In this article we give detailed information on the eligibility, job prospects and salary pay scales relating to the field of Metallurgical engineering. If you are new here, please read our previous article to get a gist of this specialization.
Metals form an imperative part of every company. Infrastructural developments are only possible with developments in this field. In other words Metallurgical science is the backbone of any industry.
Eligibility to study Metallurgy / Material science engineering:
The minimum eligibility for a career in this specialization is an under graduate degree (B.E) in Metallurgy / Material science.
There are many colleges and universities in India that offer bachelors as well as masters’ courses in this field. Firstly, to get a bachelors degree, the eligibility criterion is a Class XII / 10+2 pass in the M.P.C or P.M.C group i.e. Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics as main subjects.
Next, the admission to colleges / universities is via highly competitive entrance exams. Most IIT’s offer this course and to study at an IIT, you have to clear the JEE (Joint Entrance Exam of the IITs). To study at other regional and national colleges you have to clear their own separate entrance exams either state or national level. In recent times, most of these testing organizations are giving weightage to the marks scored in class XII. Hence you should also strive hard to score well in your board exams too.
Masters in metallurgical engineering:
One can also pursue a career in this field after their graduation i.e. at master’s level. To study masters in this field you should clear the GATE exam (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) to study at IITs. The state universities have their own exam too. A good score in GATE exam not only offers you a place to study at IITs or NITs but you can also apply to several PSUs in India such as SAIL, RINL, etc. to be eligible for GATE you should have completed your graduation (B.E. /B.Tech) in a similar field from a recognized University. Some specializations in this field include: nano technology, physical metallurgy, corrosion engineering, mineral processing, etc.
For success in this field you should possess analytical skills, good problem solving skills and engineering aptitude of materials. You should be able to work in teams & should have good communication skills as well.
With a degree in metallurgical engineering, you can get a job in government as well as private sector. Several big companies hire well qualified metallurgy engineers. Most of these companies would be heavy manufacturing enterprises! Companies like Ashok Leyland, Tata group of companies, Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited, Steel Authority of India (SAIL), Hindalco, Hindustan Aeronautics, etc. one can also work as a consultant to organizations involved in the research & development of new materials.
Salary Pay scale:
A graduate of IIT / NIT easily earns a monthly salary of about Rs. 30,000 to Rs. 50,000 excluding allowances like TA/DA, insurance, PF, etc. Several PSUs too offer exciting remuneration. Small companies pay anywhere between Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 25,000 a month. Several private sectors companies pay about Rs. 12 lakh per annum. Salary is not a constraint to experienced candidates. One can also up their ante by doing masters abroad at reputed universities. They command a huge remuneration and perks.
Places of study:
The details about the institutes, colleges and universities offering a degree in this field are listed in our comprehensive guide that will be published in our next article.