Chemical Engineering for Non-Chemical Engineers

Online /
Jun 5 - 7, 2024 /
Course Code: 14-0231-ONL24

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Please note, This instructor-led course has specific dates and times:
This course is held online over 3 days on the following schedule (All times in Eastern Time Zone):

10 am to 6 pm Eastern Time

After participating in this course, you will be able to:

  • Gain a thorough understanding of essential chemical engineering concepts
  • Acquire knowledge of the fundamental principles governing heat and mass transfer
  • Learn about the flow of single and multi-phase fluids, enhancing your capability to work in industries that rely on fluid transport and processing
  • Understand various measurement techniques for fluids, which is essential for quality control and process optimization in numerous industries
  • Gain proficiency in various separation and extraction processes, widening your employment prospects in industries like petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals, and food processing
  • Learn about the relevance of petrochemical processes and refineries, the pharmaceutical industry, the semiconductor manufacturing industry, and the food industry

All industrial processes and projects in the fields of energy and environment, as well as all forms of resource development such as mining and extraction of rare minerals, food processing, pharmaceutical process development, semiconductor industry, and chemical and petrochemical processes, utilize chemical engineering concepts and operations. That is why almost every engineer, manager, and leader working in any of the fields mentioned above requires knowledge of the basics and fundamentals of chemical engineering processes and operations. This course aims to address this need by providing an introduction to chemical engineering for non-chemical engineers and leaders who are involved in production and manufacturing industries.

This 3-day course will provide a review and introduction to subjects and applications of fluid mechanics, mass and energy balance, heat transfer, and mass transfer. Additionally, a review of chemical engineering unit operations, safety, and process control will be presented.

Course Outline

  • Introduction to the profession
  • Material and energy balance
  • Chemical engineering thermodynamics
  • Fluid mechanics
  • Heat and mass transfer
  • Reactor design and reaction kinetics
  • Unit operations
  • Chemical engineering project economics
  • Process control
  • Process safety
  • Sustainability

Who Should Attend
New Graduates of Non-Chemical Engineering Disciplines • Anyone who is interested in Understanding Fundamentals and Instances of Separation Processes with or Without Chemical Reactions • Managers and Leaders of Professional Teams that Include Chemical Engineers • Non-Chemical Engineers who, as part of Their Career Growth, Require This Training.

More Information

Time: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Eastern Time

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Day 1

Introduction to Profession

  • What chemical engineers do?
  • Where chemical engineers work?
  • Critical thinking and creativity

Material and Energy Balance

  • Conservation of mass
  • Conservation of energy
  • Application of conservation laws to physical process
  • Application of conservation laws to process chemical reactions

Introduction to Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics

  • Concepts of energy and work
  • The first and second laws of thermodynamics, introduction to entropy
  • Thermodynamic equilibrium (i.e. thermal, chemical, and phase equilibrium)
  • Phase transition and phase equilibrium
  • Water-steam system (steam table)

Day 2

Fluid Mechanics

  • Hydrostatics
  • Laminar and turbulent flow and Moody Chart
  • Flow and pressure drop through pipes
  • Single-phase and multi-phase flow
  • Flow measurement concepts and instruments
  • Fluid flow through porous media
  • Introduction to Newtonian and non-Newtonian fluids

Heat Transfer

  • Introduction of heat transfer
  • Basic heat transfer mechanisms
  • Heat exchangers: introduction, types, and design basis
  • Introduction to Furnaces and Once-Through Steam Generators

Reactor Design and Reaction Kinetics

  • Chemical reactions: activation energy, reaction orders
  • Measuring the rate of reactions
  • Review of various types of reactors
  • Basic concepts of reactor design (batch versus continuous reactors)

Day 3

Unit Operations

  • Drying processes
  • Distillation operation
  • Gas processing operations (i.e. absorption and stripping)
  • Liquid-liquid extraction
  • crystallization

Chemical Engineering Project Economics

  • Economic feasibility of a project
  • Cost estimation for chemical engineering projects
  • Time value of the money and the impact of interest rate and inflationary trends
  • Break-even analysis
  • Capital depreciation
  • Income tax
  • Economics criteria for comparing projects

Process Control

  • Introduction to Process control narrative development
  • Dynamic behavior of linear, first-, and second-order systems

Process Safety



Koorosh Asghari, Ph.D., MBA, P.Eng.

Koorosh is an accomplished university teacher and researcher with over 22 years of combined experience developing and delivering projects and courses in academia and industry settings.

An Associate Professor, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Regina, Canada (2000-2009), with experience in teaching various courses and developing leading-edge research programs collaboratively and collegially. He prepared and delivered courses on Engineering Management, Engineering Economy, Reservoir Engineering, Enhanced Oil Recovery, PVT of Hydrocarbon Fluids, Simulation, and Well Testing.

A Senior Manager of Reservoir Engineering with 10 years (2009-2019) of experience leading teams of highly educated and motivated engineers at Husky Energy, Canada. Developed and supervised evaluation and application of multiple new technologies, including reservoir simulation and modelling for utilization of CO2 for EOR and storage purposes, innovative chemicals for near wellbore stimulation, application of inflow control devices (ICD), Big Data and Analytics, and energy efficiency of thermal operations, to name a few. Adjunct Professor with the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering at the University of Calgary (2020 – present), co-supervising several groups of students.

He is the Director and Principal Engineer of KA Energy Consulting Service Inc. (2019 – present), providing a wide range of consulting services and training in the sustainable development of oil and gas resources to Canadian and international energy companies.

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Fee & Credits

$1995 + taxes

  • 2.1 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • 21 Continuing Professional Development Hours (PDHs/CPDs)
  • ECAA Annual Professional Development Points

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