After graduation

The MSc program in Chemical Engineering prepares you for a varied career and gives you broad options when you face the job market. For example, you could work as a researcher, a research team leader, a process or product engineer, an environmental advisor, policy assistant  or lecturer. Many managers working in the chemicals industry have a background in chemical engineering. In trade and industry you can start work in a job in which your organizational, coordinating and supervisory qualities are required. Governments, too, employ numerous chemical engineers. For example in environmental services and water boards, and in healthcare. You will even find our graduates in design consultancies and patent offices.

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"It’s a great job because it combines chemistry and technology, and experimental research and practical applications"

dr.ir. Mark van den Brink, alumnus

"My industrial internship in the USA was a real top experience for me: I had a fantastic time, and discovered the specialized field I like best - polymer chemistry. I gained my PhD in that subject in 2000, and now I’m still working in this field.

I’m manager for Process & Analytical Support at BASF in Heerenveen. It’s a great job because it combines chemistry and technology, and experimental research and practical applications. I’m still as happy as a child if I can think up a smart solution to something. Although I don’t do that alone; it’s the teamwork that makes it such fun. Making good and useful products together, that’s something I really like doing. And talking about teamwork: I met most of my friends at TU/e. That’s another important side of studying, as far as I’m concerned.”

"You never know what the day will bring, because a process is always to some extent unpredictable"

ir. Marijn Kappers, alumnus

"My main reason for studying Chemical Engineering and Chemistry in Eindhoven was my interest in the plastics industry. That’s why TU/e was a good choice, because of its partnership with the Dutch Polymer Institute.

Right from day one it was exactly what I wanted to do. It’s hard work, there’s no doubt about that, but you get intensive support in a closely knit team. And even though I’m now working in the Botlek in Rotterdam, and not in the ‘Eindhoven Brainport’ region, my time at TU/e was certainly a big help in my career. I’ve been working for ExxonMobil for five years, and now I’m just about to start work as process engineer at the refinery in Singapore. What I like most about my job? You never know what the day will bring, because a process is always to some extent unpredictable."

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