About This Career
Chemical Process Engineers research, design and develop chemical processes and equipment to expand operations, improve efficiencies, reduce emissions and resolve issues in the oil and gas industry.
These engineers also oversee the operation, performance, optimization and maintenance of petroleum production, processing, upgrading, liquefaction and refining.
Education: A post-secondary degree in chemical engineering, computer process control, process engineering or a related discipline from an institution accredited by Engineers Canada is typically required, although some positions may require a graduate degree.
Employment: This occupation works in both onshore and offshore environments and is typically employed in the exploration and production (E&P) and oil sands sectors of the oil and gas industry.
Example titles: Refinery Engineer, Chemical Process Control Engineer, Process Engineer, Liquid Fuels Engineer, Operations Engineer, Plant Engineer, Hazard and Operability Study (HAZOP) Engineer
Mild Physical Activity
- Public administration including regulatory
- Professional, scientific and technical services
- Primary metal manufacturing
- Plastics and rubber products manufacturing
- Chemical manufacturing
- Petroleum and coal product manufacturing
- Paper manufacturing
- Heavy and civil engineering construction
- Utilities including renewable energy
Exploration and production
- Post-secondary degree
- Specific health and safety certifications will be determined by job requirements
- Once licensed, an engineer receives a seal to stamp their designs and drawings.
- Unlicensed engineers must work under the supervision of a P. Eng.
- To obtain a licence as a professional engineer (P. Eng), you must obtain a degree from an accredited engineering program, pass a professional practice exam and have three or four years of engineering experience, of which one year must be gained in Canada. You must also have Canadian citizenship or proof of permanent residency in Canada.
- Incident and Accident investigation