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CHEMICAL ENGINEERING

Chemical Engineers are trained to use chemistry, physics, biology, and engineering principles to solve real-world problems, whether they involve energy, medicine, nanotechnology or sustainability. They develop, design, and control processes and products that involve molecular change.

COURSE SELECTION

Freshman

  • Familiarize yourself with engineering requirements and explore interest areas
  • Complete pre-engineering courses

Sophomore

  • Maintain a strong GPA, seek academic support early and often
  • Consider a minor and/or specialization
  • Complete gateway courses

Junior

  • Begin taking courses for specialization and/or minor
  • Complete gateway courses

Senior

  • Complete your credit check the semester before graduation
  • Complete remaining major courses
  • Complete courses for specialization and/or minor

ASK FOR ASSISTANCE

Freshman

  • Meet with Academic Advisors every semester before registration
  • Talk to professors about specific areas of interest
  • If considering the health professions, meet with Pre-Health Advisors in COSAM
  • Seek help from tutors: Omega Chi Epsilon, ESS tutoring, study partners, and academic coaching
  • Attend SI Sessions if available
  • Visit the Engineering CDCR to discuss majors of interest and begin career planning

Sophomore

  • Form study groups with class mates. Seek Academic Support for free resources such as Study Partners, Supplemental Instruction, and academic coaching
  • Meet with the Engineering CDCR to help you build a resume, learn about internships, and complete your Handshake profile

Junior

  • Meet with the Engineering CDCR to explore companies, update your resume, and gain customized career assistance
  • Attend career development opportunities offered by the Chemical Engineering Alumni Council
  • If considering the health professions, continue to meet with Pre-Health Advisors in COSAM. Consider registration for entrance exams such as the MCAT, PCAT, DAT, etc.

Senior

  • Meet with the Engineering CDCR to explore career opportunities and for assistance with strategies for your full-time job search
  • Attend career development opportunities offered by the Chemical Engineering Alumni Council
  • Pre-Health students should prepare PPAC materials with a Pre-Health Advisor

GAIN EXPERIENCE

Freshman

  • Volunteer with American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and other engineering organizations or join the CHEN Car Team
  • Identify someone in a professional position of interest to you. Conduct an informational interview with them to learn about what they do
  • Look for job shadowing opportunities in your areas of interest
  • Explore the Co-Op Program. Co-Op orientation take place during the first 3 weeks of each semester.

Sophomore

  • Intern and/or participate in Co-Op to add valuable work experience to your resume.
  • Explore Study Abroad opportunities
  • Explore undergraduate research. Learn more through Engineering Undergraduate Research and University Undergraduate Research. Talk to faculty and advisors for guidance
  • Attend Fall and Spring Career Fairs
  • Create a LinkedIn account and profile to increase your visibility to potential employers

Junior

  • Continue with Co-Op or Internships
  • Attend Fall and Spring Career Fairs
  • If you are considering graduate school, start studying and take the GRE. Get involved with undergraduate research projects and explore publication opportunities. Attend the Graduate and Professional School Fair
  • Use LinkedIn to identify alumni who can assist you in your job search

Senior

  • Attend Fall and Spring Career Fairs
  • Conduct site visits to organizations of interest
  • Continue gaining experience through co-op, internships, part-time jobs, or job shadowing that will assist you during interviews for full-time employment

GET INVOLVED

Freshman

  • Check out AU Involve and Engineering organizations to identify groups of interest
  • Join AIChE, Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry (TAPPI), and Alpha Epsilon Delta (AED) to learn more about the major, meet other students, and engage with professionals

Sophomore

  • Consider leadership roles in organizations you are currently involved in
  • Join the Car Team or other engineering focus groups
  • Continue involvement in an organization where you can develop your interests, build social connections, and enhance your resume

Junior

  • Attain leadership roles in AIChE, TAPPI, AED and other University-wide organizations
  • Become a student member in professional organizations related to your major
  • Network with alumni and other professionals through industry organizations

Senior

  • Attend AIChE conferences and submit proposals to present your work
  • Begin to use the connections you made through campus involvement and alumni networking to begin your full-time job search

SAMPLE JOB TITLES

Refining Chemical Engineer
Minimum Education: B.Ch.E.
Entry Level Salary Range: $77K - $90K

Process Engineer
Minimum Education: B.Ch.E.
Entry Level Salary Range: $52.9K - $70.8K

Petroleum Engineer
Minimum Education: B.Ch.E.
Entry Level Salary Range: $61.5K – 99.6K