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Chemical Engineers

Descriptions & Duties

  • Chemical Engineers apply the principles of chemistry, physics, and engineering to solve problems that involve the production or use of chemicals, and devise processes for manufacturing chemicals and products. They are also responsible for developing safety procedures for those working with potentially dangerous chemicals, evaluating equipment and processes to ensure compliance with safety and environmental regulations, and estimating production cost for management.

Generic Competencies

Physical Abilities

Physical abilities

  • Physical strength
  • Eye hand coordination / precision / dexterity


Importance:2 (Max:5) 

Skill is occasionally required


Technology Skills

Technology skills

  • Computer literacy
  • Application of technology


Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Cognitive Abilities

Cognitive abilities

  • Creativity
  • Visualisation
  • Logical thinking


Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Comprehension And Expression

Comprehension and expression skills

  • Reading comprehension
  • Oral / written expression


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Social Skills

Social skills

  • Communication
  • Negotiation
  • Persuasion


Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Organisation And Execution Skills

Organisation and execution skills

  • Planning
  • Organising
  • Judgement
  • Decision making


Importance:5 (Max:5) 

Skill is required all the time


Problem Solving Skills

Problem solving skills

  • Ability to solve simple and complex problems effectively and efficiently


Importance:5 (Max:5) 

Skill is required all the time


Management Skills

Management skills

  • Leadership
  • Management of finance / time / people / other resources


Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Trade Specific Competencies

Mathematical skills

Chemical Engineers use the principles of calculus and other advanced topics in mathematics for analysis, design, and troubleshooting in their work.

General Requirements

Academic qualification

  • Normally have a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering. Holders of relevant higher diplomas can articulate to related degree programmes.

Professional qualification

  • Corporate member of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE) in Chemical Discipline, or equivalent


  • 4 to 6 years of relevant work experience

Career Path & Salary

Private Sector

Monthly Salary $20,000-$40,000

Monthly Salary $20,000-$50,000

Monthly Salary $30,000-$70,000

Monthly Salary $50,000-$110,000

Related Education & Training

Work Environment

  • Chemical Engineers work mostly in offices or laboratories. They may need to spend time at industrial plants, refineries, and other locations, where they monitor, direct operations, and solve onsite problems.


  • Catalytic combustion analysers - Catalytic reactors
  • Centrifuges
  • Chemical absorption gas analysers - Gas absorbers
  • Chromatographic scanners - Chromatographic scanning equipment
  • Dewatering equipment - Sludge dryers
  • Distillation pipings or columns or fittings - Distillation columns
  • Distillation systems
  • Freezedryers or lyophilizers
  • Goggles - Safety goggles
  • Heat exchangers
  • Laboratory evaporators
  • Laboratory filtration hardware or accessories - Filtration systems
  • Laboratory mixers - Agitators; Benchtop mixers; Powder mixing equipment
  • Mass spectrometers
  • Processing tanks - Mixing tanks
  • Robotic or automated liquid handling systems - Vial handling systems
  • Scanning probe microscopes - Atomic force microscopes
  • Spectrometers - Surface analysis spectroscopes

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