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Studying Chemical Engineering

All that surrounds us, right from sugar to plastics has been extracted from natural sources. Sugar, for example, began its life as the sweet sap in the stems of sugar cane plants. The sugar cane is then crushed to extract the juice, which is in turn processed in factories resulting in production of sugar as we know it.

Chemical engineering is the branch of engineering which devises ways to convert raw materials into useful materials. It is a far-reaching discipline cutting across chemistry, biology, economics and other branches of engineering. Chemical engineering finds applications in all industries from food to mining to plastics because almost all industries need chemicals to either produce goods or deliver services.

Australian universities deliver well-organised, industry-relevant programmes that are valued by employers. In fact, most of the programmes are embedded with a work experience option, which involves either undertaking a work placement or completing a suitable project at an external organisation or company.

Most of Australia’s 37 universities offer programmes in chemical engineering.

Some of the universities where you could study are:

  • Curtin University
  • RMIT University
  • Monash University
  • University of South Australia

Salary and Career Prospects

Chemical engineers are employed by food and beverage (Nestle, Coca Cola), transport (Airbus Group Australia), electricity and power companies (Power Direct), utilities (Water Utilities Australia), mining (BHP Billiton) and manufacturing companies (ABB Grain), the government and academia.

Some of the roles graduates take up are Chemical Engineer, Chemical Process Engineer, Quality Assurance Officer and Inspection Engineer.

Salaries vary depending on qualifications, job role, location and experience. As a guide, chemical engineering professionals earn around an average of $96,000 a year (49 lakhs INR).

Why Australia?

Australia has cemented its place as one of the best study destinations for international students. There are 37 universities in Australia; with 7 featuring in top 100 and 15 in top 250 in QS World Rankings 2019.

Tourism, financial services, education, mining and agriculture are the largest sectors in Australia. Prominent IT and technology companies like Google, Microsoft, Apple, in addition to homegrown brands like Atlassian, Gridware, Aconex operate in Australia. Cities of Melbourne and Sydney have a thriving start-up and innovation landscape.

Australians enjoy year-round good weather, high salaries, access to spectacular beaches and a healthy work-life balance. The country is vast and beautiful and has something to offer for everybody, be that opera, music concerts, films, outdoor activities or beaches and surfing.

International graduates are typically offered post-study work visas of up to 3 years upon graduation.

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