What do Chemical Engineers do?
Chemical Engineering is the most universal and versatile of engineering disciplines. Chemical Engineers apply physical sciences (chemistry, physics) and biological sciences together with mathematics to
- Design processes which convert raw materials or chemicals into value-added materials.
- Develop new advanced materials.
- Design chemical, biochemical, biomedical and biotechnology based processes for large-scale manufacture
Chemical Engineers are in demand in almost every imaginable sector of the economy. Many start their careers as process engineers, working in the design and operation of manufacturing plants, and then progress to key management positions in their firms. Some move into consulting or technical sales positions. Chemical Engineers also move into non-engineering careers such as law, medicine, management and finance.
- Seek new sources of clean energy, manage renewable and non-renewable energy resources and develop sustainable processes.
- Treat harmful waste and emissions, develop environmental remediation techniques, and purify drinking water.
- Develop materials and products including petrochemicals, foods, consumer goods, pulp and paper, agricultural products, polymers, pharmaceuticals
- Design life-saving devices such as the artificial kidney and angioplasty catheters
- Provide know-how for chemical processing of computer chips and integrated circuits in the electronics industry and nanotechnology sectors