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11/30/07
Chemical Technicians. 2.
Filed under: Position Searching, Mentoring, Mature professionals, Technicians
Posted by: site admin @ 8:30 pm

What kinds of industries do chemical
technicians work in?  There is no one
easy description.  For
chemical techs
contribute in many ways to many
industries (covered in topic 1. of this
series) in start-ups, small, mid-sized
and large companies.

One concern, curiosity and key level of
alertness is for safety and safe
operations
.  For chemical techs
working in industry, we find ourselves
working in organizations with “capital
intensive, computer  controlled
processes, with low operator
intervention
“.  As a result, there is
generally a low injury rate yet there
could be exposures to chemicals and
mixtures that require knowing how to
handle many different chemicals under
a variety of conditions.

While the tasks are quite varied,
systematic, organized attention to detail

is an asset.  The focus will be different
for an analyst, pilot plant operator, an
electrochemist, or synthetic chemist.
Chemical technicians plan, organize,
and decide what they do in teams
based
on responsibilities and the company’s
needs and priorities.

While formal education is helpful,
experience (learning on the job)
is a more
telling teacher.  While giving good
presentations is appreciated, hands-on,
problem solving and the ability to

get things done in spite of problems
is valued.

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