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Job trends – Canada – Chemical engineer

Posted on February 1, 2021
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canada job trend chemical engineer

Chemical engineers are involved in the research, design, and development of chemical processes and equipment. They oversee the operation and maintenance of manufacturing plants for industrial chemicals, plastics, pharmaceuticals, pulp and paper and food processing plants, and perform biochemical or biotechnical engineering duties. They can find employment in a broad range of manufacturing and processing industries.

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The median wage for this profession is approximately 40.8 dollars per hour and the maximum wages for this profession is in the Canadian province of Alberta where it is 57.6 dollars per hour.

Wage Report

Community/Area Wages ($/hour)
Low Median High
Canada 25.00 40.87 68.75
Alberta 30.00 57.69 80.13
British Columbia 27.34 48.88 82.32
Manitoba N/A N/A N/A
New Brunswick 26.44 31.25 49.27
Newfoundland and Labrador N/A N/A N/A
Northwest Territories N/A N/A N/A
Nova Scotia N/A N/A N/A
Nunavut N/A N/A N/A
Ontario 21.63 32.69 51.28
Prince Edward Island N/A N/A N/A
Quebec 27.47 40.87 55.00
Saskatchewan 20.00 40.87 58.17
Yukon Territory N/A N/A NA


Skills required

  • Management skills
    • Co-ordination and organization
    • Supervision
    • Evaluation
  • Analytical skills
    • Analyze information
    • Planning
    • Inspection and testing
    • Research and investigation
  • Communication skills
    • Professional communication
    • Advice and consultation
  • Engineering and Technology
    • Design
    • Engineering
    • Applied technologies
  • Law and Public Safety
    • Public Safety and Security
  • Manufacturing and Production
    • Processing and Production

3-year job prospect-The job prospect in the next three years for chemical engineers is undetermined in most provinces of Canada.

Location Job prospects
Alberta Fair
British Columbia Fair
Manitoba Good
New Brunswick Good
Newfoundland and Labrador Undetermined
Northwest Territories Undetermined
Nova Scotia Undetermined
Nunavut Undetermined
Ontario Good
Prince Edward Island Undetermined
Quebec Fair
Saskatchewan Good
Yukon Territory Undetermined

10-year predictions

Although this profession has seen a balance between demand and supply in recent years, job seekers are expected to outnumber job openings by a large margin in the next ten years resulting in a labor surplus. The majority of job opportunities are expected to be created as a result of increased employment and retirements.

Employment requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree is required in chemical engineering or in a related field of engineering.
  • A master’s degree in a related engineering discipline or a doctorate.
  • To authorize engineering drawings and reports and to practice as a Professional Engineer, licensing of qualified engineers by a provincial or territorial association is required.
  • They are eligible for registration after graduation from an approved training program and after three or four years of supervised work experience in engineering and after passing a professional practice test.

Professional license requirements

Before you can start working, you may need to get a professional license from a regulatory authority. This requirement can vary with each province.

 

Location Job title Regulation Regulatory body
Alberta Chemical Engineer Regulated Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta
British Columbia Chemical Engineer Regulated Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia
Manitoba Chemical Engineer Regulated Engineers Geoscientists of Manitoba
New Brunswick Chemical Engineer Regulated Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of New Brunswick
Newfoundland and Labrador Chemical Engineer Regulated Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Newfoundland and Labrador
Northwest Territories Chemical Engineer Regulated Northwest Territories and Nunavut Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists
Nova Scotia Chemical Engineer Regulated Association of Professional Engineers of Nova Scotia
Nunavut Chemical Engineer Regulated Northwest Territories and Nunavut Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists
Ontario Chemical Engineer Regulated Professional Engineers Ontario
Prince Edward Island Chemical Engineer Regulated Association of Professional Engineers of Prince Edward Island
Québec Chemical Engineer Regulated Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec
Saskatchewan Chemical Engineer Regulated Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan
Yukon Chemical Engineer Regulated Engineers of Yukon

Responsibilities

  • Conduct economic and technical feasibility studies in the chemical, petroleum, paper and pulp, food and other manufacturing sectors.
  • A research into the development or improvement of chemical engineering processes, reactions and materials.
  • Study chemical process technology and equipment and assess the production specifications.
  • Specification and inspection for chemical processing and associated plants and equipment.
  • Supervision of design, alteration, operation and repair pilot plants, production units or processing plants.
  • To ensure consistency and compliance with raw materials, goods and waste products or pollution, develop and implement quality management systems, operating procedures and control strategies.
  • Prepare contract documents for industrial construction process elements and review tenders.
  • Supervising engineers, mechanics and other technicians.
  • They can work in an administrative capacity to set guidelines and specifications for the handling of hazardous substances, to protect the environment or to establish food, material and consumer goods standards.

How to immigrate to Canada as a chemical engineer?

Chemical engineer is an eligible occupation under Canada’s FSWP. They can get a PR visa through Express Entry.

This profession also figures in the list of eligible occupation in the British Columbia PNP Tech Pilot program.

These are some of the options for chemical engineers wishing to migrate to Canada.

Applicants will have to get their chemical engineering skills and their experience and qualifications assessed by the Canada Chemical Engineering Skills and Qualification Assessment body which will serve two purposes. First and foremost, a positive skills evaluation will assist you in claiming the required points on both the Express Entry CRS and the Federal Skilled Trades application. Second, your positive skills evaluation will also serve as your Canada Equivalent Qualification, which will be used for your professional registrations, thus having your Chemical Engineering abilities assessed means you’ll be qualified to work in Canada as soon as you land there.

Candidates can always immigrate to Canada even if they don’t have a job offer if they have a good CRS score and a Canada Federal Skilled Worker Visa. Receiving a job offer, on the other hand, would increase a person’s score by 600 points, allowing them to enter the country more easily.

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