How to Become a Mechanical Engineer?

Mechanical engineering is considered as one of the oldest fields of engineering. Fondly called the ‘mother’ branch of engineering, the scope of mechanical engineering has increased beyond its traditional boundaries. Now mechanical engineers are paying more attention towards different areas of research like nanotechnology, environmental conservation, bio-medical, etc. Due to the ever increasing scope of this particular job profile, there is a high demand of engineers who can play an important role in the product development and also get into the financial aspect of products. In a nutshell, this branch of engineering offers a wide range of mechanical engineering job options to students who want to build a promising and stimulating career.

Qualifications required to build a career in this field of engineering
Clearing 10+2 with Physics, Chemistry and Maths (PCM) as main subjects is the first step which you need to take in order to build a career as the engineer. In order to become eligible for the graduate program, you should at least score 60% marks. In India, there are various reputed colleges which are imparting engineering education. However, these colleges conduct entrance examinations and the admission is given only after clearing the exam. Some of the common entrance examinations are-

1= The Joint Entrance Examination for IITs (IITJEE) for admission to various IITs
2= All-India Engineering Entrance Exam (AIEEE) for admission to various National Institutes of Technology or regional engineering colleges

Apart from the above engineering examinations, many private colleges conduct their own entrance exams and provide admissions on the basis of exam results only. There are diploma courses also, which you can pursue after completing your class 10th with 50%. You can also go for the associate membership qualification from the Institute of Mechanical Engineers. After completing your degree program in engineering, you can also go for the post-graduate program like ME/MTech program. If you want to do a PhD course then you should appear for the Graduate Aptitude Test for Engineers (GATE), which is conducted by IITs.

Below is the list of top colleges which are offering engineering education in India-
1= All IITs
2= Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS-Pilani)
3= All NITs
4= Jadavpur University (Faculty of Engineering & Technology)
5= Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology
6= PSG College of Technology
7= PEC University of Technology
8= Bengal Engineering and Science University
9= Malaviya National Institute of Technology
10= Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology
11= Thapar University
12= College of Engineering Pune
13= Manipal Institute of Technology, Karnataka
14= R.V.College of Engineering
15= Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute, Mumbai, Maharashtra
16= University College of Engineering (Osmania University), Hyderabad, Andhra
17= Sri Sivasubramaniya Nadar College of Engineering – Tamil Nadu
18= Sardar Vallabhbhai National Institute of Technology, Surat, Gujarat
19= Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh
20= Nirma University – Institute of Technology, Ahmedabad, Gujarat
21= Visvesvaraya College of Engineering – Karnataka
22= Shri Ramdeobaba College of Engineering and Management, Nagpur

Where to search mechanical engineering jobs?
As mechanical engineering is the broadest field of engineering, therefore, the job prospects for skilled engineers are also abundant. Engineers are required for designing, testing, manufacturing and installing a wide range of machines that are then used across different industries. Due to the intricate nature of this job, it is possible to find mechanical engineering jobs both in private and government sector undertakings.

There are various industries where you can find ample of jobs. It includes space research, air conditioning, bio-medical, aeronautical industry. Similarly, in the government sector, there is a high demand of engineers. They work as consultants & technical experts and help in the smooth functioning of different government-run projects. Even employment opportunities can be explored in the education sector also, where after earning the post-graduate degree in engineering, engineers can work as lecturers.

Some of the top companies offering mechanical engineering jobs are-
1= Siemens
2= Reliance Industries
3= Tata Motors
4= Larsen and Toubro
5= GE Global Research
6= ITC
7= HUL
8= Britannia
9= Shell
10= Ford
11= ONGC
12= Kirloskar
13= Maruti
14= Jindal Steel
15= Volkswagen

How much can you earn as a mechanical engineer?
On an average, a fresher mechanical engineer can earn between Rs 25,000-35,000/month. Those engineers who are holding high degrees like a post-graduate degree from a reputed college like IIT, can easily earn Rs 30-40 lakh/annum.

India And It’s New Grassroots

While at Bangalore recently, I met two passionate young entrepreneurs (both, coincidentally, carried the designation of ‘Founder’ in their visiting cards – a phenomena increasing sharply in incidence!) heading technology startups. The new grassroots of the new Indian turf was becoming evident in these profiles I examined. Both the companies were recently funded and wore a sheen & smell of fresh paint (figurative in one case, literal in the other) in their offices. The enthusiasm was palpable, and the mood buoyant and both companies were poised to change the world around them. This is the smell of the grassroots of the new India!

The first company, called Textual Analytics, headed by a linguist, before he went on to find the connection between software and language and decided to decode language. Noam Chomsky, a thought leader in language and also carrying the mantle of emeritus professor of linguistics at MIT, is sure to have a comment or two to make on the subject. But, this entrepreneur who heads Textual has firmly fixed his sights, maybe even a little irreverently, at changing the way language can be interpreted with the help of information technology.

The second company, iRunway by name, is run by some young IIT-ISB graduates. They are joined by at least a few dozen 20-somethings from IIT (and as they proudly proclaim, they often beat Google in hiring these graduates!). As I understood it, they manage the patents lifecycle – from decoding the patents to filing them. Seeing them, Page & Brin would surely remember their initial days at Stanford. iRunway’s Bangalore office environment was replete with lounge chairs, bright colours & late hours all rolled into one.

So, what’s new – that’s the way all start-ups look! Well, the novelty comes from the fact that these are the new grassroots of the new India. After the companies of the west Banglored their way into India, and the manufacturing world took to Pune & Chennai (among other cities), a newly charged India is now visible. India’s entrepreneurial spirit will emerge as the epicenter of global growth over the next two decades. It is this uniqueness that perhaps will set the country at the driver’s seat of the world economy through the next couple of decades outpacing all predictions made so far.

Never has a nation been so desperate to change the world. This is the new India at the grassroots!

India’s Top Tech Universities

The Indian techies are always in demand, courtesy to our various premier institutes, which provide world class education facilities and experienced faculty members. It seems that these institutes have undertaken the duty of developing technology experts to make the country proud. Also, these universities have worked hard to satisfy the growing needs for skilled and qualified professionals in every field of technology.

Besides education, these universities have supported in yielding global reputation and garner the Indian talent to meet and justify the growing demands of the industries and corporate sector, globally. The feature here discusses various Indian tech universities, which has an edge over others.

1. Indian Institutes of Technology

The Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) are the premier engineering and technology-oriented institutes. They are fifteen in number and all are independent from others. The top most among the IITs are IIT Chennai, Mumbai, Kanpur and Delhi. The selection procedure is called as IIT-JEE, which absorbs around 4,000 candidates each year.

The B.Tech degree from the institute is the most enrolled undergraduate course being offered in various streams but Dual Degrees like integrated (five-year) Master of Technology, Master of Science and Master of Arts degrees are also offered. About 15,500 undergraduates and 12,000 graduate students study in the IITs, in addition to research scholars.

2. Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani (Rajasthan)

BITS, Pilani is a renowned science and technology institute of India with three campuses in the country and one campus in Dubai, UAE. It also has an extension centre at Bangalore. The institute is famous for its flexible curriculum and its admission procedure is called as BITSAT, which is quota free.

Founded in 1929, the premier institute absorbs about 4,000 students from all over the world. The total area covered by the institute is over 1,000 acres and offers a three-tier academic structure viz. Integrated First Degree, Higher Degree and Doctoral programs.

3. Anna University

Established in 1978 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, Anna University is an unitary type of institute that provides higher education in Engineering, Technology and Allied Sciences. It integrates four other technical institutes in the city. It was originally called as Perarignar Anna University of Technology (PAUT). In 2001, the Anna University was transformed into an affiliating university, which covers over 250 engineering colleges in the state.

Anna University has been producing over 65,000 engineering graduates every year. Also, the institute has registered over 3,800 Ph.D. scholars in various departments and other affiliated colleges. It also has four campuses viz. CEG, ACT and SAP in the main campus and MIT in Chromepet, which have departments of Engineering, Technology and Applied sciences.

World’s top tech universities

According to the latest study for the evaluation of top tech universities all over the world, it is reported that the North American universities dominates the list. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has topped the list maintaining the last year’s rank. Situated in Cambridge, it has five schools and over 34 academic departments.

California Institute of Technology (Caltech) is behind the list with the rank of tenth on the list. At No. 35, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology jumps four position compared to the last year.