What is Chemical Engineering?

Chemical engineers deal with the behavior of chemicals and energy with a specific focus on chemical processes that transform raw materials into useful products. Chemical engineers employ mathematics, chemistry, physics, and engineering knowledge to solve technical problems.

What do Chemical Engineers do in the Army?

Historically, chemical engineers are responsible for design and control of large-scale chemical manufacturing plants for the production of basic chemicals, plastics, and fibers. Today's chemical engineers are also involved in food and fertilizer production, synthesis of electronic materials, waste recycling and remediation, and power generation. Chemical engineers also develop new materials (polymers, ceramics and semiconductors, for example) as well as biochemicals and pharmaceuticals.

What kinds of Master's Degrees predominate in the field?

A technical degree, such as Chemical Engineering, coupled with the leadership skills you acquire as a military officer will lead you to become highly marketable after your military career.

What do chemical engineers do in the Army?

There is not a specific basic branch in the Army that fully utilizes the skills of a chemical engineer. However, there are numerous positions in the Army that leverage their technical skills. The positions include Scientist, Army Research Labs; Engineer, Army R&D Community; Project/Program Manager, Acquisition Corps; Environmental Engineer, Medical Service Corps; Instructor, US Military Academy; Medical Doctor; and Corps of Engineers Officer.

Top Chemical Engineering Programs for Army Officers:

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
  • University of California--Berkeley ,Berkeley, CA
  • California Institute of Technology ,Pasadena, CA
  • University of Minnesota--Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN
  • Stanford University, Stanford, CA
West Point faculty members have attended graduate school through the Army. As a result, they`re familiar with most American universities and would be happy to advise you on this discipline as you consider your options. Feel free to give them a call at: (845)938-3909. When you do so, make sure to identify yourself as a CSP-GRADSO holder.

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