Brewing Engineering Career

Tuesday, 24. November 2009

The Industry of Brewing and Distillation of alcohol and sugar products is a flourishing mega-crore business in India. Harvesting of sugarcane is a major commercial crop in UP, Maharashtra and Karnataka on which depend the multi-billion industries of sugar production, brewing of beer and other alcoholic beverages. Famous distilleries like Shaw Wallace, McDowell, UB and Jagatjit Industries are in constant need of engineers qualified in brewing, who are paid well. Hence, young persons can opt for brewing engineering for lucrative careers as a change from the traditional engineering disciplines.

Eligibility, Entrance Exams and Courses:

There is no separate engineering degree in Brewing. Candidates should obtain a B.E/B.Tech degree from any recognized engineering institution in Biochemical or Biotechnology Engineering which teach sugar and brewing technologies. However, there a few PG degrees/diplomas in Brewing offered by certain institutions after obtaining graduate degree in Biochemical/ Biotechnology Engineering.

Indian Institute of Technology – Joint Entrance Examination (IIT-JEE)

A candidate must meet each of the following conditions:

  • He/she can attempt JEE only twice, in consecutive years.
  • He/she should have passed (10+2) or equivalent qualifying examination in 2008 or should be appearing in 2009, and secure at least 60% (55% for SC/ST & Physically disabled )
  • Minimum age limit of 25 yrs as on 1st October (30 yrs for SC/ST and PD candidates).

Each State has its own particular eligibility criteria and entrance exams. Some famous Engineering Institutions have their own entrance exams like EAMCET for A.P, KCET for Karnataka and TCET for Tamil Nadu which are usually conducted in the month of May-June. Candidates should ascertain precise details directly from these Institutions.

Top Colleges for Courses in Biochemical/Biotechnology Engineering:

  • Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai-600036
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur-208016
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur-721302
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi-110016
  • Regional Engineering College, Rourkela-769008
  • Regional Engineering College, Durgapur-713209
  • Zakir Hussain College of Engineering & Technology, Aligarh Muslim University Aligarh-202002
  • Banaras Hindu University, Institute of Technology, Varanasi-221005
  • Andhra University College of Engineering, Visakhapatnam-530003)
  • University Department of Chemical Technology (Autonomous), University of Mumbai, Mumbai-400019
  • NATIONAL SUGAR INSTITUTE, Ministry of Food & Consumer Affairs, Kalianpur, Kanpur 208017 offers the following courses:
    (A) Post Graduate Diploma Course of Associateship of National Sugar Institute in Sugar Technology (on merit basis of written entrance examination).
    Qualification: B.Sc with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics Or Bachelors degree in chemical engineering having secured minimum 45% marks in aggregate, provided that in the case of candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes minimum marks will be 40 %.(B) Post Graduate Diploma Course in Industrial Fermentation and Alcohol Technology. Qualification: B.Sc. with Chemistry as one of the subject   with one year experience in a distillery/brewery as on 31st March.

Career Opportunities and Job Prospects:

Brewing engineers provide the engineering expertise to modify, design, install and maintain brewing, beer processing and high-speed packaging plants. There are more employment opportunities in larger companies or specialist brewing engineering consultancies.


Remuneration depends on the specialist qualifications of the candidate and the standing of the company. Small indigenous breweries may offer salary of about Rs 20,000/- pm to freshers. Reputed large breweries and distillers such as Shaw Wallace, UB, McDowell and foreign blenders & bottlers in India give much better remuneration in the range of Rs 25,000/- to Rs 30,000/- pm to start with to Brewing engineers.

2 Responses to “Brewing Engineering Career”

  1. Sayali Says:

    I m with degree of in food technology. If i m eligible for alcohol tech or not….plz reply as soon as possible

  2. swapnil Says:

    i am looking for a short brewing course in india , i have done b-com . can you help me to find one.

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