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Chemical Engineering

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Chemical Engineering Introduction Schooling Preparations Skills Skills (continued) Schools Responsibilities Many chemical engineering jobs require a preparation. Most need 2-4 years of preparation and education. Many of these jobs are required to teach someone about the job, if need be. Most chemical engineers work for about 8 hours a day in the lab. Internships aren't required, but can be quite useful for experience. Many schools offer the majors required to be an engineer. There is no need for graduate school, but that is every individual's choice. Among the top schools for chemical engineering are MIT, Stanford, Cal Tech, Princeton, Yale, and Colombia University. All offer 4 years of schooling, and all the required majors, like chemical engineering, are available, too. To be a chemical engineer, people must: 1. Be able to follow scientific rules and laws.
2. Identify and solve problems with math and logic.
3. Make decisions.
4. Analyze and solve systems.
5. Learn actively.
6. Be able to understand text.
7. Analyze operations. Chemical engineers are responsible for developing safe procedures for other workers, troubleshoot issues with chemical manufacturing processes, evaluate, research, and design new equipment or processes, perform tests, estimate costs, and design systems and processes to keep fluids separate. They are the ones who must design equipment and processes for manufacturing chemicals. Job The career cluster chemical engineering falls into is STEM. Chemical engineering is a job in which new processes and chemicals are formed. Chemical engineers constantly try to find new ways of manufacturing and designing equipment. Chemical engineering is divided into two main branches. My interviewee told of both: equipment design, and materials production. Designing equipment calls for more computer work, while materials production calls for more chemistry involvement. Even working with chemicals, if you follow the proper procedure, it is "much safer than driving a car," he stated. I chose this career because I enjoy the physical sciences. Chemical engineering calls for chemistry, physics, engineering, and mathematics. I like all of those subjects, which made me choose this career. Chemical engineers try to find new chemical means of finding a new material, or a new process of manufacturing. This is important to me because it represents my favorite subjects. This career combines STEM all into one job. Fun Fact This job often has engineers who specialize in one thing, such as food, pharmaceuticals, petrochemicals, paints, detergents, plastics, etc. Others can be project directors, administrators, sales engineers, or consultants. Education Most chemical engineering jobs require a bachelor's degree. Some jobs don't even require a degree. About 72 percent of people get a bachelor's degree for this job. 28 percent go to graduate school for a master's or PhD. Common majors for this job are chemical engineering, chemical and biomolecular engineering, biochemical engineering, paper science and engineering, and engineering chemicals. Other majors, like polymer chemistry, can be taken for specializations, as the person I interviewed did. For this job, you must have a knowledge of physical science, math, engineering and technology, production and processing, mechanical, and design. Fun Fact Chemical engineers are easily mixed up with chemists and chemical technicians. They are all very similar jobs, but have different roles. Chemists focus primarily on observations and conduct research, although also can conduct experiments. Chemical technicians help the chemists and engineers to conduct their experiments. Chemical engineers use information to design experiments and equipment. These jobs all are closely related. 8. Have reading comprehension skills to understand important documents.

I love to use math and logic to solve problems, and conduct different experiments, scoring highest in the Investigative section of the RIASEC survey. I also have experience in the types of experiments chemical engineers design. Thank you for your attention! Interview I interviewed Mr. Yuan He. He used to be a chemical engineer. The full interview is below:
1. Is it dangerous or harmful to work with chemicals in the job?
No, if you follow the procedure if is much saver than driving a car.
2. What majors did you take in preparation for this job?
Chemical engineering and polymer chemistry.
3. Does the job require an internship?
Not necessary, but it is helpful if you have... Majors Interview (continued) 4. What do you do in chemical engineering?
We do research and manufacture of polymer resins, polymer emulsions.
5. Did you specialize in anything (ex: paints, food, etc.)?
Polymer emulsions, as one of the most important raw materials, for paints and adhesives.
6. On average, how many hours did you work in a week?
40 hrs.
7. What skills are needed to be able to perform well in this job?
Besides basic knowledge of chemistry, physics, and math, hand-on ability is also very important.
8. Do you have any suggestions or advice for future chemical engineers (ex: what majors to take, which school to go to, etc.)?
First of all, you must enjoy hand-on work. There are two separated branches in Chemical Engineering: one is more involving production equipment design, which requires more in calculation (computer work) related to chemical reactions, mass and heat transfer; Universities like U.Penn, U.of Minnesota, U.of Massachusetts, etc. are good choices...
Another branch is more focusing on the inorganic or organic (polymer) materials, which requires more training in chemistry, physical chemistry, and material sciences....again, the school mentioned above are also good choices....
Of course, all the Top-10 or top-20 schools are all good in these areas, and will help a lot in your future career in many ways.
Also, Lehigh is always a good choice for Chem E, and Polymer science.... "Chemical Engineers." 17-2041.00 - Chemical Engineers. Onet, 2010. Web. 10 May 2013. <http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/17-2041.00>.

"Chemical Engineers." Announcements RSS. California Career Resource Network, n.d. Web. 11 May 2013. <http://www.cacareerzone.org/profile/17-2041.00>.

The College Board. "Big Future - College Search - Find Colleges and Universities by Major, Location, Type, More." Big Future - College Search - Find Colleges and Universities by Major, Location, Type, More. The College Board, 2013. Web. 11 May 2013. <https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/college-search>. Bibliography
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