Chemical technologists and technicians provide technical support and services or may work independently in chemical engineering, chemical and biochemical research and analysis, industrial chemistry, chemical quality control and environmental protection. They are employed by research and development and quality control laboratories, consulting engineering companies, in chemical, petrochemical, pharmaceutical and a variety of other manufacturing and processing industries, and by utilities, health, educational and government establishments.
- Assists geochemists in studying the chemical make-up and interactions of earth materials;
- Participates in the study of the composition and alterations of the solid matter of the earth;
- Helps geochemists understand the chemical composition of rocks;
- Enables scientists to put together broad-based theories about the way the earth is changing;
- Locates and characterizes ore deposits;
- Decides how to dispose of toxic or hazardous substances;
- Works to minimize the environmental impacts of mining opertions;
- Develops processes and designs equipment for testing earth materials;
- Operates and maintains laboratory equipment and prepares solutions, reagents and formulations;
- Assists is setting up and conducting geochemical experiments, tests and analyses;
- Compiles records of analytical laboratory or field studies;
- Assists in the development and conduct of geochemical programs of sampling and analysis;
- Tests the quality of rocks and provides resulting reports.
Two-year college program in chemical engineering technology