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Your guide to become a Mechanical Engineer in Malaysia

Average Salary

RM 1,900 - 2,900

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Who is a Mechanical Engineer?

Mechanical Engineers design, build and analyse motor vehicles, aircraft, heating and cooling systems, water craft, manufacturing plants, industrial equipment and machinery, robotics, medical devices, alternative energy and more.

Mechanical Engineers can work for various companies such as those operators, service companies and engineering consultancies. Mechanical Engineers find employment in forms of energy such as: Petroleum - Mechanical Engineers working in the oil and gas industry will be involved in drilling, manufacturing, production, equipment design, overseas arctic operations, coal technology and other petroleum based products. Ocean, offshore and arctic engineering - Mechanical Engineers i...

Mechanical Engineers can work for various companies such as those operators, service companies and engineering consultancies. Mechanical Engineers find employment in forms of energy such as: Petroleum - Mechanical Engineers working in the oil and gas industry will be involved in drilling, manufacturing, production, equipment design, overseas arctic operations, coal technology and other petroleum based products. Ocean, offshore and arctic engineering - Mechanical Engineers in this field build and design oceanic structures such as underwater vehicles and safety and mining equipments. The oil and gas extraction industry is one of the top-paying fields in Mechanical Engineering with an average annual salary of RM500,000 in 2012. Those who worked in pipeline transportation of crude oil earned RM400,000.

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The pros and cons of being a Mechanical Engineer:

Pros

A Bachelor's Degree is often enough to begin entry-level work but obtaining the ‘Ir.’ title is even better.

Jobs found in many industries need Mechanical Engineers

Highly specialised career

High average salary

Cons

Continuing education is necessary to become a professional engineer

Long work hours and may require to work on weekends

Jobs requires some travelling or relocating

What are all the responsibilities of a Mechanical Engineer ?

Design and implement equipment modifications

Develop project specifications

Develop, test, and evaluating hypothetical design

Solve problems your clients have

Manage projects

Plan and design new production process

Detail specifications and outline designs

Recommend design changes based on prototype tests

Take into account issues such as costs, time constraints and safety into your recommendations

Work with other professionals

Monitor systems

What skills do you need to become a Mechanical Engineer?

Technical skills

Mechanical Engineers must know how to use technology like a pro because you will deal mainly with technology. You’ll be fixing things and finding out solutions to technical issues. You’re the go-to guy whenever a machine breaks down and people expect it to function like new again.

Being able to work under pressure

Have you always been one who stays calm when the exam results are out and your friends turn pale? Or perhaps you have not finished your exam yet and time is running out. Other students scramble to complete it while you remain cool because that’s who you are? Well then, that attitude will come in handy here. This job has deadlines so you need to be able to juggle and manage other projects too and meet the deadlines. This means possessing better time management, organisational and communication skills so you can distribute the tasks evenly among other employees.

Creativity

It may seem that Engineers only build or fix things but do you know that it involves plenty of calculation too? This is why Physics and Mathematics or Additional Mathematics are the core subjects in any Engineering course. So if you’re one that never gets tired of calculation and doesn’t mind spending the rest of your life doing that, then this one’s for you!

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

What are the requirements to be a Mechanical 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 a four year Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree from an accredited college or university. Your coursework will include fundamentals such as kinematics (motion), thermodynamics, mechanics, energy and fluid dynamics. 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 Mechanical Engineer?

Mechanical Engineers typically work from 9am to 5pm.

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