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Mechanical and Automobile Engineering


Mechanical Engineers are solution providers for development of processes and products that range from tiny component designs to mega manufacturing plants. Likewise, automobile engineers design, facilitate and develop designs of vehicles like cars and motorbikes. Coming from very diverse disciplines of engineering, mechanical/automobile engineers can work right from inception stage, R&D of their product to its final commissioning. They take care of the mechanical, electronic, electric, software and safety elements during the manufacturing.

Career Opportunities in Mechanical and Automobile Engineering

  • Design
    Mechanical Engineers draft technical drawings, manually or with the aid of computers.
  • Production
    Mechanical Engineers supervise the manufacturing of mechanical components and machines.
  • Analysis and testing
    Mechanical Engineers analyze and test different types of machines and their parts to ensure that they function flawlessly.
  • Installation
    Mechanical Engineers install machines and mechanical parts at their client's location.
  • Maintenance
    Mechanical Engineers primarily ensure that machinery is working as per specifications.
  • Maintenance of Aircraft or Missiles
    Mechanical Engineers with specialization in Aircraft technology, test new aerodynamic and aviation systems and maintain them.
  • Structural engineering
    Mechanical Engineers help create structural elements of design, for bridges & skyscrapers and also design and assess major civil projects, such as buildings, bridges, or dams, to ensure their strength and durability.
  • Aesthetic Compatibility
    Mechanical Engineers design machines keeping in mind the aesthetic compatibility of the design with its use.

How to Pursue a Career in Mechanical and Automobile Engineering

Stream Graduation After Graduation After Post Graduation
Path 1
Clear Class XII with Science Stream with MathsPursue B.Tech in Mechanical/ Automobile Engineering for 4 yearsPursue M.Tech for 2-3 yearsPursue Ph.D for 2-3 years
Path 2
Clear Class XII with Science Stream with MathsPursue B.Tech + M.Tech (Dual Degree)in Mechanical/ Automobile Engineering for 5 years-Pursue Ph.D for 2-3 years

Important Facts

  • Most colleges have eligibility criteria of minimum 50% aggregate marks in Class XII and some of minimum 60%
  • Must have passed class 12thor senior secondary examination with at least 50% marks including English
  • Some exams require JEE score as minimum eligibility
  • Some colleges/ universities also have an age limit
  • Mechanical & Automobile Engineering is available as a course only in select colleges.
  • Specializations are also available in select colleges.

Leading Institutes

Top Mechanical and Automobile Engineering Institutes in India
College Location Website
Indian Institute of Technology Multiple Locations
Birla Institute of Technology Pilani, Mesra
National Institute of Technology, Calicut Calicut
National Institute of Technology, Silchar Silchar
National Institute of Technology, Surathkal Surathkal
National Institute of Technology, Bhopal Bhopal
Vellore Institute of Technology Chennai
Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad Dhanbad
Sri Ramaswamy Memorial University (SRM) Multiple Locations
Pandit Deen Dayal Petroleum University Gandhinagar
International Institute of Information Technology Hyderabad
Maharashtra Institute of Technology Pune
Madras Institute of Technology Chennai
Top Mechanical and Automobile Engineering Institutes in the World
Institution Location Website
University of Manchester Manchester, United Kingdom
University of Bristol City of Bristol, United Kingdom
University of Edinburgh Edinburgh, United Kingdom
University College London London, United Kingdom
Imperial College London London, United Kingdom
Massachusetts Institute of Technology United States
Stanford University United States
Harvard University United States
National University of Singapore Singapore
California Institute of Technology United States
University of Michigan United States
University of Toronto Canada
Purdue University United States

Mechanical and Automobile Engineering Entrance Exams

College Tentative Date Important Elements Website
Joint Entrance Examination Main (JEE Main) April Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry,
Joint Entrance Examination Advanced (JEE Advanced) May/June Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry,
National Engineering Aptitute Test (NEAT/NAT) June Mathematics/Biology Physics, Chemistry,
Birla Institute of Technology and Science Admission (BITSAT) May Mathematics/Biology Physics, Chemistry, Logical Reasoning English
Vellore Institute of Technology Engineering Entrance Exam (VITEEE) April Mathematics/Biology Physics, Chemistry, English
University of Delhi Combined Entrance Exam (DU-CET) June Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry,
Consortium Medical, Engineering & Dental Colleges of Karnataka (COMEDK) May Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry,
SRM University Engineering Exam (SRMUEE) April Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology
Manipal University Online Entrance Exam (MU-OEE) March/April Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology
Indraprastha University Common EntranceTest (IPUCET) May Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry,
Indian Maritime University Common Entrance Test (IMUCET) June Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry,
Institution Tentative Date Important Elements Website
Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) (Postgraduate) Jan/Feb All Branches of engineering

Work Description

  • Perform engineering activities in planning and designing tools, engines and other mechanically functioning equipments
  • Develop, test and evaluate theoretical designs
  • Discuss and solve complex problems with manufacturing departments, sub-contractors, suppliers and customers
  • Monitor and commission plant and systems
  • Develop, coordinate, or monitor all aspects of production or operation of product designs
  • Investigate into equipment failures and recommend remedial measures
  • Develop or test models of alternate designs or processing methods to assess feasibility, sustainability, operating conditions, potential new applications, or necessity of modification
  • Research and analyse customers designing proposals, manuals, or other data to evaluate the, cost, or maintenance requirements of designs or applications
  • Estimate costs or submit bids for engineering, construction, or extraction works

Pros & Cons of a Career in Mechanical and Automobile Engineering

  • Learn how to manipulate and build machines.
  • Offers extensive learning and growth as it encompasses many other fields.
  • Interesting to study and apply as well.
  • Initial Pay Package may not be as lucrative as other fields.
  • The subjects are tough to master as level of technicality is high.
  • Have to remain constantly updated on newer technology.
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