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Biochemical Engineers - 17-2199.01

O*NET-SOC Description

Develop usable, tangible products, using knowledge of biology, chemistry, or engineering. Solve problems related to materials, systems, or processes that interact with humans, plants, animals, microorganisms, or biological materials.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Engineering Director
  • Process Engineer
  • Research Associate
  • Research Engineer
  • Research Fellow
  • Research Greenhouse Supervisor
  • Research Scientist
  • University Extension Specialist

SOC Occupation Groups

17-0000 Architecture and Engineering Occupations
17-2000 Engineers
17-2190 Miscellaneous Engineers
17-2199.00 Engineers, All Other
17-2199.01 Biochemical Engineers

Related Occupations

Tasks

  • Advise manufacturing staff regarding problems with fermentation, filtration, or other bioproduction processes.
  • Collaborate in the development or delivery of biochemical manufacturing training materials.
  • Collaborate with manufacturing or quality assurance staff to prepare product specification or safety sheets, standard operating procedures, user manuals, or qualification and validation reports.
  • Communicate with bioregulatory authorities regarding licensing or compliance responsibilities.
  • Communicate with suppliers regarding the design or specifications of bioproduction equipment, instrumentation, or materials.
  • Confer with research and biomanufacturing personnel to ensure the compatibility of design and production.
  • Consult with chemists or biologists to develop or evaluate novel technologies.
  • Create simulations or models to predict the impact of environmental factors, such as pollutants, climate change, or environmental remediation efforts.
  • Design or conduct follow-up experimentation, based on generated data, to meet established process objectives.
  • Design or conduct studies to determine optimal conditions for cell growth, protein production, or protein or virus expression or recovery, using chromatography, separation, or filtration equipment, such as centrifuges or bioreactors.
  • Design or direct bench or pilot production experiments to determine the scale of production methods that optimize product yield and minimize production costs.
  • Design processes to manufacture synthetic molecules for applications such as pharmaceuticals or pesticides.
  • Design products to measure or monitor airborne pollutants, such as carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, ozone, or particulate matter.
  • Develop alternative processes to produce crude oil, such as extraction from diatoms or thermochemical conversion of manure or other wastes.
  • Develop biocatalytic processes to convert biomass to fuels or fine chemicals, using enzymes of bacteria, yeast, or other microorganisms.
  • Develop bioremediation processes to reduce pollution, protect the environment, or treat waste products.
  • Develop experiments to determine production methods that minimize pollution or waste.
  • Develop methodologies for transferring procedures or biological processes from laboratories to commercial-scale manufacturing production.
  • Develop processes or products, such as natural recovery monitoring, in situ capping or treatment, or sediment removal, to treat contamination of subaqueous sediment.
  • Develop recovery processes to separate or purify products from fermentation broths or slurries.
  • Develop statistical models or simulations of biochemical production, using statistical or modeling software.
  • Develop toxicological or environmental testing processes to measure chemical toxicity or environmental impact.
  • Devise scalable recovery, purification, or fermentation processes for producing proteins or other biological substances for human or animal therapeutic use, food production or processing, biofuels, or effluent treatment.
  • Direct experimental or developmental activities at contracted laboratories.
  • Lead studies to examine or recommend changes in process sequences or operation protocols.
  • Maintain databases of experiment characteristics or results.
  • Modify or control biological systems to replace, augment, or sustain chemical or mechanical processes.
  • Participate in equipment or process validation activities.
  • Prepare piping or instrumentation diagrams or other schematics for proposed process improvements, using computer-aided design software.
  • Prepare project plans for biochemical equipment or facility improvements, including time lines, budgetary estimates, or capital spending requests.
  • Prepare technical reports, data summary documents, or research articles for scientific publication, regulatory submissions, or patent applications.
  • Read current scientific or trade literature to stay abreast of scientific, industrial, or technological advances.
  • Recommend biochemical process formulas, instrumentation, or equipment specifications, based on results of bench or pilot experimentation.
  • Review existing biomanufacturing processes to ensure compliance with environmental regulations.
  • Review existing manufacturing processes to identify opportunities for yield improvement or reduced process variation.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Communicate technical information to suppliers, contractors, or regulatory agencies.
  • Conduct validation tests of equipment or processes.
  • 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.
  • Develop technical methods or processes.
  • Devise research or testing protocols.
  • Direct design or development activities.
  • Estimate operational costs.
  • Estimate time requirements for development or production projects.
  • Inspect operational processes.
  • Maintain operational records or records systems.
  • Prepare contracts, disclosures, or applications.
  • Prepare detailed work plans.
  • Prepare technical reports for internal use.
  • Recommend technical design or process changes to improve efficiency, quality, or performance.
  • Research engineering aspects of biological or chemical processes.
  • Train personnel on proper operational procedures.
  • Update technical knowledge.

Military Crosswalk Titles

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Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

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DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Chemical Engineer