Career as a Chemical Engineer


Summary

Chemical Engineers Design and oversee plants and factories that process raw materials into useful products. They work on implementing and developing efficient processing techniques that minimize waste and improve output quality while also being cost-effective, safe and environmentally sound. Chemical engineers may work in specialized areas of chemical processing all over the state. These can include mineral and ore processing, oil and gas refinery, water or waste treatment, and even pharmaceutical or food production.

Sometimes, Chemical Engineers are called "universal engineers" because their knowledge base and abilities are so broad. They have all the basic engineering training in mathematics and physics as well as an in-depth mastery of chemistry and biology. Many chemical engineers work in manufacturing, designing machines and plants. It is their job to ensure that the processes run smoothly and in the most economical manner possible.

Chemical Engineers are behind the creations and manufacturing of a wide range of products, such as plastics, paper, dyes, medicines, polymers, fertilizers, petrochemicals, and even many foods.

Specifically, Chemical Engineers improve food processing techniques, and methods of producing fertilizers, to increase the quantity and quality of available food. They also construct the synthetic fibers that make our clothes more comfortable and water resistant; they develop methods to mass-produce drugs, making them more affordable; and they create safer, more efficient methods of refining petroleum products, making energy and chemical sources more productive and cost effective. Chemical engineers also develop solutions to environmental problems, such as pollution control and remediation.

Work Environment

With so many different industries employing chemical engineers, there is a wide variety of workplace environments. Large corporations, government entities, and small firms all need chemical engineers. However, most chemical engineers do work in larger companies as part of a team.

Chemical Engineers may work in laboratories or manufacturing plants, while some are outside doing field work. Many chemical engineers must wear protective equipment, like goggles and helmets when working around large industrial manufacturing equipment. This equipment is outdoors sometimes, and may require the engineer to be in adverse weather conditions. Other chemical engineers may spend their whole work day in the lab. Some engineers have the advantage of working in different areas, such as designing projects on the computer, testing them in the lab, and then moving on to the manufacturing phase. Seeing a project through to completion can be a very satisfying part of the career.

Entry Level Education

  • Bachelor’s Degree (B.E / B.Tech) in Chemical Engineering.
  • Master’s degree (M.E) in Chemical Engineering.
  • Diploma in Chemical engineering.

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