Career Option in Energy Professionals

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A.  Field description
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Energy fuels many things, including the economy.  Energy needed to carry out day-to-day activities and to satisfy even the basic necessities.  It is needed as fuel to operate automobiles, trains and even airplanes; generate electricity; and even cook food. As the population grows, as more and more people adapt to urban standards of living, energy becomes even more crucial.
The field of 'Energy' deals with fuels, like petrol, diesel, and cooking gas, and how these fuels are converted to electricity.

B. Education Guide
Education Details & Eligibility

When pursuing a Bachelor’s degree or diploma in Science or Engineering, one can particularly develop skills suited to the energy industry by choosing appropriate electives, if available.  Specific courses that are relevant to the Energy Industry include:

  • Physics - Geophysics
  • Chemistry - Physical and Organic chemistry, Hydrocarbons, Catalysis, Cracking, Polymerization and Atmospheric chemistry
  • Mathematics - Optimization techniques
  • Chemical Engineering - Mass, Heat, and Momentum transfer, Thermodynamics, Fluid mechanics, Distillation, Reaction engineering, Environmental, and Process control
  • Mechanical Engineering - Fluid mechanics, Strength of Materials
  • Metallurgy and Civil Engineering - Materials and Structures
Approximate Education Expenses

The total expense for doing Bachelor of Engineering is as follows

B.E - Rs.50,000/ per year - (4 Years)
M.E - Rs.50,000/ per year - (2 Years)

Bank loans and private loans can be easily arranged by directly contacting the banks through the college administrative.

C. Institutions that offer this Education

Almost all the deemed and general universities offer Bachelor degree in related fields of energy engineering.

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D. Job Opportunities and Job Roles

On the commercial side, the Energy industry comprises several national and multinational companies, the Government, and other public organizations.  Examples of national energy companies include the Indian Oil Corporation and Reliance Industries.  Depending on the educational background, experience, and the specific role within the organization, competitive salaries and benefits are offered.  In addition to the technical background, employers value a range of skills like communication, teamwork, and general business acumen.

Common backgrounds of professionals and their roles in the Energy industry are given below:

  • Finding sources of energy: Primarily science (Physics, Chemistry) and engineering (Chemical and Mechanical Engineering)
  • Converting sources of energy to usable fuels: Primarily Chemical and Petroleum engineering, and to some extent, also Mechanical Engineering.
  • Transporting fuels to places/countries where they are needed: Primarily Mechanical Engineering, Ocean engineering, and Civil engineering
  • Distributing fuels locally to satisfy specific demands: Primarily management education.
  • Developing unconventional sources of energy: Primarily Chemistry, Chemical and Mechanical Engineering.
  • Studying environmental impact of different energy sources: Primarily Physics, Chemistry, Chemical and Environmental engineering.

In addition, professionals with Management education are involved in several business aspects of energy, like market analysis, financial, and human resources.

D. Approximate Salary Range

The salary can be from Rs.10,000 to Rs.15,000 for freshers and increases with experience.

E. Related Links

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