Production and industrial engineering, as an organizational branch of engineering, presents some fruitful career options. This write-up describes the courses, colleges, and opportunities for a production and industrial engineer.

Careers in Production and Industrial Engineering

Production and industrial engineering revolves around designing and installation of integrated systems for human and materials, equipment, and processes in order to increase the productivity of goods. The curriculum offered under production and industrial engineering program enables individuals to utilize the concepts and hypotheses associated with science, engineering, and mathematics for solving complex problems, through analysis of research and development, production, product or service sales, construction, assessment, and upkeep. Engineers graduating in this branch aim at higher productivity by adopting integrated design, efficient planning, and operative systems. Over the recent years, this field has invited large-scale investment and craved for considerable manpower. These skilled personnel are also responsible for developing management control systems to provide the right kind of assistance in financial planning, cost analysis, and production planning for the physical distribution of goods and services. With a creative mind, analytical and detail-oriented skills, good communicating abilities, and a strong base in computer application, engineers in production and industrial engineering can excel largely.

Course Details
Candidates, who desire to establish a career in production and industrial engineering, can pursue courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Students interested in enrolling in a four-year BE/B.Tech in production and/or industrial engineering should have passed higher secondary examination, or its equivalent, as 10+2 with Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics/Biology as main subjects. Graduates in production and industrial engineering, or its related fields, can opt for higher studies in systems engineering, industrial automation, and process engineering. With a Masterís degree, aspirants can gain high level of understanding of modern inventions which facilitate component production, process planning, production planning, etc. Graduates can also take up a doctoral degree in production and industrial engineering in India and abroad. Various short-term courses are also offered in this field at National Productivity Council, New Delhi.

Career Prospects
Production and industrial engineers have excellent job opportunities to explore in varied fields of manufacturing firms, banks, hospitals, finance, agriculture, public utilities, wholesale and retail trade, transportation, construction, and government. With higher degrees and adequate managerial proficiency, candidates can be recruited at top positions in the industrial/management field with attractive remuneration and incentives. Job positions offered include plant engineers, manufacturing engineers, quality engineers, process engineers, and industrial managers in different private and public sector industries. Aspirants with doctoral or post-graduation qualifications are employed in research or training departments, with ample opportunities to discover in the armed forces. Further, they can work as faculty members in several technological institutions.

Top Colleges Offering UG/PG/Other Courses
Both undergraduate and postgraduate courses are offered in production and industrial engineering by numerous institutions in India. Some of them are: Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) at Roorkee and Kharagpur; Anna University, Chennai; Bharti Vidhyapeeth (BVP), Pune; Koneru Lakshmaiah College of Engineering, Andhra Pradesh; Assam Engineering College, Guwahati; Delhi College of Engineering, Delhi; Faculty of Technology & Engineering, M.S. University of Baroda, Gujarat; Government Engineering College, Bhavnagar, Gujarat; Birla Institute of Technology, Jharkhand; National Institute of Technology, Jharkhand; Dehradun Institute of Technology, Uttarakhand; Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College, Punjab; College of Engineering & Technology, Orissa; C.V. Raman College of Engineering, Bhubaneswar, Orissa; Mahatma Gandhi Mission Jawaharlal Nehru College of Engineering, Maharashtra; Shri Ramdeo Baba Kamla Nehru Engineering College, Maharashtra; JSS Academy of Technical Education, Mylasandra, Karnataka; Bangalore Institute of Technology, Karnataka, Velammal Engineering College, Tamil Nadu; Government College of Technology, Tamil Nadu; and NIMT Institute of Engineering & Technology, Kotputli, Rajasthan.

Production and industrial engineers can earn an average monthly salary of Rs. 15,000 to Rs. 25,000 in the beginning, depending on their skills and knowledge gained at the graduation level. With subsequent increase in industrial experience, these engineers can easily get rewarding salary packages of up to Rs 50,000 a month, along with other handsome perks and benefits. As industrial production managers, they can expect money-spinning offers in lakhs per monthly.

Related Courses
• B Tech (Industrial & Production Engineering)• BE (Industrial & Production Engineering)
• M Tech (Industrial Engineering)
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