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Mechanical Engineering

I am doing a B.Tech. Mechanical Engineering course with specialisation in Production. I want to know about the higher study options and job opportunities in this discipline. Also let me know if doing an MBA course is a suitable option after taking the B.Tech. degree?

JITHIIN DEV

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM

Mechanical Engineering graduates, especially those who score high in the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE), have many higher study options. 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 Indian Institutes of Technology (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 a postgraduate degree, a student can 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 (www.iitkgp.ernet.in) and Guwahati (www.iitg.ernet.in), offer the M.Tech. course. An M.Tech. course in Aerospace or Aeronautical Engineering is a higher study option for Mechanical Engineering graduates with a 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 will be through an entrance test (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, 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 it 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 60 per cent marks and a GATE score are eligible for admission to these colleges. Only those from Kerala without a GATE score will be considered for admission if a sufficient number of applicants with the score are unavailable to fill the seats.

The College of Engineering, Thiruvananthapuram, handles the joint admission process to government and government-aided engineering colleges under the supervision of the Director of Technical Education. The admission notification can be expected in May or June. The selection list will be published on www.dtekerala.gov.in or www.cet.ac.in. Students with a GATE score get a scholarship of Rs. 8,000 a month.

The Mar Athanasius College of Engineering, Kothamangalam (www.mace.ac.in), offers a self-financing M.Tech. course with specialisation in production and industrial engineering. A Mechanical Engineering degree with 60 per cent marks and a GATE score are required for admission.

The SCMS School of Engineering Technology, Aluva, offers the M.Tech. course, admitting candidates with 60 per cent marks and above in the B.Tech. course (www.scmsgroup.org).

The Amal Jyothi College of Engineering, Kanjirappally, offers an M.Tech. course in machine design (www.amaljyothi.ac.in).

The Viswajyothi College of Engineering and Technology, Vazhakulam, Muvattupuzha, offers an M.Tech. course in Industrial Engineering and Management (www.vjcet.ac.in).

The MES College of Engineering, Kuttipuram, offers an M.Tech. programme in Thermal Systems for Mechanical or Automobile Engineering graduates (www.mesce.ac.in).

The Amrita School of Engineering, Ettimadai, Coimbatore, conducts an M.Tech. course in Engineering Design and Manufacturing Engineering. Those with at least 60 per cent marks in the B.Tech. course in Mechanical Engineering are eligible to apply. Applicants with a GATE score get preference in admission and if selected, in scholarships (www.amrita.edu).

At IISc

The Department of Mechanical Engineering of the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, offers a direct five-year Ph.D. course for Mechanical Engineering graduates with a good academic record and aptitude in research. Admission is based on the GATE score and an interview. Students get monthly scholarships. The department also offers an M.Sc. engineering course for engineering graduates interested in research. Students should do course work followed by research. Admission is based on the GATE score and an interview.

The IISc offers an ME programme covering a broad area of Mechanical Engineering. The students can convert their registration to that of a Ph.D. before taking the postgraduate degree. Admission is on the basis of a GATE score. All students get monthly financial assistance. Those with an ME or M.Tech. degree can opt for the Ph.D. programme. Admission is based on an interview. The course duration is four-and-a-half years. Students get monthly scholarships or fellowships.

Engineering graduates and final-year B.Tech. students may take GATE conducted by the IITs. The Common Entrance Examination for Design (CEED), also for engineering graduates and final-year engineering degree students, is conducted for admission to the Master of Design (M.Des) programme at the IITs, Bombay, Delhi, Guwahati and Kanpur, and the IISc.

Robotics

Another suitable higher study option for Mechanical Engineering graduates is Robotics. Robotics is the scientific study of the design and making of robots. Jadavpur University, Kolkata (ME Robotics); the University of Hyderabad (M.Tech. Artificial Intelligence and Robotics); the University College of Engineering, Osmania University, Hyderabad (M.Tech. Automation and Robotics); Thapar Institute of Engineering Technology (Thapar University), Patiala (ME Robotics); PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore (M.Tech. Mechanical Engineering with Robotics as an elective subject); and SRM University, Kattamkulathur, Chennai (M.Tech. Robotics); are some of the institutions offering higher study facilities in Robotics.

Mechatronics combines Mechanical and 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 rare in India. VIT University, Vellore; Rajalakshmi Engineering College, Thandalam, Chennai; and Karpagam College of Engineering, Coimbatore, offer them.

Nanotechnology

It is another option for higher study for Mechanical Engineering graduates. This engineering technology has high potential and involves several disciplines. Its major applications lie in the manufacturing sector. M.Tech. programmes in the discipline are offered in very few institutions in India. They include Jadavpur University, Kolkata; the NIT, Calicut; Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham; the Amity Institute of Nanotechnology; and the Birla Institution of Technology, Mesra, Ranchi.

Tool design

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

Postgraduate diploma programme in Management or the MBA course are among the higher study options for engineering graduates. Since the quality of management education is important, choose reputable business schools or institutions. Those who have an engineering degree and higher qualifications in management can easily find managerial positions. Since Mechanical Engineering is the broadest of all engineering disciplines, dealing with design and production of tools, machines and other mechanical equipment, it offers a wide choice of career options.