Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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A lot of areas in manufacturing engineering overlap with industrial engineering but they are not the same.

Manufacturing engineering is concerned with the technical aspect of the manufacturing process (research & development and systems & equipment).

On the other hand, industrial engineering is more closely related to management science.


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
  • Additional Mathematics


  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Calculus
  • Computer Science and Programming

Industrial engineering majors learn about optimization and management of production systems that includes production line management, inventory management, supply chain management and quality control.

Manufacturing engineers work on the development of a technology and at the same time utilise the best production strategy economically and effectively.

Personality Type

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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.

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Holland Vocational Code: RIE (Realistic, Investigative, Enterprising)

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Career Info

Industrial engineering not only constitutes manufacturing engineering but its complexity also takes into account various factors affecting industries and ways to improve the industry.



RM 2,000 to 3,000


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

Additional allowance for offshore stay is usually provided.

Job Demand

In Malaysia:

Malaysia’s engineering supporting industries, which include the moulds and dies, machining, metal stamping, casting, heat treatment and plating/surface treatment industries, have developed rapidly over the last three decades in tandem with the overall growth of the country’s manufacturing sector.

To-date, Malaysia is recognised internationally for its capabilities and quality production in diverse range of engineering activities. It has a good network of engineering supporting industries capable of meeting the needs of OEMs in supplying parts and components and the provision of precision engineering services globally.

According to the Economic Transformation Programme, the market for engineering services is forecast to double over the next decade. Thirty-three percent of the outsourceable market for engineering service can be offshored. The major outsourcing destinations include the E&E, automotive, machinery, manufacturing, oil and gas, aerospace, medical, defense and photovoltaic industries. Malaysia has existing expertise and a relative cost advantage to carve a niche in medium- to high-end complexity engineering services design work. The government is encouraging companies to position themselves as one-stop centres providing total solutions to customers.

Under the Industrial Master Plan 3 (IMP3, 2006-2020), the machinery and equipment industry has been identified as one of the key areas for growth and development. The focus will be on the manufacture of high value-added and high technology machinery and equipment (M&E). The long term objectives for the M&E sector under this plan is to position Malaysia as the regional production hub for high technology and specialized M&E, to be the main distribution centre in the region for all types of M&E and also the centre for maintenance related services for high technology and specialised M&E.


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
Society of Manufacturing Engineers
Institute of Industrial Engineers

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