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.
Please e-mail queries about admissions to the Chair of the Graduate Admissions Committee.
viviane [dot] yargeau [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Viviane Yargeau)
Associate Professor and Graduate Admissions Committee Chair
All other queries should be directed to the Graduate Program Director or Graduate Secretary.
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.
Before starting the application procedure, please check that you meet the admission requirements.
As of October 2012, McGill’s formerly paper-based graduate application process has been replaced with a more convenient electronic version. For detailed instructions on how to apply and how to upload required supporting documents in the new version, please see: http://www.mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/apply/prepare
Answers to frequently asked questions are listed below. Note that many issues are addressed in detail in the Graduate Student Handbook (see right block). The Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Office at McGill also publishes several guides and handbooks for graduate students. Please contact louise [dot] miller [at] mcgill [dot] ca (graduate admissions) in Chemical Engineering with any outstanding queries.
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: