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.

Mini Project Ideas For Mechanical Engineering

Mini Project Ideas - Mechanical Engineering
Mini projects play a vital role in mechanical engineering degree. Mini projects help mechanical engineering students in understanding theoretical concepts by putting things into work in practical manner. Until unless one does not create proto types, one cannot understand the real potential of a theoretical concept. When I was studying in engineering college, I noticed many students having difficulty in finding a perfect mini project idea for mechanical engineering. Some good professors do help their students by issuing a list of possible project ideas under their supervision. But sometimes they ask students to come up with new ideas. Due to limited experience and knowledge, students cannot think of new innovative ideas for mini projects.

I have compiled a list of best mini project ideas for mechanical engineering students so that all students may benefit from this list. I will keep on adding more project ideas to this list over time. Updated lists will keep students linked with new technology. If you find difficulty in understanding any of these projects, you may ask for details in the comments section of this page. And if you have some better mini project ideas, do share with fellow students in comments section of this page.
 
Here is the complete list of ideas for mini projects:
  • Fruit picking robot
  • Grass cutting robot
  • Trimming robot for plants on large scale
  • Steam engine powered bicycle
  • Wind mill pump
  • RC Controlled bike with sensors to balance itself
  • RC controlled bicycle with censors to balance itself
  • Stair climbing handcart
  • Any project related to solar energy
  • Biogas plant
  • Chair for physiotherapy
  • Power generation using irrigation canals
  • Power generation using railway tracks
  • Sun powered water heater
  • Waste detector to segregate different types of waste (organic, combustible etc)
  • Hovercraft controlled by android
  • Robot for putting plant seeds in soil
  • Wheel chair controlled through mobile
  • Robot for peeling chicken skin
  • Multiple axis sliding table
  • Rotating shelves for refrigerator
  • Bottle vending machine
  • Electricity generation from speed braker
  • Rain water harvesting system
  • Mini Wind Mill to be installed on car for powering AC
I hope this list of mini project ideas will help mechanical engineering students in learning their subjects in practical manner. These projects can be easily carried out in university at low cost. Negligible cost for manufacturing is involved. If any student wants more help or ideas, keep posting your thoughts in comments so that I may help. If you will not post comments, I will not be able to find out your queries. I know some students try to skip mini course projects. I want to warn all those students that they are playing with their degree. If you will not do anything practical at your university, you will be forced to do a managerial job at lowest salaries after graduation. That’s a bitter reality.

Best Mechanical Engineering University Country Wise

Best Mechanical Engineering University Country Wise
Ranking of top few best mechanical engineering universities in a country is not an easy task. We have to take a deep dive into different analytics and ranking statistics of different universities offering a degree in mechanical engineering. Different surveys from students, faculty have to be carried out to understand the teacher student relationship of a university. Similarly, research papers published by an institute, student teacher ratio, educational statistics of faculty members, pass out ratio of students, quality jobs for students within one year after graduation, presence of alumni in top 100 companies, quality of technical education, links within industry and educational institutes worldwide, participation in technical events at world level,  students exchange programs, technical capability of labs, presence of international students/ faculty and availability of high-tech equipment are some of the factors which contribute to the ranking of best mechanical engineering university in a country.

This list of best mechanical engineering universities and colleges is very unique in a way that in gives country specific rankings of mechanical engineering departments in different universities of the world. If you are graduating from a best mechanical university in your country, it has many advantages linked with its reputation. For example, you will always get preference in job interviews both in public as well as private sector. You will always feel proud of yourself. A graduate from such colleges can easily find a network of alumni in top tier of executives in any company helping him in landing a good start level job.

Here goes the list of country specific top universities/ colleges:

Best Mechanical Engineering Schools in United States:
  1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  2. Stanford University
  3. University of California, Berkeley (UCB)

Best Mechanical Engineering Schools in UK:
  1. University of Cambridge
  2. Imperial College London

Ranking of Mechanical Engineering Universities in India:
All IITs (Indian Institute of Technology) are offering mechanical engineering degree in India. With exception of few, all IITs are offering quality engineering education in India. Best campuses/ colleges for mechanical engineering degree in India are IIT Bombay, IIT Delhi and IIT Kanpur.

Best University for Mechanical Engineering in Pakistan:
At undergraduate level best university for mechanical engineering in Pakistan is Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology (GIKI) followed by National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) with quality research and best faculty in the country. Both universities are offering best degrees in mechanical engineering with alumni serving in top tiers of multi-national companies in the Pakistan and abroad.

Best Mechanical College in Germany:
  1. RWTH Aachen University
  2. Technical University of Munich

Japan’s Top Engineering Institutes:
  • The University of Tokyo

China:
  • Tsinghua University

Best Mechanical Engineering University in Canada:
  1. University of Toronto
  2. McGill University

Top Mechanical Engineering Colleges of Australia:
  1. The University of Melbourne
  2. Monash University

Singapore:
  • National University of Singapore (NUS)

Saudi Arabia:
  1. King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals
  2. King Saud University

If you are planning to get admission into any of these institutes, just go ahead without any second thought. Because all these colleges are offering best quality of education in mechanical engineering. These rankings have been issues after careful evaluation of all factors. For more detail on rankings of mechanical engineering universities explore more publications on this website. Interested students should checkout the list of courses offered in mechanical engineering.

Best Android App for Mechanical Engineers

Android App for Mechanical Engineers
Mobile apps can serve very beneficial for mechanical engineers due to the portability and access anywhere in the world at any time. My collection of basic mechanical engineering concepts received lots of appreciation from all mechanical engineers and I received several emails to compile all the data in pdf form or in the form of an android app. Today I feel pleasure in announcing that best android app for mechanical engineers has been developed and it is available for free download from play store.

This android app will help mechanical engineers in revising basic concepts of engineering before they appear in any interview. Being a mechanical engineer, I am aware of the situation that how embarrassed we feel during interview if we could not answer very basic technical questions during interview. This mobile app with the name of “AboutMech” has now resolved this problem. Just download app from your google app store and enjoy reading. In addition to basic concepts of engineering, this app offers:


  1. Useful articles for Mechanical Engineers
  2. Job listings
  3. Courses/ Subjects of Mechanical Engineering
  4. Interview questions with answers
  5. Comments/ discussions on each article/ topic


Mobile technologies have revolutionized the way how we live and perform. This android app developed for mechanical engineering graduates/ students will serve as a best handy tool for all mechanical engineers. Feedback is required from all of you for improvements in the app. The app is completely free to download.


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