Plastics engineering encompasses the processing, design, development, and manufacture of plastics products. A plastic is a polymeric material that is in a semi-liquid state, having the property of plasticity and exhibiting flow. Plastic is a synthetic material made from a wide range of organic polymers and they can be moulded into shape while soft and then set into a rigid or slightly elastic form.
The cost of plastic material varies depending upon the quality of plastic used in the product. Now, plastic can be recycled but that affects its consistency, recycled plastic has less consistency as compared to fresh one. Electrical and electronic equipment and motor vehicle markets together accounted for 58 percent of engineered plastics demand in 2003. Engineered plastics demand in the US was estimated at $9,702 million in 2007.
What do plastic engineers do?
Plastic engineers deal with plastic materials and plastic machineries. Plastic machineries include devices, tools and machines used to make plastic products. Like other engineering disciplines, in plastic engineering too, economics play an important role.
Plastics engineers are responsible for all of the plastic products and materials we see around today. Through research, studies, and engineering skills, they develop new plastics to be used in any number of industries. From lightweight airplane parts to computer parts to food containers, plastics play a large role in our day to day lives.
Licensing Requirements for Plastics Engineers
Once a degree is earned, you may then take the first of two national licensing tests and look for entry-level openings. You can refer to online job search sites to help you look for these job openings that you can apply for. Usually, when you apply for a job as a plastics engineer, you will be given the job of starting as an assistant. In time, you will be given more and more responsibilities and you can become a junior engineer.
You are allowed to take the second licensing exam once you gain about four years of experience. Licensure is needed to make sure that workers understand the importance of adhering to national safety regulations and meeting the industry quality standards.
Subjects of Plastic Engineering:
Measurement & Metrology
Principles of Polymerization
Science Based Open
Industrial Chemistry Lab
Measurement & Metrology Lab
Manufacturing Technology Lab
Engineering & Managerial Economics
Plastic Product & Mould Design
Analysis & Identification of Polymers Lab
Heat & Mass Transfer
Rheology & Testing of polymers
Synthesis & Polymerisation Resins Lab
Computer aided Product & Mould Design Lab
Polymer Characterization Lab
Inside Plastics Engineering
Materials engineers may choose to specialize in plastics. The field of plastics engineering involves the application of scientific and engineering principles to the development of a wide variety of polymer products. From airplane wings to golf clubs and a host of goods in between, a plastics engineer solves material-related problems with the goal of designing and developing products with improved performance and durability. Plastics engineers may find careers in government, academia and the manufacturing industry. Typical job titles may include materials research engineer, production planner, process engineer or plastic product designer.
A plastics engineer requires a broad array of knowledge. Thus, students in a plastics engineering program study subjects such as chemistry, physics and mathematics.
Career Options after pursuing your B. Tech in Plastic Engineering
Students who have completed their B.Tech in Plastic Engineering can either opt for a job or they can go for further studies. Students can enroll themselves for ME or M.Tech degree in Plastic Engineering.
After completing Bachelor’s Degree/Diploma in Plastic Engineering, graduates have access to both Government and Private sector jobs. Self employment is another opportunity available in front of them.
Quality Control manager
Research and Development Officer
Design and Manufacture Engineer
Firms Recruiting Plastic Engineers
Firms involved in production, processing and design of plastic products and materials are the prime recruiters. Polymer processing and production units are also known to hire them. Since plastic materials are also used in pharmaceutical sector, plastic engineers may find a job in this sector too.
Labs and research firms involved in research work (on plastic materials and relevant synthetic materials) are also known to hire plastic engineers. Refineries, oil and natural gas firms and petrochemical companies hire them.
Ministry of Petroleum
Oil and Natural Gas Commission (ONGC)
Oil India Laboratories
Petrochemicals Engineering Plants
Indian Institute of Petroleum
Industries which take Plastic Engineers :-
Electrical and Electronic Components
Disposable Consumer Products
Nature of Work
Let us just focus on the core plastic manufacturing plant work. A plastic engineer is involved in phases like design, processing and manufacturing of plastic materials and products. In some cases, they are even involved in marketing of these products.
Typical plastic engineer spends most of his/her time supervising or taking part in the design, manufacturing and processing phases. Some of the common job profiles available in front of plastic engineers include-
Plastic Product Designer
Plastics Extrusion Engineer
Plastic Product Designer
Quality Control Engineer
Self employment is another good opportunity available in front of graduates. If one has access to decent financial resources, he/she may start own small/medium scale plastic products manufacturing firm.
Other than manufacturing, graduates may also indulge in marketing, import and export of general household or special plastic products.
Special plastic products are in much demand these days. Plastic materials possessing specific properties are needed by industries such as automobile manufacturing sector, aviation sector, builders etc.
Teaching and Research Jobs
If you are a Masters Degree (M.E./M.Tech. Plastic Engineering) holder, you may work as a lecturer or instructor at relevant engineering/technical institutes. After completing advanced courses like PhD, one may even build a career in the R&D sector associated with the field of plastic engineering.
Renumeration offered to the
At start, plastic engineers may earn anywhere between 8000-25000 Rupees per month. Starting salary depends in factors like profile of the employer (Government job, Private sector job or entrepreneurship), job profile, location of the job and educational qualifications of the employee.
Working experience, qualification, skills are important factors in determining the pay level. The starting salary of Polymer Engineer in public sector ranges from Rs.10000 to Rs.15 000 per month. In the private sector, the starting remuneration can be in the range of Rs.9000 to Rs.12000 per month whereas for those with an M.Tech degree can earn as high as Rs.15000 to Rs.20000 per month at the starting level.
Senior Polymer engineers/scientists with more than five years of working experience can earn anywhere in between Rs. 35,000 to Rs. 80,000 per month.
Central Institute of Plastics Engineering & Technology (CIPET)
(Department of Chemicals and Petrochemicals,
Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers,
Govt. of India)
Official Website : - https://www.cipet.gov.in/
Central Institute of Plastics Engineering & Technology (CIPET) was established in 1968 by Government of India with the assistance of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) at Chennai. The main objective of setting up of the institute was to develop manpower in different disciplines of Plastics Engineering & Technology as no similar institute was in existence in the country. International Labour Organization (ILO) served as the executing agency. During the initial project period between 1968 and 1973, the institute achieved the targets envisaged and was rated as one of the most successful UNDP projects implemented worldwide. Today CIPET is a premier national institution under the aegis of the Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers, Govt. of India fully devoted to Skill Development, Technology Support Services, Academic and Research (STAR). CIPET operates from various locations spread across the country catering to the needs of Polymer and allied industries.
CIPET renders Technology Support Service in the areas of design, tooling, plastics processing and testing and quality assurance in India and abroad. CIPET has been in the forefront of strengthening the technological capabilities and has been constantly building capacities and leveraging its expertise, caliber and skill sets to meet the emerging and evolving needs of the industries.
CIPET works in close liaison with industries to implement its initiatives in the areas of Polymer and allied industries in accordance with the environmental policies of the country. CIPET's sustained efforts in creating awareness on environmental issues towards plastics and plastics waste management has been very well received by the industry.
Academics at CIPET :
To achieve its objectives, CIPET is offering a wide range of Academic Programs in various disciplines of Plastic Engineering & Technology with varying levels of entry qualification leading to Diploma, Post Diploma, Postgraduate Diploma, Degree, Postgraduate and Doctoral programs.
The academic pursuits are categorized into the following four levels in accordance with the human resource requirement of Indian Polymer & allied industries.
Level I - Doctoral, Postgraduate & undergraduate Programs are high-ended Programs at Institute of Plastics Technology (IPT).
Level II - Conventional CIPET's Diploma, Post Diploma and Postgraduate Diploma Programs at all CIPET Centres.
Level III - Industry specific Programs.
Level IV - Operator level Programs including non-conventional Programs at Selected Centres of CIPET.
Besides, regular full time courses, CIPET also offers industry specific/oriented Short-term technology up-gradation/ modular/ tailor-made programs to help technical personnel working in different fields of Plastics and allied industries to further enhance their knowledge and acquaint themselves with the latest trends, technology and development.
CIPET offers the Doctoral Programs at its Institute of Plastics Technology (IPT) centres located at Ahmedabad, Bhubaneswar, Chennai, Kochi and Lucknow through respective affiliating universities.
Some of the research areas are:
Biopolymers and composites
Chemical Modification of Polymers
Natural Fibre reinforced polymer composites
Polymer Blends, alloys and composites
Fuel Cells & Energy storage devices
Reverse Engineering Applications
New Product Development
Simulation & Modelling for product & processes
Metal to Plastic Conversion
Computational Flow Analysis
Material Science & Engineering
UG & PG PROGRAMS
CIPET offers the Undergraduate and Postgraduate programs in Engineering / Technology at its Institute of Plastics Technology (IPT) centres located at Ahmedabad, Bhubaneswar, Chennai, Kochi and Lucknow in the fields of Polymer Science & Technology, Manufacturing Engineering / Technology. The Undergraduate and Postgraduate Programs are affiliated to respective State Universities.
The B.E. / B.Tech. and M.E. / M.Tech. programs are approved by AICTE.
Under Graduate Programs :
B.E ./ B.Tech (Plastics Engineering / Technology )
B.E ./ B.Tech (Manufacturing Engineering /Technology )
Post Graduate Programs :
M.E. / M.Tech (Plastics Engineering /Technology )
M.Tech (Polymer Nano – Technology )
M.E. (CAD/ CAM)
M.Sc. Tech (Material Science & Engineering )
M.Sc. (Bio - Polymer Science )
M.Sc. ( Polymer Science )
Diploma programs are of 6 semester (03 years) duration and Post Diploma and Post graduate Diploma programs are of 3 semester (1½ years) duration.
Diploma Programs :-
Diploma in Plastics Technology
Diploma in Plastics Mould Technology
Post Diploma Program :-
Post Diploma in Plastics Mould Design with CAD/ CAM.
Postgraduate Diploma Programs :-
Postgraduate Diploma in Plastics Processing and Testing
Postgraduate Diploma in Plastics Testing and Quality Control
VOCATIONAL TRAINING PROGRAMS
The National Policy on Skill Development formulated by the Government of India aims to create a workforce empowered with improved skills, knowledge and internationally recognized qualifications to gain access to decent employment and ensure India's competitiveness in the dynamic Global Labour market.
Apart from long term courses CIPET also conducts Vocational / Skill Development Training Programs, Computer Based Training Programs, Modular Training Programs, Entrepreneurship Development Programs etc. in the various areas of:
Machine Operator - Plastics Processing
Machine Operator - Injection Moulding
Machine Operator - Blow Moulding
Machine Operator - Plastics Extrusion
Machine Operator - Film Extrusion
Machine Operator - Pipe & Profile Extrusion
Machine Operator - Plastics Recycling
Machine Operator - Tool Room
Machine Operator - CNC Lathe
Machine Operator - CNC Milling
Plastics Mould Manufacturing
Advanced Plastics Mould Manufacturing
Maintenance of Machinery
Plastics Product and Mould Design
Testing & Quality Control for Plastics Materials & Products
SPONSORED SKILL DEVELOPMENT TRAINING PROGRAMS
CIPET is conducting various skill development training programs under the different schemes of Central / State Government Departments/agencies for the benefit of their target group. Also, under CSR initiatives of PSUs the training programs are being conducting for the benefit of unemployed / unprivileged youth. The details are as follows:
Skill Development Programs sponsored by various central government organisation / agencies
Skill Development Programs supported by various state governments viz Schedule Caste & Tribal Welfare, Backward Classes Welfare, Minority Welfare, Employment & Skill Development, etc. for the benefit of unemployed / under employed youths
Skill Development Programs under CSR scheme of various PSUs initiatives
ENTREPRENEURSHIP DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS
With an aim of transforming the plastics industry, CIPET is focused on developing entrepreneurs in the plastics segment. For CIPET, the Entrepreneurship Development Programmes is two pronged.
First, to tap the vast entrepreneurship available in the country and secondly to promote plastics industry by providing appropriate training in all aspects of setting up a plastic industry. Targeting people with a basic interest and aptitude for business, CIPET has been organizing Entrepreneurship Development Programmes in chosen geographies. CIPET has been providing the required knowledge and skill set besides adequate technical guidance and support in setting up plastics based industries in tune with the qualifications and the investment capabilities of the aspiring entrepreneur. The inputs are provided through classroom deliveries by the highly qualified and experienced faculty of CIPET.
CIPET Centres :
CIPET has classified its centres on the basis of its infrastructure, location, industry participation and requirements into three categories such as Institute of Plastics Technology (IPT), Centre for Skilling and Technical Support (CSTS) and School for Advanced Research in Polymers (SARP).
CIPET : Institute of Plastics Technology (IPT)
CIPET: IPT – Ahmedabad
CIPET: IPT – Bhubaneswar
CIPET: IPT – Chennai
CIPET: IPT – Lucknow
CIPET: IPT – Kochi
CIPET : Centre for Skilling and Technical Support (CSTS)
CIPET : CSTS – Agartala
CIPET : CSTS – Amritsar
CIPET : CSTS – Aurangabad
CIPET : CSTS - Baddi
CIPET : CSTS - Balasore
CIPET : CSTS - Bhopal
CIPET : CSTS - Bhubaneswar
CIPET : CSTS - Chandrapur
CIPET : CSTS – Dehradun
CIPET : CSTS - Guwahati
CIPET : CSTS – PWMC - Guwahati
CIPET : CSTS - Gwalior
CIPET : CSTS - Hajipur
CIPET : CSTS - Haldia
CIPET : CSTS - Hyderabad
CIPET : CSTS - Imphal
CIPET : CSTS - Jaipur
CIPET : CSTS - Madurai
CIPET : CSTS – Murthal
CIPET : CSTS –Mysuru
CIPET : CSTS –Raipur
CIPET : CSTS –Ranchi
CIPET : CSTS –Valsad
CIPET : CSTS –Vijayawada
CIPET : School for Advanced Research in Polymers (SARP)
CIPET : SARS – ARSTPS – Chennai
CIPET : SARS – LARPM – Bhubaneswar
CIPET : SARS – APDDRL – Bengaluru