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Chemical Engineer

Do you love science and chemistry? Do you have a knack for mixing different chemicals to create new compounds? You might blend right in as a Chemical Engineer.

Chemical Engineers supervise industrial processing and fabrication of products that undergo physical and chemical changes, and design chemical process systems specifications to prepare the construction and operation of commercial-scale chemical plants.

Activities

Chemical Engineers plan control systems for processes, monitor the operation and maintenance of equipment and ensure correct usage of materials.

Common tasks include studying product utilisation and pollution control and instituting remedial action upon diagnosing malfunctions in chemical plants.

Other activities include keeping up-to-date with technology, problem-solving, collecting and organising data, and creative thinking in analysing information.

Skills

Skills required include operational and processing analysis, critical thinking and decision making.

Work Environment

Chemical Engineers work indoors, with people in groups or teams, via emails, over the phone, or face-to-face.

Knowledge

To become a Chemical Engineering student, it is important to have basic understanding of chemistry, engineering, technology, mathematics, physics and technical design.

Prerequisites

To obtain work as a Chemical Engineer, you will need a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, majoring in Chemical Engineering or a Bachelor’s Degree in Materials Engineering. Postgraduate studies are not necessary but may be highly regarded.

Metallurgist

Do you have an analytical mind and a passion for science, engineering and chemistry? You might want to consider bonding to a career in Metallurgy.Metallurgists research, develop, control and provide advice on processes used in extracting metals from their ores, and processes used for casting, alloying, heat treating or welding refined metals and other materials to produce or develop new alloys and processes.

“My role as a Metallurgist is hugely important because it has such an impact on how the operation runs and how much gold we’re able to produce,” said Jake, Evolution Mining Mungari, Metallurgist.

Activities

Metallurgists measure and record data on performance of metals or metal combinations and conduct microscopic, x-ray diffraction and spectrographic studies of gold and alloys.

Common tasks include experiments in power metallurgy, compressing metallic powders and sintering them at high temperatures, evaluating properties of metals and determining types of metal to be used, advising on shortcomings of metals in use, test alloys to study engineering properties and ensure compliance with standards.

Activities on the job include collecting and organising data, making sense of information, developing, designing or creating something new and monitoring processes.

Skills

Skills include using scientific rules and methods to solve problems, reading comprehension, active learning, critical thinking and writing.

 Work Environment

Metallurgists primarily work indoors in an office and laboratory setting alone, liaising with other teams, and wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) when using laboratory tools and equipment. It is generally in a temperature-controlled environment with access to cooling or heating.

Knowledge

To become a Metallurgical student, it is important to have a basic understanding in engineering, technology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, production and processing.

Specialisations

  • Hydrometallurgical Engineer
  • Metallographer
  • Pyrometallurgical Engineer
  • Radiological Metallurgist

Prerequisites

To obtain work as a Metallurgist, you will need a Bachelor’s Degree in Metallurgical or Chemical Engineering, or a science degree majoring in metallurgy. Postgraduate studies are not essential but may be useful.

Metallurgist

Processing Technicians

Do you have a passion for chemistry and enjoy working in a team? You might mix well for a career as a Processing Technician.

Processing Technicians, including Metallurgical Technicians, Laboratory Technicians and Process Operators, follow strict internal protocols and standard operating procedures to process material samples using chemical blends for mineral analysis.

Activities

Processing Technicians observe the properties of materials, operate equipment to take material samples through the processing stages, and deliver compounded chemicals for testing and analysis.

Common tasks include checking the quantity and quality of materials, calibrating tools and equipment, and taking material samples through the standard process as provided by Metallurgists and Process or Materials Engineers.

Work Environment

Processing Technicians predominantly work indoors in a laboratory wearing full personal protective equipment (PPE) when handling dangerous chemicals, liaising with teammates face to face during handovers and with others across the processing stages.

Knowledge

It is important for Processing Technicians to have a basic understanding in chemistry, technology, mathematics, production and processing.

Skills

Skills include team coordination, active learning, critical thinking, being aware of scientific rules and health and safety and strictly following processes and procedures.

Prerequisites

You can secure work as a Processing Technician with either some experience or any of the following certificates.

Processing Technician

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