College of Engineering
Engineering is a very large profession. Almost two
million people are employed in this country as engineers, and the field will continue
to expand as long as there are technical problems to solve. Engineers are
people who invent new products and make things work better, more efficiently,
quicker and less expensively. They turn ideas into reality.
Engineers have a variety of career possibilities
from which to choose and may specialize in research, consulting, planning, design,
manufacturing, construction, management, teaching, writing, or sales. Engineering
graduates have excellent prospects for finding employment in private industry,
government, military service, or academia.
Engineers receive rigorous training in the basic
sciences, mathematics, and the engineering disciplines. Students choose to major
in chemical, civil, computer, electrical, environmental, or mechanical engineering.
While pursuing their undergraduate degrees, students also have opportunities to
participate in undergraduate research with the faculty or to gain work experience
through engineering internships and cooperative employment with industry.
For further information about engineering, contact
the Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Advisement, College of Engineering, 141 P.S.
DuPont Hall, 302-831-8659.
Chemical engineers turn new advances in chemistry,
materials science, and biology into large scale practical realities in the everyday
world. Chemical engineers are directly or indirectly responsible for the production
of the fuel we burn and the food we eat, for the purification of water and air,
and for the recovery and use of raw materials. They ensure the efficient operation
of industrial plants and create new chemical processes in a continual effort to
get the most from our limited supply of natural resources.
The study of chemical engineering has traditionally
relied upon concepts drawn from mathematics, chemistry, and physics. The concern
with biotechnology, biochemical engineering, and environmental issues has led
students to include the life sciences as well in their programs. As a result,
it is an attractive major for students with a wide range of scientific interests
and lends itself to specialization at a later time. This broad scientific background
provides the basis not only for employment in the traditional chemical process
industries, but for constructive and innovative approaches to ecology, energy
and conservation, the production of pharmaceuticals using genetically engineered
organisms, and such areas as the development of artificial organs for humans from
biologically compatible tissue. A number of students use the broad technological
basis of this curriculum to prepare for graduate work in areas of medicine, law
and business which require the scientific application of ideas.
For further information, contact the Associate
Chair for Undergraduate Studies, 237A Colburn Lab, 302-831-8905.
Career Caveat: Engineering
One of the frequent tendencies that students in
technical disciplines have is to inextricably link their career possibilities
with their academic major. They seldom realize that a major is largely an administratively
convenient tool used by a college or university to categorize students.
There is not always an obvious parallel between
your engineering major and an occupational field. In the same way that accountants
are used as computer information systems analysts along with those having computer
science backgrounds, engineers work in capacities other than hands-on engineering.
Said in another way, just as the same job can be filled with individuals from
a variety of academic backgrounds, so individuals with the same major can qualify
for many different jobs.
While the realization that more career options are
open to you as a technical major than you previously were aware of can be uplifting,
it also poses the dilemma of identifying and narrowing down the appropriate options.
To remedy this confusion, it is helpful to approach your career selection in terms
of the types of functions you wish to perform within an organization. An example
might be a mechanical engineer who determines that he/she would like to function
in a sales or marketing capacity instead of in a manufacturing role due to his/her
interests, persuasive skills, and outgoing personality.
Job titles differ from industry to industry
and company to company. Because job classifications are not standardized,
trying to determine your fit among seemingly endless lists of titles can
be very confusing and frustrating. Thinking of jobs in functional terms
provides a way of organizing the multitude of job titles you will encounter
in company literature and employment ads. Thinking in terms of functions
will, therefore, allow you to clearly indicate to potential employers exactly
what you want to do regardless of what the job title is.
Research and Development: Designs and performs
experiments and interprets the data obtained. Invents and creates new ways of
developing products, controlling pollution, reducing safety and health hazards,
and conserving natural resources.
Design and Construction (Project Engineers):
Designs and constructs chemical manufacturing facilities. After construction they
may assist in equipment testing, operator training and plant start-up.
Operations/Production: Responsible for the
day-to-day operation of a manufacturing facility. Primary interest is in the economic
and safe production of a product.
Technical Sales: Introduces new products
to customers and assesses why some products do better than others in the market
Environmental and Waste Management: Devises
techniques to recover usable materials from waste products. Develops methods to
reduce the pollution created during the manufacturing of a product. Designs waste
storage and treatment facilities as well as pollution control strategies for plant
Check the Dictionary of Occupational Titles
under section 008 for additional related careers.
- Participate in Internships,
Field Experience Placements and Alumni Mentor Network.
- Sample UD Field Experiences: The Proctor and Gamble Company, DuPont Company,
Some Employers of Chemical Engineering Majors
* chemical industry
* federal and state government
* cosmetic companies
* plastic manufacturers
* environmental industry
* petroleum companies
* food processing companies
* agricultural chemical companies
Other Sources of Information
American Association of Engineering Societies
American Chemical Society
American Institute of Chemical Engineers
Chemical and Engineering News
Chemical Engineers' Resource Page
Graduating Engineer Online
Jobs in Engineering
My Perfect Gig (job listings)
National Society of Black Engineers
Society of Women Engineers
The Riley Guide
Resources for Finding Employment
Found at the Career Services Center's Career Library (first floor):
Further information including: Skills to Develop, Strategies
for Contacting Employers, Grad School Information and where to get assistance
is available in the CAREER LIBRARY located at 401
Last updated: December 15, 2011 (CH)