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    Hi! I've wanted to be an chemical engineer for ages -mainly because I really like chemistry and maths (and I want to satisfy my parents with a vocational course at uni- but whatever don't judge me). But I went on a short chem eng course a few days ago. And while I didn't hate it I didn't love it either plus the impression I got from the students I met was they didn't love the course either.

    Anyways I've always thought that ChemEng sounded a little boring but I kinda convinced myself that the jobs were much more exciting- I mean I (probably) had a much better chance of working in the pharmaceutical industry than a chemists or pharmacist (who from what I heard usually go into hospital or community pharmacy) and if not the water (purification?) industry sounds nice

    The point is what would be the role of a Chartered Chemical Engineer. Do they design processes for a company and then leave or just walk around a building site wearing hardhats
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    Attend a lot of meetings.

    Sign or get signed a lot of Quality Assurance documents.


    A good friend of mine has been in Petrochem for years, and whilst he ostensibly designs refineries (and that's what his job title alludes to) he really draws a lot of block diagrams and shuffles blame.
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    Attend a lot of meetings.

    Sign or get signed a lot of Quality Assurance documents.


    A good friend of mine has been in Petrochem for years, and whilst he ostensibly designs refineries (and that's what his job title alludes to) he really draws a lot of block diagrams and shuffles blame.
    PRSOM.

    OP, you have contradicted yourself when you say you have wanted to become a chemical engineer 'for ages', but 'ChemEng sounded a little boring'.

    The 'bread and butter' stuff for a chemical engineer would really depend on the field they go into. On a refinery, they would typically be optimising the processes, troubleshooting any issues, overseeing the startup/shutdown of plants, initiating projects such as test runs (seeing what parameters they can vary - ties in with optimisation), liaising with the laboratory, perhaps talking to higher-level management, looking at process safety, perhaps giving instructions to operators (the men on the ground).

    Have a look at WhyNotChemEng and IChemE On Campus, as they may help you in your decision.
 
 
 
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