Electrical Engineering

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Electrical engineers work on developing electrical equipment and designing methods to generate power.

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.

Course fees of Electrical/Electronic Engineering courses in Malaysia:

Subject Focus

SPM:

  • English
  • Chemistry
  • Additional Mathematics

University:

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

Are you good at math and are curious about electrical systems or electronics? If yes, then electrical or electronics engineering is right 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.

Salary

Entry-level:

RM 2,000 to 3,000

Professional:

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

Job Demand

By finishing a degree in electrical engineering, you could have a career as an electrician, electrical engineer or electronics technologist. There is a shortage of qualified electricians and engineers, this means the job prospects are great and your skills will be in demand.

In Malaysia:

To emerge as the third largest global producer of solar cells, Malaysia will need 12,600 solar engineers in the field of electrical and electronics by 2020, according to Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam during the National Seminar Solar Technology 2012 event.

He said the development of the solar industry in this country is an economic sector that has the support of the ministry and government agencies. To date, Malaysia has now foreign companies investing in the photovoltaic field such as AUO Sunpower Solar Inc., in Malacca.

Overseas:

Presently, China and Germany lead in the global production of solar cells.

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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