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Chemical Process Engineer

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

Work Activities
Getting Information
Performing tests on processes throughout the stages of production to determine the degree of control over variables such as temperature, density, specific gravity and pressure.
Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings
Monitoring the performance of processes throughout the stages of production to determine the degree of control over variables such as temperature, density, specific gravity and pressure.
Processing Information
Determining the most effective arrangement of operations such as mixing, crushing, heat transfer, distillation and drying.
Solving Problems and making decisions
Troubleshooting problems with chemical manufacturing processes.
Thinking Creatively
Designing and testing chemical processes in associated plants and equipment.
Engineering and Technology
Production and Processing
Operations Analysis
Systems Analysis
Critical Thinking
Career Path
  • Engineering Manager
  • Engineer-in-Training (E.I.T.)
  • Junior Engineer
  • Operations Manager
  • Process Safety Engineer
  • Production Engineer
  • Project Manager
  • Senior Engineer
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Working Conditions
  • Field 2
    Field Visits
  • Physical
    Mild Physical Activity
  • Office
    Office Based
  • Steeringwheel
    Driving Required
  • Road
    Remote Locations
  • Industrial excavator
    Active Machinery
Similar Jobs In Other Industries
Careers also exist in the following industries:
  • Chemical manufacturing
  • Heavy and civil engineering construction
  • Paper manufacturing
  • Petroleum and coal product manufacturing
  • Plastics and rubber products manufacturing
  • Primary metal manufacturing
  • Professional, scientific and technical services
  • Public administration including regulatory
  • Utilities including renewable energy
Job Details

Job Category




Oil sands



Qualifications + Experience


  • Post-secondary degree


  • Specific health and safety certifications will be determined by job requirements
  • Incident and Accident Investigation


  • 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.

Additional Requirements:

  • Incident and Accident investigation