Chemical and Materials Processing is at the heart of fabrication and design for every commercial-scale product that is manufactured, as well as the processing work fundamental to sectors like mining and extraction.
At UNSW Science, you will develop the skills and knowledge to kick start your career in Chemical and Materials Processing. People employed in the Chemical and Materials Processing industries design and oversee a huge range of industrial functions that are used to develop and make new products and to improve on product design.
The Chemical and Materials Processing professions research the processes that go into developing the physical properties of materials such as ceramics, polymers, metals and organic substances that make up finished products. As well as trying to find new and sustainable uses for existing materials, manufacturing industries rely on Chemical and Materials scientists to innovate for efficiency improvements in existing processes.
Sustainability in Chemical and Materials Processing
Sustainable Processing Engineers help to reduce our ever-growing pollution problems by developing and modifying new materials that may replace non-biodegradable materials currently in use. Sustainable materials processing, particularly of our mineral resources, is vital to the long term future of Australia and the international industry.
Energy and Electronics Engineers study green energy, an increasingly fundamental concern in our society of limited resources. Materials at UNSW is at the forefront of developing environmentally friendly and safe solar hydrogen generation systems.
Careers in Chemical & Material Processing
Manufacturing and processing industries currently display stable growth. However, finding new and better ways of improving materials processes are skills that are increasingly in demand.
A career in this area can be lucrative and is highly specialised. You'll need a deep understanding of science fundamentals: Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics.
Depending on the nature of the industry, you may need to hone your science fundamentals with specialisations in areas such as Biochemical Engineering, Computing, Law, Business and Finance or Policy Studies through combined degree programs such as Chemical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering or Commerce.
Many successful professionals in the field also go on to do postgraduate study in a specialised area, such as the Master of Materials Technology, a degree unique to UNSW. Many Chemical and Material professionals join professional bodies, such as The Institution of Chemical Engineers or Engineers Australia where you’ll receive training, support, accreditation and representation to engineers around the world. You’ll also have access to events, professional development opportunities and award programs.
- Product/Process Development Scientist
- Analytical Chemist
- Energy Manager
- Production Manager
- Quality Manager
- Patent specialists
- Forensic scientists
- Formulation chemists
- Product developers