chemical engineering

Chemical Engineering undergraduate bachelor, master, Ph.D courses are available at Australian universities listed below.
Chemical engineers coordinate and design construction & operation of manufacturing facilities and processes which convert raw materials into value added consumer products such as petrol, toothpaste, pharmaceutical products and plastic.
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Typical job activities of  Chemical engineers :

  • discover new and  efficient processes and materials, improve or find new applications  for known materials
  • design plans and specs for new production plants, given current  technology, the cost and size of equipment and storage area, market needs, transport methods and disposal of surplus substances
  • ensure the safe, efficient and environmentally friendly usage of equipment and test products at various stages of production to check the quality


  • identify faults in the daily operation of process plants (e.g. oil refining, steel making, water treatment) and take corrective action
  • prepare reports, feasibility studies and cost analyses of processes
  • review current methods of  manufacturing for cost efficiency, environmental friendliness, maximum output and product quality
  • provide product process info  to sales and marketing  or customers
  • direct and coordinate the work of maintenance and construction tradespeople or process plant operators.



Chemical engineers often specialise in the following diverse  areas:

  • Petrochemicals –  conversion of oil and gas into plastics, synthetic rubber and similar end uses
  • Petroleum –  production of oil, gas and LPG from onshore and offshore fields
  • Combustion – large industrial furnaces Eg steel manufacture , power generation from coal or gas
  • Minerals –  major minerals processing industries such as alumina/aluminium, steel, copper, lead and gold
  • Environmental –  waste and water treatment, environmental regulations and recycling
  • Chemical Process –  fertilizer industry, including pesticides and herbicides, caustic soda, glass and specialty chemicals
  • Bio-process – involves pharmaceuticals and the food and beverage industries
  • Process Control –  instrumentation and control systems which enable a manufacturing process to run smoothly, safely and efficiently
  • Project Delivery – involves the construction of a process plant, converting the design into an efficient, safe operating plant


The career progression of  Chemical engineers may see them become business, technical, financial or works managers or managing directors of large companies.

Chemical engineers commonly work standard hours, but may be called in to meet demanding deadlines.  Some with responsibilities for continuous process plants may be on call 24 hours a day. Some  people may work shifts during the commissioning of new plants. Workplaces range from laboratories and processing plants to engineering design offices and research institutions.

Typical admission requirements for Chemical  Engineering :

  • Chemistry, Math, English Proficiency

Universities offering Chemical Engineering:

New South Wales : NSW

  • School of Chemical Eng & Industrial Chemistry / Bachelor of Chemical Engineering at UNSW
  • Chemical Engineering : Newcastle university
  • School of Chemical  &  Bio-molecular Engineering at Usyd

Queensland : QLD

  • Bach. Engineering / Chemical Engineering at Uni of Queensland: UQ

Victoria : VIC

Western Australia : WA

  • Bachelor of Engineering (Chem Engineering) at Curtin

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