Monday, December 17, 2012

Future Prospects in Mechanical Engineering in India.

The discipline of engineering that deals with the principles of physics and materials science is termed as mechanical engineering. Mechanical engineering involves the production and usage of heat and mechanical power for designing machines and tools. It is one of the broadest and the oldest engineering disciplines and is often referred to as the mother of engineering studies.

An Overview

One of the most appealing features of mechanical engineering is that, this field of study is extremely diverse. Almost all inventions since the history of mankind have involved direct application of mechanical engineering. Traditionally, mechanical engineers dealt with several concepts that included things like robotics, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, kinematics and many others that were required in designing state-of-the-art manufacturing units. Mechanical engineers are also responsible for contributing towards the development of several engines, power plants and other machineries. Mechanical engineers are not only involved in designing but also manufacturing.

However, with the passage time, as things undergo change, so did the traditional job description of a mechanical engineer. The scope of a mechanical engineer has expanded since long. They can focus on areas like development of composite materials, environmental conservation, nanotechnology and others. Now, the ever-increasing scope of job in this field also requires the professionals to get into marketing, finance and even resource management.

Mechanical Engineering—Degree or Diploma

Young Indians who are willing to pursue their higher studies in mechanical engineering can opt for the same, as there are several engineering colleges in India. Upon completing their high school studies,(10+2) with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics one has to appear for the IIT-JEE and AIEEE for admission in various engineering colleges across the country. Upon completing a degree in mechanical engineering one can opt for an M.Tech or ME. In case anyone is willing to pursue an ME from any of the IITs, then the candidate will have to clear the Graduate Aptitude Test for Engineers (GATE). Nowadays, several engineering colleges are offering dual programmes combining B.Tech and M.Tech while others club engineering with several management courses as well.

Apart from a degree, students can also opt for a diploma from any polytechnic institute. A diploma in mechanical engineering can be pursued after completing class 10th examination with at least 50 per cent marks. The duration of a diploma is usually spans three years and if one opts for a part-time diploma it can be completed in four years.

Those who want to pursue a diploma can also opt for an associate membership qualification from the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, or Institution of Engineering.


A graduate programme in Mechanical Engineering in a private institution would cost anywhere between Rs. 50000 to Rs. 200000 per annum. Nonetheless, if you are lucky enough to get through any of the IITs or a government engineering college, the expenses will be far less (around 30,000 to 40,000 per annum).

Moreover there are several scholarships available for meritorious students and students in need. Among Indian organizations, Indian Oil offers scholarships. Other institutions also offer scholarships in the same field.

Career Prospects and Remuneration

The job prospects in mechanical engineering are numerous. Mechanical engineers are required in designing, manufacturing, installing and operating systems that are used in innumerable industries. Both the government and the private sector employ mechanical engineers. Industries where they are usually employed comprise automobiles, space research, bio-mechanical and aeronautical industries.

The average monthly income of a mechanical engineer ranges somewhere between Rs. 10000 to Rs. 25000. Those who have a postgraduate degree can earn even more than this. Depending upon skill and experience, the pay package can go up to as high as Rs. 40 lakhs annually.
Considered the ‘mother’ of all fields of engineering, the career prospect in mechanical engineering is ample.

About the Author:

This is a guest post contributed by Sampurna Majumder, a passionate blogger and content writer. Currently she is writing for which is a leading online education portal and provides complete information about various Engineering courses and colleges like mechanical engineering colleges, civil engineering colleges in India.


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