What is a Chemical Engineer?
Chemical Engineers are sometimes referred to as the "universal engineer" because they are needed to solve different problems for a wide range of industry types. Chemical Engineers are used in traditional industries such as chemicals, environmental and petroleum, and more often in emerging industries based on new materials, semiconductors and biotechnology. In summary, they:
- Develop new methods for the commercial production and control of such vital products as chemicals, minerals, and fossil fuels as well as the control of polluting and toxic substances.Use knowledge of materials, chemical reactions, and industrial processes to pioneer developments in industrial and consumer products. Experts on separation processes, such as distillation, absorption, evaporation, and filtration. Combine unit operations into innovative systems forming new or improved products and processes. Career challenges include mathematically analyzing such processes to specify instrumentation for the automatic control of manufacturing plants and applying engineering principles to research projects leading to the development of new process systems and techniques.
- Build rewarding careers in industries, government research agencies, and universities. Chemical Engineers in Action
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