A dual degree has dual advantages. You get two degrees at one go and also acquire expertise in two different or related subject areas, hence widening your knowledge base. One of the more popular combinations that students opt for is mechanical engineering and industrial engineering. Most of the top engineering colleges in India and abroad offer this combination that students can pursue. The reason for popularity of this course is that careers in both mechanical and industrial engineering are highly rewarding.
Mechanical engineering is one of the oldest branches of engineering. It is also referred to as the ‘mother’ branch of engineering. Almost all inventions during the ancient period and a vast majority in the modern era are direct contributions of one or the other application of mechanics.
Traditionally, mechanical engineers have to deal with concepts such as mechanics, thermodynamics, robotics, kinematics, structural analysis, fluid mechanics and many others. A career in mechanical engineering
involves applying these concepts in the process of designing state-of-the-art manufacturing units, different types of motor vehicles, aircraft and aerospace parts and a vast assortment of industrial machinery. Mechanical engineers also contribute to the development of various engines, power plant equipment, heating and cooling systems and other simple and complex machinery. Mechanical engineers not only design new mechanical systems but they are also responsible for testing, maintaining and manufacturing them.
Industrial engineers determine the most effective ways to use the basic factors of production—people, machines, materials, information, and energy -- to make a product or provide a service. They are concerned primarily with increasing productivity through the management of people, methods of business organization, and technology. To maximize efficiency, industrial engineers study product requirements carefully and then design manufacturing and information systems to meet those requirements with the help of mathematical methods and models.
A career in industrial engineering
also involves the development of management control systems to aid in financial planning and cost analysis, and they design production planning and control systems to coordinate activities and ensure product quality.
In India, most colleges offering dual degrees are the engineering colleges in Chennai
. Following are some of the colleges in India and abroad, offering dual degree in mechanical and industrial engineering:
Rochester Institute of Technology
Technische Universitat Munich, Germany
Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
Ecole Centrale Paris, France
Ecole Centrale Lyon, France
IIT, Madras, India
Anna University, Chennai, India
KIIT University, India