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New area: Industrial engineering is an emerging discipline, and there are lots of job opportunities in the private sector.

New area: Industrial engineering is an emerging discipline, and there are lots of job opportunities in the private sector.  

Options in industrial engineering

I am a Plus Two student, and would like to know more about B.Tech. degree course in industrial engineering. Kindly provide with the details about this course.


What is industrial engineering? Kindly let me know the details of the institutions that offer B.Tech. degree in industrial engineering, the selection procedures and related career prospects.


Industrial engineering is an emerging discipline that deals with the design, development, implementation and evaluation of integrated systems, which include human knowledge, equipment, energy, material and processes that are needed for an industry.

The discipline uses the principles and methods of engineering analysis to makes processes more efficient. The discipline also aims at eliminating waste of time, money, materials, energy and other resources. In short, industrial engineers integrate people, technology and information to improve efficiency. It is also a combination of mechanical engineering and management.

B.Tech. degree

The discipline mainly comes under the streams of science and engineering. For the degree course, the subjects covered include mechanical engineering, project management, human aspects of management, decision modelling and operations research. Industrial management as a specialisation can also be pursued. The main objective of the course will be to equip students to become middle-level management professionals in the industrial field. An M.Tech. degree in industrial engineering is equivalent to an MBA degree.

Study facilities

The Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) are the prominent institutes that offer the four-year B.Tech. degree in industrial engineering. IITs at Kharagpur (, Delhi ( and Roorkee ( offer a four-year B.Tech. course in production and industrial engineering.

IIT Kharagpur also offers integrated M.Tech. or dual degree course— B. Tech in manufacturing science and engineering and M. Tech in industrial engineering and management.

Admission to these programmes is through the IIT-Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) conducted every year.


The curriculum for the B.Tech in industrial engineering course at IIT Kharagpur is broadly divided into two sections:

The first section includes mathematics, physics, chemistry, basic electronics, mechanics, electrical technology, engineering drawing and graphics, introduction to manufacturing process, programming and data structure and English for communication. These subjects help students to establish a solid base in the principles of engineering sciences.

The second section specifically deals with the discipline of industrial engineering. The subjects include engineering economy, costing and accounting, information systems, operations research, production planning and control, casting-forming and welding, quality design and control, machine tools and machining facility layout and design, simulation, management of inventory system, work system design and so on.

Students of industrial engineering will have to undergo product development (with project) classes along with industrial training and viva, before earning their B.Tech. degree.

The Manipal Institute of Technology offers a BE course in industrial and production engineering. Selection is based on an online entrance test. More details can be had from the website

In Kerala

B.Tech. degree courses in industrial engineering are very rare in the State. The Department of Mechanical Engineering, Government Engineering College, Sreekariyam, Thiruvananthapuram-695016 offers B.Tech. degree in industrial engineering. A total of 31 seats are available. The selection is based on the rank obtained in the State engineering entrance examination. Those who have passed Plus Two with 50 per cent marks in mathematics and 50 per cent marks in mathematics, physics and chemistry / biotechnology / computer science/ biology in aggregate are eligible to appear for the engineering entrance examination.

Students can also take up mechanical engineering for B.Tech. degree, and later pursue MBA or a postgraduate programme in management at leading institutes like the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs), Xavier Labour Relations Institute (XLRI), Jamshedpur, Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar, Bharathidasan Institute of Management, Tiruchirappalli, NMIMS University, NIT Calicut and so on.

Students can also write the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) in the final or pre-final year of their B.Tech. degree course if they wish pursue M.Tech. in industrial engineering with scholarship.

M.Tech. course

The following colleges offer higher education facilities for B.Tech. degree holders in industrial engineering with GATE scores:

Government Engineering College, Sreekariyam, Thiruvananthapuram offers M.Tech. in industrial engineering.

National Institute of Technology (NIT), Calicut (, offers M.Tech. in mechanical engineering with industrial engineering and management as one of the specialisations.

NIT, Tiruchirappalli – 620015 offers M.Tech. degree in industrial engineering course for BE/ B.Tech. degree holders with 60 per cent marks in industrial, productions and mechanical engineering. Selection is based on an entrance test or GATE score (

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur ( offers M.Tech. degree in industrial engineering.

IIT Kanpur ( offers M.Tech. degree and Ph.D. in industrial and management engineering.

Amrita School of Engineering, Ettimadai, Coimbatore – 641105 (, offers M.Tech. degree in engineering design; integrated design and manufacturing. BE/ B.Tech. degree holders in industrial engineering with 60 per cent marks are eligible for admission. Preference will be given to applicants with GATE score.

PSG College of Technology, Peelamedu, Coimbatore- 641004 ( affiliated to Anna University, Coimbatore offers M.Tech. degree in mechanical engineering with specialisation in industrial engineering.

Anna University, Coimbatore ( offers ME degree in industrial engineering.

National Institute of Foundry and Forge Technology (affiliated to Ranchi University) Ranchi – 834003, offers M.Tech. degree in manufacturing engineering. B.Tech. degree holders in industrial engineering with a valid GATE score are eligible for admission.

National Institute of Industrial Engineering, Mumbai – 400087 offers postgraduate diploma in industrial engineering. GATE qualified candidates with a first class engineering or technology degree can apply (

Alternative route

The Indian Institution of Industrial Engineering, Navi Mumbai (, provides an alternative route to enter into the profession of industrial engineers by giving a graduate/ associate membership. Detailed information can be collected from the website

Career prospects

Those who have higher qualifications and adequate managerial experience can work in top positions in the industrial or management field with attractive remuneration and incentives.

Industrial engineers can also work as plant engineers, manufacturing engineers, quality control engineers, process engineers and industrial manufacturers in different large-scale industries and service sector. Most of the opportunities are in private sector companies.

Bachelor's degree holders in engineering and technology are eligible to appear in the Indian Engineering Services Examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission annually. M.Tech. degree/ Ph.D. holders are eligible to get employment as lecturers in the engineering colleges.


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