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Absorption Engineer

Design equipment for breaking down gases into individual chemicals.

What does an Absorption Engineer do?

Part Chemist, part Engineer, an Absorption Engineer is paid to create science experiments for chemical companies that want to extract chemicals from gas. These are then used to manufacture paper, gasoline, rubber, plastic, and tons of other materials that make daily life easier.

Sound like an episode of “Mr. Wizard’s World”? That’s because it is. The process of “absorption” involves separating chemical components from gases and vapors by dissolving them in liquids.

Like any Scientist, your job as an Absorption Engineer involves making hypotheses, experimenting, and analyzing data. You study variables such as temperature, density, gravity, and pressure to find the optimal conditions for gas absorption. Once you have completed that phase, your inner Engineer takes over. As an Absorption Engineer, you apply your scientific knowledge designing new tools used in absorption. These could include crushers, grinders, kilns, screens, pumps, compressors, pipelines, valves, tanks, and separators.

Although gas absorption is the most common type of absorption, it’s important to note that you might also find jobs specializing in the absorption of electromagnetic radiation, sound waves, or even light. Regardless of the medium, your goal is finding the most efficient and effective way to scientifically “absorb” one thing into another.