In this article, we will have an in-depth analysis of Diploma in Rubber Technology course. Diploma in Rubber Technology is a 3 years long Diploma certificate course. This course can be pursued by students who have passed 10th standard and 12th standard (Science stream, mathematics group). In this article, you will be reading about course details, duration, eligibility criteria, admission process, important subjects, pg courses, career prospects and salary details.
What is rubber technology? What is it like to become a rubber technology professional? What’s the nature of work like? You will find answers to these questions in the following paragraphs.
Rubber Technology: Basic Details
Rubber technology is a discipline that deals with the production of useful products such as tyres, household products, toys, medical products and other useful components from materials such as natural rubber, synthetic rubber, latex and other polymeric materials.
In simple terms, it deals with processing (example- vulcanization) of rubber, latex and other relevant synthetic materials to manipulate their properties and produce useful items from them. Rubber technology is a very important field of science. It helps process above mentioned materials and obtain useful products, which are used in our day to day lives.
Rubber technology professionals usually indulge in tasks like collection and processing of raw materials (natural rubber, latex, synthetic rubber, polymeric materials etc), process control, product design, mould design and R&D work. They possess knowledge about the chemical composition and properties of raw materials, chemical reactions, properties of rubber and polymer science.
They put the above mentioned knowledge and skills to work and help process the above mentioned materials. By following predetermined processes using relevant machines, they are able to transform the raw materials into useful products (which possess desired properties and structure).
Let us check out the course details now –
Type of course
It is a Diploma certificate course. On course completion, students who have successfully completed the course will be awarded Diploma certificate by the institute or university.
Course duration is 3 years. In cases of most of the institutes offering this course, the academic program is divided into 6 semesters, with each semester lasting for a period of 6 months.
Diploma in Rubber Technology course trains students in areas such as- Basic chemistry, polymer science, chemical properties of rubber, process control, chemical reactions, mould design and basics of chemical engineering.
Students who have passed 10th standard from a recognized board are eligible to pursue this course. This course can also be pursued after completing 10+2 Science stream (mathematics group) from a recognized board!
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).
These are some of the core subjects present in Diploma in Rubber Technology course –
- Basics of Chemical Engineering
- Polymer Science and Technology
- Rubber Production
- Rubber Processing
- Synthetic Rubber, Latex and Polymeric Materials
- Product Design
- Chemical Reactions
- Process Control
Further studies and PG courses
After completing Diploma in Rubber Technology, one may go for Bachelor’s Degree (B.E./B.Tech.) in Rubber Technology! 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. in Rubber Technology 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 rubber technology courses will enable one to specialize in disciplines within the field of Rubber 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 course, PhD program is available in front of you!
Career prospects and job opportunities
Diverse job opportunities are available in front of rubber technologists. Both government and private sector job opportunities are available in front of them.
Common sectors where they may find a job include –
- Tyre manufacturing companies (MRF, Apollo, CEAT, Michelin etc)
- Polymer manufacturing and processing companies
- Rubber technology R&D firms
- Rubber products manufacturing companies and Rubber industries
- Rubber products marketing firms
In the above mentioned production setups, rubber technologists may work in sections like product design, process control, quality control, packing and sales. Some of the well known job profiles include –
- Rubber technologist
- Process engineer
- Design specialist (product and mould)
- Quality control professional
- R&D associate
Talking about government sector, Rubber development boards (state-wise) and polymer processing setups are known to hire rubber technology professionals.
After completing master’s education, one may take up the job of a lecturer (teaching job) at relevant technical education institute. Pursuing and completing advanced course like PhD will help one in building a career in the R&D sector associated with rubber technology.
Starting salary depends upon different factors. Prominent factors are- profile of the employer, employee skills, aptitude and grades attained by the employee. Rubber technologists (Diploma holders) could earn anywhere around 10-20k Rupees per month (core sector job) at start. In case of Government job, salary will be based on Pay Band and scale.
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