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The formal studies for chemical engineering at university or university of technology (previously technikon) include, like with metallurgy, a strong emphasis on applying scientific principles using laboratory and simulation techniques, followed up with specific study of unit operations and processing principles. The first part of the qualification overlaps with metallurgy, and although subsequent exposure to unit operations and techniques is more of a general nature, chemical engineers assimilate easily into the Mining & Metallurgy Industry and are leading developers in all corners if the Mining & Metallurgy Industry. This list includes gold and uranium, platinum group metals, ferro-alloys, base metals, light metals and industrial minerals. One of the best examples is the development role South African chemical and metallurgical engineers have taken in platinum group processing which has now placed the country as the world leader.
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The Chemical Engineer is therefore one of the key contributors to the welfare of the mining industry.