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Job Training / Practical Works Increase Competence of Chemical Engineering Graduates

Chemical Engineering is a field of science that studies how to convert raw materials into finished / semi-finished materials that have higher economic value. This conversion process is often far from simple but through a series of processing tools. In addition, the production process in a factory also needs to pay attention to various aspects such as the quality of raw materials and products, processes and processing tools used, the use of utility systems (support) in production, waste management and processing, corporate management, and also the economic side of the factory . To gain the real experience above, Third-year students of Chemical Engineering Unpar are obliged to carry out practical work in chemical plants for 1-2,5 months, with a load equals to 3 credits. Practical work is a full-time job in a chemical company/plant, Which is held during the semester break (June-August, or December-January). The practical work aim is for future Bachelor of Chemical Engineering degree can understand the process and processing tools used to convert materials, can develop the their ability both academically, that is to apply knowledge that has been obtained in college, or non-academically ( soft skill ) Such as the ability to work in groups, problem solving , critical thinking, and others.

In order to achieve the above objectives, each group of students (2-3 persons) carrying out practical work is accompanied by supervisory lecturers, as well as field supervisors provided by the factory. Some of the factories that have become the Job Training site for Unpar Chemical Engineering students are PT Pertamina, PT Ecogreen Oleochemical, PT Indocement, Petrokimia Gresik, Pupuk Sriwijaya, Pupuk Kujang, PT Lautan Luas, and various other factories. During practical work, students are required to study the entire process in the factory, in addition to being given a specific task which is usually a real problem in the factory that requires students to be able to think critically in viewing the problem. Some examples of specific tasks are Machinery, or a set of machinery performance evaluation, increasing efficiency of plant support, up to the design of processing tools. The results of these practical works activities are then accounted for in the work results seminar which was attended by the supervisors/mentors and other colleagues.

Nicolas Orlando, a Chemical Engineering student of 2013, reveals that during his practical work he got an idea of how a Chemical Engineering graduate works when he graduates and learned more about the process at the factory. In line with Orlando, Alex Sabianto, a Chemical Engineering alumnus of 2011, practical work experience fotms the initial capital to study the process and design and how to apply the science studied in the factory. This experience becomes an important assest when applying for his current workplace, PT Nutrifood. Another Alumna, Anggriani Setiawan (class of 2012) shared, that practical work trained her to learn to interact with various people in the company and adapt to the work environment. The practical work experience is one of the most enjoyable and unforgettable experiences, as well as serving as an asset for students who are entering the occupational world.