Chemical Engineering

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Chemical engineering is one of the four main branches of engineering. It is applied chemistry that focuses on using chemical reactions to produce useful materials and/or solve problems.

Pathway

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

SPM:

  • English
  • Chemistry
  • Additional Mathematics

University:

  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Calculus
  • Computer Science and Programming

Like all engineering courses, chemical engineering courses have math, calculus, and even higher-level math.

Personality Type

Do you want to find the practical ways chemistry can be used in daily living? Do you like solving problems? Are maths and chemistry your favourite subjects in school? If so, chemical engineering may be for you.

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 this industry include:

  • Petronas
  • Tenaga Nasional Berhad
  • Duracell
  • Goodrich
  • Saint Gobain
  • AbioMed
  • Kodak
  • Proton
  • Intel
  • Coca-Cola

Work Environment:

Chemical engineers are primarily concerned with the design, operation, improvement and maintenance of chemical processes for macro-level manufactures such as large-scale cheese production. Apart from that, chemical engineers also develop new products by converting raw materials to make processes more efficient, environmental-friendly and cost effective. Some examples of chemical engineering jobs include figuring out ways to improve the way factories use chemicals and solving problems like rust and pollution.

Chemical engineers contribute to our society in so many ways. Oftentimes we confuse them with chemists. Chemical engineers scale up a process that a chemist has developed on a very small scale. For instance, a chemists develops a drug on a small scale (in micro-grams), it’s now the chemical engineers job to produce this on a large scale.

Salary

Entry-level:

RM 2,000 to 4,000 (for non-national companies)

Professional:

MYR 15,000 to 25,000 (5 – 10 years of experience).

Additional allowance for offshore stay is usually provided.

Job Demand

Anything that is manufactured is going to require the expertise of a chemical engineer — may be it baby wipes, potato chips, gasoline, polyesters or plastic. The phone on your desk, as well as its extension cord, is both coated in plastic. The computer on your desk, as well as perhaps the desk itself, possesses plastics, so chemical engineers worked on them as well.

In Malaysia:

Chemical engineer Dr Engr Ramlee Karim said chemical engineering continues to maintain a ‘high profile’ and the related job prospects remains good. Malaysia needs at least 200,000 engineers by 2020 in order to attain the status of a developed nation. To date there are only 70,000 registered engineers in the country.

The Malaysian oil and gas industry is getting stronger than ever. Firms in this industry have clinched over RM22.18 billion in new business opportunities overseas. These opportunities are in the oil and gas exploration, fabrication of oil and gas structures as well as shipbuilding and offshore support.

Overseas:

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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