Chemical engineering is the branch of engineering which deals with the study of design and operation of chemical plants and methods of improving production. Chemical Engineers develop economical commercial processes to convert raw material into useful products. It also deals with treatment of waste materials from the industries and house to better protect the environment.
It covers various fields of chemical technology in mineral based industries, petrochemical plants, pharmaceuticals, synthetic fibres, petroleum refining plants etc.
What do Chemical Engineers do?
Develop large scale industrial plants
Research on new techniques to develop better quality products, with less cost and efficiency
Improve processing techniques to produce better quality food products
Develop solutions to environmental problems, such as pollution control and remediation.
Job Market of Chemical Engineering / Who employs chemical engineers
Chemical industries and Factories
Gas and oil extraction industries
Oil refining companies
Plastic and metals industries
Mineral Process industries
Pakistan Ordinance Factory
Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission
Power generation industries
Food and drink industries
Scope of Chemical Engineering in Pakistan
Number of job opportunities in Pakistan is limited, and it is hard in the start of the career to find a suitable place. But once you find a job, it offers good salary packages.
Salary of Chemical engineers ranges from 25 thousands to 120,000 per month in Pakistan.
In addition to traditional careers in the chemical, energy and oil industries, chemical engineers can also find increasing opportunities in biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and environmental engineering.
Admission criteria in Chemical Engineering in Pakistan
Chemical Engineering is a major field. It has many branches. Universities also offer 4 year degrees in related branches of chemical engineering. So if you cannot get admission in chemical engineering, then you can seek admission in the following programs
Polymer and Petrochemical
Food Processing Engineering
Mining and Mineral Processing Engineering
B.Tech or BS Technology in Chemical or Related Fields
Many Engineering universities like UET Lahore are also offering BS Technology degree programs in all fields of engineering and technology. This option is for those, who have low marks and are interested to make a career in engineering or technical fields. Although B.Tech/BS Technology degree holders are employed as technicians and assistants of BSc Engg degree holders, but it could also be a good choice to enter into chemical industry if you have low marks. Also many BS Technology degree holders find very good opportunities in middle Eastern countries.