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Chemical engineers design and develop chemical processes and equipment, in order to transform raw materials into useful products. They also oversee the operation and maintenance of industrial chemical plants. The forest products industry employs chemical engineers in pulp and paper mills.
As a chemical engineer in a pulp and paper mill, you will work closely with technical and operations personnel to monitor and optimize processes. You could also find yourself coordinating projects and trials to increase production, improve quality and reduce costs.
You have to earn a chemical engineering degree from a university to work as a chemical engineer. Students graduating from undergraduate programs in chemical engineering often choose to become certified as professional engineers. It means you are licensed to practice engineering, and that you’re a full-fledged member of the engineering profession.
The work of an industrial engineer comes down to integrating systems of people, materials, equipment and energy. Industrial engineers conduct studies and develop ways to enhance efficiency. Their work covers how equipment is used, how human resources are deployed, and how technology is integrated into operations.
If you think of yourself as a versatile problem solver, industrial engineering could be a good fit. Your skill set will make you a sought-after professional in the forest products industry. It’s an industry that is focused on efficiency, innovation and environmental sustainability.
Industrial engineers are designing better ways to produce lumber and other forest products. They are greening operations by integrating environmentally sustainable energy systems, like co-generation from wood waste, into mills.