Duration: 2 Years
Course: Rubber Technology
Course Type: Post Graduation
M. Tech. in Rubber Technology is a 2- year long course divided into 4 semesters, with each semester lasting a period of 6 months. Rubber Technology is a specialized branch of engineering that involves the transformation of rubbers, elastomers, latex, natural rubber, synthetic rubber into useful products such as automobile tires, rubber mats, and exercise rubber stretching bands.
The course includes an advanced study of the various types of rubbers, their properties, and descriptions of formulation of rubber compounds. The methods involved in the processing of rubber are vulcanization, mastication, and calendering. The program consists of components of study such as processing technology, manufacture of latex products, non- tyre rubber products, tyres, testing and specification of rubber, latex products, materials science, organic chemistry, basics of polymers, rubber compounding, adhesives and surface coatings, plastic materials, and many more such relevant areas.
The average annual course fee in India ranges between INR 1 and 3 Lacs, depending upon the institute offering the course. The basic eligibility criterion to pursue the course is graduation (B.Tech.) completed in any engineering discipline with a minimum aggregate score of 55% or equivalent CGPA, from a recognized university. For availing admission to M.Tech. colleges, applicants need to appear for the GATE, and qualify it with a valid score. The admission process also includes an additional round of interview.
The average annual starting salary offered in India to successful postgraduates of the course ranges between INR 3 and 8 Lacs, depending upon the candidate’s expertise in the field.
Listed below are some of the major highlights of the course.
|Duration||Two Years (full time)|
|Examination Type||Semester System|
|Eligibility||Graduation from a recognized university with 55% marks in aggregate|
|Admission Process||Counselling after taking entrance examination, preferably GATE|
|Course Fee||INR 1 to 3 Lacs|
|Average Starting Salary||INR 3 to 8 Lacs|
|Top Recruiting Fields/Areas||HLL Life Care Limited, ISRO, DRDO, MRF Ltd., CEAT Tyres, Apollo Tyres, Ashok Rubber Industries, Gas Authority of India Limited, HCL Technologies, Madras Rubber Factory, Jayashree Polymers Group, L.M. Fibres, Saint Gobain Industries, TVS Motors, Rubco, Haldia Petrochemicals, Hi Tech Carbon, etc.|
The course explores on an advanced level, the technical aspects of rubber processing and core subjects like adhesion technology, rubber processing principles, rheology, and foam technology. It covers the concepts and processes involved in the processing and manufacturing of latex and other rubber products which when molded, are transformed into a variety of required shapes such as toys, garments, stationeries, accessories such as bands, musical instruments, automobile parts for ease compression, washers, and other such items.
One of the most significant uses of rubber technology is in the manufacturing process of tyres which are used in different type of vehicles ranging from a plane to a bicycle. Treated or processed rubber is also used by various industries as an end product, such as for car decoration etc. With a constant increase in automobile- manufacture, there is an increasing demand of rubber in industries, thus making rubber technology a lucrative career option.
Listed below are some of the top institutes offering the course in the country with the corresponding locations and fees charged by each.
|COLLEGE NAME||CITY||AVERAGE ANNUAL FEES IN INR|
|Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur||Kharagpur||69,000|
|Indian Institute of Technology Bombay||Mumbai||43,126|
|Madras Institute of Technology||Chennai||45,220|
|LD College of Engineering||Ahmedabad||4,575|
|Gujarat Technological University||Ahmedabad||90,000|
|Cochin University of Science and Technology||Kochi||51,680|
|University College of Science, Technology & Agriculture||Kolkata||4,658|
|Mahatma Gandhi University||Chennai||65,000|
|Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra||Ranchi||187,000|
|I.K. Gujral Punjab Technical University||Jalandhar||76,550|
|University of Chhattisgarh||Raipur||-|
Candidates wishing to apply for the course need to meet the following minimum criteria of eligibility:
Many institutes prefer students with professional experience, therefore, it is advised for candidates to acquire a work experience of a minimum of 24 months. Also, candidates with two years of relevant work experience are exempted from appearing in GATE, provided their candidature is sponsored by the employer.
Eligible candidates are required to qualify a relevant entrance examination followed by a round of group discussion. Subsequently, qualifying candidates are needed to go through additional rounds of personal interview as the final stage in the process of selection. The main entrance exam held in India for admission to the course is GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering).
GATE is an All-India examination conducted jointly by the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore and seven Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs). The entrance exam is primarily held for admission to post graduate courses in the field of engineering, technology, architecture and science.
The online test is a multiple- choice and numerical- type exam divided into three sections, namely General Aptitude, Engineering Mathematics and the specialty subject.
However, a few colleges such as Tamil Nadu Common Entrance Test (TANCET) for Madras Institute of Technology, Chennai, also have their own entrance examinations such as Manipal Institute of Technology and UPES (written tests and interview), and admission procedures in place for selecting and admitting candidates.
A semester- wise breakup of the course’s syllabus is tabulated below:
|Rubbers Compounding & Reinforcing Materials|
|Rubber Laboratory I|
|Rubber Product Manufacturing Technology|
|Industrial Rubber II|
|Rubber Laboratory - II|
|Seminar – II|
|Comprehensive Viva Voce|
|Thesis -Part I|
|Thesis -Part II|
|Basic Rubber Science|
|Adhesion Science and Technology|
|Characterization of rubber and rubber- like materials|
|Engineering Design with Rubber|
|Introduction to programming and Date Structure|
|Latex and Foam Technology|
|Physical Testing of Rubber|
|Polymer Reaction Engineering and Reactor Design|
|Recent Advances in Rubber Technology|
|Rheology & Processing of Rubbers|
|Rubber Processing Principles|
Successful postgraduates of the course are lucratively hired in both public and private sectors, in tyre companies, agricultural industry, automobile industry, transportation companies, construction firms, artificial limbs manufacture industries, rubber plants, and so on.
Some of the popular professional avenues open to such postgraduates are listed below with the corresponding salaries offered for the respective positions.
|JOB POSITION||JOB DESCRIPTION||AVERAGE ANNUAL SALARY IN INR|
|Rubber Technical Engineer||To develop new rubber and polymer products and work towards the continual improvement of existing products to cater to the needs of customers. To control the complete development cycle of a product from conceptualization to prototyping, testing and bulk manufacture. To entail production process control and supervision of quality control of existing rubber and polymer products and to work with in-house and external tool-rooms and vendors for development of tools, dies, and subcomponents of products under development.||4 to 9 Lacs|
|Rubber Technologist||To economically formulate different types of rubber compounds that satisfy product and customer requirements. To modify existing compounds to rectify quality- related problems, to ensure cost-effectiveness in order to meet customer requirements, and to handle the processing of rubber technology, rubber compounding, rubber mixing, monitoring and control while testing raw materials as per standards, and perform field- evaluation of products.||4 to 8 Lacs|
|Production Engineer||To improve the process of product- manufacture, such as food and drink, rubber material, plastics and pharmaceuticals. To work with technicians wherein one has to develop, install, procure and maintain the equipment used in the manufacturing process.||3 to 7 Lacs|
|Maintenance Engineer||To undertake scheduled and breakdown maintenance of engineering equipment or plants ensuring that industrial machinery and equipment run smoothly and reliably. To improve production facilities, reduce incidents of costly breakdowns and develop strategies to improve overall reliability and safety of the plant, personnel and production processes.||3 to 9 Lacs|
|Molding Process Engineer||To ensure that molds are running optimally by monitoring and tuning molding processes, suggesting part, material, equipment and tool modifications, developing corrective actions and training plastics technicians and to provide day- to- day supervision of plastics personnel.||4 to 9 Lacs|
|Polymer Specialist||To research and study the structures and chemical properties of various natural, synthetic or composite materials, including metals, alloys, rubber, ceramics, semiconductors, polymers, and glass, and to determine ways to strengthen or combine materials or develop new materials with new or specific properties for use in a variety of products and applications.||3 to 8 Lacs|
|Lecturer/Professor||To teach at undergraduate and graduate levels in areas related to Rubber Technology and its applications, allocated by and reviewed from time to time by the Head of Department, and to supervise or assist with supervision of undergraduate, taught graduate (Masters) or research graduate (MPhil/PhD) students.||3 to 7 Lacs|