Chemical engineering (ChE) is a respected and ideal profession for modern times and dynamic changing markets. It is broad, adaptable to a large family of businesses (i.e., petroleum, environmental, biotechnology, biomedicine, pharmaceutical, materials, food and others) and highly paid. Rooted in basic sciences, ChE is mainly concerned with the design, scaling (up or down), operation and control of the transformation and separation of raw materials into valuable products. Chemical engineers are the inventors of nylon fibers, artificial heart valves, nasal drug deliveries and efficient processes to clean our environment, to name a few.
What does a Chemical Engineer Do?
A B.S. graduate in ChE, within her/his everyday responsibilities, works on challenging problems by integrating concepts of chemistry, physics, mathematics, computer sciences, and/or biology with engineering principles, overall profits, environmental impact, and societal effects all toward the design, production and control of valuable products.
Chemical engineers work in a wide variety of jobs, from production to research and development, in industries such as pharmaceutical, biochemical and biomedical, processed foods, cosmetics and, more traditionally, in petroleum, plastics, electronics, and environmental fields. In addition, they successfully find positions in government organizations, national labs and research hospitals. A bachelor’s degree in ChE can even be the gateway to professions such as law and business administration because of the complexities in high-tech markets and intellectual property litigation.
Examples of companies that employ Chemical Engineers
|Pharmaceutical industry :||Pfizer, GlaxoSmithKline, Merck, J&J, Wyeth|
|Biotechnology :||Pfizer, Amgen, Abbot|
|Medicine :||LifeScan, Abiomed|
|Chemical Products :||GE Plastics, BF Goodrich, 3M, Kodak, HP, Paint, Proctor & Gamble, Clairol, Loreal|
|Transportation :||General Motors, NASA, United technologies, GE|
|Advanced Materials :||Corning, ceramics, Edwards Life Science, Texaco|
|Microelectronics :||Intel, IBM, GE|
|Processes design :||Aspen Plus|
|Process control :||Fisher, Foxboro|
|Food and beverages :||Coca-Cola, Medalla, Kraft|
|Environment, health and security :||EPA, OSHA, Government|