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Industrial Chemist

Industrial chemists assist chemical engineers in transforming small-scale chemical discoveries into mass-produced goods by analyzing compounds and substances to find their precise chemical or physical properties. Industrial chemists may also develop or improve products, formulas, analytical methods, and processes.

Industrial Chemist

Industrial chemists assist chemical engineers in transforming small-scale chemical discoveries into mass-produced goods by analyzing compounds and substances to find their precise chemical or physical properties. Industrial chemists may also develop or improve products, formulas, analytical methods, and processes.

Depending upon their level of education and career interests, an industrial chemist may work in a variety of different possible settings, and perform a range of work functions. These functions may include conducting research, teaching, or working in a lab for a company or other organization.

Uganda has a great deal of companies that manufacture drinks such as centuary bottling company limited(coca cola), crown beverages (pepsi) to mention but a few and in these companies the services of industrial chemists are highly needed. 

Daily Activities / Routine Tasks

• Use quantitative and qualitative analysis to determine physical properties of a substance

• Share specialized knowledge with chemical engineers and other professionals

• Ensure that production meets deadlines and quality standards

• Prepare directions for factory personnel that outline the proper ingredients, temperatures and mixing times during all stages of the production process

• Oversee automated production processes in order to ensure the desired product yield is achieved

• Analyze samples of raw materials and finished products in order to ensure government and industry standards and regulations are met

• Record test results and provide feedback to production staff

• Work to develop new testing and production methods in order to improve efficiency and product quality

• May conduct lectures and instruct students

Main Activities performed by an Industrial Chemist

Safety and efficiency – industrial chemists are constantly striving to improve the safety and efficiency of making important chemicals and materials.

Product development and innovation – industrial chemists create new chemical ‘recipes’ that meet identified needs. They will scrutinise the chemical composition of substances and then study the chemical changes which occur under different conditions and apply this to their end result.

Process optimisation – an industrial chemist plays a part in optimising production to produce large amounts of a substance as cheaply as possible – but, unlike with engineers,  they do so by making the ‘chemistry’ better and more efficient.

Environmental monitoring and control – industrial chemists work on the management and control of the environment during industrial processes, to ensure everything is being done to minimise the impact and work towards a clean and safe future.

Production plant design - in the construction of a new production plant, industrial chemists work in teams with other engineers like chemical engineers or control engineers to ensure the optimal outcomes.

Skills Needed to Become an Industrial Chemist

In order to become effective in a career as an industrial chemist, you need to posses a certain set of skills and personality characteristics, as they will allow you to perform your job with competence, as well as help you to endure the ups and downs of your career.

• Able to strictly follow protocol without cutting corners

• Must pay close attention to detail and be very accurate in work

• Knowledge in chemical engineering processes

• Basic knowledge of management and business skills are typically an asset

• Expert level knowledge in the properties and chemical structure of materials such as oil, metal and plastics, drugs, fertilizers and food

• Able to devise and control production-processing methods

• Able to ensure quality standards are upheld, and industry regulations are adhered to

• Able to use specialized laboratory equipment and computer software

• Able to work effectively with other professionals, such as chemical engineers

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