There is a huge demand for skilled mechanical engineers in India and abroad. The expertise of a mechanical engineer is required in manufacturing industries like automobiles, aviation, etc. In recent times and due to the advent in technology, the skills of a mechanical engineer are sought in fields such as Nano-technology, Biomedical engineering, Energy conservation and more.
Since mechanical engineering is the broadest of all engineering fields, the job prospects on offer for skilled mechanical engineers are aplenty and unending. Mechanical engineers are required to design, test, manufacture, install, operate and maintain a wide array of machines and mechanical systems that are used in countless industries. These professionals can find employment both in the government and private sector undertakings.
Major industries that employ mechanical engineers include automobiles, space research, aeronautical, energy and utilities, air conditioning, bio-mechanical industry. Other major employers include giant manufacturing plants, air conditioning and refrigeration industry, turbine manufacturing plants, oil and gas exploration and refining industries and the agricultural sector.
Mechanical engineering offers a wide variety of career opportunities to job aspirants. The entry cadre usually will be designated as Graduate Engineer Trainee (GET) and the average monthly salary of mechanical engineers who are new to this profession is approximately in the range between Rs.15,000 and Rs.35,000. Good campus placements can fetch even better packages for deserving students. Mechanical engineers who hold a post-graduate degree from a reputed academic institute tend to get better offers than diploma and degree holders.
From here on the annual pay packet depends on a number of factors such as the skill set possessed, experience, expertise, the employer, nature of roles and responsibilities, etc. Highly skilled mechanical engineers can easily command pay packets as high as Rs 40-45 lakhs per annum.
The major core recruiters in India include Ashok Leyland, BEL, BHEL, Coal India, Essar Oil, Godrej, IOCL, HPCL, BPCL, Reliance, L&T, Mahindra and Mahindra, NHPC, Tata Motors and Tata Steel apart from various IT giants like TCS, Infosys, Accenture, CTS etc.