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Ghani Khan Choudhury Institute of Engineering and Technology

  A Centrally Funded Technical Institute(CFTI) under Ministry of Human Resource Development
 Govt of India

Department of Chemical Engineering

After schooling, mostly everyone follow the same routine, i.e taking up any of the +2 courses, continuing their studies up to graduation or post graduation; or taking an entrance exam to get admission into medical/ engineering or any other professional field. But for those who are not too keen on taking up +2 after 10th standard, but want to get basic training skills in a trade, they have an option of taking up technical education provided by Industrial training institutes. Nowadays people are becoming more aware about the scope for technical education. The need for skilled personnel in various technical fields is increasing day by day, due to the changing economic and industrial scenario of the world. In India, the demand for man power labour has grown exponentially, by the rapid invasion of factories, ports and ships which results in the rise of numerous technical jobs. Here comes the significance of technical education which plays a vital role in creating skilled manpower for industries. Technical education is a diverse field providing courses and trades in the areas of engineering, technology, management, architecture, town planning, pharmacy, applied arts and crafts, hotel management, catering technology etc. Industrial Training Institutes are pioneers in the field of technical education which provide support i.e basic skills to an individual to become self reliant in the trade they choose. Industrial Training Institutes are government-run organisations whereas operating under the general guidance of the Directorate General of Employment and Training (DGET), Ministry of Labour & Employment, Union government of India. Courses in these institutes are designed to impart technical knowledge to the youngsters and offers training in engineering and non- engineering technical fields, such as in trades like electrician, machinist, fitter, plumber, turner, welder, refrigeration and air conditioning mechanic, computer hardware etc.


Global industry size is around USD 3 trillion. European Union and US are biggest export and import market. Petrochemical production capacity is concentrated around Asia followed by North America. Growth in demand for chemicals in developing countries is high leading to substantial cross-border investment in the chemical sector. Availability of feedstock and significant cost advantage has led to development of large industrial complexes in Middle East.


  • The Indian Chemical Industry forms the backbone of the industrial and agricultural development of India and provides building blocks for downstream industries. The chemical industry which includes, as per National Industrial Classification, basic chemicals and its products, petrochemicals, fertilizers, paints and varnishes, gases, soaps, perfumes, toiletries and pharmaceuticals is one of the most diversified of all industrial sectors covering thousands of commercial products. Chemical Engineers use their creative ability and technical training to turn discoveries in the laboratory into safe and affordable processes for products that help to maintain a clean environment into a modern society. Facts of Indian Chemical Industry: –  13% of the total export. –  13% of the total industrial output and 7% of the GDP. –  10-12% growth per annum. –  2% of global chemical industry. –  Indian Pharmaceutical Industry ranks 45h in Volume and –  13th in term of value in the world. –  India a strong player in the generic pharmaceutical market. –  India  2nd largest producer of agrochemicals in Asia.


Chemical engineers research, design, and develop chemical processes and equipment, oversee the operation and maintenance of industrial chemical, plastics, pharmaceutical, resource, pulp and paper, and food processing plants and perform duties related to chemical quality control, environmental protection and biochemical or biotechnical engineering. Chemical engineers are employed in a wide range of manufacturing and processing industries, consulting firms, government, research and educational institutions.


After completing the engineering trading course in Industrial Training Institutes, one can go for higher studies like diploma in engineering. There are also specialized short-term courses for certain trades, offered in Advanced Training Institutes (ATI’s), which enhances the skills of candidates. Most industries/ companies accept Industrial Training Institute graduates only as apprentices and they train them for a period of 6 months to 1-2 years, depending on the company. They may be considered suitable for employment only after the training period. Based on the trade opted, Industrial Training Institute qualified candidates can apply for jobs in the private sector and public sector. Besides these, Industrial Training Institute passed out candidates can find self employment by setting up their own garage, winding shops, fabrication shops etc.


Employment opportunities for Chemical Engineer are visualized in following industries at various levels/positions: Chemical and Allied Industries like o Fertilizer industry o Petroleum refinery and petrochemical industry o Oil and Natural Gas Corporation o Steel plant o Cement plant o Cosmetic industry o Sugar industry o Mineral industry o Pulp and Paper industry o Food processing industry o Consumer goods industry etc.

Polymer industry o Food industry o Agro industry o Leather industry o Pharmaceutical industry o Distilleries o Paint and dye industry o Rubber industry o Soap & detergent industry o Textile industry etc. In various functional areas like erection and commissioning of plant, plant operation, production, maintenance and safety, quality control, inspection and testing, marketing and sales, consultancy services and areas concerning environmental protection. Research Organizations like CSIR laboratories, Defence laboratories, Atomic energy establishments etc. Entrepreneurs to small/tiny units especially food, agro and chemical industries.

Example (Titles/ levels/positions)

Adhesives Engineer Biochemical and Biotechnical Engineer Biochemical Development Engineer Biochemical Engineer Biotechnical Engineer Biotechnology Engineer Chemical Engineer, Design and Development Chemical Engineer, Environmental Chemical Engineer, Production Chemical Engineer, Research Chemical Process Engineer Chief Chemical Engineer Chief Process Engineer Coatings Engineer, Chemical Electrochemical Engineer Engineer, Adhesives Engineer, Biotechnology Engineer, Chemical Processes Engineer, Coatings Engineer, Industrial Hygiene Engineer, Pulp and Paper Engineer, Refinery Engineer, Waste Treatment Environmental Chemical Engineer Environmental Engineer, Chemical Explosives Engineer Fuels Engineer Industrial Hygiene Engineer Industrial Waste Treatment Engineer Liquid Fuels Engineer Petrochemical Engineer Petroleum Refinery Process Engineer Pipeline Transport Engineer Plastics Engineer Polymer Engineer Process Control Engineer, Chemical Process Engineer, Petroleum Refinery Project Engineer, Chemical Pulp and Paper Engineer, Chemical Refinery Engineer Waste Treatment Engineer


It would take too long to list all the products that are impacted by chemical engineers, but knowing what industries employ them may help you comprehend the scope of their work. Chemical engineers work in manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, design and construction, pulp and paper, petrochemicals, food processing, specialty chemicals, microelectronics, electronic and advanced materials, polymers, business services, biotechnology, and environmental health and safety industries, among others. Within these industries, chemical engineers rely on their knowledge of mathematics and science, particularly chemistry, to overcome technical problems safely and economically. And, of course, they draw upon and apply their engineering knowledge to solve any technical challenges they encounter. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that chemical engineers only make things, though. Their expertise is also applied in the areas of law, education, publishing, finance, and medicine, as well as in many other fields that require technical training. Specifically, chemical engineers improve food processing techniques, and methods of producing fertilizers, to increase the quantity and quality of available food. They also construct the synthetic fibers that make our clothes more comfortable and water resistant; they develop methods to mass-produce drugs, making them more affordable; and they create safer, more efficient methods of refining petroleum products, making energy and chemical sources more productive and cost effective. Chemical engineers also develop solutions to environmental problems, such as pollution control and remediation. And yes, they process chemicals, which are used to make or improve just about everything you see around you. Chemical engineers face many of the same challenges that other professionals face, and they meet these challenges by applying their technical knowledge, communication and teamwork skills; the most up-to-date practices available; and hard work. Benefits include financial reward, recognition within industry and society, and the gratification that comes from working with the processes of nature to meet the needs of society.


Chemical engineers perform some or all of the following duties: Conduct economic and technical feasibility studies in areas related to chemical, petroleum, pulp and paper, food or other processing industries Conduct research into the development or improvement of chemical engineering processes, reactions and materials Evaluate chemical process technology and equipment and determine production specifications Design and test chemical processing and associated plants and equipment Oversee the construction, modification, operation and maintenance of pilot plants, processing units or processing plants Establish and conduct quality control programs, operating procedures and control strategies to ensure consistency and adherence to standards for raw materials, products and waste products or emissions Prepare contract documents and evaluate tenders for the process aspects of industrial construction Supervise technicians, technologists and other engineers May work in an administrative capacity, for example, in the development of guidelines and specifications for the handling of dangerous chemicals, environmental protection, or standards for foods, materials and consumer goods. Chemical engineers may specialize in the products and processes of a particular industry such as pulp and paper manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, petroleum refining, energy processing, plastics, metal extraction and refining, or adhesives and coatings production. They may also specialize in functional areas of various industries such as process control, pollution control or fermentation processes.


Chemical engineering is a discipline influencing numerous areas of technology. In broad terms, chemical engineers conceive and design processes to produce, transform and transport materials beginning with experimentation in the laboratory followed by implementation of the technology in full-scale production. Chemical engineers are in great demand because of the large number of industries that depend on the synthesis and processing of chemicals and materials. In addition to traditional careers in the chemical, energy and oil industries, chemical engineers enjoy increasing opportunities in biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, electronic device fabrication and environmental engineering. The unique training of the chemical engineer becomes essential in these areas when processes involve the chemical or physical transformation of matter. For example, chemical engineers working in the chemical industry investigate the creation of new polymeric materials with important electrical, optical or mechanical properties. This requires attention not only to the synthesis of the polymer, but also to the flow and forming processes necessary to create a final product. In biotechnology,chemical engineers help design production facilities that use microorganisms and enzymes to synthesize new drugs. Problems in environmental engineering that engage chemical engineers include the development of processes (catalytic converters, effluent treatment facilities) to minimize the release of or deactivate products harmful to the environment. To do these jobs, the chemical engineer must have a complete and quantitative understanding of both the engineering and scientific principles underlying these technological processes. This is reflected in the curriculum of the Chemical Engineering Department, which includes the study of applied mathematics, material and energy balances, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, energy and mass transfer, separations technologies, chemical reaction kinetics and reactor design, and process design. These courses are built on a foundation in the sciences of chemistry, physics and biology.


The modern discipline of chemical engineering encompasses much more than just process engineering. Chemical engineers are now engaged in the development and production of a diverse range of products, as well as in commodity and specialty chemicals. These products include high performance materials needed for aerospace, automotive, biomedical, electronic, environmental, and space and military applications. Examples include ultra-strong fibers, fabrics, adhesives and composites for vehicles, bio-compatible materials for implants and prosthetics, gels for medical applications, pharmaceuticals, and films with special dielectric, optical, or spectroscopic properties for opto-electronic devices. Additionally, chemical engineering is often intertwined with biology and biomedical engineering. Many chemical engineers work on biological projects such as understanding biopolymers (proteins) and mapping the human genome.


The scope and dynamics of the chemical industry are important considerations for those planning industrial careers in chemistry and chemical technology. This course provides an inside look at the wide variety of products generated by the U.S. chemical industry within the dynamics of a world economy, changing governmental regulations, increasing awareness of environmental health and safety issues, and changing technologies. This course lends an appreciation of the business decisions made by the chemical industry that funds research and development, as well as providing students with knowledge of the role of the chemical technician in the chemical process industry.


A laboratory-based course designed for those seeking careers in chemical technology, this course provides the theory to understand investigations of separation science, chemical analysis, and measurement. Students are challenged by advanced troubleshooting problems and real-world client-employee scenarios encountered by chemical technicians in the chemical process industry. Topics include electrochemical and potentiometric measurements, advanced separation techniques, and chemical analysis of water and biochemical systems, applications and theory behind gas chromatography and high performance liquid chromatography, and selection and application of standard methods. Advanced topics of chemical health and safety (e.g., hazardous materials management and regulatory compliance) and advanced issues of good laboratory practices (GLPs) are included.


Second in a series of two laboratory-based courses designed for those seeking careers in chemical technology, this course involves investigations of separation science, chemical analysis, and measurement. Students are challenged by advanced troubleshooting problems and real-world scenarios encountered by chemical technicians in the chemical process industry. Topics include electrochemical and potentiometric measurements, advanced separation techniques, chemical analysis of water and biochemical systems, applications and theory behind gas chromatography and high performance liquid chromatography, and selection and application of standard methods. Advanced topics of chemical health and safety (e.g., hazardous materials management and regulatory compliance) and advanced issues of good laboratory practices (GLPs) included.


Provides a workplace experience to bridge the gap between theory and classroom preparation with actual practices used in the workplace. By carrying out workplace assignments in area industry, government, or private laboratories, students gain increased access to state-of-the-art technology and are provided opportunities for enhancing skills. Offered as either an internship or cooperative learning experience, this course is designed for students seeking degrees in chemical technology.

Program Details

Certificate Chemical Technology 2 Years 30