Many polytechnic, technical education and engineering institutes across India are offering this program. Most institutes usually have the ‘direct admission’ or ‘merit based admission’ process. Interested students have to approach the institute and fill up the admission form. Seats will be allotted to deserving students on the basis of marks scored by them in 10th board examination (usually in Mathematics and Science subjects).
I’ve assembled a list of important subjects present in Diploma in Plastic Engineering course. The list can be used to understand the course structure and know more about the core subjects present in this course.
1st semester subjects-
Basic Polymer Chemistry
Computer Programming and Utilization
Basics of Mechanical Engineering
2nd semester subjects-
Basics of Electrical Engineering
Environment Conservation and Hazard Management
3rd semester subjects-
Basic Mould Design
Mould Fabrication Technology
Technology for Injecting Moulding
Compression Transfer and Injection Moulding of Thermose
4th semester subjects-
Design for Injecting Mould
Plastic Extrusion Technology
Hydraulic and Pneumatic Systems
Process Instrumentation and Maintenance
Blow Rotational and Thermoforming Process
5th and 6th semesters subjects-
Design for Blow and Thermoforming Moulds
Mould Fabrication Technology
Plastic Testing and Quality Management
Secondary Processing Techniques
Industrial Visit and Training
Note: This is the syllabus of GTU (Gujarat Technological University). Syllabus and course structure may vary from one University/State to another. However, the core subjects and syllabus will remain the same. Most of the subjects mentioned above have both classroom lectures and practical sessions associated with them. In case of last year (5th and 6th semesters), project work and industrial training are present. Students will have to undertake and complete a project work related to the field of Plastic Engineering, under the guidance of faculty members.
FURTHER STUDIES AND PG COURSES
After completing Diploma in Plastic Engineering program, one may go for Bachelor’s Degree (B.E./B.Tech.) in Plastic Engineering! In most Degree Engineering colleges, certain percentages of seats are reserved for Diploma certificate holders. This entry is known as the lateral entry. Diploma holders with good grade may make use of lateral entry and join B.E./B.Tech. Plastic Engineering program’s 2nd academic year (directly). This way, Diploma holders may make the ‘DtoD’ switch and earn a Bachelor of Engineering/Technology Degree!
After that, one may go for Master’s education or PG Diploma programs. Relevant M.E./M.Tech., M.Sc. and PG Diploma courses will enable one to specialize in disciplines within the Plastic Engineering sector.
If you are interested in management program, you may go for MBA program (after graduation)! After completing Master’s program, if you want to go for further advanced courses, M.Phil. and PhD programs are available in front of you!
CAREER PROSPECTS AND JOB OPPORTUNITIES
Diverse job opportunities are available in front of Plastic Engineers. Both Government and Private sector job openings are available in front of them.
Companies and firms involved in processing, design and manufacturing of plastic materials and products are the prime recruiters of plastic engineers. Polymer processing companies are also known to recruit plastic engineers.
Other than the core sector jobs mentioned above, Oil and Natural Gas companies, Petrochemical companies and refineries also hire plastic engineers. ONGC, OIL and Government operated refineries are some of the well known Government sector recruiters.
Common job profiles available in front of Plastic engineers include-
Quality Control Engineer
After completing Master’s level course, one will be able to take up teaching job at institutes offering plastic/chemical engineering education. M.Phil. and PhD programs will help one build a career in the research and development sector associated with the field of plastic engineering.