New graduates need better modelling skills
Process modelling has become less prevalent in the chemical engineering curriculum. Modelling loses class time to other topics within the broadening scope of chemical engineering. At the same time, process modelling plays an ever-increasing role within industry. Increased competition requires more detailed, higher fidelity models for design and operational decision support. New products and new processes are not covered by standard model libraries. As a result, industry has difficulty finding skilled graduates just as the need grows.
It is quite a challenge to find someone who has good capability in both process modelling and fundamental knowledge.
For us it would be really important to get more students direct from university with increased modelling skills especially for process simulation. These tools are really essential for our daily work.
Starting from a big business problem, being able to determine what is really important and being able to then translate that into some sort of mathematical representation… That’s a key skill that many people are missing.
New students sometimes have a tendency to use spreadsheets instead of modelling tools. Our processes cannot be modelled well with spreadsheets so you need modelling tools.
We are seeing much more digitalization of our development, our manufacturing processes, our control systems. It’s really important for new graduates entering the industry to be literate in the use of modelling techniques.
The acquisition of these modelling competences will give students a competitive advantage, not the least from a recruitment perspective.
Frequently Asked Questions
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PATH materials are governed by one of two different licenses. Software agnostic elements are provided under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA license. Materials that are specific to gPROMS are provided under the PSE Academic License.
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PSE also has a collection of free technical webinars covering advanced modelling topics.
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