(1) IChemE Accreditation. The diploma that we offer accreditated by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE), the international professional body for chemical engineers. This means that chemical engineering skills and knowledge acquired by a student undertaking the diploma from Ngee Ann Polytechnic will be recognised by the international community of professional chemical engineers.
(2) Pharmaceutical Specialisation. Students can opt to specialise in pharmaceutical manufacturing in their final year of study. The pharmaceutical specialisation stream is based on core modules aimed for the petroleum and petrochemical industry but with additional areas aimed to fill the gap in training for skills needed in the pharmaceutical sector. Should you choose to follow this stream, you will be better poised to enter the pharmaceutical industry.
( 3) 6 Month Industrial Attachment. Students in the final year of this diploma undergo an industrial attachment for a period of 6 months. In this time, they are considered as staff of a local or local-based multinational company and learn hands on skills to supplement the knowledge gained at polytechnic. The period of attachment is unique and provides students with the confidence required to handle their future jobs as well as a leverage for building professional networks. Here at Ngee Ann Polytechnic, we offer a proportion of our students the opportunity to serve their industrial attachment overseas. This gives students exposure to chemical engineering practice outside Singapore.
(4) Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering. We've seen marked advances in the biomedical science sector in Singapore in recent years and chemical engineers are playing increasing roles in this area. Thus, integration of the component of biology in the curriculum will broaden the knowledge of life sciences of students. You will acquire a broad range of skills in the basic sciences as well as related engineering fields. You will be flexible to employ your skills and knowledge in, not only in the traditional fields of chemical engineers such as petrochemical and chemical, but also in the field of biomedical science.
Chemical Engineering revolves around chemical processes where raw materials are converted into useful, high value-added products that improve our standards of living. Examples of such products are fuel, plastics, processed foods and pharmaceuticals.
Areas of concern to the chemical engineer include process and equipment design, plant layout, management of day-to-day operations, troubleshooting, material and energy balances, process control, process safety, energy conservation, the environment and waste treatment.
What is Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering?
In 2003, the Diploma in Chemical Engineering was renamed the Diploma in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. This is in line with recent developments in Chemical Engineering, whereby the skills of the chemical engineer are more and more being used in the developing and scaling up biotechnology processes. For example, many universities including NTU offer undergraduate studies in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering rather than Chemical Engineering.
Your Diploma course will be unique among other polytechnic courses in Singapore, in that Biotechnology concepts will be integrated into your course. You will undertake modules which cover topics in Cell Biology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology and Bioprocess Technology. A knowledge of Biotechnology will provide you with a wide ranger of job prospects and prospects for further studies.
No. You will not be disadvantaged if you have not done chemistry or physics. Chemical engineering involves not just chemistry, but problem solving and the application of systematic and logical reasoning. Students undertaking this diploma will begin with elementary chemistry as part of their curriculum, alongside subjects revolving around engineering and mathematics.
With a Diploma in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering you will be well suited for working in a wide range of organizations including those involved in:
- environmental and pollution control
- energy management
- research and development
Singapore is fortunate to have vibrant chemical and biomedical sectors and our graduates are highly sought after upon graduation.
In the development of this course, the advice of employers and academics from local and overseas universities was sought. The objective of these consultations were to ensure that the course was so structured to meet the needs of industry. Chemical Engineering is a fast moving engineering discipline and the course is regularly reviewed and evaluated so that it is always up to date and flexible to meet the changing needs of industry. It should be noted that even before our first graduates have been produced, employers have stated that they will readily employ them while local and overseas universities have granted our graduates exemptions from further studies. Our emphasis on developing strong foundations rather than just training students for a job, gives graduates with Ngee Ann Polytechnic's Diploma in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering a very strong competitive edge.
Students also get the opportunity to be attached to Chemical Process Training Centre for six weeks where they will be trained under real live plant conditions.
Chemical Engineering and Chemistry although related are very different disciplines. First and foremost, Chemical Engineering is an engineering discipline while Chemistry is a science. A chemist typically works in laboratories undertaking laboratory analysis and undertaking chemistry related research and development. A chemical engineer's training on the other hand allows him or her to see the bigger picture. They understand that engineering factors also affect the progress of chemical reactions, factors such as mixing, "mass transfer", "heat transfer", process control strategies and reactor design; fundamental chemical engineering subjects. Chemical engineers are more actively involved in control, design and optimization of chemical processes. It should however be noted that chemical engineers do sometimes ply their skills in chemistry laboratories (as do some Molecular Biotechnology graduates). Their ability to view the bigger picture of chemical and petrochemical processing sometimes gives chemical engineers the edge in career development.
The course structures are also very different. Chemistry based courses are very strong in all branches of chemical science; inorganic, physical, organic, molecular and analytical chemistry. On the other hand, Ngee Ann Polytechnic's Diploma in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering includes only 2 traditional chemistry subjects, but builds on these foundations in its chemical engineering diploma. In this way, chemical engineering students learn chemistry through application rather than as theory.
Singapore is currently the 3rd largest petrochemical complex in the world. The Economic Development Board (EDB) expects the long-term prospects for the chemicals industry in Singapore to remain bright. To prepare for the future growth of this industry, major expansion works on the physical infrastructure of Jurong Island, where the chemicals cluster in Singapore is physically located, continues despite slow overall economic growth. (EDB, The Straits Times, January 31st 2002)
Admission into the Diploma in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering is based on GCE 'O' Level aggregate scores. Candidates must have healthy grades in English language, mathematics and one science subject.