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Mechanical Engineering

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Mechanical Engineering is one of the four main branches of engineering. Majors of this course deal with the study and application of machines by combining physical science, materials science and engineering principles. They design, construct, control and maintain mechanical components, instruments and systems to improve the quality of life.

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 Mechanical Engineering courses in Malaysia:

Subject Focus

SPM:

  • English
  • Chemistry
  • Additional Mathematics

University:

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

Do you like designing new machinery or making improvements to existing equipment? Is math your favourite topic in school? If so, mechanical engineering may be the course 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

Mechanical engineers will find their skills in demand in a variety of fields and industries including medical, scientific research, construction, aerospace, acoustics, combustion, and automotive engineering. If a device requires movement or manufacturing, design, testing, or packaging, a mechanical engineer will most likely be involved.

Salary

Entry-level:

RM 2,000 to 3,000

Professional:

MYR 4,000 to 8,500 (5 – 10 years of experience).

Additional allowance for offshore stay is usually provided.

Job Demand

In Malaysia:

According to DESB, Malaysia has been producing mechanical engineers employed in factories which should be taken over by graduates in the field of manufacturing engineering.

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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