Chemical College

Dedicated to all aspects of chemical engineering and the work of its practitioners.

What is Chemical Engineering?

Chemical engineering is concerned with the ways in which raw materials are changed into useful and commercial end products. This involves the research of raw materials and their properties, design and development of equipment and the evaluation of operating processes.

These skills are combined to extract raw materials which can then be refined and manufactured to produce such things as food, petrol, plastics, paints, paper, ceramics, minerals and metals. Often these processes are carried out at large scale plants – the safe operation of these plants is also part of chemical engineering.

Extracting raw materials without harming the environment is also a major area of work for chemical engineers. For example, new types of fuels which can be used safely to provide the energy we need, without having an adverse effect on the environment, are currently being developed and tested.

Chemical engineers are also involved in the production of pharmaceutical products as diverse as penicillin and shampoo.

Chemical engineers may work in companies involved in the production of such things as food, plastics, ceramics, pharmaceuticals, metals and glass. Many chemical engineers also find employment in environment protection and the reclamation or clean up of contaminated sites, or in research laboratories, chemical plants and petroleum refineries.

Other major employers of chemical engineers include manufacturers of basic iron and steel products, organic industrial chemicals and the mining industry.

Engineers working in this field may specialise as combustion engineers, petroleum engineers, principal chemical engineers, smelting engineers, water treatment engineers or environmental engineers (see section on environmental engineering).

There is also scope for chemical engineers to move into related areas including biotechnology, food engineering and mineral engineering.

About the Chemical College

The Chemical College represents members working within the very broad chemical engineering field.

Our members include chemical engineers, metallurgists, materials scientists, bioprocessing engineers, food technologists, water specialists and many other disciplines. The key tasks of the College include:

  • Maintain, develop and promote the body of knowledge broadly associated with chemical engineering.
  • Develop and audit accreditation standards for tertiary degrees and chartered status.
  • Provide expert advice for Continuing Professional Development (CPD).
  • Contribute towards national and international standards and policies relevant to the field.
  • Consult with Engineers Australia staff and members on matters related to Chemical Engineering.

Chemical College branches

Newcastle Branch

Chair: Nicholas Bates

Queensland Branch

Chair: Joann Kirby

South Australia Branch

Chair: Kate Jennings

Sydney Branch

Chair: Vacant

Victoria Branch

Chair: Nicky Eshtiaghi

Western Australia Branch

Chair: Ming Ang

Chemical engineering groups

Related groups and societies

Professional Association Memberships

Cooperation Agreements

University Chemical Engineering Contacts

Chemical College awards

Contact us

For any enquiries regarding the Chemical College please contact:

College Advisor


Engineers Australia
Engineering House
11 National Circuit
Barton ACT 2600

To contact Member Services please call 1300 653 113


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