THE FIELD OF CHEMICAL ENGINEERING

Chemical engineers study and develop processes and technologies from piloting to commercial-scale processing of specific raw materials to marketable products in the most economical, efficient and environment-friendly operation.

This broad discipline of chemical engineering gives its graduates opportunities to work with various industries such as biochemical agents, computer systems and process control, environmental management, petro-chemicals, petroleum engineering, pharmaceuticals, superconductivity, sugar products and byproducts, pulp and paper products, and synthetics.

Aside from the fields of industry, careers in the academe and in research also exist. Higher education in chemical engineering, i.e. graduate and doctoral degrees, is offered in universities, locally and internationally.

CHEM.ENG. @ U.P.L.B.

Graduates of the BS Chemical Engineering Curriculum are expected to meet technical manpower requirements of newly emerging agri-based industries and traditional chemical process industries, specifically in the area of bio-processing engineering and chemical process engineering. Chemical engineers with some understanding of bio-processing are needed to scale up production from laboratory to bench levels into the industrial level. In the long run, local processing of raw materials into consumer and industrial products should help raise rural income, generate foreign exchange and protect the Philippine economy from adverse external trade conditions.