Background and Rationale
Chemical Engineering is a profession that involves the conceptualization, development, design, improvement and application of safe, healthy, ethical and economic ways of utilizing materials and energy in unit processes and operations for the benefit of society and the environment through the knowledge of mathematics, chemistry, biology, information technology and other natural, applied and social sciences gained by study, research and practice.
Chemical Engineering is one of the broader fields of the engineering disciplines both in terms of the range of problems that fall within its purview and in the range of knowledge required to solve those problems.
The scope of the practice of Chemical Engineering is defined in the Chemical Engineering Law of 2004 or R.A. 9297 and pertains to professional services to industrial plants in terms of consultation requiring chemical engineering knowledge, skill and proficiency; investigation, estimation and or valuation, planning, preparation of feasibility studies; designing, preparation of specifications; supervision of installation; operation including quality management; and research. The teaching, lecturing and reviewing of a professional chemical engineering subjects in the curriculum of the Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering degree or a subject, in the Chemical Engineering licensure examination given in any school, college, university or any other educational institution is also considered as practice of Chemical Engineering.
Program and Description
The career paths available to Chemical Engineers are many and varied and can involve a wide range of activities: from conceptualization and design of industrial plants that do not yet exist to the management of operations and waste treatment facilities, total quality management, project management, teaching, research, private consulting, and to public service. A Chemical Engineer must be as well prepared for a career that traverses this considerable professional breadth as for a career focused on a single professional activity.
The Chemical Engineering program comprises of foundation, allied, and professional courses to build a complete understanding of the profession. A plant design project, thesis, and set of electives leading to a career track or a field of specialization complete the program. The suggested career tracks are the following but not limited to:
a) Food and Drug Manufacturing
b) Packaging Technologies
c) Environmental Management
d) Petrochemical Engineering
e) Energy Engineering
g) Paints and Coating Technology
h) Semiconductor Technology