Small class size enabled tailoring of content to participants. The course explained most chemical scenarios using just a few tools, uncomplicating the issues.- Sydney 2016 View all testimonials

Chemical Engineering for non-Chemical Engineers

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Learn how Chemical Engineers approach and solve problems.  This course will help you to understand the principles of chemical engineering and to develop an appreciation of the role of chemical engineers in fields like water supply and treatment, biomolecular engineering, environmental engineering and nanotechnology.  

The aim of this course is to introduce some of the most important concepts in chemical enigneering to non-chemical engineers, through an introduction to the technical, professional and ethical skills that they develop in their training. This will be done through lectures and workshop activities.  This is a practical course and participants will have opportunities to apply the material covered in industrial applications.


Day 1

  • What is chemical engineering ?
  • An introduction to the profession and the modern process industries
  • Core systems approach to Chemical Engineering problems: Material and energy balances

Day 2:  Core Technical Skills

  • Heat and mass transfer – why does heat and mass transfer occur ?  How do we exploit this in process systems ?
  • Fluid flow – how do fluids flow ? how do we size pumps ?
  • Reaction engineering  - how do we engineer reactions for our benefit ?

Day 3:  Advanced Skills

  • Separation processes (e.g. distillation, absorption, membranes)
  • Process control
  • Chemical thermodynamics
  • Sustainability and health & safety


  • Course notes and CD-ROM
  • Opportunities to apply the material covered to a number of industrial applications
  • Access to two leading chemical engineering practitioners, both of whom have received prestigious teaching awards


Engineers, scientists, consultants and researchers who do not have a degree in chemical engineering but want an introduction of the fundamentals of chemical engineering.  Participants should at least have completed chemistry at a senior secondary level and have an undergraduate degree in either engineering, science or associated studies.

Tony Howes
David Shallcross