Chemical Engineering with Oil and Gas

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A chemical engineer in the oil and gas industry need to create designs that involve maximizing the use of chemicals, fuels or other products. Petroleum engineers on the other hand are more focused on designs for getting oil and gas from the earth. Since chemical engineering is a broader field, chemical engineers tend have more employment options.


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


  • English
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Additional Mathematics


  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Calculus
  • Computer Science and Programming
Personality Type

Criteria in becoming an Oil and Gas Chemical Engineer:

  • I am interested in applied mathematics, physics and chemical engineering.
  • I like to experiment with workflows.
  • I enjoy figuring out complex calculations and diagrams.
  • I can successfully manage a project from start to finish.
  • I have an aptitude for using specialized computer software.
  • I am creative, imaginative and consider myself an idea person.
  • I pay special attention to detail and accuracy and am not easily distracted.
  • I am a good problem solver and think quickly on my feet.
  • I am a great multi-tasker.
  • I am quite versatile and can work on my own or with a team.
  • I am good at clearly explaining technical things to others.
  • I am interested in pursuing a university education that may require at least four or more years of study.

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 oil and gas industry include:

  • Petronas
  • ExxonMobil
  • Shell

Work Environment:

Generally, chemical engineers are found on the facility side and contribute to the upstream oil and gas industry in many ways including managing projects related to tanks, pumps, pipelines and separators. They are involved in process design and development, and production enhancement in plant operations, corrosion control, inspection and quality control.



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


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

Additional allowance for offshore stay is usually provided.

Job Demand

With a shortage of skilled people and the potential for career growth, the sector is highly attractive for graduates.

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.


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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