Thermal engineering is a division of engineering that deals with heating or cooling of processes, equipment, or enclosed environments. Thermal engineering is concerned with the cautious and purposeful selection of parts and components, with heat removal in mind. An ideal cooling design achieves the desired junction temperatures, is compact in size, low in cost, adaptable enough to fit into system designs. Thermal Engineers pay attention to every aspect of heat generation and its removal in an electronics system. Thermal engineering can also be practiced by mechanical and chemical engineers.

List of Courses: -


  • Diploma Course in Thermal Engineering    
  • Bachelor of Engineering in Thermal Engineering    
  • Bachelor of Technology in Thermal Engineering
  • Master of Engineering in Thermal Engineering    
  • Master of Technology in Thermal Engineering    
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Thermal Engineering    
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Thermal Power Plant Engineering

Basic Eligibility



For admission in a bachelor’s degree, the candidate must have passed the higher secondary school certificate (10+2) examination with science subject such as biology, maths and chemistry. For IITs, It is mandatory to qualify in the Joint Entrance Examinations (J.E.E).  The duration for this course is 4 years.



The eligibility criteria for pursuing a master’s degree are holding a bachelor's degree in (B.E/B.Tech) or any other equivalent branches of engineering. The duration for this course is 2 years.


Some of its specialized fields are: -


  • I.C. Engines
  • Hydroturbomachines
  • Thermal Turbomachines
  • Heat Transfer and Thermal Power
  • Refrigeration & Air Conditioning
  • Thermodynamics & Combustion Engineering

Job Prospects

There are a lot of career opportunities in this field. Engineers from this field are employed mostly in production firms or they can also opt for managerial and executive positions in public and private sectors. Professionals in this career can also opt for teaching jobs in universities and colleges.  This field has lot of opportunities for those who want to pursue a career as a researcher.  Thermal engineering is one of the highly remunerative and challenging fields.

Thermal engineers can get job opportunities in both private and public sectors of various types and their work differs by industry and function. Defense and railways require thermal engineers to assist in maintenance and design of their machinery. Thermal engineers also maintain centers for electric motors, pump sets, oil engines and other manufacturing equipments. The salary for thermal engineers differs on the factors such as qualification, experience and job profile.

Some job titles: -


  • Lecturer
  • Researcher
  • Plant Chemist
  • Piping Designer
  • Trainee Planner
  • Graduate Trainee
  • Maintenance Engineer
  • Field Service Engineer
  • Independent Consultants

Engineering Colleges for Thermal Engineering in India

Aarupadai Veedu Institute of Technology

Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Aarupadai Veedu Institute of Technology (AVIT), Chennai was established in 1998 and managed by Vinayaka Missions University, Salem. The college is approved by NBA-AICTE, New Delhi and affiliated to Anna University, Chennai. The aim of the college is to provide...

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Adam's Engineering College, Khammam

Khammam, Telangana, India

Adam's Engineering College, Khammam was established in 1998. It is governed by the policies established with the sponsorship covered and managed by Anni Integrated Educational Society. College is approved by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and...

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Adarsh College of Engineering

Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh, India

Adarsh College of Engineering (ACEE), Kakinada was established in 2008. ACEE envisions becoming a world class technical institution whose students achieve excellence in technical education, with realized social responsibilities to combat the current and impending...

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Adhiparasakthi Engineering College

Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu, India

Adhiparasakthi Engineering College, Kanchipuram was established in 1984 with the blessings of the Founder President His Holiness Arulthiru Bangaru Adigalar in order to meet the growing demands for engineers in the modern industries. The institution is affiliated...

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Adichunchanagiri Institute of Technology

Chikmagalur, Karnataka, India

Adichunchanagiri Institute of Technology (AIT), Chikmagalur was established in 1980 managed under Adhichunchanagiri Shikshana Trust. The institute is affiliated to VTU, Belgaum, recognized by AICTE, New Delhi and accredited by NBA, New Delhi. The objective of the...

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Adichunchangiri Institute of Technology

Chikmagalur, Karnataka, India

Adichunchangiri Institute of (AIT), Chickmagalur was established in 1980 under the auspicious of Adhichunchanagiri Shikshana Trust(R) with the blessings of Jagadguru Padmabhushana Sri Sri Sri Dr. Balagangadharanatha Maha Swamiji to provide technical and other...

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Aditya Engineering College

Surampalem, Andhra Pradesh, India

Aditya Engineering College (AEC), Surampalem is the first of its kind in the district to be recognized by the AICTE and certified by the prestigious ISO 2000. The college is affiliated to Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Kakinada and accredited by NBA,...

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Aditya Institute of Technology and Management

Srikakulam, Andhra Pradesh, India

Aditya Institute of Technology and Management (AITAM), Srikakulam was established in 2001. The institute is affiliated to Jawaharlal Nehru Technical University (JNTU), Kakinada. The institute has got the approval of All India Council for Technical Education...

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AMC College of Engineering

Bangalore, Karnataka, India

AMC Engineering College (AMCEC), Bangalore was established under the Paramahamsa Foundation Trust as a part of AMC group of institutions. The programs offered by the college are comprehensive to provide the student with sufficient inputs and training in relevant...

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Anna University Chennai Regional Office, Tiruchirappalli

Trichy, Tamil Nadu, India

Anna University Chennai Regional Office, Tiruchirappalli was formally known as Anna University Tiruchirappalli was established as an Anna University Chennai Regional Office Tiruchirappalli by the government of Tamilnadu. Campus of Anna University...

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