Automotive Engineering

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Automotive Engineering is a branch of Mechanical Engineering that covers land vehicle development by incorporating engineering, production, maintenance and dynamics. You will study manufacturing, design, product testing, research & development.


Your options to study Engineering, no matter the specialization is generally the same. Find out more here: Academic qualifications to study Engineering in Malaysia.

Subject Focus


You can prepare for this programme by taking courses/subjects that prepare you for college. This typically includes, English, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Calculus and Computer Science and Programming.


  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Calculus
  • Computer Science and Programming

Automotive engineers also take into account current world issues such as the rapidly diminishing fuel reserves to invent alternatives like hybrid and electric cars, so do read magazines and websites dedicated to up-to-date information on vehicles!

Personality Type

Do you love tinkering with car engines and discovering how things move and work?

These personality type codes serve ONLY as a guideline and can be taken with a pinch of salt. Always consult with your school counsellor or ask our experts for further guidance!

Myers-Briggs: ISTJ, ESTJ, INTP, ENTJ

These types all share the Thinking preference (T), or a preference for objective decision making as opposed to taking into account personal values in making decisions.

Find your Myers-Briggs personality type here.

Holland Vocational Code: RIE (Realistic, Investigative, Enterprising)

Find where you belong in the RIASEC model here.

Career Info

Major companies active in Malaysia’s automotive industry include:

  • Perodua
  • Proton

Work Environment:

Automotive Engineering graduates often find jobs in automobile, motorcycle, lorry and bus companies as well as racing teams, parts manufacturers and research & developments agencies. Because of the Mechanical Engineering foundation in this course, graduates could potentially be hired in companies where mechanical engineers are needed.



RM 2,000 to 7,000


MYR 10,000 to 35,000 (5 – 10 years of experience).

Job Demand

In Malaysia:

Since the establishment of Malaysia’s first automobile manufacturer Proton, the automobile industry in Malaysia has seen much advancement. This development is further supported by Perodua and Lotus Cars (a subsidiary of Proton).

There are 21.25 million registered vehicles in Malaysia and that number is growing all the time. A typical household owns at least two cars. This means lots of work for automotive engineers including auto mechanics, electricians and technicians.

Aside from the growing investment on cars, the revised National Automotive Policy (NAP) will liberalise the local automotive industry and encourage an open market and greater availability of vehicle models with the latest technologies — energy efficient vehicles (EEVs). With EEVs in the country, existing players both local and foreign will face stiff competition.


In 2007, Malaysia became a member of The Washington Accord, which recognises experienced professional engineers represented by responsible bodies. The Washington Accord is a small group of signatories that have agreed to mutually recognise accredited engineering programmes. Members of The Washington Accord are Hong Kong, South Africa, Japan, Singapore, USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, UK, Ireland, Taipei, Korea, Malaysia and Turkey.

Click this link to view the list of accredited engineering programmes in Malaysia.

Becoming Professional

Becoming a professional:

The Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM), The Institution of Engineers Malaysia (IEM) and Association of Consulting Engineers Malaysia (ACEM) develop and use the EMF Register as a secure benchmark that allows a professional engineer to be recognised or exempted from licensing or registration in other countries (other than that in which they first gained recognition).

Eligibility for admission to EMF International Register of Professional Engineers Register is limited only to engineers who have completed an accredited or recognised engineering programme, registered with the Board of Engineers Malaysia and is a corporate member of the IEM who is capable of independent practice.

To qualify for the registration, a candidate must:

  • be a Professional Engineer registered with the Board of Engineers Malaysia and/or a Corporate Member with the Institution of Engineers Malaysia.
  • have seven years experience after graduation in a recognised engineering discipline.
  • have two years experience in responsible charge of significant work (may be obtained within the seven years experience).
  • have maintained their continuing professional development at a satisfactory level.

Useful links:
Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM)
Engineering Accreditation Council Malaysia (EAC)
The Institution of Engineers Malaysia
Network of Accreditation Bodies for Engineering Education in Asia (NABEEA)
International Engineering Alliance
SAE International

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