How do I Become a Chemical Engineer?

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  • Written By: Carol Francois
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  • Last Modified Date: 13 January 2019
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There are four steps required to become a chemical engineer: qualify for admission to engineering school, complete the course work, pass the certification examination and obtain employment as a chemical engineer. A chemical engineer is someone who is responsible for combining different chemicals together to create new substances or enhancing existing ones. Chemical engineers can find employment in manufacturing, pharmaceutical, research and food companies.

The chemical engineering program is available from a wide range of universities, both traditional and online. The standard admission requirements are high school courses in chemistry, physics, calculus, algebra, English and technology. High marks are a standard requirement, as the competition for this program is very intense. Many students take additional courses in advanced chemistry, biology and math to improve their knowledge and increase their marks.

The first year of any engineering degree program offers a standard curriculum for all engineering students. Chemistry, physics, calculus and English are the core courses, with additional options that vary by school. These courses often include a laboratory work component, which allows students to complete experiments and explore the concepts taught in class.

During the second year, the courses available to chemical engineering students becomes more focused on chemistry, structures, advanced math and modeling technology. The workload required to become a chemical engineer is very heavy, and a great deal of self-discipline and determination is necessary to succeed in this program.


Upon graduation, the next step on your path to become a chemical engineer is to be certified by the National Society of Professional Engineers. This association is responsible for the administration of the Professional Engineering designation. Review its website for current information on program requirements and course availability. A certification examination that tests your knowledge of the professional code of ethics, commercial law and business practices is required.

Make a list of the types of tasks that you like to do and the work you are most interested in. Entry-level positions as a chemical engineer include lab technician, process analysis and quality assurance testing. Build your skills to further enhance your career opportunities.

Certification courses offered by the engineering association include project management, hazardous chemical response unit training and more. Explore the training opportunities at your workplace and talk with your manager about the requirements for promotion and the overall direction of the company in the next five years. Be prepared to invest time and energy into your career.



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i am a passionate, hard working learner and i am interested in mechanics. i would be happier than ever if i could get more experience in this field. i am doing grade 10 and my subjects are math, physics, geography and technology. my point is i want more knowledge but i don't know how to get it.

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