Career Options for Mechanical Engineer

Career Options for Mechanical Engineer

The specializations include in areas like thermal engineering, design, and production engineering etc. Mechanical engineers work mainly in manufacturing firms. They can find work in administrative and managerial positions in government departments or public and private sector industries or do research as well as teaching in Research and teaching institutes. They could also opt for technical sales / marketing or work as independent consultants.

Job Options

Mechanical Engineering finds applications in all fields of technology. They could work in many industries including private or public sector industries of various types, and their work varies by industry and function. With the rapid rate of expansion in the industrial sector, the employment potential for mechanical engineers is very high. 

In the government sector, freshers could join as Junior Engineers and go up the ladder as Assistant Engineers,   Assistant Executive Engineers, Executive Engineers, Superintendent Engineers and so on.

 

These engineers are required in automobile, chemical, electronics, steel plants, oil exploration and refining, technical wings of armed forces, space research organisation, etc.  Candidates with post graduate degree or an additional management degree could find work in administrative and managerial positions in government departments or public and private sector industries or do research as well as teaching in Research and teaching institutes. They could also opt for technical sales / marketing or work as independent consultants.  Several government departments including Posts and Telegraphs, Defense, PWD, and CPWD employ mechanical engineers. Aeronautical, agricultural, automobile, chemical, and power plants, as well as the railways, need mechanical engineers to design and maintain their machinery. In agricultural sector, mechanical engineers play a vital role by establishing service centres for maintenance of tractors, oil engines, pump sets, electric motors and other agricultural equipments.

Mechanical Engineering graduates has several job opportunities in Marine engineering. After undergoing a basic pre sea training or studying marine engineering or nautical science course, they can join as engine cadets, marine engineers or navigating officers. Mechanical Engineering graduates can also opt for M.E/ M.Tech programmes in Marine engineering, Petroleum engineering, Aerospace/ Aeronautical engineering or Nanotechnology.

There is also the Associate Membership Examination of the Institute of Engineers (AMIE), which enables working people in the private and public sector, or diploma holders to acquire a Bachelor's engineering degree through distance education. A three year BEng degree course entitled Mechanical Engineering is also available. This course is also accredited with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers for Chartered Engineer status. 

career option is based on your interest. First decide whether you want to go for job after B.E or you want to study further. Coz all options are dependent upon your choice. If you opt for higher studies then first try to crack GATE.

go for M.S. from abroad universities

There are many specialized programs to suit your interests. Major countries that have top ranking universities for students wanting to pursue in a branch related to Mechanical engineering for M.S. (Master of Sciences) are:

 

  • USA
  • Germany
  • Japan

 

It will give you two benefits, first is you will be eligible for government jobs in PSUs like ONGC, DRDO, SAIL, BHEL, GAIL, NTPC, VSSC, ISRO, IOC, OIL & GAS etc. These organizations give opportunity to those who are GATE qualified.

Second is that you will get yourself enrolled in M.Tech / ME Mechanical engineering.

Employment Area:-

  • Aerospace
  • Automobile
  • Chemical
  • Communication
  • Computer
  • Steel
  • Power generation industries
  • Paper Manufacturing
  • Oil and Gas

Few Business Ideas

Starting with the most basic options that anyone can find a connect with. These are framed from the most common things we find around us. If you are a mechanical engineer, you can use these ideas to earn extra side-income while studying or it's just something you can pursue part-time.

From the top of my head, here are some ideas:

Waste Management Machine Designing & Installation
You can do a survey in the area you live and find out how the waste is being disposed in your area. Once you have enough information about how waste is collected, where it is disposed of and how it is segregated, you can design, plan and construct machines that make waste disposal and recycling easy.

Mechatronics based products - build and sell
This field literally means the best of both worlds. If you have taken a dig into electronics and have found yourself having a flair for it, mechantronics opens a wide arena of options for building a startup. Using skills from both domains, you can create products in your own house that are innovative and solve a key problem around you.
For example: 
 

  • Create a wearable device for the blind.
  • Create a smart walker as a solution for helping elderly and disabled people walk.

Make sure that your solution (your product) can be constructed for cheap and is sellable as a product in the market.

Build solar panels and install them in your area
Alternative energy source products ares the hottest in the startup world. You can come up with an idea to build solar panels cheaply in your own room and sell them in your area. You will need to plan a lot, calculate the need, determine the costs. It's a lot of hard work. 

Build solutions for supply chain management 
As a mechanical engineer, you are equipped with knowledge and tools required for procurement of raw material, manufacturing, testing, quality control as well as distribution. There are a lot of pitfalls in the such systems and if you study them closely, you can come up with cost-effective solutions to make this process more efficient for companies and of course charge fees.

Mechanical Engineering Graduates Tutor to make them ready for corporate world
It has become a well-known fact that engineering graduates in India are not prepared for the corporate jobs. In that, they lack resume building skills and communication skills. If you are good at any of that, you can help them build the same by conducting training programs.

In most countries, you will have to be certified by the professional body after completion of your degree in Mechanical engineering.

For this certification process, you will have to fulfill a range of conditions including mandatory exam at the end of the course and work experience before being certified. Then you will be designated as the Professional Engineer (USA, Canada & SA), a Chartered Engineer (Commonwealth Countries), and European Engineers (European Countries).

In Spain, Portugal and South America the degree is conducted with the formal name as “Mechanical Engineer” of six years duration.

It has the following specialized academic programmes leading to the M.Tech degree and PhD research field.

  • Mechanics
  • Mechatronics and robotics
  • Structural analysis
  • Thermodynamics and thermo-science
  • Design and drafting
  • Micro electro-mechanical systems (MEMS)
  • Friction stir welding (FSW)
  • Composites
  • Mechatronics
  • Nanotechnology
  • Finite element analysis
  • Biomechanics
  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • Acoustical engineering

Few Companies

Here are some reputed firms which require the mechanical engineers whenever (Mechanical Engineering Recruiters):

  • Tata motors
  • Bajaj
  • hero
  • Leyland
  • ford
  • Honda
  • BARC
  • BHEL
  • NTPC
  • ISRO
  • DRDO
  • COAL INDIA
  • ECIL
  • ARMY
  • NAVY
  • HAL
  • SAIL
  • Aban group
  • Central mechanical engineering research institute
  • sun grace
  • ved engineering
  • Design tech system Ltd

Salary

In India, a student who has cleared the degree in Mechanical Engineering can get the offer of salary started from 5 lakh per annum upto 20+ lakh per annum.

Source:-Internet & Various Books

 

 

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