Chemical and Process Engineering

Chemical engineering or process engineering is an interdisciplinary engineering science that combines mechanical engineering, physics, mathematics as well as physical and technical chemistry.

Chemical engineers deal with physical, chemical and biological material conversion processes to create new products as well as with material and energy conversion. Process engineers focus on physical, mechanical and thermal processes.

Study Contents:
  • Mathematics and natural sciences (chemistry, physics)

  • Engineering (design, mechanics, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics)

Unit operations and processes in process  engineering
  • Mechanical process engineering (crushing, separating, mixing, etc.)

  • Thermal process engineering (distillation, extraction, drying, etc.)

  • Chemical process engineering (chemical reactions, catalysis, etc.)

Bachelor curriculum

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What Does a Chemical Engineer Do?

With a degree in Chemical and Process Engineering, there are plenty of career opportunities. Chemical engineers

  • plan and design apparatuses such as heat exchangers, furnaces, dryers, distillation columns, grinders, and dust separators
  • plan and design plants for material conversion, for example for ammonia synthesis, for the processing of base chemicals, for the production of foods and pharmaceuticals, for keeping air and water clean, etc.
  • manage production plants
  • work in the sales department of apparatus and plant engineering or in the administration and organisation of relevant companies or with relevant trade associations
  • take over control and monitoring tasks concerning technical safety, disposal and environmental and climate protection
  • develop new methods and work on problems of applied and basic research for a sustainable society of the future