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Chemical Engineering

What is Chemical Engineering? Related Careers
Related Skills Job & Internship Search Links
Career Planning Links Professional Association Links
Miscellaneous Links OSU School of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering

What is Chemical Engineering?

According to the School of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering, "Chemical engineering is the study and modeling of systems where heat and fluid flow are coupled with chemical reactions. Examples of systems are the human body, ground water, the atmosphere, the ocean, and chemical reactors. Natural systems are measured and modeled in order to understand present and future behavior. Man-made systems are specifically designed to convert raw materials into more useful products.

"Making useful products requires using mathematics and science to plan, develop, design, operate, and improve processes. Some processes are micro-scale, as in computer chip manufacturing, and some are large-scale, as in petroleum refining. Typical products from these processes include computer chips, solar cells, batteries, pharmaceuticals, plastics, synthetic fibers, composite materials, pulp and paper, and consumer products ranging from detergents to cosmetics. Chemical engineers find employment in large high-tech companies, environmental consulting firms, large commodity companies and small software companies. Employment prospects for graduates in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest are strong."

Related Careers

Agricultural Chemical Manufacturer Material Engineer
Assembly Line Specialist Materials Scientist
Biochemist Mathematician
Chemical Engineer Metals Fabricator
Chemical Kinetics Specialsit Molecular Biologist
Chemical Reactor Designer Molecular Biotechnologist
Chemist Momentum & Heat Transfer Scientist
Clinical Laboratory Scientist Organic Chemist
Cosmetic Scientist Petroleu Engineer
Detergent Manufacturer Pharmaceutical Scientist
Electrochemist Pharmacist
Engineering Technologist Physical Chemist
Environmental Engineer Physiciast
Environmental Firm Consultant Plastics Laboratory Technician
Factory Consultant Plastics Manufacturer
Food Processor Professor
Forensic Chemist Technical Writer
Forensic Scientist Thermodynamics Engineer
Industrial Production Manager Writer/Editor

Related Skills

Analytical Skills Drive to Solve Complex Problems Strong Chemistry Background
Background in Engineering Principles Independent Task Oriented
Communication Skills (Oral & Written) Organization Skills Team Player

Job & Internship Search Links

USAJobs.gov - Check out the Students and Recent Grads section and the Federal Occupations by College Major for a listing of job titles related to your major.

The Fulcrum International - Search jobs and post resumes for architecture, engineering, and construction positions.

C&EN Jobs - Chemistry and Engineering Jobs



Jobs for Chemical Engineers

Engineer Jobs

Graduating Engineer & Computer Careers

Food Management Search

PhD Jobs

Career Planning Links

 Occupational Outlook Handbook The following links provide a summary of related careers, what they do, the work environment, how to become one, the job outlook, similar occupations and contacts for more information.

Explore Careers in Engineering

Chemical Engineering Resources

Chemical Engineer Resources

Professional Association Links

American Association of Engineering Societies

American Chemical Society

American Institute of Chemical Engineers

The National Society of Professional Engineers

American Nuclear Society

National Society of Black Engineers

Society of Women Engineers

Miscellaneous Links


Chemical & Engineering News


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