How to decide the perfect Engineering stream for your career?

  • By Alekhya Chakrabarty
  • 12 July 2022
Which Stream to Choose in Engineering for Your Career? | Sunstone Blog

The Engineering stream is an extremely sought after and competitive field in India, with a number of premier institutions offering a range of postgraduate and undergraduate courses. Engineering is in demand as it is popular among Indian students. They have a large number of specialisations to choose from based on their aptitude, interests and expectations from careers. For this reason, choosing an Engineering stream can be hard for students.  

Some of the things to keep in mind while browsing the best Engineering streams to choose from include your interest and aptitude, and how lucrative the employment prospects will be after graduation. We detail the process of selecting the right Engineering stream for you in this blog. Continue reading for more on Engineering undergraduate courses.

Step 1: Know your options

The Engineering universe has a large number of options to choose from. These options are spread across a range of disciplines from computers to the medical sciences. One must choose from among these options based on their own interest as well as the career prospects in the long run. Here, we’ve listed some of the best Engineering streams to choose from – 

  • Computer Science Engineering 
  • Electronics & Communications Engineering 
  • Mechanical Engineering 
  • Information Technology Engineering 
  • Civil Engineering 
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Agricultural Engineering 
  • Biochemical Engineering

Step 2: Figure out your job orientation

Interest, aptitude and financial viability must all align for you in choosing an Engineering stream that is more ‘job oriented’. This means that the job must offer a high remuneration along with job satisfaction and future scope in the field. Here are some of the streams within Engineering for job oriented students:

Computer Science

Computer Science Engineering brings together Engineering and Computer Science. It involves programming, programming languages, software, networking, hardware algorithms and program designs. Computer Science Engineering students can be employed as developers, solution integrators, database administrators, domain consultants, design engineers, network administrators, software testers and technical industry officers. 

Electronics and Communication

Electronics and Communication Engineering is the study of electrical components used to create electric circuits, devices and systems. Students of Electronics and Communication Engineering go on to work as service engineers, research and development engineers, software analysts, network planning engineers, network administrators and technical directors. Some of the prominent government organisations where they can be employed include DRDO, ISRO, BHEL, BSNL, NTPC, HPCL, IES and BEL.

Information Technology

This branch of Engineering concerns computer systems in order to store, manage, transfer and retrieve data. Information Technology engineers are eligible for roles of database administrators, information system managers, computer technicians, network administrators, data security administrators and computer support specialists.

Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering deals with heavy machinery and involves principles of Engineering, Physics, and material science for the analysis, design, maintenance and manufacturing of mechanical systems. The career opportunities include maintenance engineers, CAD technicians, control and instrumentation engineers and mechanical engineers.

Step 3: Know your interests

The best Engineering streams to choose from are many. However, it can be daunting to take your pick. The key to making this choice is to explore your interests. Computer Science Engineering requires a talent for coding, software and programming and an interest in this increasingly digital work.

If you love building machines, Mechanical Engineering may be the right option for you. It involves knowledge of heavy machinery, kinematics and workings of a motor. Electronics and Communication Engineering is all about the world of gadgets - a great field to be in for those who love gizmos. IT Engineering, on the other hand, is all about managing and maintaining systems of information technology.

Step 4: Choose a branch

After carefully considering all these parameters, select the right Engineering branch for yourself. 

Step 5: Select the college

Now that you have chosen the undergraduate courses, it is time to select the right college for you. First, make sure that you have a long list of colleges that offer the UGP you are interested in. Then, narrow down your choices based on the following criteria -

  • The location where the college is situated. If your priority is to stay closer home, choose a college easily accessible to your house. Ensure that it is located near a big city so that you have access to full college life as well as opportunities.
  • Ensure that the college uses advanced teaching methodologies and has a vibrant extracurricular scene. Make sure to watch out for the infrastructure so that it has good laboratories, libraries, equipment, instruments and hostels.
  • Make sure your shortlisted colleges have a good accreditation from national agencies, making them more credible.
  • Compare the fee structures of all the shortlisted colleges and see which one fits your budget while also providing the maximum facilities and best infrastructure. Also, look into undergraduate scholarships and see if you qualify to get into the best possible Engineering college.
  • Make sure your college offers ample exposure - both national and international - through collaborations with other universities as well as organisations so that you can participate in exchange programs and internships.
  • Check out the placement percentages of the colleges you have listed out along with the type of companies who come there for recruitment. Also, find out the CTC packages offered and the kind of positions people are hired for.

Step 6: Choose the best college

After you have filtered all the colleges based on these criteria, choose the one that is best for you. Ensure that you make a choice based on location, placement records, scholarships, curriculum and infrastructure.

Conclusion

It is imperative to go about choosing the right college for you in an orderly fashion. Make sure you follow all the steps, choose a stream based on its scope and future prospects, and keep in mind your interests as well as aptitude to make the most out of your Engineering degree. 

FAQs

What are the different engineering streams?

Computer science, electronics and communication, information technology and mechanical engineering are some of the different engineering streams.

What are the best engineering courses?

Choosing an engineering course is a matter of personal interest and aptitude. There are many courses that students can choose from. These include computer science, electronics and communication, information technology and mechanical engineering.

How to choose the right stream for Engineering?

You should know all about the options open to you, the kind of career you picture yourself having, your academic strengths and weaknesses as well as the college of your dreams. 

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