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Career as Chemical Engineer

Chemical Engineers work out economically efficient, safe and environment friendly methods for production of chemicals on a large scale. Equipment for the processing of chemicals and related products such as plastic, pharmaceuticals, detergents, foodstuff etc. are also designed and maintained by Chemical Engineers.

Job Profile

Career as Chemical Engineer
  • Apply knowledge of Chemistry, Biology and Physics to the industrial production and use of chemicals and related products
  • Carry out research to develop new and better manufacturing processes
  • Design equipment
  • Plan, manage, and troubleshoot the running of an installation
  • Conduct tests to monitor the efficiency and safety of the production processes
  • Develop safety standards for workers in the industry
  • Evaluate the installed equipment to follow safety regulations and environmental guidelines
  • Project costs of production to the management
  • Develop methods to carry out complex chemical processes
  • Chemical Engineers work in the energy, food, clothing, petroleum, healthcare, biotechnology etc. sectors
  • Specialize in Nano-materials, Polymerization, Oxidation etc.

Employment Opportunities

  • Chemicals manufacturing industries
  • Petroleum industry
  • Food industry
  • Electronics industry
  • Rubber industry
  • Textiles industry
  • Paper & Pulp industry
  • Aerospace industry
  • Plastic industry
  • Cement industry
  • Public sector units
  • Fertilizer industry
  • Millicon Consultant Engineers Pvt. Ltd
  • Shell
  • Balmer Lawrie and Co. Ltd.
  • Ambuja Cement
  • GEA Ecoflex India Pvt Ltd

How do I get there?

  • Std XII

    Stream: ScPCM

  • Entrance>Degree

    IIT*/**>BE/BTech

  • Selection

    GATE***

  • Postgraduation

    M.Tech

  • Goal

    Chemical Engineer

  • Std XII

    Stream:ScPCM

  • Part-time

    Engg PT

  • Graduation

    Entry:2nd yr fulltime

  • Goal

    Chemical Engineer

  • Std XII

    Stream:ScPCM/B

  • Grad/Dip****

    B.E/ B.Tech/
    B.Sc/ B.Pharma

  • Work experience

    2yr*****>DipAMIIChE******

  • Goal

    Chemical Engineer

*JEE( Joint Entrance Examination) selects students for admission to various engineering colleges in India. There are 2 different exams JEE Main and JEE Advanced.  JEE Main is conducted by CBSE while JEE-Advanced is conducted by different IITs as decided on  rotation basis.

JEE-Mains selects students for admission to BE or B.Tech courses, Integrated MSc’s, B.Arch/B.Planning courses in the NITs, IIITs and all GFTIs (Government – Center & State Funded Technical Institutes).

JEE-Advanced Students qualifying JEE Mains through the prescribed cut-off marks are eligible to appear for JEE Advanced.

JEE Advanced score is required for admission into the IITs (Indian Institute of Technology) , ISM-Dhanbad, Indian Institute of Science (IISC), Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology and the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER).

JEE Main Exam Pattern- There are 2 papers 

Paper 1-Engineering Entrance Exam for B.Tech/B.E.( 3 hrs objective test on PCM of Class XII level) The test has negative marking. Exam can be taken as a paper pencil test or online.

Paper 2-Architecture Entrance exam for B. Arch/ B.Planning. This is a 3 hr paper and has 3 parts.

Objective test PCM, Aptitude Test, Drawing testEligibility: XII PCM from a recognised Board, minimum aggregate 75% or in the top 20 percentile in the XII examination.(65% for Sc/ST)

**Other engineering entrance examinations are conducted by States /Private engineering colleges for selecting candidates for BE/Btech courses which have not opted for JEE Main selection process.Eg BITSAT, VITEEE, CET etc. 

Note: The Centre is proposing to introduce a common entrance test for admission to engineering colleges across the country from 2018. 

*** Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) For admission to postgraduate and Doctoral  programmes  in Institutions under MHRD such as IITs IISc, Science research institutions a National Level Entrance Test GATE is conducted. Selected candidates get a scholarship/Assistantship in Engineering/Technology/ Science/ Architecture.

Eligibility is a 3 or 4 year degree, technical diploma, architecture 5yr, Integrated 5 year degree courses, Postgrduates in Maths/ Sc/ Stats./ Computer Applications.  

 ****Degree in Engineering other than Chemical Engineering or Civil Engineering/ Degree in Technology including Chemical Technology/Degree in Science with Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics as one of the subjects/Diploma in Engineering other than Civil Engineering/Degree in Pharmacy
***** Work Experience in any of the following: Design and fabrication of chemical plant and equipment/ production and quality control in chemical or process industries, research and development in chemical or process industries, management or technical sales in chemical industry, Chemical Engineering education.
******Diploma of AMIIChE from the Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers http://www.iiche.org.in. This is recognized as equivalent to a degree and further M.Tech can be pursued.

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