For hiring, there are companies such as Volvo, Robert Bosch, Parle, Karle Group, Hindustan Unilever, and more that are considered to be big names in 2017.
Skill-sets in demand for manufacturing engineers
“Skillsets such as Engineering Designing, AutoCAD, SAP, Project Management, and Production are highly sought after,” advises Rohith Kamrakar a Bengaluru-based senior recruiter.
Also, as per the popular online compensation information portal PayScale, it should do no harm for engineers to acquire additional skills such as Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, Manufacturing Process Engineering, AutoCAD, and Autodesk.
Obviously, requirement for a bachelor’s degree in engineering goes without saying. Here, it is worth noting that some engineering universities in India directly offer manufacturing as a stand-alone stream, whereas others teach concepts of manufacturing in branches like instrumentation, mechanical, industrial production, and industrial engineering.
Landing that dream manufacturing job
Here, it is worth noting that manufacturing absorbs engineers from across streams, due to its multi-disciplinary and cross-domain nature. Value-additions are welcomed in a big way in this sector. Value additions, here, refer to the additional skillsets above.
“For engineers desirous of landing a job in the manufacturing sector, the best way is to apply or enrol for apprenticeship programs and customised training programs which are offered by most of the industry leaders today,” informs Dr Radhakrishnan.
Firms such as Robert Bosch, Volvo, and more generally offer internships for students whilst absorbing fresh engineers as apprentices. This represents an ideal learning opportunity for both engineering students as well as fresher graduate engineers.
Even in case engineers prefer to switch firms, after internship (or apprenticeship), a course-completion certificate here comes in handy while applying with other recruiters. Nonetheless, the bottom-line of apprenticeship programs is the learning, of the manufacturing processes which is obviously priceless.
“Nowadays, campus placements for manufacturing jobs are on a downside; hence, students are better-off in equipping themselves with the trending skillsets and certifications,” states Dr Krishna Rao who is Professor of Mechanical Engineering at an engineering college in Karnataka.
As per Dr Krishna Rao, fresher engineers can check out the certification programs offered by both the state and central governments; these programs are fundamentally reskilling (and skill development) programs that are useful for prospective employment. One such initiative is the Kaushalya Karnataka program which is aimed at reskilling and training at least five lakh youth of Karnataka state.
The Kaushalya Karnataka initiative brings employment opportunities under one roof whilst promoting entrepreneurship among engineers (the youth in general). Engineers can register for free; even trainers can also register to offer training and skilling programs for the fresh graduates.
Apart from Kaushalya Karnataka, there are various other similar schemes which are aimed at making engineers industry-ready for manufacturing. The Government of India also offers certification programs in industrial engineering for fresher engineers across the country. Through these, engineers can keep themselves abreast about the latest trends.
Manufacturing industry adds to the entrepreneurship quotient of engineers
Domain experts believe that with the right skillsets, it should not be difficult for engineers to turn entrepreneurs as manufacturing offers plenty of opportunities to solve societal issues via development of physical entities.
“Engineers in manufacturing have increased opportunities to turn into entrepreneurs. The best illustration for this is fresher engineers starting their own wireless LED lighting units. PCB manufacturing is also at an all-time high after the Make in India and Skill India initiatives,” advises Nagraj Shankar.
Preferred recruiters and employers
As far as engineers desirous of working with external firms are concerned, recruiters such as Robert Bosch, Volvo India, Tech Mahindra, Shell Info Technologies, and GE top the list as per independent surveys conducted by Dr Radhakrishnan.
“Understand that even the conventional ‘factories’ offer lucrative careers for engineers, but this is commensurate with experience,” adds Nagraj Shankar.
Pay packages to expect
Since manufacturing involves equal physical as well as non-physical processes, from an engineering perspective, domain experts state that a fresher can expect a starting package of ₹1.6 lakhs per annum. In most factories, there are additional financial perks and bonuses associated with salaries.
Since salary packages here are greatly influenced by industrial experience, engineers can expect to earn ₹7 lakhs per annum (approximate range) with industry experience of more than five years.
Manufacturing in India in a nutshell
|Manufacturing in India is multi-disciplinary|
|Manufacturing engineers have a better chance at solving real-world issues|
|Actual product development takes place|
|Manufacturing offers additional bonuses with pay packages, for engineers|
|Rate of career growth is generally on the higher side, rate of job creation is reportedly constant|
|It is seemingly worth taking up manufacturing jobs in 2017, for engineers|
Contributors to the story
|Dr Radhakrishnan HK||a Bengaluru-based career counsellor possessing more than two decades of experience in guiding engineering students|
|Vijaya Shankar B||Bengaluru-based senior plant engineer at SMMS Industries|
|Jerome Matthews||Mumbai-based senior recruiter|
|Rohith Kamrakar||Bengaluru-based senior recruiter|
|Nagraj Shankar||Owner of a PCB manufacturing unit in Bengaluru industrial area|
|Bengaluru-based Manufacturing Engineers numbering 3|