Hey there! Sign in to join this conversationNew here? Join for free to post

Chemical engineering?? what is it?? please help me out??

Announcements Posted on
TSR's new app is coming! Sign up here to try it first >> 17-10-2016
    • Thread Starter

    Hi guys i was wondering could you tell me a summary of what chemical engineers do in the real world??

    Is Google not working?

    (Original post by mathsaddictive21)
    Hi guys i was wondering could you tell me a summary of what chemical engineers do in the real world??
    There is no universal definition of what a chemical engineer will or will not do as a career path. Many chemical engineering graduates don't get jobs that will resemble anything like what they learnt on their degree.

    I will try and sum up what a chemical engineer might do with this example:

    A chemist in the research and development department of a company realises mixing two reagents under a given temperature/pressure/solvent will create a product meeting a company's demand criteria, and suggest scaling up the reaction for larger-scale manufacturing.

    The problem now becomes an engineering problem:
    A chemical engineer will determine: the type/size of reactor to use, the separation methods necessary to refine the product to the required purity, the safety implications of increasing scale of manufacture, the optimal method of controlling the reaction, the energy demand for pumps/compressors/methods of moving the reagants through the pipework, and the capital cost and operating profitability of the process.
Write a reply…


Submit reply


Thanks for posting! You just need to create an account in order to submit the post
  1. this can't be left blank
    that username has been taken, please choose another Forgotten your password?
  2. this can't be left blank
    this email is already registered. Forgotten your password?
  3. this can't be left blank

    6 characters or longer with both numbers and letters is safer

  4. this can't be left empty
    your full birthday is required
  1. Oops, you need to agree to our Ts&Cs to register
  2. Slide to join now Processing…

Updated: September 19, 2016
TSR Support Team

We have a brilliant team of more than 60 Support Team members looking after discussions on The Student Room, helping to make it a fun, safe and useful place to hang out.

Do you like sleeping in a cold room?

The Student Room, Get Revising and Marked by Teachers are trading names of The Student Room Group Ltd.

Register Number: 04666380 (England and Wales), VAT No. 806 8067 22 Registered Office: International House, Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XE

Reputation gems: You get these gems as you gain rep from other members for making good contributions and giving helpful advice.