Chemical Engineering for Other Engineers

Topic Process Operations

CPD Hours 20.5


A version of this course is also available online – view details >>

This course is intended for engineers from non-chemical backgrounds who want to improve the breadth and depth of their chemical engineering knowledge. It reveals the mind-set of chemical engineering, examining the core concepts and key features of the discipline. Particular emphasis will be placed on conveying the concepts of chemistry that underpin the design and operation of many unit operations, including reactor design and separation processes.  

This is an interactive course, involving problem-based learning techniques to convey key concepts.

Are you a scientist? Our Chemical Engineering for Scientists course may be more suitable.

Learning outcomes

The course will help you to take on a professional role that involves aspects of chemical engineering and enable you to communicate and collaborate more effectively with chemical and process engineers.

It will help you to understand:

  • the factors that distinguish chemical engineers from other engineers
  • the essential principles of chemistry, and how to apply them to solve simple problems
  • the operating principles for the common unit operations
  • the concept of mass and energy balances and how to solve simple problems
  • the principles of heat, mass, and momentum transfer, and how to solve simple problems
  • the principles of reactor design
  • conceptual process design and flow-sheeting
  • key aspects of process control
  • the various approaches to process safety
  • the concept of process equipment scale-up and how to apply this to simple problems.

Who will benefit

  • Mechanical engineers
  • Production engineers
  • Control engineers
  • Civil engineers
  • Instrumentation engineers
  • Electrical engineers
  • Safety engineers
  • Maintenance engineers
  • Plant engineers
  • Project engineers
  • Technicians
  • Operators

Mapped against UK-SPEC competencies A, B and E: 

  • A. Knowledge and understanding

    • For Chartered Engineers: ‘Use a combination of general and specialist engineering knowledge and understanding to optimize the application of existing and emerging technology’.
    • For Incorporated Engineers: ‘Use a combination of general and specialist mechanical engineering knowledge and understanding to apply existing and emerging technology’.
  • B. Design and development of processes, systems, services and products

    • For Chartered Engineers: ‘Apply appropriate theoretical and practical methods to the analysis and solution of mechanical engineering problems’.
    • For Incorporated Engineers: ‘Apply appropriate theoretical and practical methods to design, develop, manufacture, construct commission, operate, maintain, decommission and re-cycle mechanical engineering processes, systems, services and products’.
  • E. Professional commitment

    • For Incorporated and Chartered Engineers: ‘Demonstrate a personal commitment to professional standards, recognising obligations to society, the profession and the environment’.

Course outline

  • What is chemical engineering and what is unique about chemical engineering?
  • Essential chemistry — the aspects that are essential to chemical engineers
  • Transport processes — heat transfer, mass transfer, fluid dynamics
  • Review of engineering
  • Initial design steps — identifying a process route, conceptual process design and flow-sheeting
  • Mass and energy balances
  • Reactor design
  • Separation processes
  • Process control
  • Process safety
  • Scale-up
  • Sustainability 


Discounts are available to companies booking more than one place:

  • 2 places — 5% discount
  • 3 places — 10% discount
  • 4 or more places — 15% discount.

Bookings must be made at the same time to receive the discount.

Train your team

This course can be delivered to corporate teams, either on-site or online. Content can be tailored to your specific requirements, and this could be a cost-effective option if you have several people requiring the training. To find out more and request a quotation, visit our in-company training page.

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