Chemical Engineering Universities in Pakistan

Chemical engineering is the branch of engineering that deals with physical science and life sciences relating them with mathematics and economics, to the process of converting raw materials or chemicals into more useful or valuable forms. In addition, modern chemical engineers also deal with extracting valuable materials and related techniques which are often essential to fields such as nanotechnology, fuel cells and biomedical engineering.
Within chemical engineering, two broad subgroups are usually classified. These include;

1) Design, manufacture, and operation of chemical plants and machinery in industrial and chemical processes. Engineers related to this subgroup are called Chemical ‘Process’ Engineers.
2) Development of new or adapted substances for products that include but are not limited to foods, beverages, cosmetics and pharmaceutical ingredients, among many other products. Engineers that supervise their production are termed Chemical ‘Product’ Engineers.

According to a definition from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, “Chemical Engineers develop economic ways of using materials and energy” as opposed to chemists who are more interested in the basic composition of materials. Chemical engineers use chemistry and engineering to convert raw materials into useful products, such as medicine, petrochemicals and plastics. They are sometimes also involved in waste management and environmental sciences

Chemical Engineering Universities in Pakistan

Below is a list of universities recognized by PEC for Chemical Engineering taken from http://www.pec.org.pk/schedule_first.aspx.

  • School of Chemical and Materials Engineering, Islamabad (National University of Sciences and Technology, Islamabad)
  • COMSATS Institute of Information Technology Islamabad (Lahore Campus)
  • Institute of Chemical Engineering and Technology, Lahore
  • NFC Institute of Engineering & Fertilizer Research, Faisalabad
  •  NFC Institute of Engineering and Technological Training, Multan
  • University of Engineering and Technology
  • University of Gujrat, Gujrat
  • Dawood College of Engineering and Technology, Karachi Campus
  • Mehran University of Engineering and Technology, Jamshoro
  • NED University of Engineering and Technology, Karachi
  • Balochistan University of Information Technology, Engineering and Management Sciences, Quetta

Job Scope

Although not a very popular field in Pakistan, chemical engineering has vast avenues in research and production abroad. A chemical engineer may be involved in industrial research where they are tasked in designing and performing experiments and acquiring data to create better ways of production, controlling pollution, conserving resources and increasing the safety of these processes. They may be involved in designing and in the maintenance of plants as a project engineer. In this field, the chemical engineer usually makes the process more efficient by selecting plant equipment and the optimum method of production to minimize costs and increase profitability. Major local industries in Pakistan that recruit chemical engineers include Engro, P&G, Unilever, Fauji Fertilizers, Fatima Fertilizers, Pepsico etc.

Main Subjects

Chemical Engineering includes the following major subjects.

• Applied Chemistry –practical use of chemistry theory
• Particle Technology – handling of particulate materials
• Engineering Materials – Study of properties of raw materials
• Thermodynamics – Study of heat and its interaction with energy
• Chemical Process Industries – Deals with chemical reactions employed in industries
• Mechanical Separations – Separating mixtures with mechanical screening
• Energy Engineering – Energy efficiency and energy management
• Chemical Reaction Engineering – Controlling chemical reaction processes
• Biochemical Engineering – Study of chemical reactions in living organisms
• Industrial Instrumentation – Study of measurement through tooling

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