Chemical Engineer

Design and coordinate manufacturing facilities and methods to convert raw materials into functional products.

Chemical Engineer

Chemical Engineer

Roles and responsibilities

To qualify as a chemical engineer:

Step 1
Complete any undergraduate bachelor’s course {Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Biomedical Science, Bachelor of Science or the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)} with a major in Engineering Science as your first degree.

Step 2
Complete the postgraduate Master of Professional Engineering to qualify as a chemical engineer.

Refer to the Study Pathways to the right for more information.


Chemical engineers:

  • seek new and more efficient processes and materials, or improve or find new uses for existing materials
  • design methods and equipment to control and contain the processes that transform basic materials into useful products
  • ensure the safe, efficient and environmentally friendly operation of equipment and test products at various stages of production to check the quality
  • make plans and specifications for new production plants
  • review current methods of production for cost efficiency, environmental friendliness, maximum output and product quality
  • identify faults in the day-to-day operation of process plants (such as oil refining, steel making, water treatment) and take corrective action

The major employing industries of chemical engineers include manufacturers of iron, steel and organic industrial chemicals, the minerals industry and petroleum refiners. Employment can also be found in related areas such as biotechnology, food engineering and mineral engineering.

Government agencies also have a need for chemical engineers, in order to assess and monitor the risk and impact of chemical processes on the environment, such as air and water quality.

A range of careers also exist with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation and state authorities concerned with gas, electricity, water supply and environmental protection.

Source: myFuture

To qualify as a chemical engineer:

Step 1
Complete any undergraduate bachelor’s course {Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Biomedical Science, Bachelor of Science or the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)} with a major in Engineering Science as your first degree.

Step 2
Complete the postgraduate Master of Professional Engineering to qualify as a chemical engineer.

Refer to the Study Pathways to the right for more information.


Chemical engineers:

  • seek new and more efficient processes and materials, or improve or find new uses for existing materials
  • design methods and equipment to control and contain the processes that transform basic materials into useful products
  • ensure the safe, efficient and environmentally friendly operation of equipment and test products at various stages of production to check the quality
  • make plans and specifications for new production plants
  • review current methods of production for cost efficiency, environmental friendliness, maximum output and product quality
  • identify faults in the day-to-day operation of process plants (such as oil refining, steel making, water treatment) and take corrective action

The major employing industries of chemical engineers include manufacturers of iron, steel and organic industrial chemicals, the minerals industry and petroleum refiners. Employment can also be found in related areas such as biotechnology, food engineering and mineral engineering.

Government agencies also have a need for chemical engineers, in order to assess and monitor the risk and impact of chemical processes on the environment, such as air and water quality.

A range of careers also exist with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation and state authorities concerned with gas, electricity, water supply and environmental protection.

Source: myFuture

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Chemical Engineer

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