The Department of Chemical Engineering at Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi started in the 1998/1999 session with an initial intake of 26 students. The number of Undergraduate Students as at 2014/2015 stood at 293 students with 23 qualified full-time academic staff with specialization in various fields of Chemical Engineering.
The students of this Department commence their study by pursuing the basic general courses in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and General Studies for their first year. During the second year, they pursue courses in general engineering from the following: Civil, Mechanical/Production, and Electrical including Introduction to Chemical Engineering and General Studies. From the third year onward, the students are now properly resident in the Department for an in-depth studies of various fields of specialization in Chemical Engineering. At the end of second and third year the students proceed on Student Workshop Experience Programme (SWEP) and Student Industrial Workshop Experience Scheme I (SIWES I) respectively for two months. In the second semester of fourth year they proceed for a six-month SIWES II, after which they return for the fifth year and final year in the University. During the final year, they were engaged on Design and Research Projects solely to test the team work capability, integration of practical and theoretical knowledge, information search and bench scale utilization of raw material processes.
Chemical Engineering is the profession concerned with production of large volumes of chemicals from their basic raw materials using principles of Engineering, Chemistry and Economics. The aim of the Department is to give the students an understanding of the basic principles of this branch of engineering and to enable them take a lead in the realization of local content dream in this field.
Not only will the graduates of the Department acquire the breadth of knowledge necessary for technological innovation, but also the entire staff both academic and non-academic are utilized efficiently and effectively.