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219 Chemical Engineering Colleges in 6 Countries Offering 874 Courses

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parkville, Australia
Rank : #1
Duration -  
3 years
1 year Fee -  
39628
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Band 6.5
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Feb,July
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2 years
1 year Fee -  
43008
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Band 6.5
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Feb, Jul
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1.5 years
1 year Fee -  
43008
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43008
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43008
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43008
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dublin, Ireland
Rank : #1
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1 years
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22575
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Band 6.5
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1 years
1 year Fee -  
26000
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Band 6.5
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Sep, Jul, Nov
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singapore, Singapore
Rank : #1
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2 years
1 year Fee -  
17100
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Band 6.5
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Mar
Duration -  
4 years
1 year Fee -  
17100
IELTS -  
Band 6
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Aug

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auckland, New Zealand
Rank : #1
Duration -  
0.5 years
1 year Fee -  
24329
IELTS -  
Band 6.5
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Jul
Duration -  
3 years
1 year Fee -  
33688
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Band 6
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Mar, Jul
Duration -  
1 years
1 year Fee -  
39584
IELTS -  
Band 6.5
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Mar
Duration -  
1 years
1 year Fee -  
39584
IELTS -  
Band 6.5
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Mar
Duration -  
3 years
1 year Fee -  
42606
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Band 6
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Mar, Jul
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st-lucia, Australia
Rank : #2
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0.5 years
1 year Fee -  
37800
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Band 6.5
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Feb, Jul
Duration -  
2 years
1 year Fee -  
42768
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Band 6.5
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Feb, Jul
Duration -  
1 years
1 year Fee -  
42768
IELTS -  
Band 6.5
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Feb, Jul
Duration -  
1.5 years
1 year Fee -  
42768
IELTS -  
Band 6.5
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Feb, Jul
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cambridge, United Kingdom
Rank : #2
Duration -  
4 years
1 year Fee -  
29217
IELTS -  
Band 7.5
Intake -  
Sep
Duration -  
1 years
1 year Fee -  
29769
IELTS -  
Band 7
Intake -  
Oct
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auckland, New Zealand
Rank : #2
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3 years
1 year Fee -  
34310
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Band 6
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Feb
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stanford, United States
Rank : #2
Duration -  
3 years
1 year Fee -  
16901
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Band 6.5
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Sep
Duration -  
3 years
1 year Fee -  
16901
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Band 6.5
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Sep
Duration -  
3 years
1 year Fee -  
16901
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Band 6.5
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Sep
Duration -  
1 years
1 year Fee -  
34000
IELTS -  
Band 6.5
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Sep
Duration -  
2 years
1 year Fee -  
34000
IELTS -  
Band 6.5
Intake -  
Sep
Duration -  
3 years
1 year Fee -  
80781
IELTS -  
Band 7
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Dec
Duration -  
3 years
1 year Fee -  
80781
IELTS -  
Band 7
Intake -  
Dec
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singapore, Singapore
Rank : #2
Duration -  
4 years
1 year Fee -  
15200
IELTS -  
Band 7
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Aug
Duration -  
1 years
1 year Fee -  
19800
IELTS -  
Band 7
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Aug
Duration -  
1 years
1 year Fee -  
20100
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Band 7
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Aug
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london, United Kingdom
Rank : #3
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3 years
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23710
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Band 6.5
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Sep
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4 years
1 year Fee -  
23710
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Sep
Duration -  
4 years
1 year Fee -  
23710
IELTS -  
Band 6.5
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Sep
Duration -  
3 years
1 year Fee -  
23710
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Band 6.5
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Sep
Duration -  
1 years
1 year Fee -  
24610
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Band 6.5
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Sep
Duration -  
1 years
1 year Fee -  
24610
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Band 6.5
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Sep
Duration -  
1 years
1 year Fee -  
25130
IELTS -  
Band 6.5
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Sep
Duration -  
1 years
1 year Fee -  
26780
IELTS -  
Band 6.5
Intake -  
Sep
Duration -  
1 years
1 year Fee -  
26780
IELTS -  
Band 6.5
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Sep
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canberra, Australia
Rank : #3
Duration -  
2 years
1 year Fee -  
32256
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Band 6.5
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Feb, Jul
Duration -  
2 years
1 year Fee -  
32256
IELTS -  
Band 6.5
Intake -  
Feb, Jul
Duration -  
2 years
1 year Fee -  
32256
IELTS -  
Band 6.5
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Feb, Jul
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cork, Ireland
Rank : #3
Duration -  
1 years
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22000
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Band 6.5
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Sep, Jul, Nov
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cambridge, United States
Rank : #3
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4 years
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Band 6
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Aug
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4 years
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null
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Aug
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2 years
1 year Fee -  
49580
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Band 7
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Sep
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2 years
1 year Fee -  
49580
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Band 7
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Sep
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quebec, Canada
Rank : #3
Duration -  
2 years
1 year Fee -  
29451
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Band 6.5
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Sep, Oct, Nov
Duration -  
4 years
1 year Fee -  
39361
IELTS -  
Band 6.5
Intake -  
Sep, Oct, Nov
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dunedin, New Zealand
Rank : #3
Duration -  
3 years
1 year Fee -  
30851
IELTS -  
Band 6
Intake -  
Feb, Jul
Duration -  
1 years
1 year Fee -  
30900
IELTS -  
Band 6.5
Intake -  
Feb, Jul
Duration -  
1 years
1 year Fee -  
33100
IELTS -  
Band 6
Intake -  
Feb, Jul
Duration -  
1 years
1 year Fee -  
36099
IELTS -  
Band 6
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Feb
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Updated on - May 26th 2020 by Piyush Bhartiya

 

Overview

Chemical engineering is the branch of engineering that seeks to utilize the principles, methods, elements and techniques of chemistry, physics, mathematics and economics to use, create, transform and transfer materials, chemicals and energy. They are involved in the design, creation, operation, assessment and up gradation of techniques, technology, procedures and processes that convert chemicals, living cells, raw materials, microorganisms and energy into various chemical products that are of use to human beings. This is brought about by altering certain characteristics of the elements and subjecting them to high temperature and high-pressure circumstances. Over the passage of time, the branch has developed from focusing primarily on unit reactors and production to include the other aspects like transportation. 

Chemical engineering is a dynamic branch of science as it takes new developments into stride in its progression. For instance, the area of chemical engineering takes into consideration the issues of environmentalism while carrying out its operations. In addition to this, chemical engineers were pressurized to undertake proper safety precautions and procedures so as to ensure that any disasters do not ensure, via a via the Bhopal tragedy.

Chemical engineering, like all branches of engineering, is a broad, wide-ranged area, concentrating on various aspects and methods. Institutions teaching the subject usually talk about all of the aspects in brief while concentrating on a subject or two in particular. In the professional perspective, engineers gain their expertise in an area and related subjects so as to gain expertise and build up specialization. Some of the topics and aspects that the branch of chemical engineering overlooks:

Plant Design and Construction: Chemical engineers often study and indulge in the design and construction of new plants and modifications to existing plants. Engineers usually play a consulting role, designing the plant in accordance with the needs and demands of the clients. It is important to note that this process of designing is carried out taking into consideration certain limitations like government policies, safety regulations and budgetary issues, if any.

The process of construction is usually managed by a project engineer and a project manager simultaneously. Often, chemical engineers work as project engineers on both a part-time and full-time basis. Courses of chemical engineering usually do not focus on project engineering in particular but the profession requires certain skills that can be acquired through training modules.

Process design and analysis: Unit processes or unit operations (i.e., the processes concerned in the production aspect of chemical engineering) consist of a number of steps:

  • Crystallization
  • Filtration
  • Drying
  • Evaporation
  • Purifying
  • Recycling

All these steps are carried out by engineers called process engineers. Process design involves defining the equipment and tools that are part of the process and laying out their roles and how the work in connection.

Transport phenomena: This particular aspect of chemical engineering centers around features like fluid dynamics, heat transfer, molecular transfer, energy transfer and such. Applied mathematics is an integral part of the study of this particular phenomenon so as to be able to understand the microscopic, macroscopic and molecular perspectives of the subject.

Programs offered in Chemical Engineering

Institutions across the expanse of the world offer education in chemical engineering at all levels – bachelor’s, masters and doctorate. Education in chemical engineering comprises of calculus, biology and physics. Usually, a chemical engineer can attain employment with a bachelor’s degree and a license. A master’s degree is sought by students looking to further their research in the field of chemical engineering or by students who wish to pursue chemical engineering but studied another subject for their bachelor’s. A doctorate is apt for students who are looking into going into academia as a profession.

Every year, students across the world choose to study chemical engineering. Most of these students choose to go foreign countries like the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Japan and Singapore for their education. The reasons for such a move are multifold.

  • First and foremost, these countries are developed and hold access to advanced technology that might not been available in a developing or under-developed country.
  • Secondly, these countries hold more employment opportunities owing to their developed economies. In lieu of this, countries like Germany provide an extra period of time after the completion of one’s education so as to provide one with an opportunity to seek employment.
  • Thirdly, an education from a foreign country would render a student further advanced and trained than his or her contemporaries should they return to their home country. This increases the chances of employability of the student.
  • Fourthly, studying in a foreign environment brings about an exchange of ideas, opinions, cultures and perspectives that fosters greater understanding and learning.

 

Finally, education in a foreign land brings about a sense of independence that is extremely integral to the holistic development of a student.

Top Universities for Chemical Engineering

While universities across the world indulge in meting out education in chemical engineering, there are some institutions that have garnered a reputation for being efficient and excellent in their education pertaining to the field:

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), United States of America
  • Stanford University, United States of America
  • University of California – Berkeley, United States of America
  • University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • Kyoto University, Japan
  • University of Oxford, United Kingdom
  • California Institute of Technology (Caltech), United States of America
  • Imperial College London, United Kingdom
  • The National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore
  • The University of Tokyo, Japan

Exams required

Normally to study Geology and Geography abroad, the student is needed to produce their IELTS score or TOEFL score. These are language test and are very important if one wishes to study abroad as it checks the language proficiency of the student.  

Fee Structure

The fee structure for a particular course depends on various factors such as the country in which the candidate wishes to study, scholarships granted (if any), cost of living expenses, tuition fees etc. 

  • Many universities also offer students the opportunity to gain internships or part-time jobs in related fields so as to ensure practical application of the knowledge acquired in the subject and to help the students handle a part of their expenses, like travel or stationery. 
  • However, education in this department costs from 20 lakh rupees to around 40 lakh rupees for the first year.
  • Accommodation, transport and stationery costs range up to around 10 lakh rupees for a year. 

Above mentioned is an average cost. These expenses, of course, are different over the different regions in the world and sometimes, even in different regions of a country.

Top Colleges for Chemical Engineering

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • Stanford University
  • University of California
  • University of Cambridge
  • Kyoto University
  • University of Oxford
  • California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
  • Imperial College London
  • The National University of Singapore(NUS)
  • The University of Tokyo

Course Details Level Wise

 

Level

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Degree

Duration

Undergraduate 3 – 4 Years, Post Graduate 2 to 3 Years

Type

Bachelor of Engineering (B.E), Masters of Engineering (M.E) in Chemical Engineering

Eligibility

For a Bachelor level 

  • Applicants must be 12th passed or equivalent
  • Following courses are recommended: 4 years of English, Mathematics, at least to the level of calculus, two or more years of history / social studies, Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
  • Students should have a valid English proficiency test score such as TOEFL or IELTS
  • Some universities also ask for a letter of recommendation. 
  • The student must have a Valid Passport

For a Master’s Level

  • Students must have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Chemical Engineering.
  • Must have a valid English proficiency test score such as TOEFL or IELTS
  • Letter of Recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose

Admission Process

  • The admission procedure varies as per the level of program and university selected. However, most universities conduct entrance exams for admission purposes while others conduct personal interviews, either at the campus or digitally. 
  • These interviews or entrance exams usually center on the caliber and interest a student holds for the subject and related topics such as biology, mathematics and physics. 
  • A few universities also meet the admissions on the basis of 12th-grade scores but that is a rarity. 
  • Students have to apply online and have to pay the application fee at the time of applying.

Average Salary

INR 4.3 lakhs per annum. Can vary as per company and position.

Top recruiters

Mott MacDonald, Stantec, Balfour Beatty, Bechtel, Skanska Etc

Position offered

Chemical engineer, Energy engineer. Nuclear engineer, Petroleum engineer, Product/process development scientist.

 

Top Universities Level Wise

While universities across the world indulge in meting out education in chemical engineering, there are some institutions that have garnered a reputation for being efficient and excellent in their education pertaining to the field.

Name

Location 

Fees

Stanford University

450 Serra Mall, Stanford, CA 94305, USA

1st Year Tuition Fees

INR 25,42,374 Lakh

University of Oxford

Oxford OX1 2JD, UK

1st Year Tuition Fees

INR 31.3 Lakh

Imperial College London

South Kensington, London SW7 2AZ, UK

1st Year Tuition Fees


INR 26,42,770 Lakh

Kyoto University

Yoshida-honmachi, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto

Tuition Fee Per Year

INR 5,35,800 Lakh

 

Requirements and Eligibility Criteria 

For a Bachelor level 

  • Applicants must be 12th passed or equivalent
  • Following courses are recommended: 4 years of English, Mathematics, at least to the level of calculus, two or more years of history / social studies, Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
  • Students should have a valid English proficiency test score such as TOEFL or IELTS
  • Some universities also ask for a letter of recommendation. 
  • The student must have a Valid Passport

For a Master’s Level

  • Students must have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Chemical Engineering.
  • Must have a valid English proficiency test score such as TOEFL or IELTS
  • Letter of Recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose

Some institutions might require candidates to submit their family’s financial records for the past few years so as to ensure that the student is capable of paying the tuition fees and handle other expenses for the first year.

Admission Procedure

  • The admission procedure varies as per the level of program and university selected. However, most universities conduct entrance exams for admission purposes while others conduct personal interviews, either at the campus or digitally. 
  • These interviews or entrance exams usually center on the caliber and interest a student holds for the subject and related topics such as biology, mathematics and physics. 
  • A few universities also meet our admissions on the basis of 12th-grade scores but that is a rarity. 
  • Students have to apply online and have to pay the application fee at the time of applying.

Course and Syllabus in Chemical Engineering

Year

Theory Subjects

Lab Subjects

1

Mathematics I,II Physics I, II Chemistry I, II Computer Programming, Engineering Mechanics, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Organic Chemistry, Mechanics of Solids, Physical Chemistry, Fluid Mechanics

Computer Programming Lab, Physics and Chemistry Lab, Basic Electrical and Electronics Lab, Mechanical Workshop

2

Chemical Process Industries I, Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics I, Chemical Process Calculations, Mechanical Operations, Environmental Science and Engineering, Chemical process Industries – II, Instrumental Methods of Analysis, Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics II, Heat Transfer, Mass Transfer

Organic Chemistry Lab, Physical Chemistry Lab, Fluid Mechanics Lab, Technical Analysis Laboratory

3

Energy Engineering, Chemical Reaction Engineering I, Materials Science and Technology, Process Instrumentation Dynamics and Control, Department Elective

Process Equipment Design, Mechanical Operations Laboratory, Heat Transfer Laboratory, Mass Transfer Laboratory

4

Chemical Reaction Engineering, Chemical Process Plant Safety, Biochemical Engineering, Department Electives

Chemical Reaction, Engineering Laboratory, Process Control Laboratory, Project Work, Seminar

 

Career Scope of Chemical Engineering

Chemical engineering is a field of education which is extremely prosperous in employment opportunities. Chemical engineers work to create economic methods of the usage of materials and energy for the purposes of human profit. Many universities offer on-campus placement drives and job opportunities to their students. Students are required by employers to apply their knowledge and choose optimal plans of design and operation that would ensure an efficient and economical execution of the required chemical processes. They are also required to assess tools and equipment integral to the process and suggest ways to use them in an efficient manner. Some of the work areas available to chemical engineering students are:

  • Medicine
  • Petrochemicals
  • Plastic industry
  • Waste management and research
  • Project engineer
  • Equipment upgrades
  • Academia

Hence, the field of chemical engineering holds great promise both as an educational area and professional spectrum.

Salary Details

India and Middle East are the best countries to work for as there are large projects available as compared to other countries. The average salary of a Chemical Engineer in India is INR 4.3 lacks per annum. It can vary as per the company and job position offered. However, with hard work, dedication and performance the salary can increase. 

It is important for one to love their job and give their 100% in their work, which will lead them to a successful career. 

Job and Salary Scope

Graduates who have a degree in Chemical Engineering are trained in handling real-life projects starting from the conception to completion level. Candidates can become Chemical engineers, Technical Operators, Site Engineers, Development Chemical Engineers and other such which requires the application of skills and knowledge related to the development and use of chemical plants.

Positions

Average Salary Per Annum

Chemical Engineers

3 to 4 Lakh

Technical Operator

1 to 2 Lakh

Analytical Chemist

4 to 5 Lakh

Site Engineer

3 to 4 Lakh

Development Chemical Engineer

4 to 5 Lakh

 

Top 10 Companies for Civil Engineers  

Some of the top companies who hire civil engineers are as follows.

  • Arup
  • Atkins
  • Vinci
  • Mott McDonald
  • Stantec
  • Balfour Beatty
  • Bechtel
  • Skanska
  • Laing O’Rourke
  • Arcadis

 

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