Industry Expert Guides Students on Roles of Chemical Engineer In Process Industry
Students and other participants at the recently held 2nd Town and Gown Seminar of the Department of Chemical Engineering at Covenant University, Ota, were provided with an insight into what the job of a Chemical Engineer entails in a process industry, courtesy of Lead Engineer at Oando Plc, Engr. Samuel Akintola.
Shortly before delving into the roles of a Chemical Engineer, the Oando engineer, who was the Guest Speaker at the seminar, defined a Chemical Engineer as, “One who applies the principles of chemistry, biology, physics and mathematics to solve problems that involve the production or use of chemicals, fuel, drugs, food and many other products. Also, they design processes and equipment for large-scale manufacturing, plan and test production methods and byproducts treatment, and direct facility operations”.
On the other hand, he described process industries as those industries where the primary production processes are either continuous or occur on a batch of materials that is indistinguishable.
Launching into the roles of chemical engineers in a process industry, Engr. Akintola dwelled on eight key points, which include design responsibility, safety drivers, operate healthy, analysis and feasibility study, team player, keen scientific mind, superb analytical skills, good research skills and entrepreneurial mindset.
“A Chemical Engineer,” he began, “is responsible for designing a variety of equipment which must be carried out with precision at all levels and stages.
“He must be a champion of safety at all levels of development to protect people, environment and equipment. Safety consideration must therefore be incorporated in its design, construction and operation.”
An unhealthy plant, he warned, will result in erratic performance leading to accident if unaddressed timely.
He continued: “A Chemical Engineer will also relate with other individuals a great deal. The reason for doing so is to relay the results and findings as well as oversee other chemical engineers and related workers in their field.
“There are so many documents, processes, diagrams, tables and equations which a Chemical Engineer must analyse on a daily basis. It should be no surprise that great analytical skills are a must.
“Frequently, a Chemical Engineer will need to find out certain information regarding their projects and will have to perform quite a good deal of research in order to obtain the results that they need.”
Earlier in his opening remarks, the Head of Department of Chemical Engineering, Dr. Vincent Efeovbokhan, urged students and participants to maximize the occasion, while seeking further areas of cooperation between the department and Oando Plc.