Sunday, February 6, 2011

Introduction to IIIE

IIIE needs no introduction among the students already enrolled for Grad. IIIE program. For those who are yet to be members, consider visiting for more information on the course, the institution and its activities.

If you are considering any other part time Engineering courses (AMIE, IETE, AMAeSI etc..), you may go to and make enquiries. The administrator (Shobhith) has a lot of experience on such courses and will be able to help you out in the same.

Most frequently asked questions on IIIE are answered below (These are not standard answers based on documents available. They are based on personal experience of many past IIIE students):

1) Is it a recognized course?
Yes and No at the same time. Let me explain.

Yes because, we have letter of recognition from HRD ministry, Association of Indian Universities. We have our aluminies working for many PSU's (HAL, ONGC are two organization that I know of). The course is recognized for admission to IIT for PG (confirmed from IIT-Kharagpur, IIT-Bombay, and IIT-Roorkie)

No because, not many people are aware of the course (we need to clarify to them by drawing parallels to AMIE). Some educational institutions (IIT-Kanpur) do not accept this qualification for admission to PG (They don't accept AMIE also) but at the same time IIT Kharagpur and IIT Bombay accepts IIIE for PG admission.

My advice: If you are already working and looking for moving up the value chain, go for it. You will be hired for your experience. But, this qualification will fill the void in your resume for a degree.

2) Do you get study Material?
Yes and No at the same time. Let me explain.

Yes because, many of the topics and subjects covered are common to Industrial Engineering and Operations Management. We get good amount of books for these subjects. Some subjects like economics, accounting etc. can be easily negotiated by referring to B.Com books.

No because, there is no single book that would cover all the topics in the syllabus. We may need to refer to multiple books for the same subject. (This may become a pain if you don’t have access to a good technical library or if you are preparing alone and not as a group). Specific subjects like Systems Approach (I still don't understand what the hell I wrote in my exam to get a pass mark), Technology Management have very few (some time nil) books available and the books referred to in the prospectus are not giving us a good idea of the subject.

My advice: Prepare as a group. Interact with other students Share the notes that you may have and sometimes common-sense answers may do the trick.

Going forward I have committed myself to try and put up some useful links, files and articles on IIIE so that my fellow students may get benefit of whatever I went through as a IIIE student.

Meet you soon.

Aravindan Srinivasan

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Project Guidance

I am not going to take people through anything that is available in the IIIE brochure. It can be referred by the students on their own. I have had the opportunity to work on three IIIE projects apart from my own (Currently awaiting approval for 2). The information shared here is my experience of the same.

Project Proposal:
Prefer a project in your working environment. This will be useful for having a clear understanding of the problem and project. In addition, your project will be a point of discussion when you look for your next job. Talk to your manager and get him on-board. Your manager will be your best possible guide for project (it will also help in securing any internal promotion if there is a opportunity)

Contents of Proposal:
1 paragraph (typical 8 to 10 lines) general information of the company (Industry-Auto motive, power sector, parent company, location etc)
1 paragraph (prefer bullet point) on the preliminary focus point. List generally identified problem in the company
1 or 2 paragraph on in depth details of the company
1 paragraph on the problem definition (prefer bullet points) with detailed explanation. Ensure you have few numbers(quantitative details) in this paragraph.
2 to 3 paragraphs on the preliminary study you have completed like Process map, explanation of process, any cycle time data rejection data, if your project is on maintenance it can be previous down time data spares cost, inventory level (what ever information can be collected on first hand)
1 paragraph on the proposed objective of the project . Use verbs in the statement: eg. Reduce cycle time from XXX by yyy% or improve availability by zzz% etc.. Prefer to have more than 2 objectives so that when we actually take up the project we can have one main and few supporting objectives.
1 paragraph on the literature: If it is cycle time quote some book on Operatons management. Like wise, depending on the topic of the project,quote two or more books.

Sample Project Proposal

Look forward to my next post on Project report

Guidance Material

Some guidance materials are provided below at random. I will add more as and when I locate some information.

Section: Preliminary
Material Science: