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Mechanical Engineering
I am doing Plus Two in the science stream and intend to pursue a career in Mechanical
Engineering. Let me know about the higher study options and scope of this branch on
taking a B.Tech. degree and the related job prospects.
Akash P.T.
E-mail
Mechanical Engineering, the broadest of all engineering disciplines, deals with the
design and production of tools, machines and other mechanical equipment. The
evergreen branch is connected with Production Engineering and Automobile
Engineering.
Those who have done Plus Two with Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry or
Biotechnology or Computer Science can opt for the B.Tech. course in Mechanical
Engineering, as many smart students have been doing all these years. After taking the
degree, do postgraduate specialisation in Manufacturing, Thermal Engineering,
Machines Design, Management and so on. Or join a course in Mechatronics,
Nanotechnology or Robotics. Ph.D. programmes are another option.
Those who get a high score in the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE), a
qualifying test for scholarships and fellowships, have many higher study options after
taking the B.Tech. degree. Engineering graduates and final year B.Tech students may
take GATE, which is conducted by the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs). To score
a high percentile in GATE, go deep into the subject, which will help you get good
marks in the B.Tech. examinations as well.
The IITs and the National Institutes of Technology (NITs) are among the top premier
institutes that offer the M.Tech. course in Mechanical Engineering. After taking the
postgraduate degree, join a research programme leading to a Ph.D.. The All India
Council for Technical Education offers fellowships for research scholars.
The IITs Madras (www.iitm.ac.in), Kanpur (www.iitk.ac.in), Kharagpur
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(www.iitkgp.ernet.in) and Guwahati (www.iitg.ernet.in) offer the M.Tech. course in
Mechanical Engineering. An M.Tech. course in Aerospace or Aeronautical engineering
is a higher study option for Mechanical Engineering graduates with a high GATE score.
The IIT Kanpur offers M.Tech. and Ph.D. programmes in Aerospace Engineering.
The NIT, Calicut, offers an M.Tech. course in Mechanical Engineering with
specialisation in Industrial Engineering and Management; Thermal Science;
Manufacturing Technology; Energy Management; and Material Science and
Technology. A GATE score is required for admission (www.nitc.ac.in).
The NIT, Tiruchirapalli, offers an M.Tech. course in Design and Production of Thermal
Power Equipment with specialisation in Industrial Safety Engineering; Manufacturing
Technology; Welding Engineering; Material Science; Industrial Engineering; Energy
Engineering; and so on. A B.Tech. degree in Mechanical Engineering with minimum
60 per cent marks is required for admission. Selection shall be through an entrance
test and the GATE score (www.nitt.edu).
Delhi Technological University, Delhi, conducts M.Tech. programmes in Thermal
Engineering and Production Engineering (www.dce.edu).
The Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITs) offers an ME course in
Mechanical Engineering on its Pilani campus and another with specialisation in
Thermal Engineering on its Hyderabad campus (www.bitsadmission.com).
In Kerala, the College of Engineering, Sreekaryam, Thiruvananthapuram, run by the
State government, offers an M.Tech. course in Mechanical Engineering with
specialisation in Thermal Science, Machine Design, Propulsion Engineering and
Industrial Engineering.
The TKM College of Engineering, Kollam, offers the course with specialisation in
Industrial Refrigeration and Cryogenic Engineering.
The Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Technology, Kottayam, offers the course with
specialisation in Industrial Engineering and Management.
At the Government Engineering College, Thrissur, the specialisations are in
Production Engineering and Internal Combustion Engines and Turbo Machinery.
Mechanical Engineering graduates with minimum 50 per cent marks and a GATE score
are eligible for admission to these colleges. Those from Kerala will be considered for
admission without a GATE score if a sufficient number of applicants with the score are
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unavailable.
The College of Engineering, Thiruvananthapuram, handles the joint admission
process to government and aided engineering colleges under the supervision of the
Director of Technical Education (www.dtekerala.gov.in, www.cet.ac.in). There are
several engineering colleges in the private sector offering M.Tech. programmes. Mar
Athanasius College of Engineering, Kothamangalam; SCMS School of Engineering and
Technology, Aluva; Amal Jyothi College of Engineering, Kanjirapally; Viswajyothy
College of Engineering and Technology, Vazhakulam (Muvattupuzha); MES College of
Engineering, Kuttippuram; and Amrita School of Engineering, Ettimadai, Coimbatore,
are among them.
The Department of Mechanical Engineering of the Indian Institute of Science (IISc),
Bangalore, offers a five-year Ph.D. programme for Mechanical Engineering graduates
with a good academic record and aptitude in research. The IISc offers an ME course
covering a broad area of Mechanical Engineering.
The Common Entrance Examination for Design (CEED) is conducted for engineering
graduates and final-year engineering degree students for admission to the Master of
Design (M.Des) programme at the IITs Bombay, Delhi, Guwahati and Kanpur and the
IISc Bangalore.
Robotics is the scientific study of the design and making of robots. Mechatronics
combines Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science,
incorporating the ideas of Mechanical and Electronics Engineering into a whole and in
particular covers those areas of engineering concerned with the increasing integration
of Mechanical, Electronics and Software Engineering into a production process.
M.Tech. programmes in Mechatronics are a good higher study option for graduates in
Mechanical Engineering.
Nanotechnology is another higher study option. This engineering technology has high
potential and involves several disciplines. Its major applications lie in the
manufacturing sector. M.Tech. Nanotechnology programmes are offered in a few
universities and institutions in India.
ME Mechanical Engineering (CAD/CAM) and tool design programmes are suitable
higher study options for graduates in Mechanical Engineering. The Central Institute of
Tool Design, Hyderabad, is a premier institute offering these courses.
MBA or postgraduate diploma programmes in Management are other suitable higher
study options.
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Mechanical Engineering graduates can find employment in the manufacturing
industry, especially in automobile, locomotive and petroleum companies. Those who
obtain M.Tech. and Ph.D. degrees can find teaching positions.
Gopakumar Karakonam

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