Chemical engineers invent, develop and design processes that convert raw materials into useful products - with minimal environmental impact.
Chemical engineers are also involved with pollution control, protection of the environment and with energy conservation.
As populations grow and resources and energy reserves decline, the demand for chemical engineers increases.
As a chemical engineer, you can work in a range of industries including the biotechnology, chemical, energy, environmental, food, mineral, nanotechnology, oil, paper, petrochemical and pharmaceutical industries.
In these industries you would most likely work in one of the following roles:
- Process engineer - you solve production problems, develop new products, reduce energy usage and the carbon footprint, increase plant safety and efficiency, and oversee plant upgrades and expansions. You work with a team of people in operations, maintenance and business strategy.
- Design engineer - you work in a consultancy office, designing new plants for clients, as well as extensions to existing plants. You might design a distillation column today, be sizing a heat exchanger tomorrow, work on safety and environmental protections, or work out how to control each unit of the plant to ensure smooth and reliable operation.
- Research and development engineer - you work in a laboratory or a company, and develop new ways to do chemical engineering. You might develop new products or you might work on new catalysts to increase reaction efficiency.
Monash Graduate Attributes
Monash University prepares its graduates to be:
1. Responsible and effective global citizens who:
a. engage in an internationalised world
b. exhibit cross-cultural competence
c. demonstrate ethical values
2. Critical and creative scholars who:
a. produce innovative solutions to problems
b. apply research skills to a range of challenges
c. communicate perceptively and effectively
Program Education Objectives (PEOs)
The Chemical Engineering discipline expects to produce graduates, who are:
- competent in Chemical Engineering
- responsible and effective global citizens
- leaders in their chosen profession or society at large
Program Outcomes (POs)
The Chemical Engineering discipline has developed a set of Program Outcomes (POs) for all of its graduates based on the competencies required by the Malaysian Engineering Accreditation Council.
- Chemical Engineering Knowledge: Apply knowledge of mathematics, natural science, engineering fundamentals and specialization in Chemical Engineering to the solution of complex engineering problems
- Problem Analysis: Identify, formulate, survey research literature and analyze complex Chemical Engineering problems reaching substantiated conclusions using first principles of mathematics, natural sciences and engineering sciences
- Design/Development of Solutions: Design solutions for complex Chemical Engineering problems and design systems, components or processes that meet specified needs.
- Research-based Investigation: Conduct investigations of complex Chemical Engineering problems using research-based knowledge and research methods including design of experiments, analysis and interpretation of data, and synthesis of information to provide valid conclusions.
- Modern Tool Usage: Create, select and apply appropriate techniques, resources, and modern engineering and IT tools, including prediction and modelling, to complex Chemical Engineering problems, with an understanding of the limitations
- Engineer and Society: Apply reasoning informed by contextual knowledge to assess societal, health, safety, legal and cultural issues and the consequent responsibilities relevant to professional engineering practice and solutions to complex Chemical Engineering problems
- Environment and Sustainability: Understand and evaluate the sustainability and impact of professional engineering work in the solution of complex Chemical Engineering problems in environmental contexts
- Ethics: Apply ethical principles and commit to professional ethics and responsibilities and norms of engineering practice
- Communication: Communicate effectively on complex Chemical Engineering activities with the engineering community and with society at large, such as being able to comprehend and write effective reports and design documentation, make effective presentations, and give and receive clear instructions
- Individual and Team work: Function effectively as an individual, and as a member or leader in diverse teams and in multi-disciplinary settings
- Lifelong Learning: Recognize the need for, and have the preparation and ability to engage in independent and life-long learning in the broadest context of technological change
- Project Management and Finance: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of engineering management principles and economic decision-making and apply these to manage projects
Mapping of Units to POs