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Chemical Engineering Major


Chemical Engineering is about the application of knowledge from understanding how materials and chemicals interact or how they can be converted in some way to a more useful form, as part of a processing, production or refining process.

Students will gain expertise in a number of chemical engineering fields including Process Systems Analysis, Chemical Thermodynamics, Environmental and Process Risk Management and Reaction Engineering, among others.

Special entry requirements

All applicants are required to have Chemistry ATAR, with equivalents considered.





Mount Lawley

South West (Bunbury)


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Major details

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate advanced knowledge of industrial control systems including the design of PLC based automation systems.
  2. Demonstrate advanced knowledge of process systems engineering, systems design and control system principles.
  3. Demonstrate advanced knowledge of reaction systems and the design of reactor configurations to achieve optimal flow, mixing, heat and mass transfer.
  4. Demonstrate advanced knowledge of system operations, modelling and optimisation methods for the purposes of performance enhancement of process operations.
  5. Demonstrate advanced knowledge of the principles of fluid dynamics and particle mechanics and their application to chemical processing.
  6. Demonstrate advanced knowledge of thermodynamic systems and heat and mass transfer systems relevant to chemical engineering.
  7. Demonstrate coherent and advanced knowledge of chemical engineering theory, technical application and research methods relevant to chemical engineering.

Professional recognition

Engineers Australia have Accredited this Major.

This professional recognition only applies when you study this Major in one of the following courses:



Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
ENM3218Fluid Mechanics15
ENS2115Process Engineering Fundamentals15
SCC1201Chemistry: Structure and Reactions15
ENS2116Process Systems Analysis15
ENS3553Signals and Systems15
SCC2211Organic Chemistry15
ENS5556Heat and Mass Transfer15
ENS3111Chemical Thermodynamics15
ENS3112Process Engineering Unit Operations15
ENS3113Reaction Engineering15
ENS5240Industrial Control15
ENS5209Process Control15
ENS5166Process Design15
ENS5561Minerals and Solids Processing15

Note: Students should check that they have completed the prerequisites for units in this major.

Employment Opportunities

Chemical engineers work in a wide range of domains from mineral processing, mining, and oil and gas, through to industries associated with clothing, food, packaging, fertilisers, pharmaceuticals and many other manufacturing and biological processes. In Western Australia many chemical engineers find career opportunities in the extensive mining, mineral processing and oil and gas industries that dominate the industrial profile of the state. Chemical Engineers play a central role in both the production, refining and down stream processing in these important resource-based industries.

This Major can be studied in the following courses


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