Environmental Engineering

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Environmental problems are impacting our lives severely and many environmental disasters are associated, one way or the other, with human activities and pollution. Malaysia is a growing nation and day-by-day the country is becoming highly industrialized.

Water treatments, solid waste management, industrial waste management and management of natural resources are just the tip of the ice-berg when addressing environmental problems. Malaysia needs engineers with the expertise and skills to work out solutions to fix these problems and reduce the negative environmental impacts and improve the quality of life for everyone.

Pathway

Having an undergraduate degree in environmental engineering might not be enough to explore the vast possibilities of environmental solutions. Pursuing a postgraduate degree is very important because it allows students to explore advanced ideas, innovations, and new technologies. Some areas of research may include:

  • Advanced Environmental Assessment
  • Air Pollution
  • Hazardous Waste Management
  • Power Generation and Carbon Capture
  • Public Health
  • Sustainable Energy
  • Advanced Devices and Materials Engineering
  • Biologically Inspired System and Technology
  • Management of Technology
  • Other Research Areas
Subject Focus

Students of environmental engineering will be exposed to many subjects, some of which are:

  • Technologies and Systems for Environmental Solutions
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Processes in Chemistry
  • Conservation Biology and Sustainability
  • Climate Change and Adaptation
  • Solid and Hazardous Waste Management
  • Green Engineering Principles and Applications
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Contamination and Pollution
  • Environmental Law and Regulations
  • Socio-Environmental Aspects
  • Mathematics
  • And other subjects

Entry Requirements:

Good results in STPM, foundation in science, diploma in related fields, A level, or related qualification.

Personality Type

Empathy and a great sense of responsibility towards other people and living things in the environment are some of the many characteristic an environmental engineer has.

Find your Myers-Briggs personality type here.

Holland Vocational Code: ESR (Enterprising, Social, Realistic)

Find where you belong in the RIASEC model here.

Career Info

Let’s take a look at some of the job titles for environmental engineers in Malaysia:

  • Safety Supervisor/Officer
  • Production Executive
  • Compliance Engineering Specialist
  • Facility Management Engineer
  • Environmental Supervisor
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Environmental Quality Control Engineer
  • Risk Assessment Engineer
  • Water Supply / Resources Engineer
  • Pollution Control Engineer
  • Environmental Entrepreneur
Salary

Approximate salaries in jobs related fields:

  • Entry level position: RM2,500 – RM4,300
  • 2 – 3 years experience position: RM3,800 – RM6,000
  • 5 – 8 years experience position: RM6,500 – RM10,000
  • 6 – 10 years experience position: RM8,500 – RM15,000
  • Senior positions: over RM15,500
Job Demand

In Malaysia:
Since environmental engineering courses and subjects are so diverse, getting a job highly depends on the areas/subjects that the individual like and excel at. There are many companies in various industries in Malaysia who are pushing forward towards safer practices, environmental solutions, cost reduction measures by safely recycling existing materials and a wide range of other concept that require skilled individuals.

Global demand:
According to a CNN piece from 2012 states that environmental engineer is ranked as the 20th best job in the world. This tells a lot about the global demand for this particular qualifications.

Becoming Professional

There are several associations, societies and government bodies that provide the necessary training and certifications to those who wish to obtain professional certifications in particular areas.

Useful links

Official Portal of Department of Environment
National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health
American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists
The Society of Environmental Engineers, UK
The Association of Consulting Engineers Malaysia
Malaysian Society for Engineering and Technology

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