Is chemical product engineering right for me?

Chemical product engineers love understanding product function and performance as well as how people use and perceive those products. They never stop innovating to envision completely new products and functions that benefit society and their company’s bottom line.

What’s the difference between and Chemical Product Engineering and a Chemical Engineer?

Chemical Product Engineers and chemical engineers work closely together, meeting in the middle when it comes to the scale of their developments. Chemical Product Engineers design and develop product prototypes, formulating new complex materials on the bench, and developing pilot-scale processes to make them and test their performance against consumer needs. Chemical Process Engineers take such developments and produce them on much larger, plant-scale systems they design. If that sounds like something you’d be in to, then read on. Chemical Product Engineering might just be for you.

What do Chemical Product Engineers learn?

Fostering a collaborative and innovative culture, this degree focuses on product design and development rather than the just production process. You will build on the study of chemical and physical sciences and processes to create the types of products that will be ready for commercialisation in fields as diverse as

  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Cosmetics
  • Agricultural chemicals
  • Foods

UNSW is a research leader in Chemical Product Engineering, and you will benefit from our close links with industry. Chemical Product Design is a signature component of the degree and gives you ample opportunity to cultivate your abilities in designing and taking a product to market by developing intellectual property and product prototypes for projects proposed by and mentored by industry partners.

While the core concepts of chemical engineering, Unit operations, Heat and Mass Transfer, Equilibrium, Thermodynamics remain the foundation for this program, students will also learn to design products, and the processes that manufacture them, in fields where the end-user’s performance criteria are more complex than just chemical composition or purity.

Advanced Elective options include

  • Polymers
  • Reaction engineering
  • Particle systems
  • Research thesis

Through academic and project work, and by applying your skills during 60-days of approved industry training, you’ll graduate with all the tools and skills you need to create products across a vast range of industries.


What skills should I have as a Chemical Product Engineer?

To make a great Chemical product Engineer, you need to love chemistry and maths, but because you work in a team you also need to have great communication skills to get your message across. Here are some questions to ask yourself:

  • Do you love solving problems?
  • Is maths your thing?
  • Do you think you could work as part of a team with other scientists and engineers?
  • Do you want to use your love of chemistry and your skills in creativity to produce new products that enhance global consumer quality of life?
  • Do you enjoy experiments in a laboratory?
  • Have you ever wondered how the products around you are designed to perform so well, in so many complex ways?
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