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Prospective students: chemical engineering degrees and careers


A unique field with diverse industrial applications, chemical engineering combines chemistry, materials engineering, industrial engineering and electrical engineering. Chemical engineering can include mineral processing, biotechnology and nanotechnology. Chemical engineers design, construct, install, operate and maintain chemical products, equipment and plants. Production methods are often a focus for improvement and development. The conversion of raw materials, water treatment and replacing natural resources are other aspects within the field.

Demand for trained professionals has been rising, and sections of the chemical industry are growing. The industry represents about 3 percent of the country's GDP, and is the sixth largest chemical industry in the world. Of all domestic industrial activity, the chemical and petrochemical sector is at 14 percent and growing.

Chemical engineering education

To gain admission into a graduate programme in chemical engineering, you should have the 10+2 and physics, chemistry and mathematics. Entrance exams can vary by school and state. Degrees in chemical engineering include:

  • Bachelor of Engineering (B.E.) Chemical Engineering
  • Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech.) Chemical Engineering

Fundamental classes in these courses include biology, chemistry, mathematics, engineering mechanics, fluid mechanics and physics.

Postgraduate programmes allow for specialization in subfields. These degree programme types are:

  • Master of Technology (M.Tech.) Chemical Engineering
  • Master of Engineering (M.E.) Chemical Engineering
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) Chemical Engineering

Specializations might include environmental engineering, petrochemical and bioprocess engineering. These are just a few of many areas.

Chemical engineering careers

Careers in chemical engineering include positions in fields such as:

  • Manufacturing
  • Energy
  • Food processing
  • Defense
  • Pharmaceuticals

Since chemical engineering is such a broad discipline, many other industries employ these engineers. You can learn more from the Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers, a national forum for professionals, both student and established engineers. Consider how one of the subfields of chemical engineering could be right for you.