Everyday Plastics. Art Exhibition in Christchurch Botanical Gardens. Credit: Geof Wilson
The Royal Academy of Engineering estimates that the UK needs 100,000 graduates in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) simply to sustain its existing industries. So Geoff Maitland, President of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE), is right to celebrate the rise in the numbers of applications for Engineering in general, and Chemical Engineering in particular.
Are you thinking of studying Engineering at university? Why not Chemical Engineering? IChemE explains:
Chemical engineering is all about changing raw materials into useful products you use everyday in a safe and cost effective way. For example petrol, plastics and synthetic fibres such as polyester and nylon, all come from oil. Chemical engineers understand how to alter the chemical, biochemical or physical state of a substance, to create everything from face creams to fuels.
- What is Chemical Engineering? What do Chemical Engineers do?
- Studying Chemical Engineering. Find out more about Chemical Engineering at Cambridge.
- Careers in Chemical Engineering
- Taster Courses. This year Headstart ran a Year 12 taster course in Chemical Engineering at the University of Bath. You can apply from 1 September for courses in 2015.
- Work Experience. In particular, The Year In Industry can help you find a work placement following your A Levels or during your undergraduate studies.