Chemical technicians typically do the following:
- Monitor chemical processes and test the quality of products
- Set up and maintain laboratory equipment
- Troubleshoot production problems
- Prepare chemical solutions
- Conduct chemical and physical experiments and tests
- Compile and interpret results of tests and analyses
- Prepare technical reports that summarize results
Most chemical technicians work on teams. Typically, they are led by chemists or chemical engineers who direct their work and evaluate their results. For example, some chemical technicians help chemists and other scientists develop new medicines. Others help chemical engineers develop more efficient production processes.
Chemical technicians’ duties and titles often depend on where they work. The following are the two main types of chemical technicians:
Laboratory technicians typically help scientists conduct experiments and analyses. Often, they prepare chemical solutions, test products for quality and performance, and analyze compounds produced through complex chemical processes. Chemical laboratory technicians may analyze samples of air and water to monitor pollution levels. Laboratory technicians usually set up and maintain laboratory equipment and instruments.