Top 10 Criteria in Choosing the Best University in Malaysia for Engineering


Choosing the Best Engineering Course in Malaysia to Study

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Engineers play an important role in Malaysia as well as globally. More and more people in Malaysia are beginning to realise the importance of getting a top quality engineering education in order to succeed in their career. Top quality engineers are in demand in Malaysia and around the world.

Engineering is a career that can take you around the world, working on many different projects as well as being a very well paid job to get into, with different branches of speciality, according to your areas of interest. Qualified and experienced engineering graduates who can communicate well in English are able to migrate overseas to countries like Australia, UK, USA, Europe and more.

There are types of engineering fields and specialisations within those fields. Engineering is one of the highest paid careers of the modern world.

Malaysian students who enjoy solving problems and coming up with a solution, then engineering could be for you. If you enjoy maths, physics, science, technology and design, then this could be a rewarding career choice for you, which can lead you into an exciting job as a petroleum engineer, civil engineer, electrical & electronic engineer, mechanical engineer, mechatronic engineer, chemical engineer, and more!

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List of Important Criteria to Note When Choosing the Best University to Study Engineering in Malaysia

Here’s a list of common criteria in choosing a top private university or college in Malaysia to study the Engineering course

1. Recognition & Reputation of the Engineering Courses in Malaysia

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  • Is the Engineering course popular at that university or college?
  • What is the reputation or ranking of the private university in Malaysia? Global ranking by QS World University Rankings or locally by MQA in the SETARA 2013
  • Is the Engineering course recognised and approved by the Ministry of Education Malaysia?
  • Is the Engineering course accredited by the Malaysian Qualifications Audit (MQA)?
  • Is the Engineering degree accredited by the Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM)?
  • Awards won by the university, staff or students for the particular course of interest. The number of awards won would be a guide on how good the university is for the course.

2. Academic Quality of the Engineering Course at the University in Malaysia

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  • Subjects offered in the Engineering course (Are they relevant, up-to-date, and help you to achieve your career goals)
  • Entry requirements for the Engineering Degree Course at the university or college in Malaysia
  • Faculty contact/classes taught by full-time qualified & experienced faculty
  • Quality of lecturers. What are their qualifications? How many years of experience in teaching?
  • Ask your friends who have studied there or currently studying there for their opinion on the teaching quality, environment and facilities.
  • Do they have enough students to start a class?
  •  How many students do they have studying that course at that college?
  •  What is the duration of the course? When are the intake dates?

3. General Facilities at the University

  • When choosing a university or college in Malaysia, it is important for students to visit the campus and see the facilities and feel the culture of the students to see if it fits you.
  • Size of the university.
  • Campus resources (labs, library or resource centre, wifi, computer access, sports facilities, etc.)

4. Facilities for Engineering at the University or College in Malaysia

It is important for the college or university to have the necessary Engineering facilities so that you can gain the necessary skills in your undergraduate education in Malaysia. The university doesn’t necessarily need to have all the facilities needed but should have the basic ones. Special Engineering labs will depend on the area of specialisation. You will need to look at the subjects offered to see which one fits your career goals and area of specialisation that you want to pursue.

5. Cost for your Engineering Course Studies in Malaysia

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  • How much money do I have to pay for the course and cost of living? Ask your parents. Note that you will need to have enough to pay the tuition fees as well as your cost of living. (Costs for university studies in Malaysia would include tuition, hostel, food, transportation, entertainment, etc.)
  • What are the Financial assistance available at the university? (Scholarships, PTPN Loan, EPF withdrawal, etc)
  • Is the PTPTN loan available for the course at the university?
  • How much are the tuition fees? Does it include the exam and other fees?
  • How much is on-campus accommodation?
  • How much is off-campus accommodation? (Off-campus apartments, houses, condominiums) Note that it might be cheaper to find off campus accommodation on your own with friends. Is the accommodations near eateries, banks, entertainment, public transportation, safe & secure, etc.?

6. Student Environment at the University & College

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  • What is the student culture at the university? (English-speaking environment, ambitious, serious about studies, lifestyle or party university, etc) The language spoken mostly at the college by the students may also matter if you don’t know Mandarin or BM or English. If most of the students speak Mandarin at that university then it will not help you to improve your English. Having a good command of the English language helps you to get good jobs and promotions.
  • Size of the university or college in Malaysia. Some students prefer a large campus with sports facilities and other resources while other students like small colleges with family-like environment. A small college may offer individualised attention, as well as a more intimate and personalised experience. for your studies You might even want to think about how far you want to walk to get from one class to another in a large university campus. Even those little details may affect your decision.
  • Make up of the student body (diversity, international students, gender, etc.) Universities with a good proportion of international students will help you to improve your English language skills since you would need to communicate with them in English. In addition, you will learn about their culture, behaviour and discover new ideas. These skills will be useful to you when you work overseas or in a multi-national company.

7. Internships for the Engineering Course in Malaysia

  • Does the university or college have a strong internship or Co-Op programme?
  • What are the companies partnered with the university?
  • How long is the internship programme? How is it carried out?

8. Safety of the Surrounding Area of the University or College

  • Is the university or college campus a safe area? Safety within the campus and outside.
  • Have there been many snatch thefts or robberies around the university or college?

9. Students Activities Available at the University

  • What are the Extra-curricular activities available? (Student organisations, clubs, sports, etc.)
  • What are the Student Support Services available?

10. Location of the University and Transportation

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  • Location of the university or college. Is it in the city, suburbs or country side? You should also consider the ambience of your surroundings when choosing a university. If you can’t live without nightlife, think city! If you’re into the great outdoors, you might want to go rural. Some students prefer a city life while other students prefer a quieter university environment away from the city. On the other hand, if you’re used to shopping malls and cinemas and choose a university in a rural area, you might get bored.
  • Transportation. Is the university accessible to you? What are the public transportation available?
  • Does the university provide a free bus shuttle to link to other transportation hubs?
  • Is the university near bus stops or LRT station or MRT station?
  • If you drive, is there enough parking spots? How much is the parking rate for daily or monthly?

Guide in Choosing the Best Engineering Course at Top Private Universities in Malaysia

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Demand for qualified engineers in Malaysia is increasing. In order to succeed in the engineering field, students must choose a top private university in Malaysia that has the experience and facilities to equip them.

In addition, soft skills such as an English speaking environment, leadership skills, communication skills and internship programs will help the graduate stand out and be very successful. Research has shown that graduates with a good command of English has a 25% higher salary than those who don’t.

Students after SPM or O-Levels who are sure of choosing engineering for their degree studies may go for the Foundation in Engineering. If you are still not sure whether you want engineering or other science courses, you may choose the Foundation in Science programme at premier private universities in Malaysia. Students after the external Pre-University Programme such as A-Levels, UEC, STPM, SAM, CPU, MUFY or AUSMAT may enter directly into the Engineering Degree programme with relevant results.

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UEC, and Pre-University to guide them in choosing the right course and university to study so that they can have a successful career. The aim for EduSpiral Consultant Services in sharing this article is to help students in selecting their course of study and career paths based on areas in demand.

Engineers use computer technology and mathematical models to work out the solution to structural, or mechanical problems. In an engineering degree course in Malaysia, students will spend time in the laboratory or use computers to understand how to solve problems. You will also have the opportunity to apply your theory to real-life projects through case-studies and internships.

Engineering degrees are extremely varied and can focus on particular parts of the engineering industry or just a general overview of the technical processes. Whichever degree you choose to study, you will graduate with a host of transferable skills that will enable you to work in a variety of industries.

It is recommended for students to choose an engineering degree programme that is general rather than specific so that their job prospects are wider. If you choose a course such as aerospace engineering, your job scope is only limited to the aerospace industry. A degree in mechanical engineering or mechatronic engineering would provide you the opportunity to work in the aerospace industry as well as other industries.

Engineering students will gain skills such as project management, analysis and your practical experience

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act as great foundations for careers in other industries. It isn’t uncommon to find top quality engineers in banking, politics and financial sectors. Many graduates do not work in the field that they graduate in. This is normal.

Before starting your career in engineering it is important to know which engineering field you would like to specialise in because of the variety of sectors within the engineering industry. If you are certain of what type of engineer you wish to become, you should study a degree which focuses specifically on that field of study.

If you are not sure, that is still alright as students after SPM or O-Levels can take the Foundation course at a reputable private university for one year. During that one year, you should talk to the seniors and lecturers to figure out which engineering field best fits you.

To enter into the Foundation in Engineering or Foundation in Science, students after SPM or O-Levels will need at least 5 credits including Maths and Physics (Chemistry for Chemical Engineering) and pass in BM and Sejarah. With 3 credits in SPM including Maths and a Science subject, students can join the Diploma in Engineering course before entering into Year 2 of the Degree course.

There are a wide variety of specialisations, and the more popular engineering fields in Malaysia are listed below for you to browse through.

Which Engineering field is the best for me to study in Malaysia?

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Students should choose your engineering field by passion. Ask yourself, “What gets me excited? Projections may show a future demand in certain engineering fields, but do you want to work very hard for the next four years in order to get a job in an area you don’t really like?

Students should identify your true interests. Do you like tinkering with devices? Mechanical engineering or mechatronic engineering are good choices for you. Are you passionate about solving the energy crisis? Then you might consider petroleum engineering, chemical engineering, or electrical engineering. And if you spend all your spare time writing code, computer science is an appropriate career path.

Choosing to study in an engineering field that you have passion in, will make you more likely to succeed as you would be willing to put in the hard work needed to be an expert in your field.

Don’t worry I know it is very difficult for you to give the answer so I am here to help you to know your interest in a particular engineering field of study. It’s very simple just give the answer of some question and then decide yourself that which branch do you like most or which branch suited to you according to your interest. We will discuss so that you can choose the best engineering field to study according to your interest.

What is Electrical & Electronic Engineering?

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  1. Have you ever open your switch board and repair it ?
  2. Do you want to know the functioning of your home electrical appliances ?
  3. Do you want to know what is really going on in a computer CPU ?
  4. Are u interested in sensors & transistor ?
  5. Do you want to make your own robot ?

If yes then this is the branch for you, again there is a small difference in electrical and electronics most of the syllabus content are same. In most college theses are separate branches but in some college they are same. In short we can say that electronics is subset of electrical. As far as placement and job opportunity is concerned then it depend from university to university.

What is Mechanical Engineering?

Top notch mechanical engineering facilities at HELP College of Arts & Technology

Top notch mechanical engineering facilities at HELP College of Arts & Technology

  1. Are you interested in bike and cars design ?
  2. Do you take interest in functioning of daily routine things ?
  3. Do you ask basic question to your teachers(i.e how this works ? how that works ?)
  4. Do you like physics ?
  5. Do you like additional maths?
  6. Do you like to make some new mechanism ?
  7. Do you like to use your engineering skills for a common man life ?

if yes then you are at right place mechanical engineering is for you. Mechanical Engineering requires real hard work. In most of the colleges mechanical and production are different branches but there syllabus content are more or less similar but in few college this is combine. There is a misconception that in this branch’s job opportunity are less as compared to computer science and electronics. Again it’s depend upon individual .This is called evergreen branch, nowadays there are a lot of job opportunity and money in this sector if you have talent and ready to work hard.

What is Civil Engineering?

  1. Are you interested in building making ?
  2. Are you ready to rock the world by your talent ?
  3. Have you ever think how this can be done after seeing a building ?

if yes then this is the branch for you. There is a misconception that in this branch’s job opportunity are less as compared to other branches of engineering. It is not so, if you are hardworking and talented then there are a lot of opportunity for civil engineers in Malaysia.

Which Engineering degree in Malaysia is right for me?

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It’s important to consider which area of engineering you will specialise in, as they can lead to very different careers. Civil engineers build the structures that define our civilisation – bridges, buildings, transport systems. Electrical engineers study how technology can build new products, or develop new processes for manufacturing and design.

Or you could design and build planes, aircraft, robots, medical equipment, or even computer programmes. Whatever you choose, you can create and develop projects that improve and change lives.

Think carefully about what area of engineering interests you most – what do you want to achieve in the long term with your engineering study?

Chemical Engineering... is the branch of engineering that deals with the application of physical science (e.g., chemistry and physics), and life sciences (e.g., biology, microbiology and biochemistry) with mathematics and economics, to the process of converting raw materials or chemicals into more useful or valuable forms. Chemical engineers ensure the processes are operated safely, sustainably and economically when converting raw materials or chemicals into more useful or valuable forms.

Civil Engineering… is a professional engineering discipline that deals with the design, construction,

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and maintenance of the physical and naturally built environment, including works like bridges, roads, canals, dams and buildings. It is traditionally broken into several sub-disciplines including environmental engineering, geotechnical engineering, structural engineering, transportation engineering, municipal or urban engineering, water resources engineering, materials engineering, coastal engineering, surveying, and construction engineering. Civil engineering takes place on all levels: in the public sector and in the private sector from individual homeowners through to international companies.

Electrical Engineering… is a field of engineering that generally deals with the study and application of electricity, electronics and electromagnetism. It now covers a range of subtopics including power, electronics, control systems, signal processing and telecommunications. Usually electrical engineering is considered to deal with the problems associated with large-scale electrical systems such as power transmission and motor control, whereas electronic engineering deals with the study of small-scale electronic systems including computers and integrated circuits

Mechanical Engineering… is a discipline of engineering that applies the principles of physics and

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materials science for analysis, design, manufacturing, and maintenance of mechanical systems. It is the branch of engineering that involves the production and usage of heat and mechanical power for the design, production, and operation of machines and tools. It is one of the oldest and broadest engineering disciplines.

The mechanical engineering field requires understanding of core concepts including mechanics, kinematics, thermodynamics, materials science, and structural analysis. Mechanical engineers use these core principles along with tools like computer-aided engineering and product lifecycle management to design and analyze manufacturing plants, industrial equipment and machinery, heating and cooling systems, motorized vehicles, aircraft, watercraft, robotics, medical devices and more.

Computer Engineering… deals with the design of computers and computer systems. This may involve the design of new hardware, the design of PDAs, USBs or the use of computers to control an industrial plant. Computer engineers may also work on a system’s software. However, the design of complex software systems is often the domain of software engineering, which is usually considered a separate discipline. Desktop computers represent a tiny fraction of the devices a computer engineer might work on, as computer-like architectures are now found in a range of devices including video game consoles and DVD players.

Mechatronics Engineering… is an engineering discipline which deals with the convergence of electrical and mechanical systems. Such combined systems are known as electromechanical systems and have widespread adoption. Examples include automated manufacturing systems, heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems and various subsystems of aircraft and automobiles.

Which is the best engineering degree to study in Malaysia?

There are lots of great engineering courses to choose from, so we have picked some of the best degrees at different levels of cost, reputation and location for you to browse through. Let EduSpiral help you choose an engineering university or school that is right for you.

Choose somewhere that specialises in the area you are most interested in, such as civil engineering, chemical engineering, electrical engineering or mechanical engineering.

What qualifications/skills are needed to study engineering in Malaysia?

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On a personal level, you will need to be confident, motivated and flexible.

In order to study engineering in Malaysia, you’ll obviously need a strong interest in problem solving, and maths and science, just as we discussed before, but you’ll also need a strong command of the English language. You’ll be spending a lot of time in the laboratory and you’ll be using your computer and maths skills a lot, in theory and practical work. There will be a lot of problem solving, and applying this to case studies, as well as work experience and theory essays.

As a general rule you’ll need to be good in maths, physics, chemistry and biology, and if you’re heading into a more specific area you’ll need to check out the specialist subjects for that, as they vary hugely. This is why it’s very important to decide on your subject quite soon, as you may need a different A level requirement, however as a general rule, maths and sciences are your basic needs.

You can contact EduSpiral Consultant Services to get a clearer idea on your specific requirements with regards to this, and ask about language support whilst you’re on campus.

What will a degree in Engineering cost at a top private university in Malaysia?

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Obviously the course you choose and the university will all make a difference to how much the degree will cost in terms of tuition fees, and you should talk to your parents about how much they have set aside for your studies, as this will go a long way into funding your engineering study adventure.

As a general rule, and again, this depends on a lot of factors, you can expect a cost of around RM80,000 to RM180,000 total for the tuition fees for 4 years. You should be able to get help and advice on living arrangements from EduSpiral and the cost of living very much depends on which city you choose to study in. Most private universities in Malaysia will have on-campus accommodation and off-campus accommodation. It’s simply a case of looking into your options and your preferences.

As you can see, choosing engineering as your career means a lot of decisions to make, not only regarding the road you see your future career going down, in terms of the type of engineering you want to specialise in, but also the general things about studying abroad, such as the single most important one – which university?!

Shortage of Qualified Engineers in Malaysia

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Choosing the course & university can change your life forever, so make this decision wisely. Pic – students on tour of UCSI University’s Engineering & Architecture campus

There is a shortage of qualified engineers in Malaysia suitable for the crucial role of overseeing construction projects and infrastructure development works, according to the Institution of Engineers Malaysia (IEM).
IEM president Datuk Lim Chow Hock told StarBiz that there were only about 150,000 experienced engineers in Malaysia.

“We are still short of 50,000 to meet the requirement in the construction and infrastructure sectors. The experienced engineers are needed in the consultation and management departments,” he said. Lim added that the demand for consultation and management engineers for government construction and infrastructure projects would mitigate the impact of the slowdown taking place in the construction industry.

“About 70% of our members are engineers in the development and construction sectors. “They can easily be reabsorbed to play consultation and management roles for government projects,” he said.

Lim added that about 30% of the members were involved in the electrical, electronic, and mechanical engineering industries. The IEM currently has about 43,000 members.

On the quality of the local engineering graduates, Lim said that there was concern on quality because a study done three years ago by IEM revealed that the local engineering graduates lacked certain fundamental understanding of engineering principles. “This is affecting their ability to execute their duties effectively.

This was the feedback from 11/11/2015 Malaysia short of 50,000 experienced engineers Business News | The Star Online

Job Prospects for Engineers in Malaysia

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In the Third Outline Perspective Plan and the Eighth Malaysia plan, it is estimated that there will be a high demand for engineers where there are estimated 230,000 engineers and technicians for the year 2000 and the projected figure for 2010 is 470,000.  (Source OPP3/8MP/EPU). Engineering is a respected profession that pays well. On average, people who graduate with a degree in engineering earn higher salaries than those with other bachelor’s degrees. Studies indicate that there will be a shortage of engineers well into the 21st century.

Furthermore, choose top private universities in Malaysia where the engineering degrees are accredited by MQA and the Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM). Currently, according to BEM there are 11010 Professional Engineers and 81771 Graduate Engineers in Malaysia. Malaysia needs around 275,000 and 300,000 engineers in 5 and 10 years respectively.

In a 2006 Report by the Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education, Mechanical engineering is viewed as the field of engineering most highly demanded in the future with a projected increase of 24% from 5 to 10 years (from an estimated number of engineers of 58000 to 72000).

About 8% of the respondents indicated a demand for other engineering fields, such as biomedical, computer engineering, instrumentation and technology, marine technology, mechatronic, software engineering and process engineering. According to the report, the demand is highest for: Mechanical Engineers, next is Electrical, Civil, Electronic and finally Chemical.

Malaysia needs more than 1,000 engineers annually to meet industry demands, said Talent Corporation Malaysia (TalentCorp). TalentCorp CEO Johan Mahmood Merican said engineers in the electric and electronic (E&E) and oil and gas (O&G) sectors are highly sought after.

“The industry is hungry for engineers,” he said after opening the Sector Focus Career Fair 2014 at the Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) campus here.

Mirroring Johan Mahmood’s assessment was Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) Industry Talent Management Division director Mohamad Ismail Abu Bakar. He said there was a need for expertise in electric and electronic (E&E) , oil and gas (O&G), mechanical engineering and chemical engineering.

“This is based on the type of projects MIDA has approved for investments coming in,” he said.

Accredited Professional Engineers in Malaysia can work globally because of the Washington Accord

In 2007, Malaysia became a member of The Washington Accord, which recognises experienced professional engineers

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represented by responsible bodies. The Washington Accord is a small group of signatories that have agreed to mutually recognise accredited engineering programmes.

Members of The Washington Accord are Hong Kong, South Africa, Japan, Singapore, USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, UK, Ireland, Taipei, Korea, Malaysia and Turkey.

The Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM), The Institution of Engineers Malaysia (IEM) and Association of Consulting Engineers Malaysia (ACEM) develop and use the EMF Register as a secure benchmark that allows a professional engineer to be recognised or exempted from licensing or registration in other countries (other than that in which they first gained recognition).

Eligibility for admission to EMF International Register of Professional Engineers Register is limited only to engineers who have completed an accredited or recognised engineering programme, registered with the Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM) and is a corporate member of the IEM who is capable of independent practice.

To qualify for admission to EMF International Register of Professional Engineers Register, a candidate must be:

  • A Professional Engineer registered with the Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM) and/or a Corporate Member with the Institution of Engineers Malaysia;
  • Seven years experience after graduation in a recognised engineering discipline;
  • Two years experience in responsible charge of significant work (may be obtained within the seven years experience)
  • Maintained their continuing professional development at a satisfactory level.

Engineering Jobs in Demand in Malaysia Developed by the National Key Economic Activities (NKEAs)

The NEAC will work with PEMANDU to develop the National Key Economic Activities (NKEAs) in the following areas:

The Petroleum Engineering degree course at Curtin Sarawak is highly recommended for those seeking lucrative careers in the Oil & gas industry

The Petroleum Engineering degree course at Curtin Sarawak is highly recommended for those seeking lucrative careers in the Oil & gas industry

  • Electrical and Electronic, where manufacturing, research and development as well as design for Malaysian companies driving innovation will be focused upon.
  • Oil and gas sector led by a well developed pool of local talent and companies that are able to compete globally.
  • Green industries and services. Expertise in complex manufacturing and those in the solar and alternative energy sectors will be much sought after alongside those involved in the commercialisation of natural bio-diversity into high value products.

Electrical and electronics engineers form the core of various technology-ledcompanies in Malaysia.

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.

The 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.

The opportunity to obtain a world class top ranked UK degree in Malaysia at Heriot-Watt University Malaysia

The opportunity to obtain a world class top ranked UK degree in Malaysia at Heriot-Watt University Malaysia

The report found that Fresh Graduates or Entry-level Talent Not Industry-Ready (lacks required skill-sets) therefore choosing a university that can provide the necessary industry relevant teaching and training is imperative.

Furthermore, Electrical and electronics engineers who possess solid analytical and communication skills will have a clear advantage over the others.

Telecommunication is the means of communicating through the transmission of signals. In today’s world, it is all around us – from 4G connectivity to streaming videos to mobile downloads, and so on.

The  IPSOS report identified eight key talent shortage areas in the E&E field and one of the areas in demand for Telecommunications Engineers. They are responsible for the analysis, design, implementation, optimization and enhancement of wireless telecommunications products and networks.

Top Oil & Gas jobs in demand in Malaysia according to Hays Quarterly Hotspots

Exploration Geologists, Development Geologists, and Reservoir and PetroleumEngineers – A shortage of qualified

Petroleum Engineers can earn very high salaries

Petroleum Engineers can earn very high salaries

talent exists in these areas and as such competition is fierce. Strong local candidates with eight or more years of experience are very much in demand.

Lead Process Engineers, Engineering Managers, Lead Mechanical Engineers, Control & Instrumentation Engineers and Project Managers – Employers have won projects and now need to hire these professionals. In most demand are candidates with offshore projects experience or FPSO projects experience. Employers also expect that such talent will have experience working in a multicultural team.

Trends

Operating companies are going through the planning process for 2014.  The expectation is that a number of junior level positions will be created in the large established operators that are looking to build a good pipeline of home-grown local talent.  These jobs will typically range from fresh graduate positions to roles suitable for candidates with three to four years of experience.

The policy of Malaysianisation will continue this year. Yet a skill shortage exists across the board, particularly for more experienced candidates with eight or more years of experience. Candidates with niche experience also continue to be in demand.

Engineering Jobs in Demand in Malaysia according to Institute of Labour Market Information & Analysis

Curtin University Sarawak is Curtin University's largest branch campus with 300-acre campus next to a lake

Curtin University Sarawak is Curtin University’s largest branch campus with 300-acre campus next to a lake

EPCM contractors, specialist contractors and subsea EPCM contractors have prepared their hiring plans for 2014. Mid-level and senior candidates will be in demand from March onwards.

Again, local talent is preferred for short-term immediate contract positions.

The Institute for Labour Market Information and Analysis (ILMIA), a division of the Ministry of Human Resources was set up in May 2012.

As Malaysia’s leading labour information centre, it provides the analysis of labour market trends and emerging human capital issues for enabling human capital planning and labour policies formulation

The report is taken from ILMIA’s website.

Sector Sub-Sector Jobs
ELECTRICAL & ELCTRONICS IC Design Engineer
Firmware Engineer
RF Engineer
Software Engineer
Media Process Engineer
Wafer Fabrication Engineer
Test Measurement Engineer
Product Design Engineer
Sector Sub-Sector Jobs
OIL & GAS Chemical Engineer
Petroleum Engineer
Mechanical Engineer
Electrical Instumentation Engineer
Geoscientist
Health, Safety & Environment
Civil & Structural Engineer
Materials & Metallurgical Engineer
Mechanical Technician
Electrical Technician

Engineering is one of the Top Paid Salaries in Malaysia (per month basis) as listed by Kelly Services Malaysia

According to the Kelly Services 2014/2015 Malaysia Salary Guide , “the skilled talent pool in Malaysia is at 27 percent – far off from the estimated requirement of 45 percent to meet the national agenda of a high income nation by 2020.”

The Malaysia Salary Guide also lists down a whole number of jobs with an indication of what the average salary range should be, according to placements made by Kelly Services Malaysia.

Another high-paying industry is engineering, with engineering managers of 8-12 years of experience earning a minimum of RM13,000 and a maximum of RM22,000. Utilities managers, another high-paying position can earn a minimum of RM16,000 and a maximum of RM21,000.

Top Ten highest paying jobs in Malaysia according to Jobstreet

According to Jobstreet, a petroleum engineer earns between RM 37,094 – RM 365,156 a year.

In positioning Malaysia as the leading oil and gas (O&G) hub in the Asia-Pacific region by 2017, Malaysia Petroleum Resources Corp (MPRC) was formed to promote, catalyse and transform the sector.

Notable projects in the O&G (oil and gas) sector include the RM60bil Refinery and Petrochemical Integrated Development project in Pengerang, Johor, and the RM3.8bil Sabah Oil and Gas Terminal in Kimanis.

Top Ten highest paying jobs in Malaysia at Manager Level according to Jobstreet

Doctors, engineers and managers in the aviation specializations draw the highest pay with doctors earning the highest, with an average salary of RM9,500 per month.

  1. Doctor                                      RM9,530
  2. Engineering – Oil/Gas                 RM9,462
  3. Aviation                                     RM9,406
  4. Audit/Taxation                            RM9,226
  5. Banking – Financial Services        RM9,100
  6. Geophysics                                RM8,938
  7. Publishing or Printing                   RM8,650
  8. Engineering – Chemical                RM8,545
  9. Engineering – Electronics              RM8,146
  10. IT – Software                               RM8,112

Top Ten highest paying jobs in Malaysia at Senior Manager Level according to Jobstreet

The Average Salary Of SENIOR MANAGERS Is RM12,800 Across All Industries. It takes years of experience and expertise before one becomes a senior manager, but all that hard work pays off.

Overall, senior managers in specializations such as IT– Hardware, Quality Control/Assurance and Geophysics are the top highest paying job in this position.

  1. IT – Hardware                                 RM18,100
  2. Quality Control/Assurance               RM17,768
  3. Geophysics                                    RM17,500
  4. Property/Real Estate                       RM16,917
  5. Engineering – Electrical                   RM16,503
  6. Publishing/Printing                          RM16,500
  7. Corporate Strategy                          RM15,606
  8. Engineering Oil/Gas                         RM15,307
  9. Sales – Corporate                             RM14,815
  10. Engineering – Civil                            RM14,768

What type of students should study engineering in Malaysia?

Students with strong credits in Physics, Maths and Chemistry for Chemical or Petroleum Engineering or Physics & Maths for other engineering courses can consider an exciting and highly paid career in engineering. You are a person who is organised, like to work with your hands and mind, creative, and focused, then engineering is something to consider.

Arts stream students with 3 credits including Modern Maths and General Science can join the Diploma in Mechanical or Electronic Engineering at some universities.

Where to Study Engineering in Malaysia?

Curtin University Sarawak is ranked Tier 5 or Excellent in the SETARA 2013 by MQA

Curtin University Sarawak is ranked Tier 5 or Excellent in the SETARA 2013 by MQA

Choose a university in Malaysia where the engineering courses are accredited by the Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM) as well as MQA. Facilities are important as well.

In addition, the number of years where the course has been offered at the university is an evidence of its experience. Lecturers must have the necessary qualifications with at least a Masters degree and teaching experience.

Our staff at EduSpiral Consultant Services have worked in the private education industry for many years therefore are able to advise you on which university would be the best that fits your budget, personality and SPM/STPM/UEC/A-Level results.

Having counseled thousands of students, we understand where you come from in order to show you where to go.

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Award-Winning Private Universities & Colleges in Malaysia for Electrical & Electronic Engineering and Telecommunication Engineering Degree Courses

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Top Rated Private Universities & Colleges in Malaysia to Study Engineering Diploma & Foundation Courses

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