Manufacturing Engineering Career

Wednesday, 6. January 2010


Manufacturing Engineering refers to a range of human activity, from handicrafts to high tech, but is commonly applied to industrial production, in which raw materials are transformed into finished goods on a large scale.

The English system of manufacturing was a system of industrial production that required skilled machinists to produce parts from a design or model. But however skilled the machinist, parts were never absolutely identical and each part had to be manufactured laboriously to fit its counterpart.

The American system of manufacturing involves semi-skilled labour using machine tools and templates to make standardized, identical, interchangeable parts, manufactured to stipulated tolerance. Since parts are interchangeable, it is also possible to separate manufacture from assembly.

Some of the typical manufacturing industries are: Chemical industry (Pharmaceuticals), Construction, Electronics, Engineering(Semiconductors), Biotechnology , Energy industry , Bioengineering, Food and Beverage, Industrial design, Plastics, Tele- communications, Textile manufacturing, Aerospace manufacturing, Automotive industry etc.

Eligibility, Entrance Exams and Courses

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

IIT-JEE is one of the most important entrance examinations for qualifying in BE/B.Tech Engineering degrees.

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).

Top Colleges for Courses in Chemical Engineering

  • Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee
  • Birla Institute of Technology and Sciences, Pilani
  • Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati
  • Vellore Institute of Technology, Vellore
  • College of Engineering, Anna University, Chennai
  • National Institute of Technology, Warangal
  • PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore
  • Delhi College of Engineering, Delhi
  • International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad
  • National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirapalli.
  • Motilal Nehru Institute of Technology, Allahabad
  • National Institute of Technology, Calicut
  • National Institute of Technology, Rourkela
  • College of Engineering, Pune
  • Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, Ranchi
  • R.V. College of Engineering, Bangalore

*   For details of courses and contact details, see the individual websites of each   College.

Career Opportunities and Job Prospects

Engineers can work in any manufacturing, technical or design unit, be it petroleum refinery, a gas plant, fertilizer industry, synthetic material industry, food processing, pharmaceuticals and energy industries. Lucrative job opportunities are open in every production unit all over the country. Also, highly paid jobs are available in the Gulf countries.


Salaries depend on the type of engineering specialty and standing of the company. Indian companies offer Junior Engineers a starting salary of about Rs 15,000/- pm.

MNCs and reputed companies offer starting salary of Rs 25,000/- to Rs 30,000/- pm depending on the qualifications and specialization of the candidates. Salaries of engineers deputed to the Gulf countries go up to Dirhams/Dinars 15,000 pm plus perks.

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