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Your guide to become a Chemical Engineer in Malaysia

Average Salary

RM 1,700 - 2,600

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Who is a Chemical Engineer?

A Chemical Engineer is involved in the process of designing, modifying and operating the production of things that we depend on in our daily lives ranging from electricity and automobile to food and drinks.

There are, of course, many different fields in chemical engineering that you can pursue. If you ever wonder how certain products are made and have a knack for transforming raw materials to a refined product, then this is the right path for you! However, being a Chemical Engineer may expose you to several risks as you will need to handle hazardous materials that are harmful to your health if you are not careful. With the deteriorating condition of Malaysia’s environment, Environmental E...

There are, of course, many different fields in chemical engineering that you can pursue. If you ever wonder how certain products are made and have a knack for transforming raw materials to a refined product, then this is the right path for you! However, being a Chemical Engineer may expose you to several risks as you will need to handle hazardous materials that are harmful to your health if you are not careful. With the deteriorating condition of Malaysia’s environment, Environmental Engineers are highly demanded as they work to develop solutions to environmental issues such as pollution. It may be rather taxing to be one but at the end of the day you can proudly say that you played a big part in making the nation greener and better!

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The pros and cons of being a Chemical Engineer:

Pros

Chemical Engineering is a broad industry and there are many branches that you can pursue depending on your interest

Lucrative career with an attractive sum of money, fattening your bank account every month

Clear and straightforward career pathway, especially if you are an experienced Engineer

Cons

Risk of getting exposed to hazardous materials that are harmful to your health

Long and irregular working hours partnered with tight deadlines that you have to meet

What are all the responsibilities of a Chemical Engineer ?

Work in a team to optimise production

Design equipment that is able to function with the current equipment being used

Assess possible options for plant expansion while implementing new, compatible technology

Search for solutions to correct errors and finding out the cause

Oversee the development and production, designing and implementing production plants

Ensure the safety standards and constantly look for possible improvements

What skills do you need to become a Chemical Engineer?

Ability to manage projects and resources

You must be able to juggle between projects and manage each resource wisely so that nothing goes wrong. If you used to be that student who always manage to meet their assignment deadlines with time to spare then that is certainly a good start! There will be many ongoing projects at once and chances are, they are all connected hence it is crucial that you are able to schedule everything smoothly at the same time ensuring no resources are wasted.

Ability to work in a team

Rome wasn’t built in a day and it didn’t take only one person to build it either. Engineers, no matter which type, works in a team to make sure that everything goes accordingly, from the raw materials to the production process all the way until the end product. If you think that you are a team player and communicates well with others (which is very important in this field when it comes to distributing tasks) then this is the right career for you!

Creative and innovative

Have new ideas swimming in your head? Want to improve some things that you think can be better? Curious of the end product if you mix several things together? These are definitely some of the daily thoughts of a Chemical Engineer.

What field(s) of study should you choose to become a Chemical Engineer?

What are the requirements to be a Chemical Engineer?

Engineering has been and still is, one of the most popular and important fields. So if you’re unsure of which course to pursue in your tertiary education, any of the engineering courses such as this will secure you a job. You will need at least a degree in Chemical Engineering, Applied Chemistry, Petroleum Engineering or any of the likes in order to become a Chemical Engineer. However, you may want to further your studies and acquire masters to obtain better job opportunities and increase your salary. Engineers who have completed their professional qualification and become a member of the Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM) will be in high demand.

What are the working hours of a Chemical Engineer?

A Chemical Engineer typically works from 9 to 5 but you may have to work overtime depending on the progress of your production. Say, if you’re working in the manufacturing department, you may be required to work in shifts, including weekends.

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