Why should Chemical Engineers have good computer skills?
Computers are an important tool to all fields, and most especially a technical field such as Chemical Engineering. Almost anything you do in Engineering will require you to have at least basic computer skills. Many careers now require you to have advanced knowledge of several programs. What computer programs should I be able to use well? You will learn to use Microsoft Excel and MathCAD during yourfirst year of Chemical Engineering. Both of these programs are useful in setting up potential systems and testing them mathematically instead of having to write them out on paper, or even build them out by hand. You will likely use both these, or others similar to them, later on not only at UMass, but also in your future career. You should also be able to use a Word Processing program, such as Microsoft Word. Being able to use Powerpoint to make presentations is also a useful skill. There are many other pieces of software which you will be required to learn during your career as a Chemical En