To enter into the paint industry or coating related industries, you need to have a degree in Surface Coating Technology. Surface coating refers to mixture of materials solvents that include paints, drying oils, varnishes and clear coatings. A course in the subject will look into providing practical exposure in residential, institutional, or commercial jobs, using various equipment and methods to apply different materials on different kinds of surfaces. Bachelor’s and Master’s courses are available.
■ National Institute of Technology
The Department of Chemistry offers an MTech in Surface Science and Engineering with specialisation in Corrosion and Science of Surface Coatings. Those who have a BTech in Engineering, Physics or Chemistry can apply for this course. The course will cover physical metallurgy, material science and electrochemistry, metallic corrosion, study of kinetics, analysis and characterisation of failures of metal and alloys and residual life.
■ Institute of Chemical Technology
First established under the University of Mumbai in 1933, it is now a separate deemed university in Mumbai and offers a BTech, MTech and PhD in Surface Coating Technology. It is also a centre of excellence under the Government of Maharashtra. Some subjects you will study include Organic and Inorganic Chemistry, Engineering Graphics, Environment Friendly Coatings, Analytical Chemistry and Material and Energy Balance Calculations.
■ Deccan Education Society’s Technical Institute
This Pune-based institute offers a diploma in Surface Coating Technology. This is a three-year programme is approved by AICTE and Directorate of Technical Education. Intake is limited to 40. You need to have taken Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics as your core subjects in Class XII. Fee for the course is `10,100 approx per year. Some subjects you will be studying include Technology of Paints, Pigments, Resins and Varnishes, Technology of Printing Inks, Electroplating, Chemical Engineering and Industrial Chemistry. www.destip.org/course.asp