B.Tech in Mechanical and Automation Engineering Course, Syllabus, Scope and Salary

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Content Curator | Updated on - Oct 30, 2021

B.Tech in Mechanical and Automation Engineering is a 4-year undergraduate course consisting of 7 semesters with both theoretical subjects and workshops. The last semester involves industrial training and needs major project work to be done by enrolled students. 

Successful graduates of the course interested in pursuing higher studies in the discipline may choose to go for courses of higher learning such as M. Tech, M.E and Ph.D. Those interested in finding employment may take it up in fields like manufacturing sector, education sector, R&D section in industries, railways, other government sector organizations etc.   

Some of the major companies in the country which hire Mechanical and Automation Engineers are DRDO, GAIL, NTPC, BHEL, Indian Oil, Tata Motors, HCL, Infosys, Maruti Suzuki, among others. Successful graduates are hired in capacities such as Lecturer, Scientist, Research Scientist, Automation Engineer etc.

The average entry- level salary offered to Mechanical and Automation Engineers ranges around INR 3.3 lacs per annum.

B.Tech in Mechanical and Automation Engineering: Course Highlights

Tabulated below are some of the major highlights of the course.

Course Level Graduate
Duration 4 years
Examination Type Semester System
Eligibility 10+2 with 60% minimum aggregate score
Admission Process Based on counseling after clearing Entrance Tests (JEE Main, state entrance exam) or Direct Admission for few.
Course Fee INR 1.6 to 8.1 Lacs (full tuition fee)
Average Starting salary INR 3.3 Lacs
Top Recruiting Companies DRDO, GAIL, NTPC, BHEL, Indian Oil, Tata Motors, HCL, Infosys.
Job Positions Plant Engineer, Process Engineer, Project Engineer, Consultant, Automation Engineer etc.

Eligibility for B.Tech in Mechanical and Automation Engineering

As a minimum criterion of eligibility, interested candidates need to have qualified 10+2 from a recognized educational Board with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics as main subjects for admission to B. Tech in Mechanical and Automation Engineering.  Candidates wishing to pursue the course at any of the IITs need to qualify the JEE Advanced exam, while for admission to other engineering colleges students need to obtain an eligible rank in the JEE Main exam or other relevant State- level engineering exams. Average tuition fee charged in India for B. Tech in Mechanical and Automation Engineering lies between INR 1.6 lacs and 8.1 lacs p.a.

B.Tech in Mechanical and Automation Engineering: What is it About?

Mechanical and Automation Engineering is about the concepts and processes involved in the design and manufacture of machines. Engineers from this field are primarily employed in the manufacturing sector lucratively both in India and abroad. Mechanical and Automation Engineers are hired in capacities such as Process Engineer, Plant Engineer, Project Engineer, Lecturer, Executive Engineer, Researcher etc. In this branch of engineering, students are taught principles of materials, mechanics and energy important for design and manufacture of machines. These engineers are offered employment in fields such as manufacturing, research and development and consultancy services. They are trusted with responsibilities like reducing the costs and time involved in manufacturing by the application of robots in industries.

B.Tech in Mechanical and Automation Engineering: Who Should Opt?

Interested eligible candidates with ability to solve problems by employing logical approaches, and proficiency with computers along with competent analytical skills may ideally opt for this course. Ideal applicants would also be well- versed in performing under pressure and within given deadlines. 

B. Tech in Mechanical and Automation Engineering: Course Duration

This is a 4-year long course having 8 semesters, with each year divided into 2 semesters.

The course is also offered in the distance learning mode in India, lasting for the regular 4- year duration.

Top Institutes Offering B.Tech in Mechanical and Automation Engineering

Compiled here is a list of the top institutes in India offering the course along with their respective locations and fees charged by each.

Name of the Institute City Average Annual Fees in INR
Amity University Gwalior 6.0 lakhs
Amity University Noida 8.12 lakh
Amity University Mumbai 4.0 lakhs
Amity University Kolkata
Dr. Radhakrishnan Institute of Technology Jaipur 2.5 lakhs
GB Pant Government Engineering College New Delhi 1.6 lakhs
Global Institute of Technology and Management Gurgaon 3.49 lakhs
Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University Jaipur 7 lakhs

Eligibility for B.Tech in Mechanical and Automation Engineering

Interested candidates with a 10+2 qualification with a minimum aggregate score of 60% with Physics, Chemistry & Mathematics as main subjects are eligible to apply for admission to the course. However, criterion regarding the minimum eligible score may vary from institute to institute.

B.Tech in Mechanical and Automation Engineering: Admission Process

Eligible students aspiring to take admission to the course need to and qualify the relevant entrance exam, such as JEE Main, JEE Advanced, or other relevant State- level exams. Merit list is prepared based on the basis of marks obtained by the candidate in the entrance exam. Based on the merit obtained, students are given admission.

Listed below are the entrance exams conducted in India for admission to the course. 

Exam Name Level/ Conducted By Colleges
JEE Main National level/ CBSE NITs, IIITs, most institutes accept JEE Main Scores
JEE advanced National/ IITs IITs

B.Tech in Mechanical and Automation Engineering: Selection Process

Upon qualifying the JEE Main exam, eligible candidates go through the process of counseling, based on which, they are given admission to the course. The top 1.5 lakh students qualifying the JEE Main exam are eligible for the JEE Advanced Exam. Upon clearing the JEE Advanced exam, students are given admission to IITS and NITS based on their performance therein.

B.Tech in Mechanical and Automation Engineering: Career Prospects

Mechanical and Automation Engineers have a lot of job opportunities open to them in India.

Listed here are some of the popular job positions offered to successful postgraduates of the discipline with the corresponding job descriptions and salaries offered.

Annual salary
Job Position Job Description of job profile Average Annual Salary in INR
Plant Engineer Responsible for working in manufacturing units and power plants, for maintenance of the plant equipment and as manager in the plant. Also responsible for working with high efficiency to lower costs of production and cause higher profits to the manufacturing unit. 3.15 lacs to 13 lacs
Process Engineer Responsible for developing new industrial processes, modifying the existing process of manufacturing and developing process simulation software for efficient production of the manufacturing unit, providing operation instructions in the plant. 3.95 Lacs to 11.1 Lacs
Project Engineer Responsible for completing the project by proper planning, organization and controlling all the elements, ensuring safe and clean working environment by maintaining rules and regulation in the project, controlling the cost of the project by the approving the expenditure of the project and managing contractor contacts. 3.38 Lacs to 7.7 Lacs
Automation engineer Automation engineers are mostly employed in car manufacturing companies and food processing plants, as in these units, robots are installed. They are responsible for applying technological solutions for controlling the production and in delivery of products. They design, program and simulate the automated machinery. 3.63 Lacs to 8.14 Lacs
Consultant Responsible for analyzing technical issues and giving solutions for the same to clients in the industries, preparing documentation for clients as per the requirement of the project, providing technical and scientific advice to clients to handle the issues of the project effectively.  3.53 Lacs to 23.40 Lacs

Listed here are the top companies in India which hire successful B. Tech in Mechanical and Automation Engineering.

  • DRDO
  • GAIL
  • NTPC
  • BHEL
  • Indian Oil
  • Tata Motors
  • HCL
  • Infosys

B.Tech in Mechanical and Automation Engineering: Syllabus and Course Structure

The course curriculum contains 8 semesters. Subjects taught in the 1st and 2nd semesters are common for all programs. Essentially, Engineering, Mathematics, Applied Physics, Applied Chemistry are taught. Subjects from 3rd to the 8th semesters are related to the chosen specialization of the enrolled student.  

Given below is a broad scheme of assessment for the course.

Scheme of Assessment Weightage (%)
Theory 75
Practical 25

For interested candidates’ reference, given below is a semester- wise breakup of the course’s syllabus.

Semester Subjects Practical Lab and Selective Eubjects
Semester-I Applied Mathematics – I Applied Physics – I Applied Chemistry – I Manufacturing Process Introduction to Computers and Auto CAD Communication Skills – I Impact of Science & Technology on Society Applied Physics Lab. – I Applied Chemistry Lab. – I Introduction to Auto CAD Office Automation and Web Design Workshop Practice Engineering Graphics Lab
 Semester-II Applied Mathematics – II Applied Physics – II Applied Chemistry – II Introduction to Programming Engineering Mechanics Electrical Science Communication Skills – II Applied Physics Lab. – II Applied Chemistry Lab. – II C Programming Lab Engineering Mechanics Lab Electrical Science Lab
Semester-III Numerical Analysis & Programming Electronics Thermal Science Mechanics of Solids Production Technology Mechanics of Fluids Electronics Lab. Mech. of Solids / Fluid Mech. Lab. Mechanical Engineering Drawing Lab Programming-I (Numerical Analysis)
Semester-IV Kinematics & Dynamics of Machines Heat Transfer Manufacturing Machines Electrical Machines Operation Research LAN & Networking KOM Lab./DOM Lab. Machine Shop Lab. Electrical Machines lab Programming - II Lab (Operation Research) LAN & Networking Lab
Semester-V Microprocessors & Applications Machine Design- I Material Science & Metallurgy Measurement & controls Database Management Systems Microprocessors & Applications Lab Machine Design- I Lab Measurements & Controls Lab Programming - III Lab. (MATLAB) Database Management Systems Lab
Semester-VI Management of Manufacturing System Machine Design-II Metrology Fluid Systems Metal Cutting & Tool Design Machine Design-II Lab Metrology Lab Fluid Systems Lab Fluid Systems Lab Prog. IV Lab. (Pro-E-I)
Semester-VII Computer Aided Manufacturing ELECTIVES (Choose any two) Refrigeration & Air-Conditioning Solar Energy Personal Management Metal Forming Automotive Engineering Manufacturing Information System Computer Aided Design Project Computer Aided manufacturing Lab Mechatronics Lab Practical Based on electives Programming -V lab (Pro-E-II) Minor Project Practical Training
Semester-VIII Quality Control & Quality Assurance Robotics ELECTIVES (Choose any two) Optimization Techniques Advanced Methods of Mfg. Mechanical Vibrations I.C. Engines, Emissions & Pollution Control Gear Technology Financial Management Power Plant practice Finite Element methods Quality control and Quality assurance lab Robotics lab Practical based on electives Major project

Bachelor of Engineering [BE] (Mechanical & Automation Engineering) : 143 answered questions

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Ques. How is Mechanical Engineering at Sastra University?

● Top Answer By Son Pal Sisodia on 30 Oct 21

Ans. One of my friends studied at SASTRA University. According to him, Mechanical engineering is pretty good when placements are considered.  The overall academics and curriculum are average.  The faculty are highly experienced but are very few in number. Students interested in Research are provided appropriate guidance and backup for it. Intra and Inter-departmental technical festivals also are conducted. Mechanical Engineering students have their labs dedicated to their department. Students take part in events conducted by SAE which make a real good addition to your resume. Categories Mechanical Engineering at SASTRA University Course Fee 6.20 lakh Placement Percentage 90% Highest CTC 15 LPA Average CTC 6 LPA Lowest CTC 3.5 LPA Recruiting Companies PayPal, Mu Sigma, TCS, L&T, etc. Though ECE is said to be the most sought after department in SASTRA University, when placements, faculty and course curriculum is considered. But Mechanical also does not lag behind.Read more
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Ques. Is NIT Puducherry for ECE better than IIITDM Kancheepuram for mechanical?

● Top Answer By Sakshi Gupta on 25 Oct 21

Ans. Opt for IIITDM Kancheepuram for Mechanical rather than ECE at NIT Puducherry. Here are some reasons as to why I feel so. Faculty: The faculty members at IIITDM Kancheepuram are highly experienced, some of them even have PhDs from the top IITs. At NIT Puducherry the faculty are not that experienced and are also few in number. Infrastructure: IIITDM Kancheepuram’s campus is excellent and appropriate for an educational institution. NIT Puducherry is still functioning from the temporary campus due to construction on the main site. Placements: NIT Puducherry is only known for its placement opportunities provided to its IT students. The rest of the department receives average placement offers. But IIITDM Kancheepuram provides great placements and maintains that record every year. Categories Mechanical Engineering at IIITDM Kancheepuram ECE at NIT Puducherry Course Fee 5.25 lakh 5.49 lakh Placement Percentage 75% 65% Highest CTC 10 LPA 15 LPA Average CTC 7 LPA 4 LPA Recruiting Companies Saint Gobain, L&T, Adobe, Zentrum Labs, etc. Emphasis, Capgemini, L&T, Mu Sigma, etc. Therefore, IIITDM Kancheepuram will be a better choice as here you can excel in your studies, get clear concepts about every topic. You will also receive industry-oriented and research-oriented teachings.Read more
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Ques. Is it worthy to join Heritage Institute of Technology, Kolkata for Mechanical Engineering?

● Top Answer By Aaditya Hari Nair on 13 Oct 21

Ans. If you have any plan to choose mechanical engineering then avoid any of the colleges in West Bengal. JU, IIT KGP, IIEST, and NIT Durgapur these colleges are excluded.  Considering all provided facilities by the Heritage Institution which includes well-maintained labs and amazing faculties. Even then it is not recommended for Mechanical Engineering as the placement isn’t up to the expectations.  But if we look at other branches like CS, ECE, IT or Electrical these courses have comparatively better placements. Moreover, you may experience the same in other colleges as well, which include Techno, IEM, etc.  Thus, it is recommended to make a choice at other institutes like VIT or SRM for Mechanical Engineering. Read more
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Ques. What is the level of placement in a mechanical branch of LNCT Bhopal? Will it be better to do mechanical engineering from it?

● Top Answer By Aaditya Hari Nair on 23 Sept 21

Ans. Mechanical Engineering is an evergreen branch and considering the placement rate of LNCT, which is 75-80%, it hardly provides any placements to the mechanical branch students. It means the mechanical branch students don't have the core placements.  In the year 2020, there were 3-4 companies that came to the campus for the core placements and took a very less number of students. Therefore, there are very few placement opportunities for a mechanical branch student in LNCT Bhopal. There are either no core placements or else the Institute will ask students to apply for the marketing companies and get a placement in that domain.  But then, if a student is good with the skill set and has good abilities, prepare for the exams like GATE, ONGC. It will help him/her in the future.Read more
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Ques. How good is Dayanand Sagar College of Engineering for a BE in mechanical engineering?

● Top Answer By Aaditya Hari Nair on 23 Sept 21

Ans. Yes, Dayananda Sagar College of Engineering is good for Mechanical Engineering. Be it faculty, labs, department, infrastructure, branch, or any other aspect, the college is a perfect fit.  The only disadvantage of DSCE Bangalore is that it doesn't provide any offers from core companies. The students of the mechanical branch end up getting a job in the IT sector. If any core job offers are available, these companies will only hire students in single digit.  Companies like Accenture, Cognizant, Infosys, and Tech Mahindra hire students irrespective of the branches. If a job in the IT sector suits you after graduating from the mechanical branch, then you can opt for Dayanand Sagar College for Engineering as it is the best college. It will furnish a job but in the IT sector.Read more
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