This burgeoning field of engineering is establishing its supremacy and is now regarded as a major engineering discipline alongside the majors such as Computer Science, Mechanical and Electrical engineering. For students interested in cross-disciplines, chemical engineering offers abundant opportunities to go into aeronautics, computational fluid dynamics, and even a biology based Biochemical engineering. Environmental engineering now greatly calls for chemical engineers, who provide fresh solutions to mitigate the prevalent emissions. Broadly classified, an aspiring student can land three types of jobs in the field :
- On-field jobs: These allow you to work on a daily basis allowing you to utilize undergraduate concepts in the field to see the processes first hand
- Research & Development: Learning to improve the existing systems in terms of efficiency, catalyst, time taken, increasing output. The R&D as it popularly known is lab based work, which is the backbone for the latest innovations.
- Process designing: Working with a variety of Simulation softwares to design the optimum system for a process, tests your mettle to give the best result when subjected to multiple constraints like cost, and parameter limits.
Just think back on everything you’ve heard about this field and everything written above. It truly is a branch of scientific engineering worth going after, and if you’re currently not considering this, give it a second thought. I’m rather sure, you’ll end up with a different perspective. And for those taking it, within years you too will be spreading the word of how chemistry and chemical bear no resemblance.
B.E. (Hons) Chemical Engineering
BITS Pilani, Pilani Campus