Polymer engineering is a division of engineering which utilizes the knowledge and concept of chemical engineering to make easy designing, developing and manufacturing pieces from polymers. Polymer engineers utilize the principles of thermodynamics, process design, plant design and transport phenomena to increase new products. Polymer engineers also manage the production process of plastics and other polymers. Under their management, plastic molders and technicians to carry out the manufacturing processes. Polymer engineering is emerging as one of the most important fields of engineering with varied applications in low weight–high strength designs, aerospace applications and in general replacing metals with same strength with lesser density.
List of Courses: –
- Diploma in Polymer Engineering
- Bachelor of Engineering in Polymer Engineering
- Bachelor of Engineering in Polymer Science & Chemical Technology
- Bachelor of Technology in Polymer Engineering
- Bachelor of Technology in Polymer Science & Chemical Technology
- Master of Technology in Polymer Engineering
- Master of Technology in Polymer Technology
- Master of Technology in Polymer Nano Technology
For admission in a bachelor’s degree, the candidate must have passed the higher secondary school certificate (10+2) examination with science subject such as biology, maths and chemistry. For IITs, It is mandatory to qualify in the Joint Entrance Examinations (J.E.E). The duration for this course is 4 years.
The eligibility criteria for pursuing a master’s degree are holding a bachelor’s degree in (B.E/B.Tech) or any other equivalent branches of engineering. The duration for this course is 2 years.
Some of its specialized fields are: –
- Medical Plastics
- Automotive Plastics
- Biodegradable Plastics
- Pendle Polymer Engineering
- Adtech Polymer Engineering
- Hallam Polymer Engineering
- Precision Polymer Engineering
- Recycled or Recyclable Plastics
Talented professionals in this field are rising day by day, which has lead to creation of lots of employment opportunities for talented engineers. Career prospects include offers from plastic industries in production, quality and testing, polymer application industries for development of high grade polymer. The R&D in this area is also critical to development of new polymers and industries also employ engineers in development of techniques, processes in polymer production.
Graduates professionals can also seek employment in various industries such as computing, medical, pharmaceutical, electronics, IT, aerospace, automotive as well as the rubber and plastic industries. In the public sector polymer technologists, scientists and engineers can seek employment opportunities in the natural gas and petroleum sectors, such as in oil and natural gas commission (ONGC), engineering plants, petrochemicals and so on.
Some job profiles: –
- Facility Manager
- Polymer Specialists
- Testing Technologist
- Production Engineers
- Marketing Executives
- Materials Technologist
- Quality Control Specialist
- Research and Development Technologist
Polymer engineer’s income mostly depends upon their qualifications and experience. For those who want to pursue a career in polymer engineering, their initial salary starts from Rs. 10,000 and Rs. 15,000 per month excluding other allowances. Graduates working in private sector can earn more than the public sector. Those who are in senior positions holding designations such as engineers/scientists with more than 5 years of working experience can get salary around Rs. 30,000 to Rs. 80,000 per month.