What is Chemical and Process Engineering?
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Chemical and Process Engineering is concerned with the transformation of materials by chemical, physical and biological changes, for example:
- Crude oil and natural gas to petroleum
- Milk to dairy products
- Waste to energy
- Timber to paper
Heaps of the things we take for granted in our lives have been made with the help of a Chemical and Process Engineer.
If you are interested in:
- Our physical world
- Problem solving
- Creative thinking
Then Chemical and Process Engineering might be for you.
If you are at high school, take maths, chemistry, physics and english - these are the fundamental disciplines behind Chemical and Process Engineering. Also take biology if pharmaceuticals or biological products interest you. Access more information about steering your career towards Chemical and Process Engineering at the University of Canterbury on the College of Engineering website.
Students learn to apply their skills in chemistry, mathematics and physics to gain an understanding of the fundamental principles that underlie Chemical and Process Engineering options. Such principles include:
- The flow of fluids
- Heat and cooling
- Chemical and biochemical reactions
- Distillation and other separation technologies
- Computer programming
- Energy and thermodynamics
Along the way you pick up many transferable skills as well, like:
- Computer literacy
- Written and oral communication skills
- Practical skills (i.e. mechanical workshop and laboratory skills)
- Ability to work in a team
- Time management
Access a comprehensive list of New Zealand companies that employ Chemical and Process Engineers in the Resources and Links section.
Broadly speaking, Chemical and Process Engineers can find themselves involved in:
The main Chemical and Process industries in New Zealand can be broken down into the following:
More and more Chemical and Process engineers find themselves involved in other cutting edge industries these days, such as: