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Study the Bachelor of Engineering degree in Malaysia that’s Accredited by the Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM)

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To gain a better understanding of what you will study in Engineering in Malaysia, I have taken the information below from the 2012 Engineering Programme Accreditation Manual by the Engineering Accreditation Council (EAC) found on the Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM) website.

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Note that only 4-year engineering degree programmes can be accredited by the EAC, not 3-year degrees. Therefore, when you choose the university to study at, you should look at the programme structure, facilities, lecturers’ qualifications, number of years offered at the university, and the experience of the university.

All graduate engineers must register with the BEM to practice engineering in

UCSI University engineering students have a 2-month internship for every year of their studies.

UCSI University engineering students have a 2-month internship for every year of their studies.

Malaysia.Having an EAC accredited engineering degree is the prerequisite for registration. The Public Service Department (JPA) would only allow graduates from the EAC accredited programmes or those recognized by EAC to join the public service.

Only programmes accredited by the EAC would be allowed to be offered at the institutions of higher learning in Malaysia, be it at public or private institutions.

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In a survey of 422 engineering companies in Malaysia for a study by the Ministry of Higher Education on the Future of Engineering Education in Malaysia “There is also

APU has an internationalised university environment and students have access to high end computer labs

APU has an internationalised university environment and students have access to high end engineering labs

agreement among employers and leading engineers that local IHE graduates lack effective communication skills, both orally and in writing. In preparing the student for his professional career, the importance of mastering these soft skills must be further emphasised.”

New Engineering Programmes

Students who are the first batch of a new engineering programme at a university should be careful in choosing a university that has a good track record such as UCSI University or Asia Pacific University. Joining a university that has no track record in engineering will be risky as the engineering degree may not be accredited by the time the student graduates.

For a new programme, the university can only apply for accreditation at least 6 months before the final examination of the first intake of students. Established universities like UCSI University or APU have had no issues with accreditation.

Who is Engineering Accreditation Council (EAC)?

Engineering Accreditation Council (EAC) is the body delegated by BEM for

accreditation of engineering degrees. The EAC is made of representatives of the Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM), The Institution of Engineers, Malaysia (IEM), Malaysian Qualification Agency (MQA) and the Public Services Department (Jabatan Perkhidmatan Awam Malaysia (JPA)).

Academic Programme

The academic programme component must consist of a minimum total of 120 credit
hours (not including credits for remedial courses) made up as follows:
(a) A minimum of 80 credit hours shall be engineering courses consisting of
engineering sciences and engineering design/projects appropriate to the student’s
field of study.
(b) The remaining credit hours shall include sufficient content of general education
component (such as mathematics, computing, languages, general studies, cocurriculum, management, law, accountancy, economics, social sciences, etc.) that complements the technical contents of the curriculum.

The curriculum content should cover the following:

Petroleum Engineering Lab at UCSI University

Petroleum Engineering Lab at UCSI University

(i) Engineering mathematics, science, engineering principles, skills and tools
(computing, experimentation) appropriate to the discipline of study
(ii) Engineering applications – design and projects
(iii) Integrated exposure to professional engineering practice, including
management and professional ethics
(iv) Laboratory work to complement the science, computing and engineering
theory;
(v) Industrial training – exposure to professional engineering practice in an
engineering-practice environment;
(vi) Exposure to engineering practice;
(vii) Relevant tutorial classes to complement the lectures
(viii) Final year project.

Laboratory Work
Students should receive sufficient laboratory work to complement engineering theory

that is learnt through lectures. The laboratory should help students develop
competence in executing experimental work. Students should work in groups,
preferably not more than five in a group.

Throughout the programme, there should be adequate provision for laboratory or
similar investigative work, which will develop in the young engineer the confidence to
deal with new and unusual engineering problems.

Industrial Training
Exposure to professional engineering practice is a key element in differentiating an

State-of-the-art engineering facilities at UCSI University

State-of-the-art engineering facilities at UCSI University

engineering degree from an applied science degree. Although the status of Corporate or
Professional Engineer requires a substantial period of experiential formation in industry after the completion of an accredited academic programme, it is clearly inadequate, over the first few critical years, for the student’s perceptions of engineering to develop in complete isolation from the realities of practice.

Exposure to Engineering Practice
Exposure to engineering practice shall also be integrated throughout the curriculum as

Students from the Asia Pacific University (APU) ranked Tier 5 or Excellent by SETARA 2011 and graduates will receive a dual degree, one from APU and the other from Staffordshire University, UK

Students from the Asia Pacific University (APU) ranked Tier 5 or Excellent by SETARA 2011 and graduates will receive a dual degree, one from APU and the other from Staffordshire University, UK

it is a key component. In addition, exposure to professional engineering practice may also be obtained through a combination of the following:
(i) Lectures/talks by guest lecturers from industry
(ii) Academic staff with industrial experience
(iii) Courses on professional ethics and conduct
(iv) Industry visits
(v) An industry-based final year project
(vi) Regular use of a logbook in which industrial experiences are recorded.

It is considered that there is no real substitute for first-hand experience in an
engineering-practice environment, outside the IHLs. The EAC advocates that all
engineering academic staff acquire some exposure to such experience, in addition to the other elements suggested, and make efforts to assist all students gain placements of suitable quality.

Final-Year Project

Electrical & Electronic Engineering lab at Asia Pacific University (APU)

Electrical & Electronic Engineering lab at Asia Pacific University (APU)

The final-year project can provide one of the best means of introducing an investigative
research oriented approach to engineering studies. It is a requirement of the
programme to include a significant project in its later stages. The final-year project is
required to seek individual analysis and judgement, capable of being assessed
independently. The student among others is expected to develop techniques in
literature review and information processing, as necessary with all research approaches.

It is recommended that final-year projects should also provide opportunities to utilise
appropriate modern technology in some aspects of the work, emphasising the need for
engineers to make use of computers and multimedia technology in everyday practice.

Design Projects
Design projects shall include complex engineering problems and design systems,
components or processes integrating core areas and meeting specified needs with
appropriate consideration for public health and safety, cultural, societal, and
environmental considerations.

Engineering Sciences, Principles, and Applications
An accredited programme is expected to cover the broad areas of the respective
disciplines at an appropriate level. The following are examples of underpinning
courses that may be introduced for the respective disciplines:

CivilMechanicalElectricalChemicalElectronics
Strength of MaterialsMaterialsCircuits & SignalsChemical Thermo-dynamicsCircuits & Signals
Structural Analysis & DesignStatistics & DynamicsElectro-magnetic Fields & WavesMaterial & Energy BalanceElectro-magnetic Fields & Waves
Fluid Mechanics/HydraulicsFluid MechanicsInstrumentation & ControlChemical Kinetics & Reactor DesignInstrumentation & Control
Soil Mechanics/Geotechnical EngineeringThermo-dynamics & Heat TransferDigital & Analogue ElectronicsMomentum TransferDigital & Analogue Electronics
Civil Engineering MaterialsMechanical DesignMachines & DrivesHeat TransferMicroprocessor Systems
Statics & DynamicsInstrumentation & ControlPower ElectronicsMass TransferProgramming Techniques
Construction EngineeringVibrationsElectrical Power Generation & High Voltage EngineeringSeparation ProcessIntroduction to Electrical Power System
SurveyingSolid MechanicsCommunications SystemsProcess DesignComputer Architecture
Water Resources & HydrologyManufacturing/ProductionPower System AnalysisProcess Control & InstrumentationCommunications System
Highway & TransportationElectrical Power & MachinesElectronic Drives & ApplicationsSafety & Environmental ProtectionElectronic System Analysis & Design
Environmental StudiesElectronics & Micro-processorsElectrical Energy UtllisationEnvironmental StudiesMultimedia Technology & Applications
Computer Aided EngineeringPlant & Equipment Design
Viability – Legal Framework, Economics, Operability & Reliability

Mathematics, Statistics and Computing
These courses should be studied to a level necessary to underpin the engineering

Nilai University's 105-acre campus is conducive for tertiary studies.

Nilai University’s 105-acre campus is conducive for tertiary studies.

courses of the programme and with a bias towards application. The use of numerical
methods of solution is encouraged, with an appreciation of the power and
limitations of the computer for modelling engineering situations. Wherever
practicable, it is preferred that mathematics, statistics and computing are taught in
the context of their application to engineering problems and it follows that some
mathematical techniques may be learnt within other subjects of the course. In
addition to the use of computers as tools for calculation, analysis and data
processing, the programme should introduce their application in such area as given
in the following table:

CivilMechanicalElectricalChemicalElectronics
Computer Aided Analysis & DesignComputer Aided Design & ManufactureMathematical ApplicationsComputer Analysis & DesignMathematical Applications
Economics Analysis for Decision MakingEconomics Analysis for Decision MakingStatistical & Numerical TechniquesEconomics Analysis for Decision MakingStatistical & Numerical Techniques
Databases & Information SystemsDatabases & Information SystemsComputer ApplicationsNumerical Methods & OptimisationComputer Applications
Operational ResearchOperational ResearchOperational Research
Business & Management SystemsOn-line Control of Operations & ProcessesDatabases & Information Systems
Statistical & Numerical Techniques

Engineering Applications
Emphasis on engineering applications in degree programmes aims to ensure that all
engineering graduates have a sound understanding of up-to-date industrial practice,
in particular:

Civil Engineering:

Asia Pacific University (APU) achieves excellence in the SETARA 2011 Ratings with a Tier 5 ranking

Asia Pacific University (APU) achieves excellence in the SETARA 2011 Ratings with a Tier 5 ranking

  • To appreciate the characteristics and structural behaviour of materials in a variety of user environments
  • To be able to analyse and design structural components from these materials
  • To appreciate the range of construction technology currently available and the skills which they require in people for their use
  • To appreciate the cost aspects of material selection, construction methods, operation and maintenance in their interaction with design and the delivery of civil engineering facilities and services
  • To understand the whole process of industrial decision-making in design, manufacturing and use and how it is influenced not only by technical ideas but also by the practical constraints of financial and human resources as well as the business and social environment of engineering.

Mechanical Engineering:

  • Engineering programmes are taught at UCSI University's North Wing campus at Cheras, KL

    Engineering programmes are taught at UCSI University’s North Wing campus at Cheras, KL

    To appreciate the characteristic behaviour of materials in a variety of user environments

  • To appreciate the range of manufacturing methods currently available and the skills which they require in people for their use
  • To appreciate the cost aspects of material selection, manufacturing methods, operation and maintenance in their interaction with design and product marketing
  • To understand the whole process of industrial decision-making in design, manufacturing and use and how it is influenced not only by technical ideas but also by the practical constraints of financial and human resources as well as the business and social environment of engineering

Electrical and Electronic Engineering:

  • To appreciate the characteristic behaviour of materials in electrical and electronic systems
  • To be able to analyse and design electrical and electronic systems from devices/components made of various materials
  • To appreciate cost effectiveness of component/device equipment selection, manufacturing process and integration process
  • To appreciate the range of manufacturing methods currently available and the skills which they require in people for their use
  • To understand the whole process of industrial decision making in design, manufacturing and use and how it is influenced not only by technical ideas but also by the practical constraints of financial and human resources and by the business and social environment of engineering

Chemical Engineering

  • To appreciate the characteristics and structural behaviour of materials in a variety of user environments
  • To be able to adopt these materials in process design and analysis
  • To understand the general sequence of processing steps for any given type of chemical process
  • To calculate and analyse the material and energy flows for a given chemical process
  • To understand the selection or estimation of process operating conditions, selection of process equipment, maintenance and process troubleshooting
  • To analyse the various types of unit operations and processing steps and to decide their relative advantages or disadvantages on the basis of environment, economics, safety and operability

    All students have access to state-of-the-art computer facilities that include the latest PCs and workstations with Internet connection, operating systems, software suites and commercial programming software in multiple IT labs built for project work, multimedia production, software and internet programming.

    All students have access to state-of-the-art computer facilities that include the latest PCs and workstations with Internet connection, operating systems, software suites and commercial programming software in multiple IT labs built for project work, multimedia production, software and internet programming.

  • To understand the various process control schemes for the purpose of maintaining production quality, ensuring process safety and preventing waste

Sample of Accredited Engineering Degrees in Malaysia

Asia Pacific University (APU)

  1. Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Electrical and Electronic Engineering BEM/046/0310/M (001)
  2. Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Telecommunication Engineering BEM/046/0441/M (001)

UCSI University

UCSI University is equipped with excellent facilities for her Petroleum Engineering students

UCSI University is equipped with excellent facilities for her Petroleum Engineering students

  1. Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Chemical Engineering BEM/019/0700/M(001)
  2. Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Electrical and Electronic Engineering BEM/019/0310/M (003)
  3. Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Mechanical Engineering BEM/019/0600/M(001)
  4. Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Mechatronic Engineering BEM/019/0520/M (002)
  5. Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Petroleum Engineering BEM/019/0820/M(001)

 

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