A chemical engineering degree prepares you to advance nano-scale composites, pharmaceuticals, plastics, fibers, metals, and ceramics and to develop alternative energy systems, biomedical materials and therapies, and strategies that minimize the environmental impact of technological advancements.
Students obtain skills in analyzing traditional chemical engineering unit operations and systems as well as understanding underlying principles and measurement techniques associated with the core of a chemical engineering process. They design chemical engineering processes within specified constraints that involve one or more process units, assembly and disassembly of components and they identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems and validate their solutions with self-consistency checks and well-designed experiments. Students use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice: MATLAB, EXCEL, CHEMCAD, and LABVIEW. Students become skilled and hands-on at the lab, bench, and larger scales, and will be able to utilize commonly encountered equipment ranging from tri-clover fittings to Brookfield viscometers.
Program facilities equipment
Chemical Engineering Unit Operations Lab:
Chemical engineering students integrate chemistry training with expertise in fluid flow and heat transfer to enable the scale-up of test-tube chemistry to full-scale processes that meet society’s needs. The Unit Operations Lab provides students with hands-on training with processes and equipment they will encounter in industry. This lab is the home to two 6 hours per week courses in the chemical engineering curriculum and consists of a series of small pieces of equipment/measurement devices that are modules to serve small groups of students. Here, students work with pumps, valves, pressure sensors, flow meters, temperature sensors, heat exchangers, viscometers, spectrometers, and other key components of industrial processes. Ultimately, students become proficient at assembling delivery systems as well as equipment essential to the scale-up of chemical systems. Chemical Engineering Processes Lab (Fall, 4th-year students), students work with major process equipment and integrate their knowledge from fundamental and applied chemical engineering courses to gain an in-depth comprehension of reaction and separation processes. These processes include distillation, absorption, adsorption, continuous and batch reactors, and ultrafiltration.
Program job titles reported
Chemical Process Engineer; Manufacturing Engineer; Process Engineer; Project Engineer; Quality Engineer; Reliability Engineer; Semiconductor Engineer; Process Control Engineer; Environmental Engineer; Systems Engineer; Manufacturing Engineer
Program significant points
- 41% of chemical engineering students are women
- 60% of all chemical engineering students are on the Deans List
- Before a student’s first co-op, students are fully capable of assembling delivery systems, taking apart and re-assembling pumps, and know how to use Brookfield Viscometers. They also have training in the basics of rheology.
Select program hiring partners
Appvion, Barry-Wehmiller Design Group, Inc., Bausch & Lomb, Boston Beer Company, Briggs of Burton, Bristol Myers Squibb, Canon Virginia, Inc., Corning Incorporated, Eastman Kodak Company, Global Tungsten and Powders, Northrop Grumman, OLEDWorks, ON Semiconductor, Optima Chemical, Precision Cast Parts, Rich Products, RoviSys, Samsung Austin Semiconductor, Sun Chemical Corp, The Hershey Company
|Outcome||% of Students|
|Full-time Graduate Study||28.00%|
What’s different about RIT’s engineering education? It’s the opportunity to complete engineering co-ops and internships with top companies in every single industry. You’ll earn more than a degree. You’ll gain real-world career experience that sets you apart.
Cooperative education, or co-op for short, is full-time, paid work experience in your field of study. And it sets RIT graduates apart from their competitors. It’s exposure–early and often–to a variety of professional work environments, career paths, and industries. RIT co-op is designed for your success.
Students in the chemical engineering degree are required to complete four blocks (48 weeks) of cooperative education. This work experience, coupled with the professional networks created by our students and alumni, often translates into job opportunities after graduation. Additionally, for those students who develop an interest in research and demonstrate aptitude in the classroom, a limited number of co-op opportunities are possible in which students will work alongside professors as they conduct research in the chemical engineering field.