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Chemical engineering technician

Alternative titles for this job include

Chemical engineering technicians develop processes used in the manufacturing of medicines, food, textiles and fuels.

Average salary (a year)

£25,000 Starter

to

£42,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

37 to 42 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends / bank holidays on shifts

How to become

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How to become Chemical engineering technician

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship

University

You can do a foundation degree, higher national certificate or degree in:

  • chemistry
  • chemical sciences
  • chemical engineering
  • biochemical engineering

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 or 3 A levels, or equivalent, including chemistry

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College

You can take a college course before applying to a company for a trainee technician job. 

Courses include:

  • applied science
  • chemistry
  • T Level in Science (laboratory sciences option)

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for these courses vary.

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths for a T Level

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Apprenticeship

You could apply for a place on an apprenticeship to get into this job. These include:

  • Laboratory Technician Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship
  • Science Manufacturing Technician Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship
  • Technician Scientist Level 5 Higher Apprenticeship

These can take between 2 and 3 years to complete.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship

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Professional and industry bodies

You could join the Institution of Chemical Engineers for professional development opportunities.

Further information

You can get more advice about careers in the chemicals industry from the Institution of Chemical Engineers.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • knowledge of engineering science and technology
  • maths knowledge
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • complex problem-solving skills
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • analytical thinking skills
  • knowledge of manufacturing production and processes
  • knowledge of chemistry including the safe use and disposal of chemicals
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

As a chemical engineering technician, you could:

  • help to design, build or install production plant equipment
  • research new products and processes in the laboratory
  • monitor production processes and machinery
  • record data and make adjustments to instruments
  • follow safety procedures and regulations
  • carry out quality control checks

Possible green job

This job could help the environment.

For a chemical engineering technician to be a green job, you could:

  • develop alternative fuels like hydrogen to reduce reliance on petrochemicals
  • investigate ways to reduce waste plastic
  • research more efficient and sustainable ways to manufacture batteries

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Working environment

You could work at a manufacturing plant, in an office or in a laboratory.

Your working environment may be outdoors some of the time.

You may need to wear protective clothing.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

With experience, you could become a shift or lab supervisor in a production plant, eventually moving into management.

You could also work in:

  • materials development and design
  • quality control
  • product sales and marketing

With further training, you could become a chemical engineer.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Apprentice Laboratory Assistant

  • Wage: £23,466 a year Annually
  • Location: Sand Hutton, York

Apprentice Science Technician

  • Wage: Competitive Annually
  • Location: Newport

Courses In England

Chemical Engineering BEng (Hons), Degree Apprenticeship

  • Provider: UNIVERSITY OF GREENWICH
  • Start date: 23 September 2024
  • Location: Chatham Maritime

Chemistry

  • Provider: STROOD ACADEMY
  • Start date: 01 September 2024
  • Location: Strood

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