Petrochemical Engineer

Petrochemicals are substances that are taken from petroleum. They are made up chemical compounds that scientists have been able to separate and use to produce several types of products that are used on a regular basis by humans. Most people do not realize the complex process by which petrochemicals are derived. One example of a petrochemical that is commonly used by individuals and manufacturers is propane. Petrochemical engineers work to develop and enhance the methods by which petroleum and crude oil can be broken down into substances that can then be developed or combined with other compounds to create new substances that can be used in various forms. Some of the most common products developed by petrochemical engineers include plastics that can endure extreme heat and carpets that are made from practically indestructible and stain-resistant fibers. Petrochemical engineers do not work alone. They work as part of a team consisting of chemists scientists and various types of engineering specialists to conduct research analyze raw materials and determine what types of products can be developed or enhanced. Petrochemical engineers must not only be skilled at math science engineering and chemistry but they also must have the ability to analyze how much it would cost to produce specific goods as well as have an extremely high level of understanding of how producing various materials would impact the earth’s environment. Additionally they must constantly be aware of strict safety restrictions associated with producing chemical products in a manufacturing plant. In order to become a petrochemical engineer a minimum of a bachelor’s degree must be earned and the annual salary for this career generally ranges from $49010 to $127950.

Education Required: Bachelor's Degree
Avg Salary: $88480
High Salary: $127950
Low Salary: $49010
Tasks: Designs petroleum processing plants.
Works to develop effective processes for producing petrochemical products.
Researches ways in which processing companies can keep up with the demands of industry.
Monitors and measures pressures and temperatures in processing plants.
Also Called: Chemical Engineer
Petroleum Engineer
Petrochemical Scientist
Fossil Fuels Engineer
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