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M.E. Structural Engineering is a 2-year full-time postgraduate course, the minimum eligibility for which is a B.E. or B.Tech. degree in any stream of engineering, preferably Civil Engineering, completed with a minimum aggregate score of 55%. 

Some of the colleges are:

  • University of Petroleum and Energy Studies
  • Hindustan Institute of Technology and Science
  • Sharda University
  • MVJ College of Engineering
  • Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (JNTU)
  • Amrita University
  • ACS College of Engineering

The average tuition fee charged for the course in India ranges between INR 2 and 7 Lacs for a span of 2 years.

Admission to the course is based on the candidate’s performance in a relevant entrance test, and subsequent round of counseling. and the average annual salary offered to such professional’s ranges between INR 2 and 10 Lacs, increasing with experience and expertise.The final selection will be based on the test score, academic profile, and an interview. The mode of admission is through an Entrance Examination such as GATE and tests carried out by different universities. 

M.E. Structural Engineering involves the advanced study of the course’s components such as Structural Mechanics, Finite Element Analysis, Structural Dynamics, Structural Reliability and Optimization, Reinforced and Pre-Stressed Concrete etc.

The major job profiles for such graduates are Structural Engineer, Design Engineer, Bridge Engineer, Offshore Design Engineer, Offshore Construction Engineer, Structural Consultant, Forensic Engineer, Construction Engineer, Engineer in public and private sectors etc. Self-employment opportunities are also available to them. Some of the companies are TATA (all sectors, Motors, Steel, Communications etc), Reliance Industries ltd., Maruti Udyog, and thousands of other companies in India including TCS, Infosys, and Wipro.The average minimum salary for a graduate who has completed ME Structural Engineering is around INR 2.5 to 6 Lacs p.a.

Top Colleges for Master of Engineering [ME] (Structural Engineering)

  • Master of Engineering [ME] (Structural Engineering) in Tamil Nadu
  • Master of Engineering [ME] (Structural Engineering) in Maharashtra
  • Master of Engineering [ME] (Structural Engineering) in Gujarat
  • ME/M.Tech in Delhi-NCR
  • ME/M.Tech in Maharashtra
  • ME/M.Tech in Chennai

M.E. Structural Engineering: Course Highlights

Course LevelPostgraduate
Duration2 years
Examination TypeSemester System
EligibilityB.E. or B.Tech. degree in Civil Engineering with 55% marks in aggregate
Admission ProcessBased on counselling after qualification of entrance tests.
Course FeeINR 2 to 7 Lacs
Average Starting SalaryINR 2 to 10 lacs per annum
Top recruiting companiesGammon India Ltd., Larsen and Toubro Ltd., Afcons Infrastructure Ltd, Godrej Properties Ltd, Shapoorji Pallonji, Reliance Construction, TATA Projects, Hindustan Construction Company (HCC), Tata Consultancy, Engineering Contracting Company (ECC), SAP, ITC, etc.
Job PositionsStructural Engineer, Design Engineer, Bridge Engineer, Offshore Design Engineer, Offshore Construction Engineer, Structural Consultant, Forensic Engineer, Construction Engineer, Engineer in public and private sectors.

M.E. Structural Engineering: What is it about?

The major objective of the course is to impart advanced learning to eligible candidates in fundamental principles of Structural Analysis. Students are trained to implement such principles through different methods, in analyses of various types of structures, and to evaluate force and displacement parameters of such structures. Other course objectives include developing expertise in onshore infrastructure and a sound background in specialized areas such as Offshore Structure/ Management (General)/ Bridge Structure/ Hydraulic Structure.

M.E. Structural Engineering Syllabus has been designed to produce engineers specialized in design, construction, repair, rehabilitation, and conservation, and maintenance of stability of structures. The course also offers the opportunity to such candidates to academically explore additional specialization in concepts of Bridge Structure/ Hydraulic Structure/ Offshore Structure as per the candidate’s interest.

Such postgraduates can explore lucrative career opportunities in areas of structural design and construction, offshore design and construction, oil and gas sector, bridge design, construction management, and hydraulic structure design.

The course aims at providing civil engineering graduates with an advanced conceptual understanding in, and advanced knowledge and technical skills required for analyses and design of structures such as dams, bridges, pipelines, roads, towers and buildings, transport systems, harbors, airports, and railways.

Aspiring eligible candidates would ideally have:

  • proficiency in Mathematics.
  • interest in, and aptitude for pursuing Information Technology and Mechanical branches of engineering.
  • strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • basic awareness of construction methods, and health and safety hazards related to structural engineering.
  • good communication, interpersonal, and leadership skills.

M.E. Structural Engineering: Top Institutes 

Name of InstituteCityFees
University of Petroleum and Energy StudiesDehradunINR 2,33,000 
Hindustan Institute of Technology and ScienceChennaiINR 80,750
Sharda UniversityNoidaINR 1,26,000 
MVJ College of EngineeringBengaluruINR 21,890 
Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (JNTU)AnantapurINR 30,000 
Amrita UniversityCoimbatoreINR 1,40,250 
ACS College of EngineeringBengaluru-
Galgotias UniversityNoidaINR 87,000 
Visvesvaraya Technological UniversityBelagaviINR 18,900 
International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad (IIIT)HyderabadINR 1,90,000 
Indian Institute of TechnologyBhubaneswarINR 30,250
Christ UniversityBengaluruINR 1,12,500 
Sikkim Manipal Institute of TechnologySikkimINR 134,000
Indian Institute of Technology DelhiDelhiINR 59,150 
National Institute of Technology, TiruchirappalliTrichyINR 78,700 
Brindavan College of EngineeringBengaluruINR 64,390 
M. S. Ramaiah Institute of TechnologyBengaluruINR 96,585 
R.V. College of EngineeringBengaluruINR 87,550 
Nitte Meenakshi Institute of TechnologyBengaluruINR 94,390 
Reva UniversityBengaluruINR 1,60,000 
Sphoorthy Engineering CollegeHyderabadINR 57,000 
Amity UniversityNoidaINR 1,41,450 

M.E. Structural Engineering: Eligibility

Candidates wishing to apply for the course need to meet the following criteria for minimum eligibility

  • B.E. or B.Tech. in Civil Engineering or attained another equivalent degree such as Environmental Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Energy and Environment Engineering from a recognized institute, with a minimum aggregate score of 55%.
  • Students having completed M.Sc. in Environmental Science with at least 50% (45% for SC/ST/OBC candidates) marks in aggregate are also eligible to apply for the course.
  • Students in the last semester of graduation are also eligible to apply, provided they fulfill the other minimum eligibility criteria.

M.E. Structural Engineering: Admission Process

Most institutes admit students based on their performance in a relevant entrance test, followed by a round of Personal Interview. Some institutes conduct their own entrance tests for offering admission. Admission process generally varies across colleges. However, GATE/NET scores are accepted at almost all institutes offering the course.

Admissions to the course are also conducted through a round of central counseling on the basis of the candidate’s obtained merit in PGCET.

Listed below are the major entrance examinations conducted in India for admission to the course:

  1. Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE)
  2. UPES ME. in Engineering Entrance Test (UPES)
  3. Manipal University Online Entrance Test (MU-OET)
  4. International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad

Some other Entrance exams are

  • KIITEE
  • BITSAT
  • Jawaharlal Nehru University Engineering Entrance Exam (JNU EEE)
  • IIT Joint Entrance Examination (IIT JEE)
  • Delhi Institute of Technology (DIT) Entrance Exam
  • B.S. Abdur Rahman University Engineering Entrance Examination
  • All India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE)

M.E. Structural Engineering: Course Description

Semester ISemester II
Theory of Elasticity and PlasticityFinite Element Method
Matrix Methods of Structural AnalysisTheory of Plates and Shells
Structural DynamicsSeismic Design of Structures
Industrial StructuresFoundations of Structures
Advanced Concrete StructuresConstruction Management Practices
Design & Construction of Offshore StructuresDesign of Floating Structures
Advance Concrete LabComputer Aided Structural Design Lab -2
Computer Aided Structural Design Lab -1Stability of Structures
Advanced Marine StructuresDesign of Hydraulics Structures
-Pre-stressed Concrete
Semester IIISemester IV
Project IProject II
Seminar ISeminar II

M.E. Structural Engineering: Career Prospects

Successful completion of the course opens numerous opportunities in both government and private sectors in the country, such as government departments like Central Public Works Department, Railways, Metro Rail, Highways, Indian Aluminum Limited, Public Works Department, Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited, Pollution Control Board, National Environmental Engineering Research Institute, Tamil Nadu Water Supply, Drainage Board etc.

In terms of areas of employment, such postgraduates are gainfully employed in fields such as construction-based industries, irrigation department, water supply & sewage, GIS, public works department, pollution board, rural and infrastructural development, and such.

There are huge opportunities for industrial engineering freshers. Employment Areas for M.E. Structural Engineering degree holders include Colleges & Universities, GE, Philips, Home Appliance and VLSI Design Units, Alstom, Defense Services, Indian Railways, Telecommunication units, Automobile Sector, Aviation industry, Power Industry

Top recruiters include Sony, Tata Steel, Axis Bank, Mercedes Benz, Robert Bosch, Target Corp., General Mills, Idea Cellular among many others. 

Post Graduates can also look for opportunities in Government originations such as Railway, BSNL, ONGC, ISRO, and DRDO   

   

Job ProfileDescriptionAverage Salary in INR per year
Structural EngineerThe job of a Structural Engineer is very closely related to that of Civil Engineer. They design, plan, and oversee construction projects such as railways and roads, They create such structures while keeping the environment unharmed and protected. They also design and build tall buildings and large structures that can withstand all weather conditions.4 to 6 Lacs
Offshore EngineerAlso known as Oil Engineer, Offshore engineers research, design, construct, operate, and decommission (close down) offshore rigs, which are used to drill for gas and oil beneath the seabed. They find economical and environmentally safe ways to extract oil and gas from natural reservoirs beneath the seabed, design offshore installations and drilling equipment, oversee drilling, and are responsible for maximizing production.4 to 6 Lacs
Construction EngineerThey survey the area where the construction is to be executed, paying special attention to environmental issues or government codes that need to be considered, and prepare reports on their findings.5 to 7 Lacs
Lecturer/ProfessorThey teach at undergraduate and graduate levels in areas of Civil and Structural Engineering, in academic areas allocated and reviewed from time to time by the Head of Department, and supervise or assist with supervision of undergraduate, taught graduate (Master’s) or research graduate (M.Phil. or Ph.D.) students.4 to 5 Lacs

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