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.
In this major you will specialise in Chemical Engineering or Oil and Gas.
In this general stream, you'll examine chemical engineering 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, in this stream you'll 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).
What jobs can the Chemical Engineering 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
- Demonstrate a conceptual understanding of fundamental science, mathematics, data analytics, information science, and computing underpinning the broad field of engineering, GC1
- Solve complex chemical engineering problems of industrial and societal significance through the application of discipline-specific and integrated bodies of knowledge, design and sustainability principles, GC1
- Make decisions related to the design and implementation of solutions to engineering problems in a safe, ethical, and climate-responsible manner adhering to legal and professional standards and through respectful partnerships with local First Peoples and other diverse cultures as globally responsible citizens, GC4, GC5
- Apply systems thinking for innovative solutions to global chemical engineering challenges, discern knowledge and undertake applied research in a discipline of chemical engineering, GC2
- Select and use current and emerging technologies to develop and communicate effective and innovative engineering solutions to complex problems, GC3
- Demonstrate lifelong learning habits, teamwork and leadership abilities, project management skills, and the ability to identify opportunities for career-wide professional growth, necessary for advancing a career in engineering and beyond, GC6