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Re: Chemical Engineering Versus Mechanical Engineering Forum by Physicist(m): 5:43pm On Jun 25, 2012
See information on various engineering careers from a United States Government agency below.

http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Architecture-and-Engineering/home.htm

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Re: Chemical Engineering Versus Mechanical Engineering Forum by Nobody: 5:56pm On Jun 25, 2012
Chemical eng is all abt processes involving maintainace and operation of chemical plants. Both are versatile. but dont underate a chemical engr when it comes 2 labour market. Am proud 2 be a process Engr.
Re: Chemical Engineering Versus Mechanical Engineering Forum by abdulkayus(m): 5:57pm On Jun 25, 2012
Abeg all dis one fabu, Computer engineer all d way, we are d life wire of all engineering field
Re: Chemical Engineering Versus Mechanical Engineering Forum by kreal: 6:03pm On Jun 25, 2012
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Re: Chemical Engineering Versus Mechanical Engineering Forum by NoQualms1(f): 6:04pm On Jun 25, 2012
lawseph:
yeah tnx amare, I represent MEE for life.

Are you a FUTArian?

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Re: Chemical Engineering Versus Mechanical Engineering Forum by loskally(m): 6:20pm On Jun 25, 2012
kudus 2 ya all.chem engr iz gud lyk wise mech.bt i do wonder,da level of growth nd da sideline our goverment gave 2 da Processin METALLURGICAL ENGINE.which iz ofcus 1st existin engineerin after da stone age era.diz a course dat contain.PROCESSING METALLURGY.MINERAL BENEFICIATION,THERMODYNAMICS.MINING nd UPGRADING.WELDING.FOUNDRY.DESIGN nd CASTING.COROSION ND MENTAINANCE.STRUCTURAL METALLURIGY.ETC.......some sch in nigeria study it as metallurgy cnd material.whyl odaz lyk S.africa as metallurgy nd chemical.. engine.but in country lyk germany nd japan evn av university of metallurgy alone.bcoz it dia number 1.source of economy.i jst pity naija 4 dis neglete whn da oil dry off
Re: Chemical Engineering Versus Mechanical Engineering Forum by eelvismd(m): 6:25pm On Jun 25, 2012
rhymz: The only aspect of engineering that can be compared to Mech Eng is Electrical engineering.
Even in the Universities, the engineering faculties are usually led by Mech and Electrical departments. Those departments usually take applications from the best prospective engineering students, FACT! It is in these two departments that one finds the créme de la créme of the engineering faculty.
Chemical engineering is good no doubt but not as good as mechanical engineering in so many regards. Really?


1. Mechanical Engineering has wider applications than chemical engineering. You would be hard pressed to go to any kind of factory or engineering firms without mech engineers or department.
What gives you the impression that mechanical engineering has wider implications? It will interesting you to know that there is hardly any process that does not involve chemical/process engineers. While I appreciate the importance of every engineering discipline I would appreciate it if you let me know the core guys behind large-scale manufacture of pharmaceuticals, waste-water treatement, biomedical and biomedical engineering, polymer product, genetic engineering, nanotechnology, refining, steel manufacture, cement manufacture, just to name a few. The simple truth is that for virtually every product you use on your daily basis, process/chemical engineers are involved at one stage or the other

2. You are twice more likely to get a Job in today's Nigeria with a degree in mech Engineering than with a degree in chemical engineering. While one has limited job search, the other has a wider job search opportunities.
How? Nigeria is not a manufacturing country and core technical services are sourced from abroad, except you are referring to mechanics and electrcians and I know for sure that paper knowledge does not translate to technical competence

3. It is easier to switch jobs from one area of engineering field to another especially when you have a background in mechanical or electrical engineering.
On what basis? Guess on theoretical knowledge that is half-baked

4. With mechanical engineering skills, one can easily set up a mechanical workshop and be self-employed without having to worry about securing a huge loan to set up like would have been the case if it were chemical engineering skills.
Guess I understand you better now cos mechanical workshop to you is the koko

5. And I beg to disagree with a poster that claimed that chemical engineers make more money than mech engineers in thesame firm, that is so not true. If you go to production, manufacturing firms or any other engineering firms, most of the times, engineers in thesame levels recieve thesame salaries in thesame range.
Apart from specialist IT/software engineering guys and petroleum engineers in offshore, no other catergory of engineers earn as much as chemical engineers. Google it and you will find out more

Unlike chemical engineering with limited areas of specialization, mechanical engineering has more specializations that can only be compared to say electrical or computer sciences. Chemical engineers can't work in the absence of mech engineers but the reverse is very possible and that is because to an extent, chemical engineering is subsumed in mech engineering, most of what one sees in chemical engineering is a branch in mechanical enginneering known as thermodynamics. I can go on and on
Chemical engineering that I know of today is so wide in terms of specialization (nuclear, pharmaceutical, environmental, energy, process systems, biomedical, biochemical, genetic, nanotechnology, matrials, etc) to the extent that people in one area hardly know anything in other areas.......



In summary, all engineering disciplines are important and I don't subscribe to the idea that one of them is more important because engineering is team work and in every product/system is contribution from all members of the family

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Re: Chemical Engineering Versus Mechanical Engineering Forum by eelvismd(m): 6:36pm On Jun 25, 2012
UzohBlaise: Chemical eng is all abt processes involving maintainace and operation of chemical plants. Both are versatile. but dont underate a chemical engr when it comes 2 labour market. Am proud 2 be a process Engr.
Thank you my brother
Re: Chemical Engineering Versus Mechanical Engineering Forum by eelvismd(m): 6:38pm On Jun 25, 2012
The_Matrix: Chemical Engineering = applying Chemistry to Mechanical Engr, its just an offshoot/branch of Mech ENgr... undecided Its like trying to compare a fruit with the main tree>>>NEXT plsss
[b]Really?
When a chemical engineer speaks the chemistry aspect of his profession, mechanical engineers become confused. On the other hand, when a chemical engineer speaks the engineering aspect of his profession, the chemist is lost in misery. How do you reconcile that going by your statement
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Re: Chemical Engineering Versus Mechanical Engineering Forum by eelvismd(m): 6:41pm On Jun 25, 2012
jomonic: Both are good. but the mechanical engineer is more vasertile because he can also become a chemical engineer or a process engineer and can adapt very well in the construction industry. The chemical engineer can do same but from the university they seem to be biased towards management of chemical processes in the chemical plant. this to me is overspecialization for a discpline that has drawn equally from the same body of knowlegde as the mechanical engineer.
If only you knew the diversity within chemical engineering, you will be talking differently
Re: Chemical Engineering Versus Mechanical Engineering Forum by eelvismd(m): 6:43pm On Jun 25, 2012
jonnycheddars: The last time i saw such a comparison was over a decade ago while we were still trying to fill JAMB form in hard copy......its the jet age,most disciplines are intertwined now....grow up!
Thanks jare! Most people are still in the anologue age and they have lost track of developments in recent times
Re: Chemical Engineering Versus Mechanical Engineering Forum by paooxide(m): 7:19pm On Jun 25, 2012
This is the most inspiring topic.. I have encountered so far about careers on NL...
@ mechanical engineers,., so u guys are even many, and u do not even show up to answer any questions that the upcoming mech. Eng graduates nd students ask (thats bad o)..
As for me its mechanical engineering all the way, its from it that electrical engineering even started sef, (the steam engine, the HEP, the dynamos, what else even the chemical&process engineering takes its roots from the advancement of mechanical engineering and the need of a greater percentage of efficiency in machines... __But wait am a mechatronics stud. <And i need some guardiance,..please Any mech. Engnr that can help me on it>

MECHATRONICS ALL

THE WAY JOOR
Re: Chemical Engineering Versus Mechanical Engineering Forum by elume2020(m): 7:58pm On Jun 25, 2012
No Qualms:

Are you a FUTArian?
No qualms, i think we'v met, 0806****4010 on ur phone. MEE is futa code for mech courses. On d subject matter i give it to mech. Cos irep it and its very vast.
At kreal will inbox u. Am into autocad, inventor and pdms too. Recently finished a dredging machine design for a coy in PH, River state.
Re: Chemical Engineering Versus Mechanical Engineering Forum by Integrafamoo: 8:33pm On Jun 25, 2012
They are just big names. With the level of Nigeria job viability, chemical is preferable but i will rather advise people to go for any building related course: Less tedious but more lucrative.
Re: Chemical Engineering Versus Mechanical Engineering Forum by obailala(m): 8:38pm On Jun 25, 2012
Interesting smiley

No doubt, Mechanical Engineering is the Mother of all engineering courses. I remember back then in school, all other departments in the engineering faculty borrowed several courses from the mech department. The only department that didnt depend on mech engr was electrical; those EE guys seem to be in a world of their own. But then in the labour market, every course has its own unique value
Re: Chemical Engineering Versus Mechanical Engineering Forum by obailala(m): 8:43pm On Jun 25, 2012
Integrafamoo: They are just big names. With the level of Nigeria job viability, chemical is preferable but i will rather advise people to go for any building related course: Less tedious but more lucrative.

I wonder how u arrived at this conclusion undecided. Do u know dat for 90% of the advertised chemical engineering jobs, a mech engr degree is also specified as acceptable??
Re: Chemical Engineering Versus Mechanical Engineering Forum by Nobody: 9:11pm On Jun 25, 2012
I'm very glad and excited to know that people really agreed to the fact that engineering is a cyclic chain with many links, thus every link is essential for the overall efficiency. One of the joy of engineering profession is ''the team work'' every member of the family are relivant in achieving the goal of making our world a better place. I'm grateful to God and I'm proud to be an engineer.
Re: Chemical Engineering Versus Mechanical Engineering Forum by ezer(m): 9:12pm On Jun 25, 2012
Please u guys shud comment without sentiments. The fact is, they work 2geda, they complement each other, but one thing is for sure; "NOTHING MOVES WITHOUT THE MECHANICAL ENGINEERS". Pls who said chem eng is the highest paid amongst the two, u need to do your research very well. Btw, this comparison is not necessary.

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Re: Chemical Engineering Versus Mechanical Engineering Forum by ocelot2006(m): 9:12pm On Jun 25, 2012
Oh well, Electrical & Electronics engineering rules over all smiley
Re: Chemical Engineering Versus Mechanical Engineering Forum by ramark: 9:15pm On Jun 25, 2012
[color=#006600][/color]i swear mech engi. Is better dan chem engi. Couz mech consist of both elect and chem engi.
Re: Chemical Engineering Versus Mechanical Engineering Forum by uceee(m): 9:25pm On Jun 25, 2012
You gotta love mech. Mech rules!!!
Re: Chemical Engineering Versus Mechanical Engineering Forum by ezer(m): 9:26pm On Jun 25, 2012
UzohBlaise: Chemical eng is all abt processes involving maintainace and operation of chemical plants. Both are versatile. but dont underate a chemical engr when it comes 2 labour market. Am proud 2 be a process Engr.
do the chem engineers design and build (without the help of mech engi) chemical plants as well?
Re: Chemical Engineering Versus Mechanical Engineering Forum by ezer(m): 9:39pm On Jun 25, 2012
paooxide: This is the most inspiring topic.. I have encountered so far about careers on NL...
@ mechanical engineers,., so u guys are even many, and u do not even show up to answer any questions that the upcoming mech. Eng graduates nd students ask (thats bad o)..But wait am a mechatronics stud. <And i need some guardiance,..please Any mech. Engnr that can help me on it>

MECHATRONICS ALL

THE WAY JOOR
am a thermofluid major, but u can still inbox me ur questions, pls dont send course work cos i'll only give u guidelines on that.
Re: Chemical Engineering Versus Mechanical Engineering Forum by oseiwe(m): 9:50pm On Jun 25, 2012
ocelot2006: Oh well, Electrical & Electronics engineering rules over all smiley
Abegi, go lick stew jor.
I did mech, wanna specialise on control engineering, still in d process sha. Doing a brief stopover for money.
Re: Chemical Engineering Versus Mechanical Engineering Forum by badboy: 9:54pm On Jun 25, 2012
If you ask me, due to our level of development in Nigeria,it would seem that mechanical engineers are generally preferred in industry. We mostly operate on the rudimentary levels of the engineering profession in Nigeria. If you were to look at things from a global perspective, as someone rightly pointed earlier, making the distinction becomes a herculean task because both professions are intertwined. A chemical engineer can specialize and do PG courses in some aspects of mechanical engineering and vice versa. Ask professors worth their salt from both fields and you will see that they will most probably take the above stated position. Truth be told the relevance of any both courses has to do with the job functions/requirements as circumstances may dictate. By the way, I come from a lineage of chemical engineers, yours truly inclusive.
Re: Chemical Engineering Versus Mechanical Engineering Forum by chrisley024(m): 10:20pm On Jun 25, 2012
Y is chem. eng. called d 'universal eng'.? Chem. eng. is =chemistry + eng., d only eng dat includes chemistry. 4get d naija factor cos u cant use d conditn here 2 judge wit developed country. Eng is a team!
Re: Chemical Engineering Versus Mechanical Engineering Forum by stpat1(m): 11:11pm On Jun 25, 2012
Mechanical engr all the way. It encompasses them all. I'm proudly a Mech engr. E no easy sha
Re: Chemical Engineering Versus Mechanical Engineering Forum by rhymz(m): 12:18am On Jun 26, 2012
eelvismd:



In summary, all engineering disciplines are important and I don't subscribe to the idea that one of them is more important because engineering is team work and in every product/system is contribution from all members of the family

Guy do you have any industry experience at all?
If the argument was about which of the two is more difficult to study then of course my answer would have been Chemical Engineering cos I know it deals with a lot of in depth mathematics and chemistry.
But in general terms with regards to which one of the two comes handy in industries generally, it is a known fact that mechanical engineering has wider applications in industries, even industries strictly limited to chemicals and pharmaceuticals still use mech engineers, go figure. Whereas you wont need a chemical engineer in a machine design and instrumention industry for instance. Compared to the Mechanical engineering field that very vast, versatile and old in study, chemical engineering is relatively new and still expanding, hence the field has more Research and Development grants, with loads of researchers in the field.
In terms of Job opportunities especially with regards to the Nigerian industries, mech engineers get 3 times more Job placements than their chemical engineer counterparts. It is easy cos most of our engineering firms are into assembly/packaging aspect of engineering, the parts that would have needed the expertise of chemical engineers usually are done by abroad before they are used here in Naija industries. What they need most of the times are maintenance engineers (who are usually mech and electrical engineers) to maintain and sustain production and equipments.
I agree that sometimes the chem Eng earns a little more tham Mech Eng but not in all cases though.
And yes, one can easily be self employed with a mech eng skill than with chemEng skills irrespective of how you want to look at it.
Re: Chemical Engineering Versus Mechanical Engineering Forum by Kelvin0(m): 2:11am On Jun 26, 2012
Mechanical Engineers are saddist....Chemical rocksssss
Re: Chemical Engineering Versus Mechanical Engineering Forum by Nobody: 2:41am On Jun 26, 2012
Kelvin0: Mechanical Engineers are saddist....Chemical rocksssss
Hey! Pls the use of offensive words are not allowed. Both chE and mE are great professions to ranked amongst the top 5 professions on earth currently. It may interest you to know that we have people who had studied (or planning to study) both, I'm one of such, and I'm grateful to God and I'm proud to have two ***kickin' degrees in fields that
I enjoy, and twice as many
opportunities.

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Re: Chemical Engineering Versus Mechanical Engineering Forum by Nobody: 2:56am On Jun 26, 2012
In all honesty, MEs and ChEs can both do most of each other's jobs. However, the knowledge of chemistry is a pretty good advantage. The only time there might be minimal value in the knowing chem is if you specialize in machine design. Anyone who tries to tell you that a ChE has fewer options on location has no
clue. There is also no difference in industries. Just knowing chem "separates the men from the boys"; you can pick up a lot of chem OTJ or in personal study, but what have you lost or given up? ChE is generally recognized as the most challenging degree to get, but it becomes relatively easier when it's done on the foundation of MEngr. I need to affirm once again that mechanical engineering is the prime-mover of modern technology, while chemical engineering is the working fluid of the prime-mover. Both are essential for the overall efficiency
Re: Chemical Engineering Versus Mechanical Engineering Forum by eelvismd(m): 3:17am On Jun 26, 2012
rhymz: Guy do you have any industry experience at all?
If the argument was about which of the two is more difficult to study then of course my answer would have been Chemical Engineering cos I know it deals with a lot of in depth mathematics and chemistry.
It depends because what is easy to one may look difficult to another. Again I cannot say one is easier than the other


But in general terms with regards to which one of the two comes handy in industries generally, it is a known fact that mechanical engineering has wider applications in industries, even industries strictly limited to chemicals and pharmaceuticals still use mech engineers, go figure. Whereas you wont need a
chemical engineer in a machine design and instrumention industry for instance.
I think you are getting it all wrong because you are only looking at it from the hardware point of view. The truth is that for every machine designed by mechanical and electrical engineers, contributions invariably come from other members of the engineering family. Have you thought about the materials design at micro/nano scale, including corrosion prevention and/or the best coatings to be used, because the machine you are referring to has to operate in an environment and you certainly want a minimum service life before talking about overhaul.

Compared to the Mechanical engineering field that very vast, versatile and old in study, chemical engineering is relatively new and still expanding, hence the field has more Research and Development grants, with loads of researchers in the field.
In as much as I agree with you that mechanical engineering is older, you certainly cannot refer to a discipline that is more than a century old as relatively new. As for chemical engineering still expanding, you are absolutely right. In fact, chemical engineers are going to be major players in ensuring sustainable development for the future (i.e. meeting rising energy demands while preserving our environment from excessive pollution)


In terms of Job opportunities especially with regards to the Nigerian industries, mech engineers get 3 times more Job placements than their chemical engineer counterparts. It is easy cos most of our engineering firms are into assembly/packaging aspect of engineering, the parts that would have needed the expertise of chemical engineers usually are done by abroad before they are used here in Naija industries.
I agree with you on that because Nigeria is not an example to use for objective comparison of the constituents part that make up the engineering family. Besides, the real aspect of core engineering is not even the hardware but the thinking process behind the hardware


What they need most of the times are maintenance engineers (who are usually mech and electrical engineers) to maintain and sustain production and equipments.
I guess you are definately not referring to a plant that has to run 24/7 for more than a year continously because you will centainly need process engineers to keep it running smoothly.


I agree that sometimes the chem Eng earns a little more tham Mech Eng but not in all cases though.
And yes, one can easily be self employed with a mech eng skill than with chemEng skills irrespective of how you want to look at it.
Again, you are looking at the hardware which happen to be the least/last aspect of what constitutes engineering. Have you thought about consultancy service with your technical know-how and some piece of softwares in your system? Engineering should not been seen from the view point of bolt and nut because that is far from the koko of engineering



Once again, both of them are equally important because the boundaries separating the consituent parts of engineering have almost disappeared and no engineering discipline is mutually exclusive anymore.

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