Chemical & Process Engineering

Chemical Engineering is about transforming raw materials or chemicals into more valuable forms – such as goods and services demanded by consumers.

This involves the design, construction and maintenance of processes involving such transformations, often on a large or industrial scale.

Studying in this area includes learning about the discovery of new materials and related production techniques.

NZ university majors related to this area

Though in the same subject area, they may be very different.

Examples of career opportunities

Most entail additional learning (lifelong learning!).

  • Chemical engineer
  • Chemical and process engineer
  • Industrial production manager
  • Materials scientist
  • Petroleum engineer
  • Research scientist
  • Research assistant
  • Process technician
  • Laboratory technician
  • Science teacher
  • Chemistry teacher
  • Technology teacher
  • Academic

Income and employment prospects


160% of national
median earnings


Further study
Other or unknown

Figures based on young domestic graduates 5 years after graduation. Source: Ministry of Education.

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