Short course

Chemical Engineering for Non-Chemical Engineers


  • $2,640 per person
  • Prices are GST inclusive


Monday 28 October to Wednesday 30 October 2019


University of Melbourne, Parkville VIC

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For professionals who want to have more meaningful interactions with Chemical Engineers. Learn how to speak their language.


Chemical engineering is a complex discipline that takes many years to master, nonetheless professionals from non-chemical engineering backgrounds are required to operate and thrive in this challenging space – and communicate effectively with chemical engineers.

The University of Melbourne’s three-day workshop has been developed to combat the knowledge gap and provide a broad understanding of chemical engineering. Through practical face-to-face instruction, this course aims to give those who work with chemical engineers the confidence to have more meaningful engagements, forge better working relationships, and improve efficiency for themselves and their organisations.

After attending one of David Shallcross’s chemical engineering workshops, I felt better equipped to interpret data and make important evidence-based judgements so as to assess compliance with legislation and standards. Frances Hamblin, past participant.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, you will:

  • Have an awareness of the major considerations required to design and operate a chemical processing facility.
  • Understand the basics of material balances, phase behaviour, process control and sustainable development, among many other key areas.
  • Be able to effectively communicate with chemical engineers, resulting in mutually beneficial working relationships and increased productivity.

Workshop agenda

Day 1:

  • Overview and introduction to chemical engineering (including virtual plant tours)
  • Material balances
  • Phase behaviour

Day 2:

  • Phase behaviour continued
  • Energy balances
  • Process safety

Day 3:

  • Heat and mass transfer
  • Fluid mechanics
  • Separation process
  • Process control
  • Reactor engineering
  • Sustainable development

Who should apply?

This course is suitable for professionals who work directly or indirectly with chemical engineers, specifically within the agrochemical, chemical and oil and gas extraction industries.

Past students have included mechanical, production, control and civil engineers, along with human resource managers, environmental scientists and process plant operators.

We have also welcomed students from food and beverage, pharmaceutical, water, waste water, power, biotechnology, pesticide, pulp and paper, recycling and minerals processing industries.

Academic and teaching team

  • Professor David Shallcross
    Associate Dean and Director of the University’s Engineering Learning Unit

    This short course is designed and delivered by Professor David Shallcross, the Associate Dean and Director of the University’s Engineering Learning Unit. David also served as Head of Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering for six years, and is the Chair of the Steering Committee for AOTULE, an international consortium of leading engineering institutions in the Asia-Oceania region.

    David has an international reputation in chemical engineering education and has won several national and international awards for his contributions, including the 2006 Frank Morton Medal of the Institution of Chemical Engineers, the 2010 Caltex Teaching Award of Excellence and the 2013 Institution of Chemical Engineers Council Medal.

    His book, Chemical Engineering Explained, was recently published by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

This course is presented in partnership with the Melbourne School of Engineering.