In today’s society, resources are becoming scarce and the environmental impact of manufacturing processes is a matter of growing concern.
Chemical engineering skills are essential in developing processing technology that is not detrimental to the environment. This might include tasks such as developing novel processes that are energy and raw material efficient, or processes to recirculate wastes to valuable products.
Chemical engineering is an engineering discipline that combines chemistry, physics, mathematics, biology, and economics to transfer raw materials into chemical products. These products include, for instance, fuels, commodities, specialty chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and foodstuffs.
Chemical engineers are typically employed by the industrial sector in areas such as product design, process design, process operation, research, marketing, and management.
The programme gives you the basic skills necessary in modern chemical and process industry. The programme also covers many scientific and technological areas that are essential for human well-being, a clean environment and the sustainable use of natural resources.
Diverse teaching methods and multicultural and multidisciplinary study groups ensure that you will develop good skills in team and project work, communication, languages, presentation, culture and leadership.
After graduation, you will:
- have a solid theoretical background in core areas of chemical engineering
- have strong engineering analysis and problem solving skills
- have practical engineering skills, such as the ability to make approximations and decisions under uncertainty
- have the courage to create innovations and new technical solutions
- possess project work and communication skills needed in the modern working environment.
During your studies, you will be able to create new sustainable solutions as a response to major global challenges. You will learn to create, design, develop and promote innovations and new technology and to work in an international team.
As a graduate, you will possess a unique set of skills for creating sustainable, environmentally friendly chemical processes and products. You will also become a competent professional in the rapidly developing, multidisciplinary area of environmental protection, and you will be eligible to continue your studies in doctoral programmes.
The programme includes specialisation, minor and elective studies.
In specialisation studies, 82 ECTS credits, you will learn about unit operations, fluid dynamics, process simulation, product and process design, bioenergy and biorefineries.
Recommended minor studies include biobased chemical engineering, advanced water treatment, and advanced chemistry.
You can choose any courses offered by LUT in your elective studies to attain 120 ECTS credits.
You will acquire the knowledge and skills to work in different fields of the process industry, for chemical companies, and for equipment manufacturers, most typically in research, development, design and operation.
Other prospective positions include overseeing the construction of new plants, assessing safety and environmental issues, supervising plant operations, etc.
You may find employment in the chemical, biomass refining, food processing or metallurgical industries. Graduates of this programme have found jobs in companies such as Outotec, UPM, Stora Enso, Norilsk Nickel, Orion Pharma, Dow, and Kemira.
Additionally, the skills of chemical engineers are increasingly in demand outside the traditional process industry, for example in the energy sector.
You will also be given a firm basis to continue your studies in doctoral programmes.