WHAT IS CHEMICAL ENGINEERING ABOUT?
Chemical Engineering is a branch of Engineering that applies Physical Sciences (e.g. Chemistry and Physics) and Life Sciences (e.g. Biology, Microbiology and Biochemistry) together with Mathematics and Economics to produce, Transform, Transport, and properly use chemicals, materials and energy. Chemical Engineers design, construct and operate process plants.
What skills and abilities must I have to become a Chemical Engineer?
- Must have a good understanding of Science (will often use scientific rules and methods to solve problems);
- Must have a good understanding of Mathematics (used to constantly solve problems);
- Critical thinking is important (Use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems);
- Must be an active listener – (give full attention to what other people are saying and take time to understand the points being made);
- Must have complex problem solving skills (Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions); and
- Be able to manage time effectively (manage one’s own time and the time of others.
What are the working conditions in the Chemical industry?
Chemical Engineers work mostly in offices or laboratories. They may spend time at industrial plants, refineries, and other locations, where they monitor or direct operations or solve onsite problems.
Critical thinking is important in Chemical Engineering! (Use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems);