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Chemical Engineer

Who is a Chemical Engineer?

  • The function of Chemical Engineering is to apply Physics and Chemistry principles along with Mathematics to use chemicals, raw materials as valuable and useful forms.

  • A Chemical Engineer uses the best possible resources to track the most convenient technique for manufacturing products.

  • Chemical Engineers also help in increasing efficiency and reduce waste in industrial settings.

What does a Chemical Engineer do?

  • A Chemical Engineer applies his/her knowledge of different chemical properties and develops new chemical materials such as cleaning solvents, lubricants, or fuels or enhances the existing ones.

  • Chemical Engineers also work as troubleshooters and help to improve and examine industrial processes.

  • Several Chemical Engineers in India work in industrial organizations that develop items directly associated with chemical compounds. 

What are the skills required?

Chemical Engineering deals with the basis for the food eaten by us, clothes worn by us, as well as, the energy used by us. Chemical engineers also work in a number of industries as well as factories. A Chemical Engineer works out efficient ways for manufacturing all such products while also assisting to manage the resources of the world, safeguarding the environment, and also making sure that safety and health standards are maintained.

Following are the skills every Chemical Engineer should have to function well:

  • Basic computer knowledge

  • Get information and use it in an effective manner

  • A flair for decision-making and solving problems

  • Abilities to monitor materials, processes

  • Skills to process information

  • Ability to analyze information or data effectively

  • Strong mathematical skills

Also, the candidate should have:

  • Cleared Science in 10+2 with Maths, Chemistry, and Physics to get enrolled into a graduation course for Chemical Engineering

  • There are entrance exams conducted to take admission into B.Tech or B.E. course including JEE, MET, GATE, IES, NET and BITSAT.

Top colleges offering courses on Chemical Engineering

If you want to become a Chemical Engineer, you should get a degree in Chemical Engineering that will come handy in your career growth. Check out some of the following top colleges and universities in India offering a degree in Chemical Engineering.
Popular Colleges offering a degree in Chemical Engineering

1. Jadavpur University, Kolkata

2. Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University College of Engineering, Pune

3. Nirma University, Ahmedabad

4. Manipal University, Jaipur

5. Chandigarh University, Chandigarh

6. Andhra University College of Engineering, Visakhapatnam

7. Integral University, Lucknow

8. Shiv Nadar University, Greater Noida

9. Sri Venkateswara University College of Engineering, Tirupati

10. Madan Mohan Malaviya University of Technology, Gorakhpur

Top colleges offering a degree in Chemical Engineering

1 IIT Delhi - Indian Institute of Technology (IITD)

2. IIT Bombay - Indian Institute of Technology (IITB)

3. IIT Kharagpur - Indian Institute of Technology (IITKGP)

4. IIT Kanpur - Indian Institute of Technology (IITK)

5. IIT Roorkee - Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee

6. IIT Guwahati - Indian Institute of Technology (IITG)

7. BITS Pilani - Birla Institute of Technology and Science

8. DTU - Delhi Technological University (DCE)

9. NIT Trichy - National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli (NITT)

10. IIT Bhubaneswar - Indian Institute of Technology Bhubaneswar

11. Vellore Institute of Technology, Vellore

12. Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal.

13. SRM Institute of Science and Technology, Chennai.

What are the growth opportunities for a chemical Engineering in India?

A degree in Chemical Engineering from a good college may be needed to work as a Chemical Engineer. Several engineers pursuing their career path start with internships and then look out for junior level positions after completing their graduation.

In India, Chemical Engineering offers an excellent career platform for the young generation. Chemical Engineers work in factory settings, offices, as well as, in the field. Expertise with automated chemical gadgets such as spectrometers and proficiency with computers may also be needed. Graduates in Chemical Engineering can get employment in the sectors listed below:

1. Biotechnology

2, Waste Management

3. Environmental control

4. Power production

5. Plastics

6. Speciality Chemicals

7, Materials

8. Food

In India, there are a variety of employment opportunities available for chemical engineering graduates in both the public as well as the private sector. They can take up jobs in other fields as well that include the following,

  • Processing

  • Operations or Manufacturing

  • Research and Development

  • Design and Construction

  • Finance

  • Teaching

How much does a Chemical Engineer make?

In India, the average salary of a Chemical Engineer in India is Rs 479,488/yr (including overtime, bonus, and tips) at an entry-level with less than a year's experience. 

  • Less than 1-year experience Rs 403,323/yr

  • 5-9 years of experience Rs 592,402 /yr

  • 10-19 years of experience Rs 1,035,239/yr

How to prepare and what are the study material and books available?

Check out some of the useful books for pursuing chemical engineering in India:

  • Mock tests available online

  • NCERT syllabus of class 11th and 12th

  • Study material available by prestigious institutes

  • Consult your seniors (who have already given such exams) for guidance

  • Previous year question papers

  • 6 JEE Main Online 2020 Phase I Solved Papers with 10 Mock Tests

  • Advanced Problems in Organic Chemistry for JEE.

  • Problems in Physical Chemistry for JEE

Some popular books are O.P. Tandon for Physical Chemistry, P.Bahadur (G.R.Bathla & Sons) for Numerical chemistry. Concept of Physics by HC Verma (Vol 1, Vol 2); Problems In General Physics by IE Irodov. IIT Mathematics, M.L. Khanna; Trigonometry, S L Loney; Calculus & Analytic Geometry, Thomas & Finney.

Major recruiters

Here are some of the top recruiters of Chemical Engineers in the country:

  • Reliance Industries Ltd.

  • Deepak Fertilizers and Petrochemicals Corp. Ltd.

  • Gujarat Alkalies & Chemicals Ltd.

  • Essar Oil Limited.

  • Colour-Chem Ltd.

  • Reliance Petroleum Limited.

  • Gujarat Gas Company Limited.

  • Arofine Polymers Ltd.

Interesting facts

George Davis is referred to as "The Father of Chemical Engineering." Davis gave the first 12 lectures in Chemical Engineering at the University of Manchester Institute of Science & Technology.