An education in chemical engineering can serve as the foundation for a wide variety of careers. Many, but not most, chemical engineering jobs can be found in the chemical process industry, including oil and chemical companies, but other large employers of chemical engineers include organizations involved with food and consumer products, semiconductors, energy and environmental engineering, pharmaceuticals, and cosmetics.
Chemical engineers typically work to design new processes, improve existing processes, reduce manufacturing costs, research and develop new processes and products, and manage corporate assets. Chemical engineering also provides an excellent preparation for a professional or academic career-it's not uncommon for students to go on to graduate study in medicine, law, or business.
Advancing Career Opportunities while Earning a Degree
Co-ops and Internships
A co-op or internship is one of the best ways to prepare for and get a permanent job. At present, more than 30% of our students participate in co-ops or internships. These opportunities are sent to students via email so be sure to read your email often. It is not uncommon for companies to announce co-op opportunities the day before they visit campus. Also, check out the Engineering Co-op Office
in Loew Hall.
Research and Design Projects
Broaden your education by conducing research projects (CHEM E 499) and special design projects (CHEM E 497) in the classroom. This is an excellent way to make your education real and rewarding by learning hands-on skills that will set you apart from other graduates. The Department strongly encourages all students to participate in some form of research or design project.
A Career in Chemical Engineering
How do you get the job you want? The most important way is to do well in your studies. However, there's more to employment (and life) than good grades. Get involved with your education. Think about how chemical engineering affects your life and everyone else's. Get involved with the Student AIChE Chapter. There are opportunities for travel to the National AIChE meeting for a lucky few people. The AIChE's web site
offers information about jobs and careers, including salary and resume information and tools, help for finding employment, and a look at chemical engineering careers.