Chemical and process engineers design, develop and operate the processes and equipment used to change raw materials into valuable products such as petrol, paper, pharmaceuticals, fertilisers, food, plastics, synthetic fibres and paint.
Process engineers are responsible for ensuring that factories are able to run at the highest level of efficiency while producing as little waste or pollution as possible. Outside the manufacturing industry, chemical & process engineers may work in environmental, water and waste engineering.
If you are interested in the application of new technologies, developing new products or materials, and solving problems to make processes more efficient, then chemical & process engineering is a great career choice.
Chemical engineers are in demand in the manufacturing and processing sector, particularly in expanding industries such as dairy processing, food manufacturing and oil refining. Others work for city or district councils (particularly in water and waste treatment) or for research institutions.
Chemical & process engineers earn:
Key tertiary qualifications include:
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