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What is Chemical Engineering?
Chemical engineers are concerned with the design, construction, operation and management of industrial plants in which raw materials undergo physical and/or chemical change, e.g. oil refining or beer brewing
Chemical engineers learn to model the many common features of these processes mathematically, leading to alternative designs, optimal computer control, improved economics or the solution of processing problems
· In the 4-year program, learning shifts progressively from fundamental science at the start to applied science and engineering at the end
· 2nd and 3rd year introduces Chemical Engineering science. E.g. the unifying concepts of heat, mass and momentum transfer.
· 4th year includes reactor technology, distillation and biochemical engineering , as well as major laboratory and design projects
· The use of computers is important throughout, in such courses as programming, modeling and process control
There are many opportunities for Chemical Engineers in South Africa, ranging from software development to being a patent attorney. The increasing demand for commodities which the country has to offer will require further large-scale development of our fuel, mineral, and chemical industries. Chemical engineers are required to ''add value'' to these materials, and to optimize our process to make them competitive on a world-wide scale. Advancement is usually rapid and promotions to senior management is common
Traditional employers such as the mineral, chemical, plastic, fuel, pulp, sugar, fertilizer, cement, soap and water industries are being joined by manufactures of the fine chemicals, pharmaceuticals, food, beverages and biochemical's.
There is a growing range of specialist activities:
Process development and design
Project management and construction
Quality assurance, health, safety and environmental control
Research and development
Technical sales. Services and marketing
Process optimization and control