Rubber Technology - Courses, Colleges and Career Scope
Rubber Technology is used on a large scale today for the production of various products like tyres; Image Courtesy: suedpack.com
Rubber is a natural product which is, produced by various techniques to make it useable by various industries for production of different end products. The most essential end product is tyre, right from high tech aircraft tyre and formula 1 car racing to tyre for bicycles.
Rubber is processed and then moulded into the required shape. Treated or processed rubber is also used by various other end products like those used in various industries like car decoration etc.
The branch of engineering that deals with the processing of latex, natural rubber or synthetic rubber to transform them into useful products is known as Rubber Technology.
This subject of study includes the types of rubbers, their properties and descriptions of formulation of rubber compounds.
There are very few people in India who are aware of this emerging career option. The country has now about 6,000 rubber units. With the increasing number of automobiles and increasing use of rubber in industries, rubber technology is becoming a lucrative career option for students.
The minimum qualification for pursuing B.E./BTech in Rubber Technology is 10+2 Science with Physics, Chemistry and Maths or Biology.
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There are several institutions in the country including the IITs, offering BTech/MTech in Rubber Technology.
The selection is generally made on the basis of entrance examination conducted either through IITJEE or through various other engineering entrance examinations at state level.
Apollo Tyres are one of the leading manufacturers of tyres using rubber technology; Image Courtesy: clicktyres.in
Career and Job Prospects
Rubber technologists/engineers can find jobs in both private and public sectors. In India the demand for trained personnel are soaring high in the recent times.
- Students of Rubber Technology are generally absorbed in tyre companies like Apollo Tyres Ltd, Jayashree Polymers group, L.M.Fibres Ltd, Ceat Tyres Ltd, Mumbai, Hi Tech Carbon Ltd, St Gobain Industries, MRF Ltd, TVS Motors Ltd. etc.
- As rubber is an important part of the semi conductor industry, mass recruitment takes place here as well.
- Other industries like those making waterproof wares e.g. Duckback (Kolkata) also recruit students from this field.
- Public sector undertakings including Gas Authority of India Limited and Haldia Petrochemicals also hire trained rubber technologists.
- One can also find jobs abroad too. International tyre companies and industries are tapping talents from India. Rubber processing units of the western countries like France, U.K and U.S are also recruiting trained professionals from India.
Rubber technologists/engineers are generally paid higher salary. The pay is much higher in foreign companies compared to those of the Indian companies.
The candidates with bright academic career and experience are offered handsome Salary with other benefits and the relocation package and bonus. The average starting salary ranges between Rs 2.5 Lakhs - Rs 3.5 Lakhs per annum.
Gujarat Technological University is the top ranked university offering courses in Rubber Engineering and Technology; Image Courtesy: collegesearch.in
Top 9 Colleges/Institutes for Rubber Technology and Rubber Engineering 2017
|1||Gujarat Technological University, Gandhinagar||Gujarat|
|2||Gujarat Technological University, Ahmedabad||Gujarat|
|3||Hindustan College of Engineering, Chennai||Tamil Nadu|
|4||Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur||West Bengal|
|5||Cochin University of Science and Technology||Kerala|
|6||LD College of Engineering, Ahmedabad||Gujarat|
|7||Madras Institute of Technology||Tamil Nadu|
|8||University College of Science and Technology, Kolkata||West Bengal|
|9||Anna University, Chennai||Tamil Nadu|