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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.

Auburn Department of Chemical Engineering
Auburn Chemical Engineering Alumni Council
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SAMPLE JOB TITLES

Refining Chemical Engineer
Minimum Education: B.Ch.E.
Entry Level Salary Range: $60K - $100K
Average Entry Level Salary: $78K

Process Engineer
Minimum Education: B.Ch.E.
Entry Level Salary Range: $55 - $100K
Average Entry Level Salary: $72K

Petroleum Engineer
Minimum Education: B.Ch.E.
Entry Level Salary Range: $56K - $111K
Average Entry Level Salary: $87K

*Salary ranges and averages refer to entry level roles in the United States provided by Glassdoor.com and PayScale.com.

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RECRUITING COMPANIES

  • BASF
  • Chevron
  • Dow
  • Emerson
  • ExxonMobil
  • Eastman Chemical
  • Evonik
  • Georgia Pacific
  • International Paper
  • Maverick
  • Nalco
  • SABIC
  • Southern Company

This list is a sampling of companies, not reflective of all organizations who recruit AU Chemical Engineers.

NATIONAL PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS

  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
  • Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES)
  • National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NBCChE)
  • Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry (TAPPI)

ALUMNI STORIES

BUILD YOUR RESUME

Your Career Roadmap

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Develop key Career Readiness skills
  • Join AIChE, NBCChE, TAPPI, and/or other professional student organizations related to your interests
  • If you are considering a career in the health professions, schedule an appointment with an Advisor in the Pre-Health Advising Office. Consider joining Alpha Epsilon Delta (AED) or other pre-health student organizations
  • Get to know alumni and professionals in your area of career interest
  • Attend the Engineering and Technology Career Fair and/or the Graduate and Professional School Fair
  • Gain experience through internships, co-op, volunteer opportunities, and/or part-time jobs
  • Gain research experience by working on faculty projects or as a student employee