Chemical Engineering

Chemical engineers design and manage the processes that convert raw materials into useful products and chemical engineering is at the heart of almost all the products we depend on, including energy, pharmaceuticals and food.

By making these products cheaper and more environmentally friendly or by making processes more efficient chemical engineers have the opportunity to make a huge difference to society.

Jenny Sykes

Jenny Sykes

Jenny graduated earlier this year with a MEng in Chemical Engineering and she's recently started on a graduate scheme at Sellafield Ltd, which is responsible for nuclear decommisioning in the UK.

I really enjoyed maths, chemistry and physics at school but when I applied to university I decided chemical engineering was more likely to get me a job than a straight science subject. I also really enjoy the problem solving aspect of engineering. When I applied I didn't have a particular career in mind but as you go through the course you realise there are so many different industries that you can enter, including nuclear, oil and gas, renewable energy, pharmaceuticals, food, water and finance, to name just a few.

During my degree I did two ten-week summer placements at Frazer Nash Consultancy, which enabled me to gain experience within the nuclear industry and since leaving university I've joined a graduate scheme at Sellafield Ltd. The scheme is two years long and during this time I participate in four six-month placements. These involve different areas of the business and allow me to use different skills, which will help me towards becoming a chartered chemical engineer.

At the moment I'm based in design team in one of the most active areas within Sellafield. Currently I'm completing multiple calculations and reports which lead to changes up on site in Cumbria. I also attend regular meetings regarding progress of my projects and other projects to gain a deeper in sight into the business.