THE PERFECT CHEMISTRY
Chemical engineering offers ample employment opportunities, across sectors
With great expansion of scientific knowledge, the application of science, particularly chemistry, to develop technology has increased tremendously. This has further augmented the profession of chemical engineering, making it highly aspired- for today.
One of the most diverse branches in the field, chemical engineering ranges from biotechnology and nanotechnology to mineral processing, and covers different segments of chemical technology in mineral based industries, petrochemical plants, pharmaceuticals, and petroleum refining plants
The work of chemical engineers, being a combination of several areas such as those of chemists, industrial engineers, materials engineers and electrical engineers is, thus, seen as the most versatile of all engineers.
Some of the key responsibilities of a chemical engineer involve designing, supervision, construction, installation, operation and maintenance of plants and equipments for manufacturing chemical products, as well as gauging problems and improving the methods of production. They also deal with extract- ing chemicals from waste materials, developing chemical processes to convert raw materials or chemicals into valuable forms, evolving synthetic products to replace depleting natural resources and solving other environmental problems such as waste and water treatment and energy conservation. Chemical engineers also play an important role in the availability of modern high- quality materials that are essential for running an industrial economy.
The basic eligibility criteria to get admitted into BE/ B. Tech in chemical engineering is 10+ 2 or an equivalent examination, with physics, chemistry and mathematics. There are both degree as well as diploma courses for chemical engineering. One can opt for the three year diploma course after the 10th standard ( SSC), or go for a four year BE or B. Tech, selection into which is made on the basis of marks secured in 10+ 2 exam and marks secured in Joint Entrance Exam ( JEE) conducted by the IITS or All India Engineering Entrance Exam ( AIEEE) or other state and national level exams.
There are wide employment opportunities for chemical engineers both in public sector as well as private sector. Along with lucrative employment options in areas such as manufacturing industries, food processing industries and chemical process industries such as fertilizer, pesticides, specialty chemicals, dyes, paints and lubricants and more, the engineers in this branch are also sought for research on alternate energy sources, defense establishments and atomic power plants.
With a huge scope of growth, owing to the industrial expansion and the related scarcity of resources needed, chemical engineering is poised to be an immensely fulfilling career choice, not just mentally and intellectually, but pecuniarily as well, the demand for professionals in the field being an indication of the prosperous times ahead.
‘ Universal’ or chemical engineers posess broad scientific and technical mastery