Chemical Engineering

Chemical Engineering deals with the design and maintenance of chemical plants and the development of chemical processes for converting raw materials or chemicals into valuable forms. It combines knowledge of Chemistry and Engineering for the production of chemicals and related by-products. This branch of engineering is a varied field, covering areas from biotechnology and nanotechnology, mineral processing, pharmaceuticals, synthetic fibres, petroleum refining plants etc.


  • For UG: The candidate should have passed 10+2 examination from CBSE or any other equivalent examination board with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics as core subjects. The candidates should also fulfil minimum qualifying marks in aggregate of the subjects.
  • For PG: The candidate should have a B.Tech in civil engineering with a minimum passing percentage in an aggregate of the subjects studied at undergraduate level.


What does a Chemical Engineer do?


  • Chemical Engineers are concerned with the designing, supervision, construction, installation and operation of plants and equipments for manufacturing chemical products
  • Chemical Technologists deal with the production of substances with new properties which require new methods of production in the fields of petroleum refining & fertilizer technology.
  • Chemical Engineers involves in the processing of food and agricultural products, paints and dyes, recycling metals, glass and plastics, cosmetics, mineral based industries and prevention and control of environmental hazards.
  • Chemical Engineers involves in the research and development activities in the Bio-Tech firms to find out new drugs.


What is the future for a Chemical Engineering graduate?


  • Work of Chemical Engineer combines several fields such as chemists, industrial engineers, materials engineers as well as electrical engineers. Chemical Engineers can find the opportunities in any of the following categories
  • As Process Engineer in petroleum / petrochemical industry & petroleum refineries…..


Career Prospects


Chemical Engineering graduates have plenty of job opportunities in manufacturing and service industries such as food, materials, specialty chemicals, plastics, power production, biotechnology, Tyre manufacturing, nanotechnology, mining process, mineral based industries, petrochemical, plants, pharmaceuticals, synthetic fibers, chemical engineering designs, nuclear energy, materials science, development of new sources of energy and even medicine. Some opt to work in laboratories and universities as a professor.

Those interested in government jobs have to clear Engineering Service Examinations conducted by the UPSC. The engineering graduates are employed in defense establishment, healthcare related research projects, atomic power plants, environment regulation, recycling department and power conservation projects.


Various sectors where they can seek employment are,


  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Energy
  • Water
  • Food & Drink
  • Oil and Gas
  • Process Plants & Equipment
  • Biotechnology
  • Materials
  • Chemicals
  • Consultancy