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Chemical Engineer

Chemical Engineer

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As a Chemical Engineer you'll be a qualified professional with a passion for working with a naturally sustainable material.

Depending on the role and your preferences, you could be come involved in technical issues relating to pulp and paper technology, material and energy recovery from biomass in biorefineries and more.

Today, the growing interest in sustainable energy from biofuels is creating exciting opportunities for chemical engineers and related science professionals.

The career paths of many engineers in the forest and wood products industry lead to senior management positions.


Roles will vary according to the position, but may include:

  • Concept& feasibility studies

  • Process design

  • Process and plant upgrades

  • Pilot plant operation

  • Collection and interpretation of data

  • Installation and commissioning

  • Process monitoring

  • Fault identification and diagnosis

  • Project management

  • Team management

  • Report writing and presentation

Ideal Attributes

You’ll be interested in engineering and the environment, working indoors and out, enjoy applying theory to practice and able to clearly communicate scientific information and its implications to non-scientists in both verbal and written forms.


A tertiary qualification in chemical engineering or the equivalent.

The Australian Pulp and Paper Institute in the Monash Department of Chemical Engineering offers a Master of Engineering Science.

Employers in the forest and wood products industry are very supportive of ongoing training and skills development.


Potential employers include: