Mechanical Engineer Jobs Scope, Salary, Courses, Top Colleges

by Tanvi Sharma

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What is Mechanical Engineering?

Do you love being around machines and their designing and manufacturing procedures thrill you then mechanical engineering is the stream you should opt for to pursue your interests. Mechanical Engineering, as a career option in India is considered to be a safe choice.

This article focuses on exploring all about Mechanical Engineering and its important aspects like its eligibility, top institutes, job profile, key recruiters and mechanical engineering course profile.


Mechanical Engineering Jobs Scope

Mechanical Engineering career has a great scope. It is rightly called evergreen field as it is the only branch of engineering which is immune to the impact of recession. Mechanical Engineering is one of the oldest and broadest engineering branches that came into existence from the need to design and manufacture everything- from small individual parts and devices like nuts and bolts to large systems like that of an aircraft. The branch applies the principles of engineering, physics and material science for the design, analysis, manufacturing and maintenance of mechanical systems. This branch of engineering involves design, production, and operation of machinery.


Key Recruiters of Mechanical Engineers in India

Bharat Earth Movers, Hindustan Unilever, Alstom, Ashok Leyland, Caterpillar India, Chrysler, Coromandel, Foster Wheeler, General Motors, Honda Scooters, L&T, Mahindra & Mahindra, Maruti Suzuki, Robert Bosch Tata Technologies, TCE, Tech Mahindra, TVS, Voltas, Wipro, Royal Enfield Saint Gobain and Whirlpool


Different Roles of Mechanical Engineers in India

Mechanical engineering is considered the root of all branches of engineering and the roles and responsibilities held by a mechanical engineer are versatile and depends on their area of specialisation and the industry they are working for.

In broad terms, the job profile of mechanical engineers can be classified into the following functional segments:
Research and Development (R&D): Engineers whose role is to do research and then plan for new machines and their constituent parts.
Design: Professionals whose responsibility is to draft technical drawings, manually or with the aid of computers.
Production: Engineers who supervise the manufacturing of mechanical components and machines.
Analysis and testing: Engineers who analyse and test different types of machines and their parts to ensure that they function flawlessly.
Installation: Professionals who install machines and mechanical parts at the client location.
Maintenance: Engineers whose primary role is to ensure that machinery is working as per specifications.


Mechanical Engineers Salary in Government and Industry

The salary packages offered to a graduate in Mechanical engineering vary. Some of the factors that can help you assess the salary package of a B Tech (Mechanical Engineering) are –

Experience – The number of years of experience held by a Graduate in Mechanical engineering is a very crucial factor. A fresher can expect a decent salary package of 2 to 3 lakhs per annum while a Mechanical engineer with an experience of 5 to 6 years can get anywhere between 6 to 8 lakhs per annum.

Industry – The type of industry where you are placed must be considered too. While the salaries in government owned companies are slightly on the lower side in comparison to those offered by the privately owned establishments. Although to equalise the difference, one can expect other benefits that are associated with working in the government sector.
Last but not the least, the candidates performance, intelligence and calibre are the most important criteria for getting selected for a job. These will definitely help you in calculating your ideal salary package and expected professional growth.


To be a Mechanical Engineer, what is the Eligibility Criteria?

Undergraduate: For admission in a bachelor’s degree, the candidate must have passed the higher secondary school certificate (10+2) examination with science subjects such as Physics, maths and chemistry. For IITs, It is mandatory to qualify the Joint Entrance Examinations (JEE). The duration of this course is 4 years.

Post Graduate: The eligibility criteria for pursuing a master’s degree are holding a bachelor’s degree, (B.E/B.Tech) or any other equivalent branches of engineering. The duration of this course is 2 years.


Mechanical Engineering Courses

Given below are various mechanical engineering courses at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels:

Undergraduate Courses :

  1. Bachelor of Engineering (B.E.) Mechanical Engineering
  2. Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech.) Mechanical Engineering
  3. Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech.) Mechanical & Automation Engineering
  4. Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech.) Mechatronics

Postgraduate Courses:

  1. Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering
  2. Master of Engineering in Tool Design
  3. Master of Technology in Mechanical Engineering
  4. Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering


Some specialized streams in post-graduation in Mechanical Engineering are as follows:

Mechanical engineering, Mechanical Design, Nanotechnology, Micro Electro Mechanical Systems, Structural Analysis, Kinematics, Computer-Aided Design and Manufacturing, Production Engineering, Turbo machinery and Combustion Systems, Mechatronics and Robotics, Computational Fluid Dynamics and Acoustics, Rapid Prototyping Mechanics, Thermodynamics and Thermo-Science


Diploma Courses in Mechanical Engineering

Diploma in Mechanical Engineering is for three/four years, minimum eligibility for which is an intermediate (10 + 2) in Science. Alternatively, B.E. or B. Tech. graduates can take up post graduate diploma (PGD) in Mechanical Engineering.


Mechanical Engineering Certificate Courses:

Post graduate and undergraduate certificate courses in various fields within Mechanical Engineering are also offered by several universities and colleges


Top Mechanical Engineering Colleges in India

Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT Bombay)
Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IIT Delhi)
Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS-Pilani)
Indian Institute of Technology – Banaras Hindu University (IIT-BHU)
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT Guwahati)
National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli
Indian School of Mines (ISM)
National Institute of Technology, Surathkal
Birla Institute of Technology
Jadavpur University (Faculty of Engineering & Technology)
Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology
PSG College of Technology
PEC University of Technology
Bengal Engineering and Science University
Malaviya National Institute of Technology
Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology
Thapar University
Manipal Institute of Technology, Karnataka
University Visvesvaraya College of Engineering – Karnataka
Amrita Institute of Technology and Sciences – Tamil Nadu


This article has information from various sources to impart knowledge regarding job prospects and scope of mechanical engineering as a career option in India with a hope to help our subscribers in choosing their desired field of mechanical engineering as a profession.