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Overview | He whakamārama

An industrial chemist provides responsive and efficient chemistry services to prevent chemical-related plant failures and develop efficient plant chemistry practices. They carry out sampling, analysis and inspections to identify and eliminate chemical-related risks for thermal generation & other industries.

The Work | Ngā mahi

As an industrial chemist, you will:

  • Ensure the reliability and longevity of the plant equipment by managing the asset to prevent the corrosion of material
  • Carry out regular sampling and analysis of water, oil, gas and coal
  • Interpret analysis results to determine the impact on generation plant, cooling water system and auxiliary plants (i.e.: Water Treatment Plant)
  • Work closely with Environmental Team to ensure compliance with Resource Consents and legislation
  • Manage chemicals on-site by applying a systematic approach from approval process through to disposal
  • Working Environment | Wāhi mahi

    An industrial chemist is based on-site and spends a large amount of time in a laboratory, as well out on the plant. They analyse chemical samples in the lab, making standards and reagents for the chemical analysers and when not doing practical tasks, they will be at their computer collating data and doing research.

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    Tools and Equipment | Taputapu

    Industrial chemists work with a wide range of laboratory equipment to carry out chemical analysis. Online and portable analysers are also used to monitor process chemistry conditions.


    Most of the time you’ll see an industrial chemist wearing bright orange overalls, steel cap boots and a hard hat. In their role, they can come into contact with harmful substances so it’s important they keep themselves safe and wear their PPE.

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