Chemical Engineers (video by MyCareerRx, Youtube)
In this series of Engineering Professions, today I would like to highlight profession of a Chemical Engineer.
Chemical engineering is a discipline of engineering that merges the knowledge of physical sciences and life sciences with mathematics and economics to produce, transport and properly utilize chemicals, materials and energy by converting raw materials into something that is of use and value.
Alright, so that brings us to the basic question, “What do Chemical Engineers do?” Perhaps the question you should be asking is, what don’t they do? They are involved in the manufacture of items of daily use such as deodorants, glues, paints and plastic just to name a few. They constantly seek to find ways of improving food processing techniques, and methods of producing fertilizers. They produce synthetic fibers, find more efficient means of refining petroleum products and help in the production of renewable energy.
If you enjoyed studying chemistry and balancing chemical equations then chemical engineering might be of great interest to you. It involves having a deep insight and knowledge of naturally occurring chemicals and their reactions and characteristics. But a chemical engineer doesn’t stop at that.
Chemical engineering is basically concerned with the detailed study of production, transformation and proper use of chemicals, materials and energy. So they will also learn a lot about mass producing chemicals, fluid flow (transporting chemicals) – which involve a lot of maths and calculation. Plant design, one of the subjects, would involve a lot of maths too
Chemical Engineers have a bright future ahead of them owing to their huge demand in giant industrial processing plants, petroleum refining, production and storage of renewable energy and in the industries involved in the manufacture of everyday products.
Here is a good video on The life of a chemical Engineer in University, the subjects taken, and also later on in working life. (Video by the Science House, Youtube)
In Malaysia, Chemical engineers are needed in many industries :
Palm Oil industry – United Plantations, Sime Darby, Unico
Household products manufacturing – toothpaste, soap, detergent, Food, oil, flour, basically most of the stuff you get in the supermarket food, and household area – which is a whole lot of stuff. – Unilever, Proctor and Gamble, Nestle, Henkel
Pharmaceutical Companies: Chemical Engineers are heavily utilized in Pharmaceutical companies – GlaxoSmithkline, Merck, B Braun, Pharmaniaga, Ranbaxy, CCM, Hovid, The Himalaya Drug Company
Oil and Gas Industry – Mechanical Engineers are needed in all areas of this industry. Almost every component dealing with oil and gas extraction has a mechanical element to it. (Except at this moment of writing (Jan 2016) – the Oil and Gas industry is pretty much in a low, and firing is happening more than hiring. The salaries in this area is the highest, though.)
Chemical Producers – Fertilizers, Chemicals – example – BASF, CCM, Titan Chemical Group
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