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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:
Cipla Bursary
De Beers Bursary
Sappi Bursary
Eskom Bursary
Armscor Bursary
FNB Fund Bursary
RCL Foods Bursary
Standard Bank CSI Bursary
Standard Bank 150 Bursary
Investec Bank CSI Bursary
Sugar Industry Trust Fund for Education Bursary
Cape Winelands District Municipality Bursary
….more coming soon


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