Shortage of Qualified Electrical & Electronic Engineers with Good Command of English in Malaysia

Shortage of Qualified Electrical & Electronic Engineers in Malaysia With Good Communication Skills

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Electrical & Electronic Engineering would be a good course to go for because there is a shortage of them in Malaysia. If

Electrical & Electronic Engineering lab at Asia Pacific University

Electrical & Electronic Engineering lab at Asia Pacific University

students want to become a consultant later on, they should choose a university where the engineering degree is accredited by the Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM).

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In a report conducted by IPSOS Business Consulting in 2012 on the E&E Sector Study on the Supply-Demand of Talent in Malaysia, it is found that there is a shortage of Electrical & Electronic Engineers in Malaysia.

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The Electrical & Electronic (E&E) sector is an important contributor to Malaysia’s economy as it is one of the 12 National Key Economic Areas (NKEA) in the country’s Economic Transformation Programme (ETP). There are 1,900 active E&E companies which provide employment to over 350,000 people.

In line with ETP projections, Malaysia’s E&E sector growth is expected to be robust in the coming years. This growth will require a steady supply of skilled talent, both in numbers and in the appropriate skills-sets, to meet the present and future needs of the sector.

This gap is due to several factors that includes competition from other sectors and economies for the same talent pool, as well as the un-employability of graduates that reduces the pool of addressable talent

The sector also faces a situation of skills gaps, where adequately trained and skilled talent, both at entry and experienced levels are lacking. These are mainly in the areas of R&D and to some extent Engineering Support.

Final Year Engineering Students' Projects at Curtin University Sarawak

Final Year Engineering Students’ Projects at Curtin University Sarawak

The report found that Fresh Graduates or Entry-level Talent Not Industry-Ready (lacks required skill-sets) therefore it is

important for students to choose a university that is able to provide the necessary training and possess the experience to teach.

  • University’s curriculum do not meet specific industry needs
  • Graduates lack relevant industry exposure
  • Graduates do not have the required soft skills demanded by the industry
  • Curriculum / students do not fully embrace the importance of soft skills.
  • It is also reported in the Star newspaper that Communication Skills is the no. 1 soft skill employers look for and that graduates with good command of the English language obtain a 25% higher salary and increased opportunities for promotion.

 

Qualified and Well-trained Electrical & Electronic Engineers are in demand in Malaysia

The engineering programmes at UCSI University are accredited by the Board of Engineers Malaysia and MQA

The engineering programmes at UCSI University are accredited by the Board of Engineers Malaysia and MQA

The  IPSOS report identified eight key talent shortage areas in the E&E field and the areas in demand for E&E fresh graduates are found in 5 areas which are:

  1. IC Design Engineers with a Degree in Electrical & Electronic with emphasis in IC Design / Microelectronics. They are involved in the design of Integrated Circuits e.g. implement and integrate IC layout design for digital and analog circuit, perform thorough verifications on layout designs using industry leading EDA tools.
  2. The IC Design Engineer must have knowledge and skills in hardware specification, analysis, logic design, modeling, simulation, verification, synthesis, test and maintenance of integrated circuits. They should be able to understand design from a system-level perspective. They are mainly employed in around 20 IC design companies in Malaysia such as Intel, Altera, ICMiC, Ssymmid etc.
  3. Embedded System / Firmware Engineer with a degree in Computer Engineering or E&E. They Create and implement algorithms which enable the hardware to function. They must be proficient in C/C++, assembly programming and debugging skills in embedded systems. Experience in Device Driver development for embedded systems and a strong mixed background in software and hardware engineering.  Embedded/ Firmware engineers are mainly employed in companies that designs or supports embedded system / firmware enabled devices e.g. Finisar, Pradotec, Western Digital
  4. Software Engineer with a degree in Software Engineering or E&E Engineering. Software Engineers in the E&E field will
    KDU College Penang students have access to top notch engineering faciltiies

    KDU College Penang students have access to top notch engineering faciltiies

    design and develop the many types of software for product and engineering support (e.g. automation, testing equipment). They should be familiar with specialized languages relevant to the technologies employed (e.g. Machine Language, Assembly Language, C,C++, Java) and be proficient in Software Product Life Cycle and familiar with software testing methodology at system/board level.Software Engineers find work where navigational, measuring control instruments etc. are manufactured and/or designed in-house e.g. Altera, Philips Lumileds, NEC Corporation etc.

  5. Radio Frequency (RF) Engineers with a degree in E&E Engineering or Telecommunications Engineering. They are responsible for the analysis, design, implementation, optimization and enhancement of wireless telecommunications products and networks. They should be able to understand electronic hardware design, circuit board material, antenna radiation, and the effect of interfering frequencies that prevent optimum performance within the piece of equipment being developed.  RF Engineers are also required where there are RF Technology employed e.g. Chip Design and Wafer Fabrication.RF Engineers are mainly employed in companies with that designs and manufactures devices which operate in the Radio Frequency spectrum (e.g. Cell Phones, Wi-Fi and Public Safety Solutions) e.g. Motorolla, Agilent, National Instruments

    KBU International College Final year electrical & electronic engineering student, Yip Chee Hoe, with his project, "DC-DC Step Up Converter for Wind Turbine Application".

    KBU International College Final year electrical & electronic engineering student, Yip Chee Hoe, with his project, “DC-DC Step Up Converter for Wind Turbine Application”.

  6. Product Design R&D Engineers with a degree in Mechanical Engineering or E&E Engineering. They must have experience in product development of metal, plastic, mechanical , electrical and electronics parts/products. It is important to be familiar with product development tools e.g. DFMEA, CAD designing tool. They can find work in companies like Bosch, Dyson, Motorola.

E&E graduates can find jobs at companies such as:

  • Flextronics
  • Agilent
  • Finisar
  • Altera
  • Philips Lumileds
  • NEC Corporation
  • Siltera
  • Intel
  • Infineon

Electrical & Electronics (E&E) Industry in Malaysia needs Top Qualified Engineers from the Best Universities

Electrical & Electronics (E&E) is a major industry of Malaysia, which has grown by leaps and bounds since 1972. The total E&E

Curtin University Sarawak is a top ranking university in Malaysia with a 300-acre campus

Curtin University Sarawak is a top ranking university in Malaysia with a 300-acre campus

export for 2012 was RM256.4 billion which represents 36.5% of Malaysia’s total exports and 59.3% of total manufacturing exports.

The E&E industry employs about 700,000 people of whom 30 to 40 percent are engineers and managers. Meanwhile, foreign direct investments (FDIs) continue to grow while Design & Development (D&D) and business process operations/services have also grown significantly.

In terms of talent development, the government has taken the inputs of the industry into account. They are encouraging more scientists and engineers to study Masters and Doctorates through MyMSc and MyPhD programmes. The Northern Corridor Implementation Authority (NCIA) has set up the Centre of Excellence (CoE) for Microelectronics operated by USAINS Infotech Sdn. Bhd. At this E&E CoE, talents are being trained for microelectronic design.

However, the above will take time and it is still not sufficient to support the industry now and in the future. We need to provide quality education from primary to secondary. The university standards need to be improved.

The command of the English language is important and must be improved. Last but not least, we need to encourage more students to study science and engineering as the number of students studying these two subjects has decreased from more than 60% to currently at around 30%.

Structure of the E&E Industry Sectors

Electrical – Electrical Panels and Consoles, Switching Apparatus, lamps, air conditioners, vacuum cleaners, ovens,

KDU College Penang Campus is strategically located in the city area

KDU College Penang Campus is strategically located in the city area

transformers, cables & wires, primary cells & batteries, solar cells and modules.

Electronics – Components Semiconductors, passive components, printed circuit boards, metal stamped parts and precision plastic parts.

Consumer – Audio visual products such as television receivers, portable multimedia players (PMP), speakers, cameras and electronic games.

Industrial – Multimedia and information technology products such as computers and computer peripherals, telecommunications equipment and office equipment. Source: MIDA Reports (www.mida.com.my accessed on Jan. 22nd 2010.

Where to study Electrical & Electronic Engineering in Malaysia

Global Trends and its Talent Implications for Malaysia’s E&E Industry will require a talent pool which is highly skilled,

Engineering lab at Asia Pacific University

Engineering lab at Asia Pacific University

competitive.  The IPSOS reported that talent supply from Institutions of Higher Learning are not industry-ready. The current university education does not provide workplace ready and able talent.

Six months to one year of additional on-the-job experience is typically required until graduates are considered viable.

Curtin University Sarawak offers top Electrical & Electronic Engineering programmes at its 300-acre campus in Miri.

Universities such as UCSI University and Asia Pacific University have 6-month internships for their students to gain the necessary industry experience. Both universities’ engineering degrees are accredited by the Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM) and MQA therefore possessing worldwide recognition.

Students interested to pursue their engineering studies in Penang can consider KDU College Penang’s E&E Engineering degree to obtain an affordable engineering degree from a top ranked UK university, Northumbria University. In the 2013 League Table Ranking for Electrical & Electronic Enginering by the Complete University Guide, Northumbria University is ranked at 42.

With a 13-acre campus, KBU International College offers a 3+0 UK Degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering awarded by Nottingham Trent University, UK. It is a fully franchised programme, where 100% UK partner university’s syllabus is adopted.

These top private universities and colleges in Malaysia have the capability to ensure students obtain a solid education in Electrical & Electronic engineering to compete for the many jobs out there for them in the various industries.

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