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Pharmaceutical Engineer

Who is a Pharmaceutical Engineer?

A pharmaceutical engineer is a professional whose focus area is within the field of biomedical engineering. These professionals concentrate on the development, testing, and the study of new medicines and new drug treatments. The aim of their work is to make progress and advancements in the field of medicines.

What does a Pharmaceutical Engineer do?

A pharmaceutical engineer operates, maintains, constructs, and designs the technology used for undertaking research, as well as, for manufacturing pharmaceutical drugs. These engineers have to work closely with pharmacists and chemists to do R & D of various active pharmaceutical ingredients. Thereafter, these ingredients are formulated into the products taken by the patients.

What are the skills required?

To become a pharmaceutical engineer in India, the minimum eligibility is an undergraduate program in B.E. or B.Tech in pharmaceutical engineering. Some of the skills required to become a successful pharmaceutical engineer in India are as follows:

  • These engineers should have the skill to operate, maintain, and design highly specialized technology

  • A pharmaceutical engineer requires good analytical and thinking skills

  • They should be innovative and possess leadership skills

  • The pharmaceutical engineers should have an in-depth understanding of the various technical aspects of their jobs

Eligibility (12th PCM)

Top colleges offering courses on Pharmaceutical Engineering

The candidate should hold an undergraduate degree in engineering to qualify as a pharmaceutical engineer. In India, only a few universities and colleges offer an engineering degree in pharmaceutical engineering. However, they can also obtain a degree in chemical or industrial engineering. The minimum criteria for getting into an undergraduate engineering degree course is ten plus two completion with Mathematics, Chemistry, and Physics as compulsory subjects. 

Prestigious Universities offering a degree in Pharmaceutical Engineering

  • Anna University, Chennai

  • Manipal University, Manipal, Karnataka

  • Nirma University, Ahmedabad, Gujarat

  • IIT Varanasi - Indian Institute of Technology (BHU), Varanasi

  • Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad

Popular Colleges offering a degree in Pharmaceutical Engineering

  • Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT), Mumbai

  • AC College of Technology, Chennai

  • Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, Ranchi

  • JSS College of Pharmacy, Mysuru

  • Poona College of Pharmacy, Erandwane, Pune

  • Bombay College of Pharmacy, Mumbai

Career scope

In India, there are different types of careers available for working in various sectors of the pharmaceutical industry. Some of these are as follows:

  • Research of fresh drug delivery systems and new drugs

  • Working at the scale-up process, packaging and labelling, manufacturing of drugs

  • Jobs related to management, design, education, and sales of medicines

  • Pharmaceutical engineers can get jobs in Research and Development labs, pharmaceutical industry, designing drugs to cure diseases, quality and production systems, and biomedical companies

  • These engineers can also get jobs in biotechnological plants, biopharmaceutical plants, and pharmaceutical manufacturing companies

  • Cosmetic industry requires pharmaceutical engineers to work for them

  • These professionals can also teach in universities or colleges

How much does a Pharmaceutical Engineer make?

Currently, we do not have verified information on Pharmaceutical Engineer’s salary. We will update as soon as made available

What are the Books and study material available?

  • Pharmaceutical Engineering Paperback-by K. Sambamurthy 

  • Pharmaceutical Biotechnology (Fundamentals and Applications-by K. Sambamurthy 

  • Pharmaceutical Engineering (Unit Operations -2)-by Sarasija Suresh Cvs Subrahmanyam, Thimma Setty J 

  • Essentials of Physical Pharmacy- by C. V. S. Subrahmanyam

  • Lachman Lieberman's The Theory And Practice Of Industrial Pharmacy 4Ed- by KHAR R.K.

  • Pharmacognosy (55th edition)- by Dr C. K. Kokate

Major recruiters

Some of the major pharmaceutical organizations, which hire pharmaceutical engineers in India are as follows:

  • GlaxoSmithKline

  •  Lupin

  • Dabur Pharma 

  • Ranbaxy Labs

  • Merck

  • Cipla 

Interesting facts

In India, Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Ltd is one of the most prominent pharmaceutical companies. The organization was set up in 1977 and has its headquarters in Mumbai. The product range of the company comprises vaccines and other medicines.