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Specializations offered in Mechanical Engineering

What are the specializations offered in mechanical engineering? Every engineering degree comes with a variety of areas of specialization. Students in their last year of study (i.e. after 6th semester), have to opt certain optional subjects based on their area of interest. These subjects build the baseline for specialization area. Not all engineering degrees offer detailed technical education about each and every aspect of related technology. Only basic courses related to all areas of specializations are taught to mechanical engineers so that they get a basic understanding of all subjects.

Talking specifically about areas of specialization in mechanical engineering, let us first understand what mechanical engineering students are taught during four years of undergraduate degree program. It all starts from some basic courses of physics and mathematics. After you graduate with a degree in mechanical engineering, you just have a basic understanding and information about so many subjects that will be enough for you to prosper in any specialized field of work related to mechanical engineering.

Fluid Mechanics or Hydraulics: Mechanical engineers who find themselves interested in fluids and hydraulics, opt for specialization in fluid mechanics or hydraulics. This specialization course enables mechanical engineers to work in industries like dams, irrigation, agriculture and hydraulics.
 
Materials Engineering: Materials play a vital role in product development and innovation. New composite materials are being developed as per requirement of products. A basic degree in mechanical engineering combined with specialization in materials engineering gives an edge to those engineers who find themselves inclined towards production, research and manufacturing.
 
Nanotechnology: Nanomaterials are the next big thing. They are being used in every sector from health industry to robotics etc. This is little advanced specialization than materials engineering.
 
Biomedical Engineering: Biomedical engineering (BME) is the study of engineering principles and design procedures to medicine and biology for healthcare purposes (e.g. diagnostic or therapeutic).
 
Heat Transfer, Thermodynamics, and Energy Systems: In this area of specialization, principles of thermodynamics, and heat transfer (conduction, convection, and radiation) are taught in detail. Thermodynamics, heat transfer and fluid mechanics are closely related to each other.
 
Automobiles: Mechanical engineers who specialize in automobiles after basic degree in mechanical engineering are taught subjects related to IC Engines, heat transfer, fluid mechanics, power generation, Electric motors, automobile design, Engines etc.
 
Robotics, Automation & Control: As the name is very obvious, students inclined towards robots opt for subjects related to robotics, automation and control. This is a specialized field of mechanical engineering which requires knowledge and understanding of computer languages as well as basic electronics.
 
Transportation Systems: Courses in transportation systems enable mechanical engineers in understanding modern systems introduced in bullet trains, metro trains, aviation, airplanes etc.
 
Engineering Design: Mechanical engineers with specialization in engineering design are required in industries which required designing new products at large scale. This includes consultants, design firms, and contractors etc.
 
HVAC: Heat, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) deals with installation of large scale air conditioning in multi-story buildings, factories, mines etc.
 
Oil and Gas: Oil and gas sector deals with exploration of oil and gas fields etc. This is highly paid specialization in mechanical engineering due to onsite tough nature of the job. Specialization in oil and gas after degree in mechanical engineering is quite rewarding these days.
 
Nuclear Energy: Mechanical engineers who are employed by nuclear sector are sent on training and educational programs with specialization in nuclear energy.
 
Marine Engineering: Some mechanical engineers opt to study marine engineering after basic degree in mechanical engineering.
 
Learn more about courses taught in mechanical engineering and basic concepts of mechanical engineering to understand things in detail.

Job Description of a Mechanical Engineer

What is job description of a mechanical engineer? What are job responsibilities, day to day tasks, duties and responsibilities of a mechanical engineer? A job description (JD) is a formal document containing brief information about mechanical engineer’s responsibilities.

Job description of mechanical engineers vary from industry to industry. For example, JD of a mechanical engineer working in automobile sector will be completely different from an engineer working in energy sector. In this era of automation, mechanical engineers play a pivotal role in growth of a company specially related to manufacturing. Typical job description of a mechanical engineer includes:
  • Design and manufacturing of new products.
  • Supervision of team of technicians.
  • Adherence to mechanical engineering standards, health and safety standards etc. Compliance of government regulations.
  • Writing training manuals, technical reports, handbooks and bulletins for products or engineering operations to help other team members understand the basics.
  • Preparation of feasibility reports for new projects and products based on historical data etc.
  • Assessing project requirements or operational requirements for setting up new projects or expansion of current operations.
  • Measuring performance of mechanical components, processes and products. Keeping log of all observations and necessary maintenance requirements.
  • Calculation of budgeting, estimates, forecasts, financial calculations, projections, sales forecasts, return on investments, payback periods etc.
  • Using CAD software and techniques for design improvements.
  • Planning procurement of different components of a project.
  • Testing, evaluating and modification of products.
  • A mechanical engineer should be well versed in project management tools including MS Project, primavera etc.
  • To perform scheduled maintenance of mechanical products, machinery and equipment
  • Keeping record and maintaining log of all mechanical instruments in use
  • Extracting useful information from large data sets related to different products based on feedback or consumption history of customers
This job description for a mechanical engineer is very generic in nature. Modifications can be done accordingly as per requirements. Key skills required for mechanical engineers along with above mentioned job description are:
  • Technical report writing skills
  • Presentation skills
  • Problem solving skills
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Verbal and written communication skills
  • Knowledge of current and latest practices in mechanical engineering industry
  • Information about computer aided design and manufacturing
  • Planning and design skills
  • Project management skills
I hope this job description of mechanical engineers gives you an idea about responsibilities, day to day tasks and duties of mechanical engineer. Learn more about basic concepts of mechanical engineering before you start applying for mechanical engineering degree.

Scope of Mechanical Engineering Degree

What is the scope of mechanical engineering degree? This is the most challenging question revolving in student’s mind when he is struggling to choose a field of study in engineering. The question is how do we define the term “scope”. For many students, scope is:
  • Likelihoods of getting a job soon after graduation
  • A salary offer above median/ average salary of engineers
  • No. of jobs in industry for mechanical engineers
  • Career prospects after graduation
  • Promotions and career growth in mechanical engineering
  • Future scope of the degree in mechanical engineering
  • Demand in the industry for mechanical engineers
With advancement in technology and research, scope of mechanical engineering is increasing rapidly. This is an age of inter-disciplinary skills. Mechanical engineers have focused their research on nano-materials, composite materials, nano-technology, biomedical application and environmental conservation etc. 

There goes a famous saying about mechanical engineering that it is an evergreen field of engineering. There is no industry which can prosper without presence of mechanical engineers. Scope of mechanical engineering is unlimited. It is one of the oldest branch of engineering. I would explain above mentioned measures of scope in a bit detail.

Likelihoods of getting a job soon after graduation: This does not only depend on a degree. It depends on your skills, extracurricular activities, institute where you are getting degree from, presentation and communication skills etc. A company is always looking for an engineer with dynamic personality, good communication and interpersonal skills, an engineer with ideas and innovation.

Salary Offer: Now this is tricky and matters for those who know how to negotiate salary in interview. But I can bet that mechanical engineers get much better salary offers than other fields of study. Mechanical Engineers earn a median salary of $83,590 per year. Salaries typically start from $53,640 and go up to $128,430. (These figures have been quoted with respect to facts of United States). Entry-level mechanical engineers holding bachelor's degrees earned average annual starting salaries of $61,300, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers' Spring 2012 Salary Survey. NACE reported that mechanical engineers with a master's degree started at an average of $75,700 - significantly more than the average starting salary of mechanical engineers with a bachelor's degree.

No. of jobs for mechanical engineers in industry: Just forget about this. There are plenty of jobs for mechanical engineers. They are in high demand all over the world. There are only a few countries where mechanical industry has almost vanished or it didn’t prosper as much as it must have done. Once you have graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering, you have so many options and industries to work in. Ranging from manufacturing, power generation, construction, energy, transportation, automobile, beverages, pharmaceutical, agricultural, IT and other industries.

Promotions and career growth in mechanical engineering: Career growth in mechanical engineering is faster compared to many other fields of study. There are not many graduates with mechanical engineering degree. This gives a boost to the scope of mechanical engineering. I don’t know any mechanical engineer with bad views of job prospects.

Options After DME Diploma in Mechanical Engineering

What I can do after getting diploma in mechanical engineering i.e. DME. I have been writing articles helping mechanical engineers since last many years. This is the most common question asked by students of diploma courses: What to do after diploma in ME? This is a very simple yet very complex question for fresh graduates with a diploma in hand and no job offers at all. I have seen students worrying their future. They are always confused between two options i.e. further education (Btech) or job. I recommend only further education at this stage. Option of job is for those who cannot afford further fee etc. They can get support from a part time/ full time job.

Here are few options after diploma in mechanical engineering (DME):

  1. With a diploma in mechanical engineering, you can get few more certifications. For example, in Design(AutoCAD), Solar energy, Biogas, Waste to energy, Food Processing, Plant Maintenance, Marine sciences, Defense Technologies, Automobile, Industrial boilers, Heat exchangers, Oil Exploration, Plumbing works, HVAC, Quality Control, Quality inspection, HSE (Health and Safety), ISO standards, Pressure Vessel Design, Project Management, Risk analysis, TQM, Costing analysis, Risk Mitigation, HR Management, Procurement, Industrial design etc. These fields can be opted on basis of interest/ aptitude. It will definitely increase your chances of placement with a better pay after diploma in ME.
  2. If you are financially strong and have no problems in paying for Btech/ BE after diploma in mechanical. Then there is no better option than this. Because once you are a full time engineer, you enter into a completely different world with new horizon of job opportunities.
  3. Third option is of job for few years and then Btech or BE. But personally, I do not recommend this option. Because you will waste your initial experience of job. Industry will look at you as a fresh graduate after BE. They will usually not consider your past experience.
  4. Another option is for hardworking diploma holders. They can go for job along-with studies. It is hectic but very suitable for those who have financial problems. They can easily manage to pay for their educational expense after getting diploma in mechanical engineering (DME).
Options are not limited for people engaged in technical sector. A diploma holder cannot be compared with a graduate in general arts subjects. Technical knowledge always gives you an edge over other qualifications. I have seen people doing diploma in engineering and then further courses and certifications enable them to earn more than engineers from field jobs like offshore oil exploration, trenching, marine works, defense work etc. Career after engineering/ btech/ diploma depends only on your hard work. Even BE engineers have to look for new ways/ certifications for promotions or better job options.

How to negotiate salary during interview?

How to negotiate salary during interview and how much salary should be demanded by a mechanical engineer is the most perplexing question in minds of all engineers when they have been shortlisted for a job/ position. These things are learned over time. I received many queries from fresh engineering graduates to provide basic guidelines on how to assess salary demand for a particular job. Here I have divided these guidelines in two portions. One for experienced professionals and job seekers with past experience and one section with guidelines for fresh graduates seeking their first job.

Expected salary for experienced engineers with past experience:

  • Never settle below your current salary.
  • Your current salary includes all net cash that you receive each month, provident funds, medical facilities, fuel/ vehicle etc and whatever other facilities you are getting. Convert your facilities into cash form and this becomes your actual monthly value that you are getting at this stage.
  • Always add one annual increment to your current salary. Because there are high chances that you will not get first annual increment at your new job (if you have not completed six months till December of that particular year). Mostly this practice prevails in all HR departments. So you can tell this to your prospective employer that if you stay at your current job, this much increment you will be receiving at end of the year.
  • Always try to get salary ranges/ salary insights from current employees of the company. Being an engineer, you can always find a link inside all companies. There might be a senior of your engineering college or your junior already working in that company. Even if you do not have a college fellow, you can easily arrange a meeting with any employee of the company to discuss salary ranges for engineers for a particular post.

Expected salary for fresh engineers:

  • If you are a fresh engineer with no past experience, then situation is a bit different. You do not have past experience. Usually employers exploit this situation and offer lesser salaries quoting your inexperience as the main cause of lesser salary. You have to counter this wisely.
  • Always try to get insights from employees already working in that department on how much salary is being offered to engineers in that department.
  • Never settle below a minimum ethical wage for engineers. I cannot quote a figure/ amount here. Because minimum ethical salary varies from country to country. You have to assess that minimum level. For example salary of an engineer with four years degree cannot be equal to the salary of a diploma holder/ technician.
  • Never set your mind on too much high demands that employers find it difficult to select you. Be humble and set your focus on getting experience. But in lure of this humbleness, do not set you salary demands too low that it becomes difficult for you to get out of this vicious cycle.
  • Always remember that once you start your first job with lesser salary, employers at other job interviews will not offer you a bigger jump. They will always consider your previous salary. So keep this thing in mind. There are rare cases where employee get good salary jumps during job switching.
I hope this article helps you decide how much salary should be demanded in an interview. If you have any questions in mind, post your queries in comments. Good luck for your interview. Read more about interview tips and interview questions.

Best CV Format for Mechanical Engineers

Fifty percent engineers fail to grab a dream job because of basic faults in their CVs/ Resume. This article tells you about best CV format for mechanical engineers and how you are supposed to design your CV when applying for jobs. You CV is your first impression on future employer. He/ she does not know you. Your CV is the only representation of your personality. He/ she may select or reject you after first glance on your resume. 

I have experienced shortlisting and interviewing candidates for different jobs. I was astonished to learn that most of the candidates simply copy paste each others CVs without any changes at all. These types of CVs are rejected immediately. I am not trying to tell you that you should avoid copying, rather i ma telling you to refrain from giving your CV to your friends.

An ideal CV consists of following portions:

  • Name/ Address of the applicant
  • Objective
  • Education Record
  • Employment History
  • Professional Skills
  • Awards & Achievements
  • Co-Curricular Activities/ Interests
  • Professional Affiliations
  • References

Name/ Address of the Applicant: This is the first section of CV. A best CV design will consist of name and address written in an elegant font style. Contact numbers, email ID, complete address and skype ID are basic parts of this section.

Objective: What is your objective/ purpose for applying for this job? This should be job specific. Don’t copy/ paste CV objectives from internet. Write your own unique objective and tell the employer what you have got and how you will contribute to potential employer? Avoid outdated statements.

Education Record: This section briefly gives all historical information of educational qualifications starting from most recent first. Do not give information of diplomas at this stage, only professional qualifications which make you eligible for job.

Employment History: Give detail of current job and previous job history with all detail of projects executed and job description. Only give brief detail here. Do not write complete detail (save something which you can tell verbally during interview). Employment history also includes internships and apprenticeships.

Professional Skills: Best CV format of mechanical engineers gives detail of all softwares, suits and computer applications you are proficient in. For example: AutoCAD, ANSYS, Pro Engineer, Microsoft Office, Primavera, Operating systems, Photoshop and technical writing skills etc. The more the better. Please only mention those softwares which you are proficient in.

Awards & Achievements: This is the section which differentiates all CVs. Previous all things will be almost same for all mechanical engineers. Here your awards and achievements during different projects that you have executed will make real difference.

Co-Curricular Activities: These activities do not make as much difference but are always discussed in interview. So, you have to write detail of all sports activities (indoor/ outdoor) and other co-curricular activities. Because sports and extra-curricular activities are considered a token of healthy mind. Do not write only traditional activities, mention other social responsibilities as well that you have taken. For example volunteer work, teaching, social welfare organizations etc.

Professional Affiliations: Give a list of professional organizations that you are member of. For example, American Society of Mechanical Engineers or any other local engineering councils/ bodies in your country.

References: References can be provided upon request.

I hope this gives you an insight into best CV format for mechanical engineers. I ensure you that if you will design your resume on above given instructions, you will be definitely shortlisted for your dream job. Do not hesitate to contact me in case you have any questions in mind. No matter how stupid your question is.

Types of Jobs for Mechanical Engineers

What type of jobs are offered to mechanical engineers and what are career options for them? – One of the most commonly asked question from prospective mechanical engineering students. I have seen students worrying about career choices after graduation in mechanical engineering. Unfortunately, education system in most of the countries is run so badly that students are not given any guideline for selection of subjects and career field at school or college level. Almost all parents want their children to be doctors or engineers without knowing that what will be career prospects after getting into a particular field of engineering

Let’s talk about types of jobs for mechanical engineers. Mechanical engineering is as vast a field of engineering as this universe itself. When students ask me “what types of jobs mechanical engineers do after graduation?”. I usually reply with a counter question that “what type of job they cannot do?”. I have seen mechanical engineers working in all departments including security agencies, forensic departments, irrigation departments, energy departments, manufacturing sector, telecom sector, automobile sector, livestock, medical, pharmaceutical, industrial, space research, nuclear programs, waste management, legal, railways, transportation sector, chemical sector and even management sector. There is no field where mechanical engineers have not outshined through their performance, extra ordinary arithmetic and logical skills, and management practices.

Now the question arises, how a mechanical engineer is beneficial to forensic/ security agencies? I have a friend working in forensic agencies as a forensic engineer with basic degree in mechanical engineering. Mechanical engineering is 50% physics. At forensic departments, they need mechanical engineers to investigate cases and to identify damages done to vehicles, injuries caused by arms and tools keeping in mind basic action and reaction rules of physics. In security agencies, they need mechanical engineers to investigate industrial matters, to operate and maintain fleets of modern security vehicles, to develop new security tools and firearms, to develop modern micro level robots to investigate crime scenes and to get secret reports from areas occupied by militant forces.

Law firms require services of mechanical engineers to investigate all cases related to engineering sector. They hire freelance mechanical engineers for this purpose. Mechanical engineers are hired as consultants to work with legal and law firms. A law graduate cannot understand the complexities of an engineering case without help from a mechanical engineer. After discussing all these odd jobs for mechanical engineers, do I need to say more about types of jobs for mechanical engineers?

In short, there is no department where mechanical engineers cannot serve. Even I know few mechanical engineers working in spy agencies. Really? Do you believe this? Yes they do need mechanical engineers to keep an eye on what is happening in leading engineering sectors of other countries. Once you have decided to opt for mechanical engineering, they will teach you all the general courses of mechanical engineering without being specific to any field. Specializations are done only after graduation in Bachelors of mechanical engineering.

If you have any other question in mind, don’t hesitate to contact me.

Why there are less jobs for engineers?

Why there are less jobs for engineers?
Why there are less jobs for engineers? This is the question which most of the students are asking me these days. Although I have written certain article on this topic, still I would like to discuss the topic in more detail. My recent article was about why engineers are not getting job offers?

A survey was conducted on facebook fan page in order to get a broader view of perspective of mechanical engineers. Following question was asked:

Guys what do you think why there are less jobs for ENGINEERS? Who is responsible? Education system, industry or students?

Very interesting response was received from some mechanical engineers. So instead of giving my point of view on this topic, I would like to share their views on this.

Pankaj Koshta: Education system is responsible for it. In maximum colleges, practical knowledge is not given to students to motivate them about the field.

Sathish: We can’t teach the cutting edge tech to students in colleges. We should give maximum information (applications) about latest software and what you have to do. Internship and training must be there in their four year curriculum.

Collin E Enyi: Lack of Practical Training in a Workshop., Most Schools don't have Functional Machines, (Lathe, Drilling, Boring etc). Theory alone is not helping matter.
Mahmoud Hamdan: Actually there is a training in universities but unfortunately portion of the students are not active during that training

Md Azad: Education system is the main culprit otherwise top class students opt for engineering. Half educated boring teachers. They don't even know the spelling of passion and enthusiasm (they don't motivate). Number of private colleges doesn’t have good infrastructure and labs. Even if any engineer gets a job, they are forced to do the work for 12 hours instead of 8 hours.

Co Joshua: Economy is responsible for less jobs for engineer. It's like a cycle. Since the rate of income in our economy is low due to corruption, professionals are forced to go abroad seeking opportunities. Instead of working in their own country, they take their attention to other countries with high salary offers, thereby the economy would decrease the reserve on tax. A phenomenon known as "Brain drain".

Hisham Miind: Lesser vacancies & more engineers availability. There should be balance, and engineers should not settle for less than they deserve. Because of lesser jobs, industries are getting benefit because of giving low wages to engineers, as they can get many if one ends the job because of less salary. All are responsible and government should seriously solve this big problem of unemployment.

Jiaul Faisal: Poor educational system, colleges should create Engineers instead of producing engineers.

Nitin Gurjar: Student are responsible. Because after completing engineering, an engineer generally stands only to get a job but he never try to. Make some new thing so that number of jobs are increased.

Sundar San: Why students wants job rather than creating a job?

Aurel S. Cani: Education system which does not cooperates with industry. So we can learn and can be ready for every job. Without practice we are nothing.

Dean Preston: Lots of jobs for engineers!! More than most career paths just not as many for graduates with no experience. I don't know a single engineer who has been out of work longer than a few months.

Lokesh Tak: Every one want to be an engineer and want good job in MNC, they take only-only one option, but in this world there many options, just like- writer, lawyer, painter, musician, singer, agro industrialist, defense and many more. We need to change our view. 

Vivek Gupta: Well there are many reasons for less jobs for engineers.
1. Jobs in industry especially in India are mainly for diploma holders. Each and every thing in the small or medium level industry requires just diploma to control and coordinate the shop floor work.
2. The increasing number of B.tech students are compelled to do the jobs which earlier diploma students were used to. This leads to underemployment and thus the B.tech ones leave the job leading to unemployment.
3. Lack of industry and academic collaboration due to which most of the engineering students fail to meet the expectation of the industry.
4. Lack of research and development in our country. We only use labor not brain. India can give jobs to laborers but not to engineers.
5. Increasing population in engineering and compared to this jobs are fixed.
6. Lack of applied knowledge among students. Engineering is now just theoretical.

Kumar Mani: Don’t know whom to blame. Corrupt education system that stands for business only. Take money - let the student study books at his own and give degree after they clear all papers? After four years I am compelled to ask myself: Am I an engineer? Or just a book worm who struggled only for a degree?

Jamal Jamal: In fact many are responsible for fewer job opportunities for engineers. 1- Government 2- industry 3- education 4- bad recommendation.

Why mechanical engineering is better

Why a degree in mechanical engineering is a better choice for students? Why do we rank mechanical engineering degree at higher merits/ ranks in almost all universities and colleges of the world? Over the past few decades, mechanical engineering degree has raised its value and demand among aspirants and no decline has yet been seen in reputation and scope of mechanical engineering degree. That is why it is often said to be an ever green field.

Mechanical engineering is a diverse field of engineering. This diversity allows mechanical engineers to pursue a career in any field of life. So it gives you a wide variety of choice after graduation. There are many students who wish to change their field of work after they graduate. So if you are a mechanical engineer, you will find it easy to plunge yourself into a completely new field. Either you want to be a project manager or a technical consultant, being a mechanical engineer you can survive in any field.

When students get admission in any engineering degree, mostly all of them are unaware of their future. They do not have a clear picture of what they will do after graduation. Almost 90% of them end up with a totally different career path after graduation. Some students tend to incline more towards other fields of engineering. It happens with everyone. Happened with me as well. I am a graduate in mechanical engineering but I started working in waste management field. That was totally different environment. But I found it very interesting field. I worked on projects for producing energy from waste. Today I am working in livestock field. Here I am exploring a completely different environment. The more you work in variety of areas, more you learn about opportunities in that field.

I know many mechanical engineers who are doing awesome jobs as environmentalists because they did masters in environmental engineering after bachelors in mechanical. This is why I said mechanical engineering is diverse in its scope, Even if you don’t like to be a mechanical engineer at work, you can change your path easily. You can pursue higher education in civil engineering, environmental engineering, computer science, software engineering, quality control, project management or even supply chain management. Swapping field of work is not difficult for mechanical engineers.

This was just a little discussion on why mechanical engineering is a better choice for students and why do we say that mechanical engineering is the best field of engineering. Why engineers are not getting job offers, is a totally different topic.

Why engineers are not getting job offers?

Why engineers are not getting job offers?
Ever thought why engineers are not getting job offers? There are so many reasons behind every rejection. It takes time to learn skills which are required for successful job interviews. Every day I get so many messages from confused fresh graduates and engineers from all over the world who ask me to help then in getting a job. From these messages, it is very clear that they are trying hard to reach out to fellow engineers and they are putting their best efforts in finding a job. But all these efforts are in WRONG direction. Here I would like to share some common reasons of interview rejection and why engineers are not getting job offers.

I have gone through all these phases of life. It hard to understand all these reasons at start of career but over time you start to realize your mistakes. Here i would share my personal experiences.

Not preparing for interview
I have seen many candidates who do not prepare for interviews. Interview is just like an exam, if you do not prepare, you will fail. Preparation for an interview includes looking for answers to common engineering interview questions, revising basic concepts of mechanical engineering courses, and dressing up properly for interview.

General format of CV for all jobs
I have seen many candidates who have a general format of CV to apply for all type of jobs. A good engineer will always make changes to his CV according to job description.

Applying for too many posts in same organization/ company
Recently we are short listing engineering candidates for job interviews in my company. I have noticed so many candidates who applied for all positions with same CV. Is it logical applying for Manager Operations, Assistant manager operations, Assistant manager admin and Assistant operations at the same time? We rejected many candidates for this reason. Always be crystal clear about job position that you want to apply for.

Standing out too much
Only add relevant information to your CVs and portfolio. Adding too much colors, extra information and irrelevant skills will not make any difference.

What is in it for me?
Always ask questions from your interviewer. Try to learn what is in this job for you? What opportunities of learning do you have? Is it suitable for you? This will help you decide whether the company is right for you.

Interview answers
Always prepare for potential common interview questions. Many engineers do not get job offers because they do not give satisfactory answers to some tricky questions. During all interviews, some questions are of general nature while some questions are of technical nature.

Overconfidence
Overconfidence simply kills.

Lack of job information
Lack of job information and knowledge about possible job description gives a very bad impression about candidate. I once applied for a job position in a company dealing with water treatment plants. Reason for my rejection was that I could not explain how I would become a contributing member to this company because I was unaware of job description.

Non-confidence in employers’ recruitment procedure
Always show confidence in employers’ recruitment procedure. If they have called you for an interview, it means they are trying hard to do it on merit.

Always speak truth
Always speak truth. Those who are interviewing you, are experienced enough to catch false information through discussions.

Be yourself, be original
As simple as that: Be yourself, be original

Feel free to contact me if you have any further questions. I have learnt from my experiences how to get a job and how to successfully pass interviews. Contact me for any discussion about your career.

What to do after diploma in mechanical engineering?

Diploma in Mechanical Engineering
What to do after diploma in mechanical engineering? This is the question which every student has in his/her mind after graduation. On my previous website, a student asked me the same question in following manner:

"Hi friends, I am going to finish my diploma in mechanical engineering in a few months. I really don’t have any idea of what to do next? Should I go for job or should I continue to study and register myself for mechanical engineering degree? Can you please suggest me that what should I do after diploma in mechanical engineering. I have some financial issues as well, so I cannot continue studying without proper scholarship from some organization or college. These are hard times. Not only me but all my friends are also so confused at this stage. No one knows what to do after completing diploma in mechanical engineering. Some friends and family members suggest finding some good job while others suggest continuing studying further. Is there any benefit of continuing education after diploma? As you all are mechanical engineers so you might have some better ideas and suggestions for me. Kindly reply. I will really appreciate your help.

Kindly reply with all possible options and paths we can choose after completing diploma in mechanical engineering. Also please tell me the courses which i can choose after diploma. Thank you."


Here is my opinion on this topic:

I suggest you to continue education by either choosing the option of engineering degree, B Tech or any other post diploma courses. Engineering sector is all about personal growth, knowledge and experience. The more experienced and educated you are in your field, the more bright chances will be waiting for you in future. Don’t think of doing a job at this stage. Your educational qualification is not as good as it needs to be for a dream job at this stage.

As far as courses are concerned, you may choose any courses of your interest for engineering degree or B Tech. After getting degree in mechanical engineering you will have many options for jobs. You can get job offers from mechanical, production, automobile, food,  construction, power plant or cement industries etc.
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