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
FNB Fund Bursary
Standard Bank CSI Bursary
….more coming soon