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Chemical Engineering

Chemical Engineering deals with the design and maintenance of chemical plants and the development of chemical processes for converting raw materials or chemicals into valuable forms. It combines knowledge of Chemistry and Engineering for the production of chemicals and related by-products. This branch of engineering is a varied field, covering areas from biotechnology and nanotechnology, mineral processing, pharmaceuticals, synthetic fibres, petroleum refining plants etc.

What does a Chemical Engineer do?

  • Chemical Engineers are concerned with the designing, supervision, construction, installation and operation of plants and equipments for manufacturing chemical products
  • Chemical Technologists deal with the production of substances with new properties which require new methods of production in the fields of petroleum refining & fertilizer technology.
  • Chemical Engineers involves in the processing of food and agricultural products, paints and dyes, recycling metals, glass and plastics, cosmetics, mineral based industries and prevention and control of environmental hazards.
  • Chemical Engineers involves in the research and development activities in the Bio-Tech firms to find out new drugs.

What is the future for a Chemical Engineering graduate?

Work of Chemical Engineer combines several fields such as chemists, industrial engineers, materials engineers as well as electrical engineers. Chemical Engineers can find the opportunities in any of the following categories
  • As Process Engineer in petroleum / petrochemical industry & petroleum refineries.
  • As a Process / Manufacturing Engineer in pharmaceuticals or textile industry
  • As Design / Manufacturing Process Engineer in chemical equipment manufacturing industry.
  • As an Industrial Engineer in any of the manufacturing industry which follows any chemical manufacturing processes.
  • Research and Development Engineer in food processing, pharmaceuticals, Bio-Tech firms
Scope for Higher Education

After graduation as a B.E / B.Tech in Chemical Engineering one can look for M.E / M.Tech / M.S in any of the following areas
  • Petroleum & Petrochemical
  • Agricultural & Forestry
  • Biological Engineering
  • Energy and Environment
  • Food Processing
  • Fertilizers
  • Bio-Tech /Bio-Medical Engineering
  • Materials Science
  • Catalysis and Reaction Engineering
  • Plastics & Polymers
  • Ceramics

Who should opt for Chemical Engineering?

If one likes,
Chemistry, Problem solving and mathematics, Biological Systems, Petroleum Products, Material Science and Research

 
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