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Career Exploration: Chemical Engineer

Chemistry I.S.U.

Erick Martinez

on 27 January 2013

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By: Erick Martinez Chemical Engineering Career Exploration: Training & Educational Requirements Bibliography http://portal.acs.org/portal/acs/corg/content?_nfpb=true&_pageLabel=PP_ARTICLEMAIN&node_id=1188&content_id=CTP_003380&use_sec=true&sec_url_var=region1&__uuid=723ac7d2-1e6a-4da6-8038-55f81fe20012 http://why.knovel.com/all-engineering-news/1337-engineering-salaries-in-2012.html To enter the field, professionals must have at least a four-year bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering that includes course work in physics, math (through differential equations), and computers. A chemical engineer’s curriculum is similar to that of a chemist, but also includes course work in engineering-related areas such as heat and mass transfer, thermodynamics, fluid dynamics, process design and control, and electronics. Economics, psychology, and political science help chemical engineers to understand the impact of technology on society. Chemical engineers say that although they learn a lot of theory in the classroom, most of their knowledge of real-world applications is derived from on-the-job training. Working Conditions Most chemical engineers work in office buildings, laboratories, or industrial plants. Others might spend time outdoors at construction sites and at oil and gas exploration and production sites where they monitor or direct operations or solve on site problems.
Some chemical engineers travel extensively to plants or worksites both in the United States and abroad.
Many chemical engineers work a standard 40-hour week. At times, deadlines or design standards may bring extra pressure to a job, requiring engineers to work longer hours. http://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-fair-projects/science-engineering-careers/Chem_chemicalengineer_c001.shtml#onthejob Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering Create valuable networking and knowledge-sharing opportunities through annual conferences, Subject Divisions, and Local Sections. Provide opportunities for career enhancement and professional development Establish and strengthen links between academic, industrial, and government chemical engineers Lobby the federal, provincial, and territorial governments on behalf of our members regarding research funding and leadership as well as regulatory affairs Advance the public’s understanding and appreciation of chemical engineering. Take a public position on important issues as the national voice for the fields related to chemical engineering http://www.chemistry.ca/index.php?ci_id=1568&la_id=1 High-performance materials. Contrubutions To Society http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chemical_engineering#New_concepts_and_innovations Key Concepts Chemical Reaction Engineering Chemical reactions engineering involves managing plant processes and conditions to ensure optimal plant operation. Chemical reaction engineers construct models for reactor analysis and design using laboratory data and physical parameters, such as chemical thermodynamics, to solve problems and predict reactor performance. Plant Design Chemical engineering design concerns the creation of plans and specification, and income projection of plants. Chemical engineers generate designs according to the clients needs. Design is limited by a number of factors, including funding, government regulations and safety standards. These constraints dictate a plant's choice of process, materials and equipment. Process Design A unit operation is a physical step in an individual chemical engineering process. Unit operations (such as crystallization, drying and evaporation) are used to prepare reactants, purifying and separating its products, recycling unspent reactants, and controlling energy transfer in reactors. Transport Phenomena Transport phenomena occur frequently in industrial problems. These include fluid dynamics, heat transfer and mass transfer, which mainly concern momentum transfer, energy transfer and transport of chemical species respectively. Basic equations for describing the three transport phenomena in the macroscopic, microscopic and molecular levels are very similar. Thus, understanding transport phenomena requires thorough understanding of mathematics. Chemical Engineering Water supply and distribution. Chemical engineers have been instrumental in purifying water supplies. Nuclear technologies. Nuclear energy is expected to continue to grow in importance as a primary source of energy. Computers and electronics. This includes the developments in microchip manufacturing, where Chemical Engineering plays an integral role. Health technologies. These include the harnessing of chemicals and radionuclides for the creation of contrast agents in radiology as well as new methods of regulating drug delivery. Nuclear technologies. Nuclear energy is expected to continue to grow in importance as a primary source of energy. http://coe.fit.edu/chemical/first.php Contributions To The Environment - Significantly reduce the negative environmental impact of industrial facilities, power plants, and transportation vehicles Chemical engineers meet environmental challenges. Their unique expertise enables them to develop advanced technologies, monitoring devices, modeling techniques, and operating strategies that: - Reduce the volume and toxicity of pollutants allowed to enter the air, waterways, and soil - Allow greater reuse of post-consumer and post-industrial waste streams. http://www.chemicalengineering.org/enviro/index.html
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