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We asked Natasha Ibanez from CRH plc to give some advice for people considering this job:


Natasha Ibanez

Mechanical Engineer

CRH plc

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  Natasha Ibanez
An education in Mechanical Engineering would be preferable. I would advise them to get as much diverse work experiences as possible, even if these jobs are not engineering related.

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Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

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Undergraduate awards typically reflect three to five years of study after secondary school and include Ordinary (Level 7) and Honours Bachelor Degrees and Higher Diplomas (Level 8's).

Undergraduate awards may be achieved directly or through a series of progression steps. Learners may choose to progress upwards from a Level 5 to a Level 6, Level 7 and finally a Level 8.

Undergraduate awards are awarded by the HETAC or Higher Education Institutes.

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3rd level Graduates are qualified for a wide range of occupations, and their education prepares them for roles involving specific skills, and for coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, computer programmers, teachers, chemists, environmental engineers, criminal investigators, and financial analysts.

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4 Years
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Years 1 and 2 provide a comprehensive grounding in all of the subjects required for a career as a professional chemical/biochemical engineer. 

Beginning in year 2 and continuing throughout year 3, you will gain knowledge in fluid mechanics and heat transfer, reaction engineering and mass transfer separation. 

In year 3 you will take part in Cooperative Education placement - a training period where you will work as a chemical/biochemical engineer on one or more project-related tasks within a company, enterprise or institution.

In year 4 you will undertake a design project, 

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LM115 - Chemical and Biochemical Engineering
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LM115 - Chemical and Biochemical Engineering
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Graduates may enter careers as professional engineers with any company, enterprise or institution involved with the practical application, development, research, manufacture of products, or provision of services that involve chemical or biochemical reactions and processes.

Typical careers might include;

  • Pharmaceutical/drug manufacture
  • Mineral extraction
  • Petro and Agro-chemicals
  • Food/Beverage production
  • Biorefineries
  • Environmental engineering
  • Biochemicals/biologics manufacture
  • Sustainable fuels/energy production
  • Porcessing of fine and heavy chemicals
  • Chemical energy conversion systems

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