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Chemical Engineering Career You Can Expect...It's Your Choice...Part 1

When i was doing my chemical engineering degree, well most of us know that we are going to be a chemical engineer after graduating. For me, I don't really want to be a chemical engineer. Instead i would prefer be a chemical engineering lecturer. This is simply because i know the lifestyle of a lecturer because my father is a organic chemistry lecturer in Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. Most of my friends however, just want to be a chemical engineer.

That time, we don't really know in detail what does a chemical engineer do? If we know....perhaps we know very vaguely. Unless you'v been to a industrial or practical training in the industry for a semester or more, then you'll know what I'm actually saying. At least those students who've been in a practical/industrial training is very lucky to have the glimps and exposure of the chalenging industry.

As i mentioned in my earlier post, i've been in the chemical engineering reseach field, oil & gas/service engineer field and also plant/refinery field. I feel very lucky and bless that i can taste various types of chemical engineering sector. LEt me just brief a little bit about all those different sectors......Some might agree, some might feel....is that all.....some might, i hope possibly get some valuable information from it.....

1. Research & Development / Post Graduate Study in a University.

This is the first thing i did after graduating. I became a research assistant for a very succesful profesor specializing in Raction Engineering/Catalysis. We have to do research work relating to the subject that we are researching. We have to do some labscale and also some pilot scale reasearch. I also enjoyed paper publication/technical paper writing... Not to mention going to exhibition, competing and wining great research awards locally and internationally. I also did some technical paper presentation in conferences. Also some technical poster publication....
[It will take a longer space for me to tell everything about this....i'll post the continuity of this story in 1 or 2 days time.....]

2. Service Engineer in an Oil & Gas field

After completing my masters degree, i was offered a job as a chemical application specialist/chemical technologist. But i call my self a chemical engineer...hu.. hu....This category of work is full of fun because i travel a lot (If you like travelling, you'll like this one...) I work on-shore and off-shore......hu hu...it's fun....One think that i cannot forget is watching "KILL BILL" in the Dulang Oil Platform, in Offshore Trengganu....
[It will take a longer space for me to tell everything about this....i'll post the continuity of this story in 1 or 2 days time.....]

3. Process Engineer in a Refinery

It was very unfortunate that i cannot continue working in the oil and gas servicing company longer. The management made a decision to move to KL to get better business chances...I got myself a job as a process engineer in a factory/plant processing edible oil. This is another chapter of a very very challenging work. Here, i practiced most of my unit operation knowledge. There's one very great huge secret of successfully surviving in this type of working area.....
[It will take a longer space for me to tell everything about this....i'll post the continuity of this story in 1 or 2 days time.....]

posted by Kipas Repair JB @ 1:51 PM,


At Saturday, September 02, 2006, Blogger Lukman said...

You are absolutely right. But, as a process engineer working at a plant site, we have "actual plant life" that we can share to chemical engineer fresh graduate.

At Sunday, September 03, 2006, Blogger Kipas Repair JB said...

yes...that's part of my intention...ie.. to share with our junior chemical engineer....he he....


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I’m Zaki. I used to be a project, process and chemical engineer. Few years ago I successfully became a Chartered Engineer (IChemE) and Professional Engineer (BEM). I'm now employed as a chemical engineering educator/researcher/consultant. Hope you like reading my blog. I welcome any feedback from you. My email: zaki.yz[alias]gmail.com. TQ!

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