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The position of a chemical engineer can be considered that of a ’universal engineer’ because chemical engineering is such a broad scientific and technical field. This occupation involves planning and operating facilities, and inventing new, more efficient processes. Chemical engineering includes not only chemistry, but also mathematics, physics, and biology.

Three physical laws provide the basis for chemical engineering:

  • Conservation of momentum
  • Conservation of mass
  • Conservation of energy

The development of paper, foods, plastics and fertilizers, as well as developments in microelectronics, environmental solutions, biotechnology, and medicine can be attributed to chemical engineering. The work of a chemical engineer can also involve devising ways to convert one material into another, more useful form, or to make products from raw materials – much like the role of a material engineer.

Educational Courses in Chemical/ Material Engineering

Chemical engineering significantly evolved over the last several decades; however, the core education curriculum has remained primarily the same, with a heavy focus on chemistry, math, physics, engineering, environmental sciences, and materials.

Educational courses in materials engineering concentrate on the study of what things are made out of, whether plastic, Gortex, cotton, etc. Math and science are used to study metals, ceramics, polymers (glass,plastic, rubber), or other materials.

There are a variety of study options available worldwide within Chemical/ Material Engineering:

Bachelor degree in Chemical/ Material Engineering

Master’s degree in Chemical/ Material Engineering

Doctorate/ PhD in Chemical/ Material Engineering

Careers in Chemical/ Material Engineering

A career in chemical engineering involves the development and production of various products and specialty chemicals. This may include materials used for environmental, military, space, or electronic applications such as pharmaceuticals, adhesives, ultra-strong fibers, and prosthetics.