Chemical Engineering (CHEM)
Chemical Engineering is about applying chemical principles to resolve problems involving the production and use of chemicals and bio chemicals. It combines knowledge of Chemistry and Engineering for the production of chemicals and related by-products. Chemical engineers alter raw materials and chemicals into useful products and help in finding new materials and techniques of their usage. They design and maintain chemical processes of large manufacturing units.
Petroleum i.e. Black Gold has made this field very successful. Go for this field if you have a fondness towards organic & inorganic chemistry.
Global warming and its significant environment issues have made chemical engineers hot property now.
Working Environment
Most chemical engineers work in manufacturing industries, in research and development labs, productions plants, or management. Some provide engineering services as consultants in research and testing, design, or policy.
Chemical engineers work in a diverse of manufacturing industries such as those producing energy, electronics, food, nuclear power plants, in health care, biotechnology, and business services.
Chemical engineers relate principles of physics, mathematics, and mechanical and electrical engineering, as well as chemistry. Some of them specialize in a particular chemical process, such as oxidation or polymerization. Others specialize in a particular field, such as nano materials, or in the development of specific products.
Job Profile
Jobs for chemical engineering graduates will be available in mineral-based industries, petrochemical plants, synthetic fiber units and even in petroleum refining plants. You can find employment opportunities with chemical industries, refineries, manufacturers of acids, medicines, varnishes, paints, fertilizers, etc.
Public sector organizations and private companies dealing in pharmaceuticals, petro chemicals, synthetic fibers, textiles, plastics, explosives, etc. employ chemical engineers.
Course Content
Typically a chemical Engineer has to study the following subjects -
  • Engineering Chemistry
  • Chemical Process Principles
  • Inorganic and Physical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Transport Phenomena
  • Process Dynamics and Control
  • Mass Transfer Operations II
  • Mathematics
  • Chemical Technology
  • Heat & Mass Transfer
  • Particle Technology Laboratory
  • Economics and Management of Chemical Industries
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Biochemical Engineering
  • CAD in Chemical Engg.
  • Safety in Chemical Plants
  • Thermodynamics
  • Measurements and controls
  • Chemical process and plant designs
  • Food Chemistry
  • In-organic Chemistry
  • Dairy Chemistry & Microbiology
  • and many more…
Career Scope and Job prospects for Chemical Engineers
You can get placed with ONGC, Reliance Industries Ltd., Essar Oil Limited, Gujarat Gas Company Limited, Indo Gulf Fertilizers Ltd, Coromandel Fertilizers Limited. Apart from regular jobs, there are various research & development opportunities for chemical engineering students and salary may range from 1000-1500 dollars for PhD students. Opportunities are ample in the renewable energy sector, nuclear power sector, and industrial metallurgy sector.
Chemical engineers are likely to have employment growth of 8 percent over the projections decade, about as fast as the average for all occupations.
Among manufacturing industries, pharmaceuticals may provide the best opportunities for jobseekers.
Pay Scale for Chemical Engineers
Due to rapid industrialization, chemical engineers have gained a position among the top money makers. The earnings depend on the industries employing chemical engineers such as Central or State government departments or private concerns.
Fresher’s can get a starting salary of Rs. 10000 to Rs. 12000 per month. In the government sector, the salary range of diploma holders is Rs. 5,000 to Rs. 9,000 per month. Lecturers in colleges get a starting salary of Rs 12,000-Rs 13,000 a month.
Senior engineers can earn somewhere in between Rs 30,000 and Rs 50,000 a month. Those at management levels can earn up to Rs 60,000 or even more.
Chemical Engineering Colleges in Mumbai
  1. Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT), Matunga, Mumbai
  2. Dwarkadas J. Sanghvi College of Engineering, Juhu , Mumbai
  3. Thadomal Shahani Engineering College, Bandra , Mumbai