Chemical Product Engineering (INC)

Career opportunities

Chemical Product Engineers are capable of fulfilling a multiplicity of roles - as research scientists and engineers, in development, as marketers/product managers and plant/company managers.

The breadth of training we offer ensures a wealth of opportunity and a flexible career path. This may involve entry into a company via the research/technical laboratory, progression via manufacturing as a production manager to plant manager. Alternatively, graduates may progress through sales (via technical support positions) to product marketing or management. Many Chemical Product Engineering graduates have reached senior management and research positions in Australia and overseas. 

Click here to check out some career journeys of Co-op alumni and industry partners 

Program overview









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Find out more about Chemical Product Engineering

Chemical Product Engineers are applied scientists, some of whom are engaged in solving problems in forefront research areas, while others are responsible for the successful operations of Australia's chemical industry. The disciplines studied combine true enabling sciences with engineering, to provide a platform to address the increasingly complex challenges being faced today.

Typically, Chemical Product Engineers undertake optimisation of complex processes, but unlike other engineers, Chemical Product Engineers examine and (if necessary) improve the chemistry of the process itself. One of our major roles is to exercise a questioning, scientific approach to the fundamental chemistry of industrial processes.

Few of our Chemical Product Engineer graduates analyse raw materials, or verify the quality of the products for very long. Most are more likely to be developing new ones. Another (and an increasingly important activity) is the control and management of the environment for which newer 'green' chemistry can give remedies. Here our School has world authorities who impart their knowledge and real world experience in this global challenge.

For more information contact:

Dr Emma Lovell
Co-op Coordinator
School of Chemical Engineering
Phone: 0425 699 367

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Who should apply?

Interested in chemistry AND engineering, but can't decide between the two? 
Keen to develop marketable products and still be involved in their initial research? 

Chemical Product Engineering is unique in that it bridges the gap between chemistry and chemical engineering.  Chemical Product Engineers typically perform classical bench-top scale research of a chemist and large, production-scale process and chemical engineering. Rather than having a separate chemist to do the research and product conceptualisation and a chemical engineering to conduct the processing and product scale-up, an industrial chemist can do both. 

In addition to meeting the general entrance requirements for a Co-op Scholar (see Are you the next Co-op scholar?), students interested in this program should possess the inquisitive and creative qualities of a chemist as well as the analytical and practical planning of an engineer, chemical product engineers are highly sought after in nearly every field of chemistry and engineering.  Chemical Product Engineering students work in the field of pharmaceuticals, mining, polymer synthesis and processing, coatings, petrochemicals, and environmental sciences, to name a few.  If a diverse and challenging career sounds interesting, then this is the perfect degree for you.

The recommended knowledge for entry into the UNSW Co-op Program in Chemical Product Engineering is:

  • Mathematics Extension 1
  • Physics or Chemistry

See FAQs for 'What is Recommended &/or Assumed Knowledge?'

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