Chemical Designer

Chemical Engineer

Minimum B.E. (Chemical)

Will be updated

The tasks a Designer, Chemical Engineer is expected to perform include:

Designing and planning lay-out and supervising installation of chemical plants and equipment for manufacture of heavy and fine chemicals, paper pulps, cements rayon, oils, soaps, coke, coke oven by-products etc.

Preparing the project reports, selects processes based on techno economic study;

Studying the working of existing plants, production processes, economics of costs etc.

Conducting the research to develop new and improved chemical manufacturing processes or to obtain additional information in commercial production possibilities

Designing full size plant after determining kind of equipment required and ascertaining optimum conditions and other essential factors

Estimating capital cost for installation of plant and cost of plant operation

Co-ordinating activities of workers operating grinders, mixers, vats, stills, reactors, evaporators and other equipment to ensure efficient treatment of raw materials by chemicals, by mechanical and others means

Knowledge of undertaking basic costing in relation to cost of products manufactured

Well-versed in establishing and enforcing standards for testing and inspecting machinery and equipment

Ability to prepare plans, diagrams and sketches for new chemical plants to be erected

Knowledge of tendering technical service to maintain output or performance and equipment at a most favourable economic point


Knowledge to draw out specifications for procuring equipment and machinery for specific duties

Knowledge of inspecting and supervising erection of plants

Knowledge in any engineering field such as consulting, technical sales and service, testing, purchasing and teaching at University level

Diligent and hardworking

Ability to focus for long hours

Result oriented

Problem solving attitude

Decision-making skills

It needs one to be on their toes

May need to handle a team

Local travelling is a not a part of this job

Part-time work and contractual jobs are available in some cities

Work from home option is not available

Working hours
Companies usually work for 6 days a week and 8/10 hours everyday. This may vary from company to company

Shift system maybe available

Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs
This job is suitable for candidates with One Leg (OL) and One Arm (OA)

The job is considered mildly hazardous or dangerous

Occupational hazards may include cuts, burns, electric shock, radiation, dust, stress, respiratory problems, eye and skin irritation, musculoskeletal disorders, etc.

Health risks include exposure to chemicals, toxic materials, sharp objects, heavy equipment like heater, condensers, etc.

For freshers - INR 15,000 to INR 20,000 per month

For candidates with 2-3 years of experience or more - INR 25,000 to INR 40,000 per month

(These figures are indicative and subject to change)

Overview of the Chemical & Petrochemical Sector in India

Global chemical market size was estimated at USD 3.9 trillion in 2013 and is expected to grow at 3-4% per annum over the next 5 years to reach USD 4.7 trillion by 2018. India currently accounts for approximately 3% of the world chemical market. The Indian chemical and petrochemical industry expanded in 2013 despite weakness in key export markets and subdued growth in the domestic market. The Indian chemical and petrochemical industry currently stands at USD 118 Bn and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 8% for the next five years.

Bulk chemicals form the largest sub-segment of Indian chemical industry with 40% market share whereas the specialty chemical with 19% market share is the fastest growing segment. Together, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh account for more than 50% of Gross Value Add (GVA) and Gross Output of the chemical and petrochemical industry in India.

The petrochemicals industry is a significant industry for the Indian economy. The growth of this industry is closely linked to economic growth of a country. Today, petrochemical products permeate the entire spectrum of daily use items and cover almost every sphere of life like clothing, housing, construction, furniture, automobiles, household items, agriculture, horticulture, irrigation, packaging, medical appliances, electronics and electrical etc. The Indian petrochemical market has grown at a CAGR of 11% from USD 19.3 billion in FY11 to USD 24 billion in FY13. The demand for basic petrochemicals and end products petrochemicals is expected to grow at a CAGR of 10% to reach 16 mmtpa and 19.5 mn tons by FY18 respectively.

The current per capita consumption of products of chemical industry in India is about 1/10th of the world average. The low per capita consumption across industries and segments and strong growth outlook for the key end use are the key growth drivers for the chemical and petrochemical industry in India.

Chemical and petrochemical industry is human resource intensive industry and hence employs a large number of people across the world, currently the industry provide employment to about 1 million people in India. With the growing demand the manufacture and marketing of chemicals will continue to offer substantial employment opportunities both for skilled and unskilled persons. The industry also generates indirect employment for the chemicals, engineering, packaging and transport industry. With the additional emphasis on exports, there will be new opportunities in logistics and marketing as well.

Chemical and petrochemical companies across India

Towns and cities across India