Material Science and Metallurgical Engineering Career

Monday, 7. December 2009

Materials science or materials engineering is an interdisciplinary field which investigates the relationship of the structure of materials at atomic or molecular scales. It includes elements of applied physics and chemistry. Important elements of modern materials science are a product of the space race such as the metallic alloys, and silica and carbon materials, used in the construction of space vehicles enabling the exploration of space. Many materials science departments were named metallurgy departments. The field has since broadened to include every class of materials, including: ceramics, polymers, semiconductors, magnetic materials, medical implant materials and biological materials (materiomics). The study of rare metal alloys is a significant part of materials science. Polymers which are in current widespread use for manufacture of light and super strong space applications are polyethylene, polypropylene, PVC, polystyrene, nylons, polyesters, acrylics, polyurethanes, and polycarbonates.

Newer and rarer materials are required for use in future inventions in Aerospace, Aeronautics, Nuclear weapons, nuclear energy and space exploration. This is the domain of Materials Science & Metallurgical engineers who will be in great demand in these enterprises.

Eligibility, Entrance Exams and Courses

B.E/B.Tech degree courses in Materials Science & Metallurgical Engineering are offered by all Indian Institutes of Tech and most National Institutes of Tech.

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

A candidate must fulfill each of the following conditions:

  • Can attempt JEE only twice, in consecutive years.
  • 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 which are conducted in the month of May-June. Candidates should ascertain precise details directly from these Institutions.

Top Colleges for Courses in Materials Science & Engineering

  • Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai-600036
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur-208016
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur-721302
  • 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)
  • Delhi College of Engineering, Delhi-110006
  • The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Faculty of Technology & Engineering ,Vadodara-390002
  • Sardar Vallabhai Regional College of Engineering and Technology, Surat-395007
  • College of Engineering & Technology, Navi Mumbai-410209
  • Jadavapur University, Faculty of Engineering and Technology, Calcutta-700032
  • Anna University, Sardar Patel Road, Chennai 600025 (T.N.)   Ph:044-22351126, Fax:044-22351956

Career openings in the fields of Aerospace & Space exploration are highly competitive. Hence, aspirants may do well to acquire Post-graduate & Doctoral qualifications in Materials Science & Metallurgical Engineering from reputed All India Institutions of Technology.

Career Opportunities and Job Prospects

The race for ‘Outer-space’ domination and launching of Communication satellites demand highly qualified engineers in Materials Science & Metallurgical Engineering for design and development of Satellites & Rockets both in India and abroad. ISRO in India and NASA in USA are badly in need of brilliant Scientists and Rocketry engineers to provide fresh ideas and innovations.


Salaries of Materials Science & Metallurgical engineering graduates employed in ISRO and other Aerospace organizations are in the region of Rs 25,000/- pm to start with. Candidates having Post-graduate & Doctoral qualifications may start at Rs 35,000/- to  Rs 45,000/- pm. Candidates migrating to the US, France and Germany to work in NASA, Aerospatiale etc will get fabulous salaries in Dollars & Euros which are unimaginable in India.

One Response to “Material Science and Metallurgical Engineering Career”


    i completed my B E IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING and M tech in MATERIALS ENGINEERING so please tell me openings for my profile in INDIA, BANGALORE, CHENNAI, HYDERBAD

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