As a chemical engineer, you will be designing and developing chemical manufacturing processes that are in compliance with the environmental regulations and the required standards of safety.
Chemical engineers conduct research to develop new and improved manufacturing processes for the production of chemicals, pharmaceuticals, plastics, food products, textiles and other goods. They monitor performance and troubleshoot problems related to these processes and also design and plan the layout of equipment and establish safety protocols for working with dangerous chemicals.
To be eligible for admission to an undergraduate course in chemical engineering, you need to study Physics and Mathematics as compulsory subjects at the 10+2 level . The other subjects to be taken are English along with one of the subjects Chemistry/ Biotechnology/ Biology/ Technical Vocational subject. However choosing Chemistry would be an added advantage
Bachelor of Engineering/Bachelor of Technology is a four year course offered by Universities and Institutes of Technology in India and abroad.
After graduation, you can take an M Tech / ME degree course in Chemical Engineering which is of 2 year duration. You can also take up the equivalent MS degree course offered by foreign universities and select institutions in India
After post-graduation, you can take a PhD in Chemical Engineering specialisations which will also enable you to take up a career in research or academics.
You can also take up the joint MTech-PhD dual program offered by some select institutions.
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Chemical engineers must have good analytical skills. They should be able to solve unexpected problems in a systematic way. They should be able to find the specific cause of the problem and solve it quickly.
Chemical engineers have to be very creative. They have to invent new products and come up with different strategies for the smooth functioning of the processes in the company.
Chemical engineers learn the broad concepts of chemical engineering but their work requires them to apply those concepts to specific production problems.
Chemical engineers should have good interpersonal skills as they to work in a team. They are part of and may have to supervise a team from designing the product to the final output. So it is very essential that they develop good relationship with their co-workers.
Problem solving is a very important skill for chemical engineers. They should be able to anticipate and identify problems, and solve unpredictable issues that may come up in their work.