Tuesday, 21st November 2017
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CHEMICAL ENGINEER

Chemical engineers are constantly looking to improve the design, function and effectiveness of products that contain chemicals. It is important to note that the range of products that ‘contain chemicals’ is vast. Everything from fuels, food, medicine and paper is included in the list of products that contain chemicals of some description and chemical engineers will be involved in the production of every one at some level.

Chemical engineering as a discipline, although vast and comprising numerous different specialisms, can be roughly split into two sub-disciplines:

  • Product engineering - the creation and development of materials into substances of use or value which can go on to be used in a wide variety of products
  • Process engineering - the design, production and operation of machinery and entire plants and facilities where chemicals are processed

Chemical engineers are usually involved in the early stages of product design and manufacturing as the chemicals included will be so important to the product itself. Large-scale manufacturers will hire teams of in-house chemical engineers to oversee their products.

Chemical engineering crosses into a number of other disciplines, such as biology, physics and other branches of engineering and, as such, engineers can work in a wide range of industries, including:

  • Healthcare
  • Biotechnology
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Business services
  • Service provision

At present, Chemical engineers must follow rigid regulation guidelines and are strictly monitored.