Career Option in Plastic

A. Field description:

Text Box:  Plastics are everywhere around us. Right from a car to a toy, plastic is omnipresent. Due to ease of manufacturing, plastics are replacing metals in many applications. They provide electrical insulation, corrosion free structures, light weight structures, aesthetically superior products, transmit power through gears, etc. Plastics consume less energy, reduce consumption of wood, and are light weight. Polymers are involved in paints, coatings, and adhesives too.

B. Education Guide

Education Details & Eligibility:

  • Plastic technology programs are available as Diploma, Degree and Post Graduate courses.
  • Diploma in Plastic Technology (3 years after Std X).
  • B.E in Plastic Engineering (4 years after 10+2).
  • M.E in Plastic Engineering (entry for B.Tech Polymer/B.E Mechanical/Chemical /M.Sc Chemistry/Materials Science) duration 2 years

Course Duration:

  • B.E
  • B.Tech. - Plastic Engineering- 4 Years
  • M.E
  • M.Tech - Plastic Engineering - 2 Years

The diploma courses vary from 1 Year to 3 Years based on the course.

Approximate Education Expenses:

Course fees generally less than Rs 80,000/ per year (In Govt Institutes it will be much less).

C. Institutions that offer this Education:

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D. Job Opportunities and Job Roles:

Job prospects are very good. There are hundreds of plastic product manufacturing industries in India. Besides, there are industries making paints, coatings, and adhesives etc which need polymer technologists.Plastics Technologists are also needed in automotive industry to fix the design of the plastic components and for engineering R and D works. It must be remembered that India will be the leading automobile hub of the world in a decade or two and hence the demand for plastics technologists will be high.

This is the best field for people with entrepreneurial tendencies as plastic product manufacturing is less energy intensive compared with other structural materials.

The initial salaries will be generally less than what the software industry will offer but with experience, the importance of the technologist will be felt more strongly, compared with software personnel and later, their worth will be more. Recently, some of the recruiters in this field are also offering initial salaries on par with software industries. Many software industries too will need polymer technologists with core experience in future. Candidates must be dedicated to this field, to succeed in the long run.

Further, plastics technologists can enter general management areas in other industries too due to their acquiring QC, HR, project management skills during their careers. Some of them can also become quality auditors, energy auditors etc.

E. Approximate Salary Range:

Plastic industries generally offer Rs 20,000/ and above, per month, in the first year. Other industries may offer starting salaries of Rs 10,000 to Rs 25000/ per month

F. Related Links:

The Society of Plastics Engineers is home to nearly 20,000 plastics professionals in more than 70 countries around the world. SPE is the “go to” resource for plastics technical information

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