Mechatronic Engineering

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Mechatronic engineering is based on elements of mechanical engineering, electrical and electronic engineering and computer science, but is a distinct discipline in its own right. The word “mechatronics” emerged in Japan in the 1980s as a core engineering discipline associated with robots and automation.

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
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Additional Mathematics

University:

  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Calculus
  • Computer Science and Programming

Although mechatronics is based on mechanical engineering, the courses in the final year are based on electrical and computer engineering and systems design.

Personality Type

Do you like to make your own robot? Do you believe that automation helps make life better and easier? If so, mechatronic 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

Graduates can pursue careers in manufacturing, aerospace, automotive, electronics, and research and development, etc. as designers, engineers, technicians or project managers. Their main responsibilities include designing and developing automation solutions for different industries.

Typical companies active in this industry include:

  • automotive manufacturers
  • medical equipment manufacturers
  • electronic equipment manufacturers
  • oil and gas producers, service and solution providers
  • transport
  • defence
  • aerospace and aviation

Work Environment:

With the multi-disciplinary nature of mechatronics engineering it is anticipated that mechatronics engineers will have excellent opportunities and progress quickly to jobs with greater responsibilities.

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:

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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