Polymer Engineering is associated with the theory of chemical engineering and caters to the production and use of polymers. Polymer engineers use the principles of plant design, process design, thermodynamics and transport phenomena to develop new products. Polymer engineers can supervise the production process of plastics and other polymers as well.
Owing to the fact that polymers play important roles in providing the basic necessities for everyday use, the polymer sectors have been identified as 'high Priority' sectors in India. The polymer engineers should have a Bachelor's or Master's degree in engineering .The candidate needs to be analytical, logical and focused. This field demands knowledge on Physics and Chemistry.
Candidates who have done +2 Science with Physics, Chemistry and Maths will be eligible for pursuing B.E./BTech in Polymer Engineering/Plastic Technology. After successful completion of BE/B.Tech in Polymer Engineering one can directly be absorbed as an engineer in Polymer manufacturing units and research labs. Candidates with an MSc degree in chemistry or physics are also eligible for the M. Tech programme in polymer engineering. While candidates who have qualified in the GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) exam may easily get a seat for admission to the M.Tech courses in reputed institutions.
Career Scope in Polymer Engineering:
Graduates with a degree in Polymer Engineering can become a part of polymer manufacturing and user industries. They can work as production supervisor, quality control inspector, production planner.In the public sector, polymer engineers may find employment with the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural gas, Oil and Natural Gas Commission, Oil India Laboratories, petrochemicals engineering plants, Indian Institute of petroleum, polymers corporations of different states, petroleum conservation Research Association of India and other such organizations. The engineers can also contribute to research and development activities.
Polymer Engineers can fetch handsome salary with other perks and benefits.The starting salary of a B.Tech holder varies somewhere between Rs. 10,000 and Rs. 15,000 per month excluding other allowances.Those who are working in the private sector are paid more than the public sector. Engineers with more work experience can earn upto Rs 80,000 per month.