If we look at the evolution of mankind, we will notice a very clear pattern in the same. Ancient man did not know how to go about with doing things and felt that his body was his own tool. Over time, as civilisation progressed, he started making use of the tools given to him by Mother Nature (and subsequently coming up with his designs for his own tools as well). Man, then took a plunge to agriculture and settled down for a more civilised lifestyle.
As he continued to be marvelled by the wonders of science, electricity was discovered. Today, standing in 2018, we have found out multiple ways of producing electricity. There is an equal number of ways of storing and transmitting the same. It is undeniable that with every passing day humans are getting more on more dependent on electrical appliances to get their work done.
Whether this dependence is something good or bad is indeed a matter of debate. However, this dependence means the opening of an array of job opportunities for people who are trained in this field. This article talks about the career opportunities for someone who has a diploma in electrical engineering.
§ Educational Background
This is one field that relies more on skill set than on your marks. In order to obtain a diploma in electrical engineering, one needs to have completed their class 10th from a recognised board or university. Most polytechnique diploma schools do not have a mark-wise cut-off.
Some of the top institutions require candidates to have a minimum of 55% marks in their class 10th boards. However, all the courses require candidates to have an interest in the world of electrical sciences because without that it is very difficult to earn your bread and butter here.
§ Core Subjects
This is one field of study where there is immense scope of in-depth study. The core subjects here would include circuit technology, power engineering and instrumentation. Things like power engineering, transmission and distribution are also covered by such people. Control systems, which is the driving force behind all electrical and electronics systems is a fundamental paper here.
Students from the diploma background in electrical engineering is the bridge between mechanical and electronics sciences. Thus, students here study mechanical subjects like thermodynamics as well as master electronics papers like microprocessor technology and communication systems.
A number of electrical design papers are also included as a part of the curriculum. For diploma courses, it is ensured that greater weightage is given to the practical application of the theoretical concepts that are taught in class. This ensures that the students graduating from this course are industrially equipped to take on the challenges of the modern scientific world.
§ Further Studies
Electrical engineering diploma students can choose to seek lateral entry to electrical engineering courses. In this manner, the four-year engineering course gets reduced to a three-year course for diploma holders. That way, they will have an upper edge over other students as they already know the basics of the core subjects.
Another major advantage of choosing this career path is that you do not have to go through the fierce competition of JEE and other national examination in order to secure your seat in an engineering college. Even after completing your engineering, your diploma background will give you an upper edge over your peers in terms of placements.
Another career path for diploma holders is to do a postgraduate diploma in any of the aforementioned areas of specialisations. Doing so will land them with higher chances of bagging a job and, thereby, ending up with successful careers.
§ Job Opportunities
Following your diploma in electrical engineering, you may choose to take up a job right away. A number of private and government organisations hire people from this background. If you are able to prove your worth by being well in academics, you will easily find a job straight after diploma school.
The top recruiters in the government sector include that of NEEPCO, SAIL, BHEL and NTPC. In the private sector, the most prominent recruiters would include Jindal Steel and Power Limited, Hindustan Motors, OMEGA elevators, L&T Construction and STEEL amongst others.
Other than that, there are the electricity boards of the various states across the country and the hundreds of construction firms that hire people from the background of diploma in electrical engineering.
§ Salary And Working Conditions
For those who look forward to taking up a job directly after diploma school, the starting salary will depend on whether he or she is joining a government organisation or a private one. The average salary is Rs 14,000 per month. The PSUs, however, pay much higher. Most of the diploma holders in electrical engineering have to work in factory conditions.
This naturally means rotational working hours with weekends being working days as well. Working conditions may be physically challenging and, hence, it is advisable that you take up this profession only if you are genuinely interested in this field.
§ Foreign Career Opportunities
The western world has a great demand for Indian electrical engineering diploma holders. The most common job profiles there for people with this qualification would include that of workshop-skilled labour, operations manager and engineering technologists.
With labour laws being stricter, the working conditions for electrical diploma holders are much better there. The average salary there is about $48,000 per annum. Even in countries like China and Japan, there is a great demand for electrical engineering diploma holders. They are employed as the skilled labour and are highly valued by organisations.