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Chemical Engineering

Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical Engineering) - BEng(Curtin) - MJRU-CHENG

Science and Engineering

Chemical engineering is sometimes called ‘process engineering’ because it involves finding the best sequence of chemical and physical processing operations, and the right operating conditions, to convert raw materials into higher-value products. These products include fuels, plastics, metals, pharmaceuticals, foodstuffs and clean water.

Chemical engineers design, trouble-shoot and manage the large-scale processes that make these everyday products, in a safe, sustainable and cost-effective manner.

The expertise of chemical engineers is essential to the design, operation and management of processes in many industry sectors such as:

  • oil and gas
  • minerals processing and metals
  • petrochemicals, polymers and synthetic fibres
  • bulk chemicals, like cement and fertilisers
  • advanced materials used in the automotive, electronics and aerospace industries
  • pharmaceuticals
  • consumer products, from detergents to cosmetics.

What the course involves
In your first year you will complete the Engineering Foundation Year (EFY). The EFY builds a solid base of the fundamental concepts common to all areas of engineering. The EFY was developed in partnership with industry to create a curriculum that is reflective of engineering practice. After completing this common year you can select to specialise in chemical, or oil and gas engineering areas.

In the chemical specialisation you will examine the development, design and operation of processes and plant for the extraction, conversion and purification of a wide range of materials. It covers the theory and applications of fluid flow, energy transfer, separation and chemical reaction for the synthesis, design optimisation and control of general chemical processes.

In the oil and gas specialisation you will gain specialised knowledge of the exploration, development and conservation of oil and gas resources. It explores the theory and practice required to plan and supervise drilling and well-completion programs, design and select drilling and production equipment, estimate reserves, and manage oil and gas processes.

For both streams you need to complete at least 12 weeks of engineering work experience during the summer breaks.

Career opportunities

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Professional recognition

Graduates fulfill the stage one competencies required by Engineers Australia (EAust) as the pathway to chartered-engineer status (CPEng). The course is also recognised by many other professional bodies, including membership of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (UK).

Units

Current students: Please refer to the Handbook's full course structure when enrolling.

Credits needed to graduate: 600

Core units Hrs/Wk Credit
Year 2 Semester 1
Fluid Mechanics 4.0 25.0
Principles and Processes in Chemistry 6.0 25.0
Process Heat Transfer 7.0 25.0
Process Principles 5.0 25.0
Year 2 Semester 2
Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics 5.0 25.0
Process Mass Transfer 5.0 25.0
Reactivity and Function in Chemistry 6.0 25.0
Year 3 Semester 1
Reaction Engineering 8.0 25.0
Year 3 Semester 2
Process Instrumentation and Control 5.5 25.0
Year 4 Semester 1
Process Safety and Risk Management 5.0 25.0
Year 4 Semester 2
Chemical Engineering Design Project 6.0 50.0
Process Economics and Management 5.0 25.0

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Entry requirements:

Indicative TER (ATAR)*: 80
STAT entry*: Not accepted
*What are Indicative TER (ATAR) and STAT Entry?

Indicative TER (ATAR)

This figure provides an indication of the TER (ATAR) normally required to enter this course. It is provided as a guide only.

STAT entry

The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) assesses competencies considered important for success at uni. These tests are provided by the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) to help mature age candidates apply for certain courses.

Mature age entry:

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Essential WACE courses:

  • At least three of the following four: Mathematics 3C/3D, Mathematics: Specialist 3C/3D, Physics 3A/3B and Chemistry 3A/3B
  • At least English 2A/2B, Literature 2A/2B or English as an Additional Language/Dialect 2A/2B

 

Desirable WACE courses:

Engineering Studies 3A/3B

Where:

Bentley or Sarawak
This course may not be offered at all locations every year. Please contact us for more information on availability.

When:

February or July

How:

Full-time or part-time

Study:

On-campus

Duration:

4 years full-time

Fees (indicative first year only):

Unfortunately fee information is not available for this course at this time. Please check out our Fee Calculator for an estimation of course fees.
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2014 entry requirements:

Minimum English language entry requirements:

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

Cut-off scores

Qualification Score
GCE/STPM/HKALE (A-levels - best of three) 9
IB 28
Ontario Gr 12 (best of 6) 70
ATAR (including WACE/SACE/HCE/VCE) 80
WAUFP (CPS) 59
India 77%
Sri Lanka 10

Minimum academic entry requirements


Course prerequisites

Mathematics (including Calculus), Physics and Chemistry.

Where:

Bentley or Sarawak
This course may not be offered at all locations every year. Please contact us for more information on availability.

When:

February or July

How:

Full-time

Study:

On-campus

Duration:

4 years full-time

Fees for 2014:

Unfortunately fee information is not available for this course at this time. Please check out our Fee Calculator for an estimation of course fees.

2015 entry requirements:

Minimum English language entry requirements:

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

Cut-off scores

Qualification Score
GCE/STPM/HKALE (A-levels - best of three) 9
HKDSE 19
IB 28
Ontario Gr 12 (best of 6) 70
ATAR (including WACE/SACE/HCE/VCE) 80
WAUFP (CPS) 59
India 0.76
Sri Lanka 10

Minimum academic entry requirements


Course prerequisites

Mathematics (including calculus), physics and chemistry.

Where:

Bentley or Sarawak
This course may not be offered at all locations every year. Please contact us for more information on availability.

When:

February or July

How:

Full-time

Study:

On-campus

Duration:

4 years full-time

Fees for 2015:

Unfortunately fee information is not available for this course at this time. Please check out our Fee Calculator for an estimation of course fees.

Other notes:

Some courses are offered on a trimester basis or commence mid-year. Course majors and streams may vary across campuses. Contact the University for the most up-to-date information.


This page was last updated on 25 August 2014

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