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Career in Chemical Process Design Companies

Chemical Process Design Companies play a vital role in bringing up new chemical industries and also provides solutions for retrofitting the old ones to increase the production level. This article helps fresh Chemical Engineers to provide an idea about various Chemical Design Companies and their services, Chemical Engineers job profile and skill set needed to achieve professional excellence.

Services of Design Companies

 Chemical Process Design Companies carry out Technical and economic feasibility study, Technical audits, Performance and Optimization study, Engineering Procurement & construction, Project management etc

Basic engineering packages, Detailed engineering packages, HAZOP study, Operator training simulators are also developed as per the client requirement.

Most of the Chemical design companies have their own technology for manufacturing chemicals/ petrochemicals and so they provide Commissioning and start up assistance to achieve performance guarantee trial run of the plant.

Job Profile and Skill set Requirement

 Process Engineer, Heat transfer engineer require technical knowledge in Chemical Engineering along with Chemical Process Calculations. Hands on Experience in using Chemical Process Simulation software’s like Aspen Hysys, Aspen Plus, Chemcad PRO II, Unisim , Flarenet, and HTRI is an added advantage. Familiarity with standards like API, ASME, NFPA is also expected since Relief valve sizing, Hydraulics calculation, Equipment and line sizing  are also involves in the job of a process engineer. Shell Design Engineering Practices, Foster Wheeler Process Standards, Exxon Mobil Design Practices will also provide assistance in chemical process design.

Process Safety and Loss prevention engineer, Risk engineer roles require knowledge on Chemical Process Safety. Quantitative Risk Assesment – QRA, Process Hazard Analysis – PHA, Job Safety Analysis- JSA , Hazard & Operability Study – HAZOP are essential studies which is the part of safety engineers job. Softwares like PHAST, SAFETI is also used in their studies.

Startup Advisor, Training specialists & Technology Manager roles need troubleshooting skills along with chemical plant operating experience to excel in their job.

Good communication, negotiation and networking skills in Chemical Engineering conferences are expected for the jobs as Proposals engineer, Sales and Marketing engineer since techno commercial negotiation is the most sought part in their job.

Process Control Engineer develops operator simulator stations for their clients and helps in optimizing the process control philosophy of the plant. Familiarity with Process control systems like DCS, PLC, APC & ESD with logical reasoning skills will help to shine as Process control engineer.

R & D specialist involves in research study to bring in new technology and exploring better alternatives.

Exxon Mobil is one of the largest petrochemical companies in the world. Exxon Mobil holds the technology licensing for LDPE, EVA, PP, Paraxylene, Benzene, Phenolics and styrenics.

Axens is involved in Oil refining, Petrochemicals and Chemicals, Gases, Alternative Fuels, Water. Axens is recognized for its technology in BTX, Propylene, Paraxylene etc.

Headquatered in Switzerland, Casale is famous for its design and refurbishment of Ammonia, Methanol and Urea plants.

Netherland based LyondellBasell is a licensor for Poly propylene – PP & Poly ethylene – PE plants. Visit this interactive page about how products are used in day to day life.

Haldor Topsoe is a Denmark based company involved in Catalyst manufacture and process design and revamp of Ammonia and Methanol plants.

UOP – A Honeywell company, international supplier and licensor for the petroleum refining, gas processing and petrochemical plants. UOP technologies are used in Biodegradable detergents, Polyester and gasoline production.

KBR – A Texas based company employs around 27,000 people all over the world. KBR provides technology for Ammonia, Hydrogen, Coal Gasification, Carbon capture and storage, Olefin, Petrochemical Refining plants.

Some of the other leading Chemical Process Design companies include Technip, Saipem, Dow, Toyo, Linde, Lurgi, Stamicarbon, Lummus, Air Liquide, Uhde etc where Chemical Engineers have enormous opportunities to work with.

Hope this will help Chemical Engineers to land their dream job in Chemical Process design companies.

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