Civil Engineering

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Civil Engineering involves design, construction and management. As a civil engineeirng, you could be involved in seeing through a project from design stage to construction and completion. These projects could be highways, tunnels, dams and major buildings.

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
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Additional Mathematics

University:

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

Do you prefer wearing a helmet, working in a scorching heat, building a structure than working in an office cubicle? Is math your favourite topic in school? If so, civil 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

Civil Engineers work in a fast-moving, challenging and rewarding profession.

Major companies active in this industry include:

  • Gamuda Berhad
  • Minconsult
  • MRCB
  • Ranhill Berhad
  • YTL Corporation

Work Environment:

Civil engineers generally work indoors in offices. However, many spend time outdoors at construction sites so they can monitor operations or solve problems onsite. Most work full time.

Salary

Entry-level:

RM 2,000 to 3,000

Professional:

MYR 4,000 to 6,000 (5 – 10 years of experience).

Job Demand

Among all branches of engineering such mechanical, petroleum and automotive, the range and application of civil engineering is the broadest and the most visible.

In Malaysia:

There is huge demand for civil engineers in Malaysia and it is also expected to get a boost as the country gets ready to upgrade its infrastructure and power sector. 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.

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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