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Plastic Engineering

Published On: 28 Jun 2012 | Last Updated On: 20 Aug 2013

Plastic Engineering is a branch of engineering that deals with designing, analyzing and modifying polymer materials for aiding the manufacture of plastics. Plastics have strong implications in our daily life starting from pet jars, water bottles, house hold goods to water pipes etc. There has been a consistent rise in the demand of plastic due to its low price, versatility, variety and durability. In fact today after steel, plastic is the most widely used material. Due to the significant development and recognition of synthetic plastic goods in the last few decades, this field is playing an important role in the Indian economy. For this reason a huge amount of job opportunities with high salary packages are awaiting young graduates in this sector. This branch is also dabbled in research work to make plastics eco-friendly.

Courses & Eligibility :

Below are the list of courses offered under plastic engineering:

  • B.E. Polymer Science and Chemical Technology.
  • B.E. Polymer Technology.
  • B.Tech. Polymer Science and Technology (PST).
  • M.E. Polymer Technology.
  • M.Tech. Polymer Science and Technology.
  • Ph.D. Polymer Science and Technology.

The eligibility criteria for admissions in a Bachelor's programme is 10+2 in science stream with physics, chemistry and mathematics as core subjects. The 2 year M.tech course can be pursued after successfully completing an undergraduate course. Students are subjected to go through entrance exams like GATE for admissions in B.Tech & M.Tech courses.

Job Prospects:

Plastic industry is already well-rooted in India and is rapidly growing. A number of private and multinational companies engaged in the production and marketing of plastic goods provide vast job opportunities to engineers. Graduates in this field can find employment in The Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Oil and Natural Gas Commission, Oil India Laboratories, Petrochemicals Engineering Plants, Indian Institute of Petroleum, Polymers Corporations of different states, Petroleum Conservation Research Association of India, Petrofiles Cooperative Limited etc. Plastic engineers are involved in research and development, processing, quality control, technical support and sales, design and manufacture of moulds, training and management activities. One can also entail the option of joining as a lecturer in colleges and universities.


The starting salary of graduates in public sector ranges from Rs.10000 to Rs.15 000 per month. In the private sector, the starting remuneration can be in the range of Rs.9000 to Rs.12000 pm, whereas for those with a M.Tech degree can earn as high as Rs.15000 to Rs.20000 per month at the starting level. Professionals with a experience of 5 years can get a salary of Rs.35000-40000 per month.

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