On the Job
Biochemical Engineers develop products using in-depth knowledge of biology, chemistry, or engineering. For example, they may use purification or fermentation processes to create biological substances for human or animal use.
Typical Work Tasks
People who work in this career often:
- Estimate time requirements for development or production projects.
- Update technical knowledge.
- Research engineering aspects of biological or chemical processes.
- Communicate technical information to suppliers, contractors, or regulatory agencies.
- Confer with technical personnel to prepare designs or operational plans.
- Create graphical representations of industrial production systems.
- Create models of engineering designs or methods.
- Design electronic or computer equipment or instrumentation.
- Develop operational methods or processes that use green materials or emphasize sustainability.
- Devise research or testing protocols.
Typical Working Conditions
- Using e-mail.
- The importance of being accurate or exact.
- Working with a group or team.
- Working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions.
- Wearing common protective or safety equipment such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, hard hats, or life jackets.
- Freedom to make decisions without supervision.
- Responsibility for others' health and safety.
- High levels of competition.
- Meeting strict deadlines.
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