design engineering has emerged as a specialized area for
those who want to make
career in chemical
or process driven engineering companies, while designing
Pipe layouts, constructing & erecting structures & maintaining
Large refineries, chemical plants, power generation plants
require careful design of pipes that carry liquid, gas for
the various purposes during the operation.
Liquids with multitude of properties to consider upon need separate & specific
treatment to decide how to carry it safely. Selection of material for the pipes,
their length, speed of the flow have bearing on safe & efficient use of liquids & chemicals.
Most of the chemicals which are hazardous enough to be handled by human participation
need a customized system approach which ensures optimum utilization of them
for excellent process control.
These liquids or gases are used with specific parameters. There online assessment & measurement
is vital for the successful operation of these plants. Smart use of instrumentation & designing
checks & balances at the proper position makes the job of these designers
even more challenging.
If you have seen any refinery or chemical process plant you must have noticed
thousands of twisting & turning pipes occupying limitless areas in front
of you. One might wonder how these pipes are identified & distinguished?
Coding forms the important skill while designing the huge piping systems.
Safety is another important factor considered while making accident & damage
proof designs. Design engineers have to make every effort to ensure the safety
of areas, which are inaccessible. They have to design a tracking system to understand & locate
the fault areas & repair them at the earliest. They also have to make special
provisions for damage control in case of major accidents.
In a way Piping design engineer performs a critical Job. They are much in demand
from various refineries, chemical & pharmaceutical units, oil & gas exploration
companies, project consultants & designers, EPC contractors & fabricators.
Good pay package & facilities come naturally to these engineers looking at
the risk & challenging environs faced by them.
Few Institutes have developed special courses to prepare the design engineers.
The variety of subjects are taught in part time or full time mode.
The important subjects covered are :- Materials of Constructions & Corrosion,
Piping Layout Engg., Piping System Design & Codes, Statutory Regulation & Safety
Aspects, Fabricating, Testing, Installation, Costing, Project Mgmt., etc.