What do chemical engineers do? Chemical engineers “develop chemical transformations and processes to create useful products and materials that improve society”. It is an extremely diverse field where engineers can improve and develop everything from fertilizers and pesticides, to fuel for rockets and cars, to medications, batteries, and even personal care products like shampoos and makeup. The University of Texas at Austin school of engineering.
What does a chemical engineering study? Chemical engineers study a wide range of disciplines depending on the field they would like to specialize in (ex. medical, environmental, production…) Topics they could study include chemistry, physics, math, fluid dynamics, thermodynamics, electronics, process design and control, and even principles of mechanical and civil engineering. Adapted from the American Chemical Society.
What type of job can a chemical engineer have? “Chemical engineers work to solve challenges in energy, human health, manufacturing and sustainability. They are employed in the petrochemical, pharmaceutical, microelectronics, biomedical and environmental industries. The breadth and depth of training in chemical engineering allows graduates to go on to graduate programs and careers in academia, national laboratories, medicine business and law.” Chemical engineers do not work alone, but instead work closely with a team of other engineers which can include mechanical engineers, civil engineers and material science engineers. The University of Texas at Austin school of engineering.
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