@semta.org.uk
Website: http://www.semta.org.uk/
Twitter: @SemtaSkills
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SemtaSkills?ref=hl

SEMTA is the Sector Skills Council for science, engineering and manufacturing technologies.

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