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Chemical Engineering

Chemical Engineering Bursaries in South Africa for 2018


Chemical Engineering as a career path

Chemical Engineers use chemistry, mathematics, biology and physics to solve problems – this can involve working in a laboratory doing experiments, as well as working on-site in factories and production facilities to design and construct machines that make use of chemical reactions to save costs or improve efficiency.

Essentially, chemical engineering is a mixture of science and engineering. These professionals device ways of making products from raw materials and creating methods to transform a materials into another useful form.

If you are interested in pursuing a career that allows you to gain knowledge of chemical processing and chemistry, you enjoy being intellectually stimulated and finding solutions to problems using chemistry, then a career in Chemical Engineering may just be perfect for you.

What are the requirements for a career in Chemical Engineering?

If you are thinking of pursuing a career in Chemical Engineering, you should meet the requirements as listed below:

  • Must have strong mathematical skills
  • Must be a lateral thinker
  • Must have good analytical skills
  • Must be able to balance science with limited materials
  • Must be able to problem solve
  • Must be able to re-engineering systems that are more efficient or more cost effective
  • Must be creative
  • Must have a keen interest in chemicals and science
  • Must be trustworthy
  • Must have good organisational skills
  • Must have good literacy skills (able to read, write and speak well)


What are some of the duties of a Chemical Engineer?

Chemical Engineers are involved in the following aspects:

  • Designing and inventing of new processes
  • Designing, planing and building instruments and chemical plants
  • Designing and planning effective equipment layout
  • Developing safety procedures for working with dangerous chemicals
  • Developing processes for separation of components (liquids and gases)
  • Troubleshooting manufacturing process problems
  • Working towards making manufacturing processes more environmentally friendly
  • Conducting tests and monitoring production process performance
  • Conducting research in order to develop improved manufacturing processes
  • Making estimations on production costs
  • Evaluating processes and equipment to ensure they comply with environmental and safety regulations


What qualification is required to become a professional Chemical Engineer?

Students can pursue either of the following study paths – keep in mind that a degree qualification is more favourable when job hunting.
– Chemical Engineering: National Diploma – this involves 3 years of study at a University of Technology
– Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) in Chemical Engineering: Degree – this involve studying at a University
– Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Chemical Engineering: Degree – this involve studying at a University

How can I get a bursary for Chemical Engineering?

Here are the companies who are offering bursaries for this particular field of study:
De Beers Bursary
Sappi Bursary
Eskom Bursary
Armscor Bursary
FNB Fund Bursary
Standard Bank CSI Bursary
….more coming soon


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