Chemical engineers continue to earn more than the average U.S. worker. The median salary of survey respondents is $127,000 — a 5.8% increase over the median reported in 2013. This is an expanded version of an article that appeared in the June 2015 issue of Chemical Engineering Progress.
Live Wednesday, August 5, 2015 - 2:00pm-3:00pm
Performance appraisals are an essential part of any supervisor’s position whether they have one or many direct reports. However, most managers dread...
eLearning (online) Course
This eLearning course provides instruction for using Excel for a wide range of spreadsheet applications and skills relevant to practicing chemical...
Explore related resources below or:
Edward Cussler, Edward L. Cussler
To adapt to changes in the industry, chemical engineers will require a change in mindset, as well as an enhanced skillset.
The TRIZ principles and techniques used to solve technical problems inventively can be adapted to run a business more effectively and more profitably.
Meeting FDA regulations is not optional. The costs are high for any company that does not act responsibly to ensure that all additives are meet the required regulations.
Understand how you and others solve problems, and use that knowledge to cultivate organizational relationships and improve individual and team efforts.
The TRIZ methodology encourages you to approach problems from a different angle. Here’s a primer on the basics of the technique and the tools available to implement it.
Between March and April 2010, a powerful but seemingly limited computer worm, now referred to as Stuxnet, infected computers around the world, beginning in Iran and spreading to Indonesia and India. A recently published book uncovers ﬁndings on the origin of the worm and raises concerns that are relevant to chemical engineers everywhere.
Calvin B. Cobb
The U.S. industrial landscape is changing dramatically. This has significant implications for our profession and individual chemical engineers.
R. Russell Rhinehart
By understanding the normal enrollment swings, employers and students can capitalize during the boom times and rideout the busts, while universities can allocate resources more effectively.
Regardless of their current employment status and personal outlook, the new class of chemical engineering graduates is con?dent that they possess a unique versatility and capacity to make good and do good.
Margaret Clarke Hunt
These profiles of a dozen engineers in different stages of their careers offer snapshots of where chemical engineers are employed.
Internet-based applications are changing the way chemical engineers collaborate. These virtual tools can help project teams make decisions more quickly, reduce costs, and increase productivity.
A short, simple and concise message can be an effective way to let others know about your accomplishments and your worth.
An integrated enterprise asset performance management system can help companies to eliminate failures, optimize strategies, and meet intended production targets.
If thoughts of a layoff keep you up at night, stop wringing your hands and start taking action. Follow this 11-step plan to position yourself for success in these uncertain economic times.
Reginaldo A. Montague
This article explains the process of obtaining a P.E. license, offers suggestions for preparing and taking the exam, and discusses requirements for maintaining the license.
David Madison, Cynthia Strite
Spending time in front of a mirror may seem narcissistic. But scrutinizing and perfecting your image is an essential step in achieving your career goals.
Lisa L. Walker
The global chemical industry is showing particularly strong growth outside North America. Understanding where opportunities exist — and which are worth taking — can help you decide whether it is time to take your career, and your life, on the road.
Linda Grobovsky, Lionel F. Laroche
Thorough preparation can mean the difference between success and disaster.
Joseph A. Roseti, Cynthia F. Mascone
Here’s how to develop a successful Internet presence without the dedicated web staff and financial resources of a large corporation.
Dennis C. Hendershot
Build safety into your process by substituting less-hazardous materials and chemistry, minimizing inventories and equipment sizes, moderating operating conditions, and simplifying unnecessarily complex operations.
Donna J. Nelson
Surveys shed light on how well universities are utilizing the women engineers and scientists in the technical talent pool.
Jeffrey Worstell, John H. Worstell, Jonathan H. Worstell
Improve control for selecting projects for investment and for risk management by following these procedures.
Barry M. Weinstein
Prepare effective agendas, minutes, status updates, and corrective action reports to make your meetings, as well as your projects, run more smoothly.
Lisa L. Walker
Few situations can be more anxiety-provoking than a job interview. Although the skills required for a successful interview may not come naturally, they can be honed — with practice, introspection, and informed preparation.
Tailor these guidelines for reviewing competitive proposals to find the best project to support.
Peter R. Lantos
Follow these suggestions for identifying and validating a consultant, as well as for making the most effective use of the consultant’s expertise.
Adam Javan, William J. Grieco
Appropriate due diligence can help investors sort through the hype and identify the most viable ventures.
Put these seven principles to work to spell success for your professional and personal life.
Mary Kay Slowikowski
One key to being a successful leader is understanding yourself and others, and adapting your behavior as the situation warrants.
Develop your emotional competencies and use them effectively in your professional and personal lives.
James M. Wheeler
The success of Six Sigma vs. classic quality metrics lies in its ability to more usefully measure defects.
The most successful employee-retention programs begin with recruiting and hiring the individual who best matches the position and best fits into the company's culture.
John C. Chen
The chemical enterprise is already global - a trend that is almost certain to continue. What does this trend mean for the chemical engineering profession and for the practicing professional?
Lisa L. Walker
Today’s employment environment has altered the concept of “career.” If you are attempting to change jobs or enter a different industry — or even considering a second career — it is important to understand your motivations and proceed with care.
Elindoro S. Rodriguez, II
When faced with a career opportunity, such as relocating, accepting a new job, or getting an advanced degree, it's important to consider the economic impacts.
This strategic approach to interviewing will help you handle difficult questions with ease and success.
Saidas M. Ranade
Don’t let preconceived notions, preoccupation, and poor perception plunder your progress. These exercises will show you how to scuttle these scallywags, and make teamwork smooth sailing.
LinkedIn - the social media tool most often used by professionals - allows you to establish an online presence, connect with others, and find business and job opportunities.
See how these six high-level women in industry and academia got where they are today and what it's like to be a successful woman in a male-dominated field.
A proverbial gold min may be buried within your patent portfolio. Here's how to capitalize on those assets.
Using a phased engineering approach to guide R&D projects will improve efficiency and avoid costly experimental excursions.
Lisa L. Walker
Interviews and references provide insight into what a job candidate has accomplished. Competency assessment helps the employer ascertain how an individual will actually think and behave on the job. <br> <br>
Get interpersonally fit by improving your work relationships and honing your communication skills
D. P. Lal
This procedure for commissioning a large chemical complex can help reduce the time required and minimize expenses.
Engineers typically don’t learn the “soft skills” of team and project management in school. Here is a game plan to help you supplement your technical expertise with effective leadership.
It is a common misconception that the November–December holiday season is an unproductive time for job-hunting. Smart job seekers take advantage of the unusual opportunities that the season brings — to position themselves for holiday job-search...
The median salary among chemical engineers is $84,000, and annual raises are averaging 4.8%.
Karen Tate, Paula K. Martin
In the long run, taking the time to close out a project properly will save time and reduce the chances of making the same mistake twice.
The key to effective job search is organization. Follow this plan to keep you campaign on track and keep track of your campaign.
Kelly Seheult , Larry Scotchie, Jeffrey Mueller
The cross-functional IPT approach can be combined with a stage-gate framework and six sigma techniques to improve the effectiveness of process development efforts.
Steven R. Hansen
The intellectual property component of a business plan is instrumental in protecting and promoting engineering innovations. Here’s how chemical engineers can provide valuable input into the preparation of an IP business plan.
Basic job-hunting skills such as staying aware and making yourself marketable are also key to advancing your career with your present employer.
Sandra Foreman, Ian Nimmo, Peter Bullemer
In the future, operating teams may proactively manage their plants to maximize safety and minimize environmental impact, while pushing the processes to their optimal limits. Here's how to achieve the necessary paradigm shift by giving operators an...
S. Ranil Wickramasinghe, Gary K. Patterson, James T. Cobb Jr.
Diversification, globalization, emerging technologies...Times have certainly changed for chemical engineers. But, has the undergraduate chemical engineering curriculum kept pace?
William D. Hall
The patent process can be a costly journey down a long and winding road. An invention disclosure serves as a roadmap for preparing the patent application and ultimately obtaining a valid, enforceable patent.
Robert W. Bly
Engineers are often called on to review product brochures and ads for equipment and processes. Here are six tips for working more effectively with an ad agency or corporate marketing-communications department to create good product literature.
Robert W. Bly
Are you feeling overwhelmed by the daily influx of memos, letters, reports and journals? These tips will help you develop a systematic method for dealing with the endless stream of material that is essential to your job.
Eldon R. Larsen
This article offers suggestions for adapting project management techniques to the needs of R&D projects.
In a multiproduct chemical complex, determining production costs is no simple matter. Here's a logical method that can help.
Glen Rosentrater -
Contractors' quotes often differ significantly -- by up to 30% is not uncommon, and may be legitimate. Here's how to analyze bids to be able to award a fairly priced contract.
Reinhard Schomacker, Gregory J. McRae, Konrad Hungerbuhler, Gerald Bode
This article describes state-of-the-art investment analysis techniques, shows how and why even reasonably good analyses can lead to bad decisions, and gives guidance on how to avoid mistakes when making investment decisions regarding chemical...
Savvy employers are learning to value experienced engineers. Here's how you can take advantage of this trend.
Susan Morey, Lionel F. Laroche
Eastern Europe is a significant potential market for Western corporations. There are plenty of opportunities for success if you learn to do business in a way that meshes with Eastern European expectations of how business should be done.
Convincing your boss to send you to a trade show can be challenging. Here are five ways you and your employer will benefit, plus tips on how to get the most out of your visit.
Pursuing a wide variety of career options, chemical engineers continue to reinvent the profession.