Chemical Engineering

Chemical Engineering is a branch of engineering that applies physical sciences (physics and chemistry) and life sciences (microbiology and biochemistry) together with applied mathematics and economics to produce, transform, transport, and properly use chemicals, materials and energy. In simple terms Chemical Engineering is you, me and all that surrounds us! One must look beyond chemical reactors and distillation columns to realize that the food we consume, the cosmetics we wear, the detergent we wash our clothes with are all a result of engineering of materials and their chemical reactions. In this sense, Chemical Engineering is one of the broadest and the most ‘inclusive’ branches of engineering that keeps redefining itself as it finds applications into new areas of modern technology.

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Inside Chemical Engineering

The field of chemical engineering offers a variety of opportunities to work on specialized, innovative projects. Chemical engineers must be highly skilled in calculus, chemistry, physics and biology. Chemical engineers are responsible for breaking down, analyzing and researching different chemical compounds. Essentially, chemical engineers design large-scale processes that convert chemicals, raw materials, living cells, microorganisms and energy into useful forms and products. Chemical engineers develop a variety of products for the agricultural, manufacturing and technology industries. Although chemical engineering salaries are higher than those in many other fields, job growth might be limited. Read on to find out if a chemical engineering career is right for you.They can help create the materials used in food, textiles, industrial products or medicine.

Education Information

Students looking to work as a chemical engineer will need a 4-year degree. As undergraduates, they can learn about chemical processes, reactions and thermodynamics. Some programs even cover environmental science or biotechnology topics. A graduate degree might be required for managerial or high-level engineering positions. Students can usually apply to chemical engineering graduate programs with a bachelor’s degree in another engineering field. Students can also further specialize  by attending Master Degree and Doctorate programmes. The admission is generally based on common entrance test referred to as IIT JEE/ AIEEE for graduate and GATE score for post graduate programmes. Chemical engineering degree and training programs are available online, although most are designed for students with previous experience in chemical engineering.

Career Options

Bachelor’s degree programs can prepare you to work as a chemical engineer, as well as a process engineer or a consultant.

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