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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.



Availability & Campus

JO - Joondalup BU - South West ML - Mount Lawley OL - Online

Professional Recognition



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
ENS3115Unit Operations and Process Design Fundamentals15
ENS3113Reaction Engineering15
ENS5240Industrial Control15
ENS5209Process Control15
ENS5270Engineering Process Design15
ENS5561Minerals and Solids Processing15

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

For more detailed unit information for this Major take a look at our Handbook. To organise your life for next semester visit the Semester timetable.

Student handbook


Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply systematic engineering synthesis and design processes to conduct and manage chemical engineering projects, with some intellectual independence.
  2. Demonstrate a global outlook and knowledge of contextual factors impacting the chemical engineering discipline, including respect for cultural diversity and indigenous cultural competence.
  3. Demonstrate advanced knowledge of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and in depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the chemical engineering discipline.
  4. Demonstrate clear and coherent oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.
  5. Demonstrate conceptual understanding of the mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics and computer and information sciences which underpin the chemical engineering discipline and fluently apply engineering techniques, tools and resources.
  6. Demonstrate effective team membership and team leadership to implement engineering projects according to relevant standards of ethical conduct, sustainable practice and professional accountability.
  7. Demonstrate responsibility for own learning, professional judgement and an understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice.
  8. Think critically, and apply established engineering methods and research skills to complex chemical engineering problem solving.

Career Opportunities

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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