Chemical and Minerals Engineering

Duration of Course: 4 Years

The Chemical and Mining Industries are two of the greatest Gross Domestic Product (GDP) contributors in South Africa. A career in this direction ensures excellent job opportunities and security.


Chemical Engineers are involved in the research, design, development and management of industrial processes where raw materials are converted to products with higher economic value.

These processes exist in the manufacturing of plastic, synthetic fibres, fuel refining, explosives, processing of foods, fertilisers, pharmaceutical and nuclear industries. Think of processes such as the ones that turn corn to cornflakes, hops to beer, coal to petrol and algae to electricity.

Minerals Processing is a specialist field in Chemical Engineering and deals with the physical and chemical processes used especially to extract metals from ores.

Qualifications Where will I work?

The NWU offers two B.Eng. programmes within the School of
Chemical and Minerals Engineering:

As a chemical engineer you will have great employment prospects in South Africa and abroad. Your options are:
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Minerals Processing

Chemical or minerals processing plants:

(Like gold manufacturing, dairy and food plants)

  • day to day running of the plant,
  • the improvement of the plant by modelling and optimising its operation
  • the redesign of one or more sections of the plant.

Consulting firms:

  • specialise in the design and construction of chemical plants or of particular types of equipment
  • specialise in technical sales and marketing, and
  • be involved in the marketing of new chemicals or chemical processes.

Research Lab / University:

  • Development and research of new techniques and technologies.