Where are Chemical Engineers employed, what do they do? Their careers are widely distributed due to their flexibility and desirable background training. They become good employees or bold enterpreneurs, sometimes successful even in fields unrelated to engineering. We find Chemical Engineers mainly in:
Chemical Engineering is a "relatively" young profession - not even a century old, formally speaking. The need for producing goods and services created by advancement of "industrial" Chemistry spun off the profession which has its craddle in North America.
The Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering (CSChE) is the national body for chemical engineers. It helps chemical engineers to stay in touch with each other, keep up-to-date on technologies, etc. This is particularly important after you graduate; suddenly you are no longer surrounded by your friends of four years (all scattered across the globe in various industries), and it is rare to be working with more than a couple other chemical engineers in the same company.
Studying at the graduate level is a full-time commitment. We require every student pursuing research-based degrees (Masters - thesis option and PhD) to be funded. Students are expected to apply for scholarships and fellowships for which they are eligible, and to maintain dialogue with their research supervisor about funding requirements and funding sources. Information on important funding opportunities from outside the Department of Chemical Engineering can be found here and on the right side.
The Department of Chemical Engineering provides graduate programs at the Master's and Doctoral levels. A general description of these programs follows. For a more detail on the graduate program and degree requirements, please see our latest handbook located below.
GS Handbook_2015-2016 [.pdf]
It is easy and, compared to other North American cities, relatively cheap to live in Montreal. Since McGill campus is right downtown, you want and can live in the downtown area. Montreal is unique because people live in, work in and enjoy downtown which is safe and lively all the time - at 1pm or 1am.
What is Chemical Engineering and Who Are Chemical Engineers?
Chemical engineers are NOT chemists, they are "process and systems engineers" also involved with chemistry -- to a degree. It takes a chemical engineer to produce by the ton what perhaps a chemist developed in a test tube: plastics, chemicals, rubber, gasoline, pharmaceuticals, paper, fertilizers, etc. Nowadays it is not just chemistry, it is also:
A BEng degree at McGill is well earned, respected worldwide, and can be completed in a relatively short time. This fully accredited Engineering program is recognized by professional engineering bodies. Completion of the BEng may take only 3 years of full-time study for students with an appropriate background. Students who need to make up for some basic science courses may take another semester (4 months). Many students take advantage of minor specialty programs, which could add one more semester.
Our Chemical Engineering curriculum keeps the students quite together. They follow the same set of classes, work in groups on all kinds of assignments in all kinds of courses. They are like a big family - everybody knows everybody else.
There are many student-organized activities, good deal of them under the auspices of a very active Student Chapter of the CSChE.
Students also provide their own input into this Departmental web site with their own web page series.