Pilots are jobless in Malaysia but Aircraft Maintenance personnel are in demand

High Demand for Qualified Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Professionals in Malaysia

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It costs about RM300,000 to study to become a commercial pilot in Malaysia however according a report in The Star on August 4, 2012, there are 1,100 pilot graduates unemployed and the situation remained the same in another report on October 2012.

While this is happening, another area of the airlines is increasing in demand. MRO or known as Maintenance Repair and Overhaul is predicted to be one of the country’s promising industries with a forecast value of USD65billion by 2020.

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High Job Demand in Malaysia for Aircraft Maintenance Engineers

This means that graduates in the Diploma in Aircraft Maintenance in Malaysia are able to find jobs easily.

According to observers, this industry growth is underpinned by the rapid fleet modernization, global air cargo market and growth in air travel across the region.In Malaysia, low cost air travel is becoming an important driver of the country’s tourism and is made evident by the growing number of airlines being housed by the country’s terminals – KLIA and LCCT.

This market however could face shortage of aircraft technicians and engineers in the next decade.

Diploma in Aircraft Maintenance students at Nilai University learn and practice on actual planes in the hangar on the university's campus.

Diploma in Aircraft Maintenance students at Nilai University learn and practice on actual planes in the hangar.

American plane maker, Boeing forecasts that global demand for aircraft technicians and engineers will hit 243,500 by 2030.

In Southeast Asia alone, about 67,400 technicians will be needed. Statistics for the demand is based on the number of aircraft each company has, new aircraft orders and new airports being built in the region.

Boeing was quoted saying that airlines in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines have placed orders for hundreds of planes over the past year.

 

Addressing MRO industry needs in Malaysia by providing talent

The affordability of air travel has led to a significant growth in the air carrier industry, creating a huge demand for aircraft maintenance staff. Suitably qualified personnel, especially those allowed to certify aircraft worthiness, command high salaries and are highly sought after.

Realising the huge potential MRO can bring, Nilai University was among the first institutions in the country to offer a Diploma in

Highly experienced lecturers share their knowledge and skills.

Highly experienced lecturers share their knowledge and skills.

Aircraft Maintenance Engineering whose syllabus prepares students for the all-important European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) B1-1 license examinations.

This programme is your passport to certifying aircraft worthiness as the diploma incorporates the European Aviation Safety Agency* (EASA) syllabus, preparing you for the EASA Part 66 Category B1-1 license examinations.

You sit for the EASA license examination at the same time you pursue your diploma course at Nilai University, which is a validated EASA examination second site.

The European Aviation Safety Agency is the centrepiece of the European Union’s strategy for aviation safety, promoting the highest common standards of safety and environmental protection in civil aviation

This has course received validation to be a pathway towards a BSc (Hons) in Aircraft Engineering from Kingston University.

As part of the course, students will also undergo guaranteed industrial attachment with a list of renown partners such as:

A career that in high in demand and pays well

A career that in high in demand and pays well

  • AirAsia X Sdn Bhd
  • GE Engine Service Malaysia Sdn Bhd
  • Berjaya Air Sdn Bhd
  • Eurocopter Malaysia Sdn Bhd
  • Hawker Pacific (M) Sdn Bhd
  • Integrated Aviation Academy
  • Sabah Air Sdn Bhd
  • KL Airport Services Sdn Bhd
  • SR Aviation Sdn Bhd’s
  • MAS WINGS – Malaysia Airlines
  • Subang General Aviation Sdn Bhd
  • Systematic Aviation Services Sdn Bhd
  • KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
  • Maldivian Air Taxi Pte. Ltd.
  • Sepang Aircraft Engineering
  • CTRM Aviation Sdn. Bhd
  • Awan Inspirasi Sdn. Bhd
  • Firefly Sdn. Bhd
  • Weststar Aviation Services Sdn. Bhd

After completing the one-year top up programme and the necessary bridging modules, successful students will be conferred a BSc (Hons) in Aircraft Engineering from Kingston University, which is internationally-recognised and will allow students to pursue a MSc in Aircraft Engineering in the UK.

Students have access to excellent facilities at Nilai University’s 105-acre campus. Specifically for the Diploma in Aircraft Maintenance students they will utilise the Aircraft Hangar, Maintenance Practice Workshop, Electrical and Electronics Lab, Engine Bay

Photo caption: (Kingston Uni & Nilai U): (L-R) Dr Peter Barrington (Head of Kingston University’s School of Aerospace Engineering) formalising the top up pathway with Dato’ Dr Sothi Rachagan (Nilai U Vice President of Academic Affairs).

Nilai University’s Vice President for Academic Affairs, Prof Dato’ Dr Sothi Rachagan (right; see insert photo) stressed that this degree programme is aimed at the students who are keen to go far in the field of aircraft maintenance engineering.

“Of course, the EASA license is going to be the main qualification in this industry. This top up degree is for those who aim to climb the career ladder and want to be eligible for supervisory and management positions in the future,” explains Dr Sothi.

“We believe it is easier for a student to complete his or her studies at one go, and then concentrate on getting the necessary work experience to get the EASA license. After all, the top-up degree is just an additional year while it will take three to five years to get the EASA license.”

Most of Nilai University students are retained by industry partners and this reflects the healthy demand for skilled and qualified aircraft maintenance engineers.

“This is also a highly rewarding field to be in. A person is essentially going to be responsible for aircraft worth hundreds of millions of dollars and whether or not it leaves the ground.

Most importantly, it is about the safety of the persons who will be on the flight. It can be a very lucrative career. Having a degree will certainly help a person better perform the job and ensure upwards mobility,” said Dr Sothi.

 

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"EduSpiral provided me with good advise on where to study Aircraft Maintenance Engineering & arranged for the scholarship interview for me too." Wai Hoe (Right), Full Scholarship for Aircraft Maintenance Engineering at Nilai University

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Posted on February 1, 2013, in Aircraft Maintenance Engineering, Career Choices, Choosing the right course, Choosing the right university, Engineering, Job Outlook, Nilai University, University and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. After I finished study at nilai university as aircarft maintenance engineer,did I must work as a aircraft technician for 5 years?

  2. Pirathip Kumar

    Hye I’m going to sit for SPM on this year 2015. What subjects are required to be score in SPM? Is there any scholarship? #reply is needed

  3. Pirathip Kumar

    Hye I’m going to seat for SPM on this year 2015. What subjects are required to get this aircraft maintenance job? Is there any scholarship?

  4. Mohd. Aliff Aliman Bin Alwi

    If I join Aircraft Maintenance with APFT( Asia Pacific Flight Training ) I have to pay for RM 190 000 for about a few years learning . But I can’t afford it, so is there any help that I could get from? Please answer this ASAP. Hope so.

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