Diploma in Metallurgical Engineering is a 3 years long Diploma certificate program. This course can be pursued by students who have passed 10th standard as well as 12th standard (Science stream- Mathematics group). In this article you will be reading correct details about Diploma in Metallurgical Engineering course. The article covers topics like course details, eligibility criteria, admission process, syllabus, PG courses, career prospects and salary details.
What is metallurgical engineering? What are the tasks of a metallurgical engineer? What will the work be like (nature of work) after becoming a metallurgical engineer? Questions like these bothering you? Don’t worry, next section will answer all such questions.
Metallurgical Engineering: An Introduction
It is a branch of engineering that revolves around material science and material engineering. Basically, metallurgical engineering deals with the physical and chemical properties of metallic elements, their compounds and alloys.
Apart from the study of physical and chemical properties of metals, this branch also covers topics such as- extraction and mining of metals, processing of metals, design metal parts and components, use of metallic elements in manufacturing processes etc.
Metallic elements play an important role in our day to day lives. Equipment, machinery and modes of transportation that we use each day are made up of metals. Metallurgy is involved in the extraction, processing and design of metal parts that we use in our day to day lives! This shows how important this branch of engineering is to us!
Duration: Diploma in Metallurgical Engineering is a 3 years long course. In case of most institutes offering this course, the academic program is divided into 6 semesters, with each semester lasting for a period of 6 months.
Some institutes are also known to offer an integrated version of this course- Diploma + B.E./B.Tech. in Metallurgical Engineering.
The course is a mixture of classroom lectures and practical sessions. The course covers topics like physical and chemical properties of metals, chemistry, material science, alloys, compounds and applications of metals in manufacturing processes.
Students who have passed 10th standard are eligible to pursue this course. This course can also be pursued after 10+2 Science stream (Mathematics group)!
Admission process and Colleges
Many polytechnic, technical education and engineering institutes across India are offering this program. Most institutes usually have the ‘direct admission’ or ‘merit based admission’ process. Interested students have to approach the institute and fill up the admission form. Seats will be allotted to deserving students on the basis of marks scored by them in 10th board examination (usually in Mathematics and Science subjects).
To get a better idea about the course structure, I’ve listed some of the important (core) subjects present in Diploma in Metallurgical course below-
1st semester subjects-
- Engineering Mathematics
- Engineering Physics
- Engineering Graphics/Drawing
- Applied Mechanics
- Workshop (Practical)
2nd year subjects-
- Engineering Chemistry
- Metallurgy Drawing
- Physical Metallurgy (Basic)
- Fundamentals of Mechanical Engineering
3rd year subjects-
- Applied Electrical and Electronics Engineering
- Joining of Metals
- Metal Forming and Powder Metallurgy
- Non Ferrous Production Metallurgy
- Fuel Furnaces
4th semester subjects-
- Foundry Technology
- Iron Making
- Testing of Metals
- Advanced Physical Metallurgy
- Heat Treatment of Metals and Alloys
- Metallurgical Analysis
5th and 6th semesters subjects-
- Steel Making
- Corrosion of Metals
- Alloy Steel
- Elective Subject
- Project Work
- Industrial Training
Note: This is the syllabus of GTU (Gujarat Technological University). Syllabus and course structure may vary from one University/State to another. However, the core subjects and syllabus will remain the same. Most of the subjects mentioned above have both theoretical studies and practical sessions associated with them. In case of last year (5th and 6th semesters), project work is present. Students will have to undertake and complete a project work related to the field of Metallurgical Engineering, under the guidance of faculty members.
Availability of elective subjects may vary from one institute/university to another. Usually, elective subjects are related to topics like- Engineering Materials, Metallurgical Thermodynamics and Kinetics, Advanced Foundry Technology and Thermal Treatment of Metals & Alloys.
Further studies and PG courses
After completing Diploma in Metallurgical Engineering program, one may go for Bachelor’s Degree (B.E./B.Tech.) in Metallurgical Engineering! In most Degree Engineering colleges, certain percentages of seats are reserved for Diploma certificate holders. This entry is known as the lateral entry. Diploma holders with good grade may make use of lateral entry and join B.E./B.Tech. Metallurgical Engineering program’s 2nd academic year (directly). This way, Diploma holders may make the ‘DtoD’ switch and earn a Bachelor of Engineering/Technology Degree!
After that, one may go for Master’s education or PG Diploma programs. Relevant M.E./M.Tech., M.Sc. and PG Diploma courses will enable one to specialize in disciplines within the Metallurgical Engineering sector. Other than that, one may also venture allied fields such as mining engineering, material engineering Some such well known specializations include-
- Material Science and Engineering
- Extractive Metallurgy
- Mineral Processing
- Metal Fabrication
- Alloy Technology
If you are interested in management program, you may go for MBA program (after graduation)! After completing Master’s program, if you want to go for further advanced courses, M.Phil. and PhD programs are available in front of you!
Career prospects and job opportunities
Diverse job opportunities exist in front of qualified metallurgical engineers. Diploma Metallurgical Engineers have access to Government as well as Private sector jobs in India. ‘Work Abroad’ scope associated with this branch is also very good!
Metallurgical Engineers are hired by industries and companies involved in production, processing, refining, buying or selling metals, metallic products or minerals. Firms indulged in mining of minerals, design and crafting of metals are also known to recruit metallurgical engineers.
Some of the well known recruiters include-
- Ore treatment plants
- Steel Mills
- Minerals processing plants
- Mining firms
- Automobile firms
- Research laboratories
Metallurgical engineers may earn around 10-20K Rupees per month (average figure) at start. Starting salary depends on number of factors. Prominent factors include- job location, profile of the employer and job profile.
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