Process Technology Engineer
B.S. - Chemical
Engineering, University of Florida
Engineer in Chemical Engineering
"In my work, I deal with a process where we take what a chemist does they
synthesize a small amount of material and then we have to take that and
scale it up to making a million pounds a day or however much the company
wants out of the process. Then we learn how to separate and get all the
impurities out and to purify it to what we want and then it's either used
as a final product or used on as a another as what we call a chemical
"With chemical engineering since we're making a large quantity of
something we deal with more with heat transfer and fluid flow so we have
to learn how things flow and how heat transfers on a large scale with
smaller chemical reactions you don't worry about it in a beaker so because
the air around you is enough to absorb it but on a larger scale you need
to design equipment that will handle it. Usually we will use water to
transfer heat because it is a good heat synch we focus on kinetics more."
"Being a chemical engineer you need to be able to communicate well. You
have to have good communication skills - written and oral - and also you
have to be technical and analytical. You need to be able to sit down and
understand a lot of higher math and things like that so that you can find
out what someone else is talking about and then - analytical, just being
able to look at data and figure out what's wrong a lot of times - so those
are very important."
"It's always nice to be able to see something that you do that works. You
get out there and work with a bunch of people and you make some changes
and improve the process and you get to see that in the end; you see the
final product coming out and it's better than what you started with and
that always makes you feel better."
"I also found out that chemical engineering is about the broadest
engineering degree that you can get and they are used in just about every
company in the world and one of the amazing things is that they actually
use them on Wall Street to do math calculations and things to solve
problems which is kind of weird you never think chemical engineering would
be used in financials so they're used everywhere and I knew that you could
get a good salary when you come out and get good jobs, so I stuck with it.
It wasn't an easy route, but it pays off when you get out."