What Do Chemical Engineers Do?
As Chemical Engineers, we:
- have the technical and economic background necessary to carry out studies on the design and economic feasibility of new chemical plants.
- are hired to help industry comply with the increasing number of EPA regulations for the protection of the environment.
- develop artificial intelligence systems to control processes such as the operation of chemical plants or rocket launches.
- cooperate with medical doctors and biomedical engineers in projects such as the design and development of artificial organs and other medical devices.
- carry out processes such as plasma etching of silicon wafers used in fabricating microelectronic circuits in the manufacturing of computer microchips.
- are responsible for the chemical vapor infiltration-manufacturing of fiber-reinforced composities, such as ceramic tiles protecting space crafts at re-entry.
- are qualified to work in the broadest possible spectrum of industrial jobs, ranging from the oil refineries to the pharmaceutical and semiconductor industry.
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Internships are a great way to obtain experience in your area while making connections for future employment. During an internship you can apply your acquired knowledge to a real-life situation, while making yourself more desirable in the job market. Here are some internship resources that are popular among our students: