Chemical or ‘process’ engineering involves finding the best sequence of chemical and physical processing operations, plus the right operating conditions, to convert raw materials into higher-value products.
Chemical engineering covers the development, design and management of processes and equipment for the extraction, conversion and upgrading of materials, using physical, chemical and biological operations.
There are numerous process industries serving a range of societal needs.
You will select either the Chemical Engineering or Oil and Gas streams to study.
In this general stream, you will examine processes for a range of materials.
You’ll explore the theory and applications of fluid flow, energy transfer, and separation and chemical reaction for the synthesis, design, control and optimisation of general chemical processes.
Oil and Gas
In addition to learning chemical engineering fundamentals, you will gain detailed knowledge of the exploration and development of oil and gas resources.
You’ll explore the behaviour of hydrocarbon reservoirs, offshore drilling and production, the refining of crude oil and processing of natural gas.
Double degree options
You can study a Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical Engineering) with a Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Science (Chemistry) or Bachelor of Science (Extractive Metallurgy).
See our handbook for more course information.
What jobs can the Chemical Engineering Major (BEng Hons) lead to?
- Chemical engineer
- Process engineer
- Production/operations engineer
- Risk and safety manager
- Oil and gas
- Bioengineering and biotechnology
- Aerospace and automotive
- Food processing
- Mineral and material processing
- Biomass and sugar refining
- Cement and lime production
- Industrial and fine chemical production
- Petrochemical and polymer production
- Paper and board manufacture
- Water and wastewater treatment
What you'll learn
- apply scientific and engineering principles to process engineering design and development, including sound risk management, environmental and OHS practice
- think critically and creatively to generate innovative and optimum solutions
- identify, evaluate and synthesise information from a range of sources to optimise process engineering design and development
- communicate effectively in ways appropriate to the discipline, audience and purpose
- use appropriate information and process technologies (recognising their advantages and limitations) in the design and development of sustainable process systems
- engage in continuous education, training and research, and take control of their own learning and development
- recognise and apply international standards and best practice in process engineering
- demonstrate respect for cultural diversity
- be ‘career ready’ for the process engineering profession, demonstrate leadership qualities, and work ethically and professionally both within a team and independently