A good chemical engineer must first master the fundamentals of chemistry, before learning about the engineering aspect. This most often involves the scaling up of chemical reactions to produce large quantities of product to fulfill the needs of industry in a manner that is both safe and cost efficient. A chemical reaction run in the laboratory is one thing, but making that reaction work on an industrial scale in a timely and cost-effective manner (without endangering the lives of plant workers) is quite another. The job poses interesting challenges.
A thorough introductory course in chemical engineering would involve the following:
Students can find a good collection of chemical engineering books on Amazon.com. Google is also a great place to find books on chemical engineering. A useful tool for chemical engineering students is the Internet for Chemical Engineering, a free online tutorial for conducting research, created by a national team of lecturers and librarians from universities across the United Kingdom, built into an internet tutorial platform called the Virtual Training Suite. Students should also follow the Chemical Engineering Journal.
On a level appropriate for a student seeking college homework help, another useful online tutorial for chemical engineering is offered by MIT's OpenCourseWare and is titled Chemical and Biological Reaction Engineering.