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High Job Demand for Engineers in Malaysia

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Engineering may not be the easiest course to study, but it continues to be in demand in Malaysia and globally. You’re also more likely to find employment quickly and work your way up the career ladder with an engineering degree from a top private university in Malaysia. The key benefits of studying engineering are both financial and prospect based. Financially, the starting salaries are among the best across all industry sectors. The demand for well-qualified, skilled graduates outstrips supply, and companies are struggling to find recruits for vacancies locally and globally. Therefore, graduates have the opportunity to work overseas.

Engineering degrees that are accredited by the Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM) are recognised by overseas countries for work. Students should choose the best university in Malaysia to study engineering so that they can gain the necessary knowledge and skills to be successful in their career.

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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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 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

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 or engineers well into the 21st century.

Increase in Job Demand for Engineers in Malaysia & Globally

School of Engineering & Science at Curtin University Sarawak

School of Engineering & Science at Curtin University Sarawak

The recent surge in infrastructure spend by the Malaysian government can be seen as a product of the ripple effect across the region. The Klang Valley MY Rapid Transit (MRT) railway network around Kuala Lumpur, which will cost an estimated RM20bil to RM40bil to complete, will signal the beginning of a new era in transportation in the country.

This intra-city rail project is expected to not only significantly increase the rail network in the Klang Valley but also integrate the existing rail networks and lighten the traffic congestion in the KL metropolitan area.

Engineering graduates in Malaysia can look forward to directly benefitting from this massive project. The new three-line transportation backbone is expected to create an estimated 130,000 job opportunities during the period of its construction, and generate gross national income (GNI) of between RM3bil to RM4bil per annum from 2011 to 2020.

Another RM21bil per annum is expected to be generated throughout the ten-year span, in the form of

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Get a top ranked UK degree in Malaysia at Heriot-Watt University Malaysia

property value appreciation.

According to investment research firm OSK Research, Malaysia is likely to see its biggest residential property boom in a decade. The boom – which is arguably a side effect of the transportation infrastructure surge in the nation – will be led by medium- to high-end landed properties and is expected

One of the top engineering nations is the world, Germany has an estimated 1 million engineers for a population of 82 million (engineer:population ratio of 1:82). France has an estimated 800,000 for a population of 60 million (engineer:population ratio of 1:75). At present, the Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM) has a total register of 52,000 graduate and professional engineers.

Considering that a large number of engineers in Malaysia are not registered with BEM (around 50%), it is estimated that there are around 80,000 engineers currently in employment, i.e. still registering a very poor engineer:population ratio of 1:312 (assuming a current national population of 25 million).

Table shows engineer-population ratios for Malaysia and several advanced countries.

Country Population Estimated number of Engineers Engineer to Population ratio
Malaysia  25 million 80,000  1:312
France  60 million 800,000  1:75
Germany  82 million 1,000,000  1:82
Canada 30 million 250,000  1:120
United Kingdom  60 million 425,000  1:141

Therefore it is important for Malaysia to increase her production of engineers at a very significant rate in

Geomatic & Concrete Lab for Civil Engineering students at UCSI University

Geomatic & Concrete Lab for Civil Engineering students at UCSI University

order to achieve a comparable index with the developed nations. If we were to use the “advanced nation benchmark” the engineer:population ratio of 1:100 would mean that Malaysia would need around 275,000 and 300,000 engineers in 5 and 10 years respectively (assuming population growth at 2% per year).

It is noted that in the Ninth Malaysia Plan presented by the Prime Minister of Malaysia in March 2006, the government plans to increase engineering student enrolment for public and private universities with the target annual growth rate of 12.2% and 20.8% respectively (Malaysia 2006a). In 2006, an estimated 10,571 students entered first year engineering studies in public and private universities.

Therefore with the expected growth, the government is projecting that more than 77,000 and 222,000 engineering graduates will be produced altogether from all the Malaysian universities in the next 5 and 10 years respectively.

If this projection is met, even after accounting for retirements, Malaysia will be able to match engineer : population ratios with those of advanced nations within 10 years

Engineering Fields that are high in demand in Malaysia

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.

Average Salary for engineers in Malaysia

The average annual salary for an engineer in 2009 is RM90,744.

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 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 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

Who Should Study Engineering and What Makes a Good Engineer?

A good engineer must have a vast amount of technical knowledge and be competent in a specific

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engineering discipline. Traditional engineering disciplines are civil, electrical, mechanical and chemical engineering.

But in practice nowadays, with emerging technology in areas such as aerospace, micro-electronics, nanotechnology, biomedical among others, engineering is becoming more multi-disciplinary.

There are more specialised engineering disciplines than before and all require specific technical knowledge and competency. Engineering is based on mathematics and science and if the student has a strong foundation in these subjects especially Additional Maths, Physics and Chemistry (for Chemical and Petroleum Engineering), it certainly helps.

If you are a technically competent and disciplined person, dedicated and systematic in doing things, then you have the potential to be an engineer.

By nature, an engineer should be inquisitive and must have excellent analytical skills to continually examine things and think of ways to help things work better. They are trained to give attention to detail because the slightest error may cause an entire structure to collapse. So, every detail must be reviewed thoroughly when doing a project.

A great portion of an engineer’s job is solving problems. Therefore, a good engineer must be able to think

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logically to figure out where the problem stems from and quickly find a solution. fIt is important for engineers to have problem-solving skills together with the ability to think logically. Creativity is another important quality. A good engineer must be able to think of new and innovative ways to develop new systems while making existing things work more efficiently.

A good engineer must have excellent communication skills to be able to effectively interact with others. Engineers sometimes have to translate complex technical language into simple language that can be understood by non-technical clients. Besides written and verbal, they must also have listening skills.

Currently, in some areas of engineering, changes in technology are happening rapidly, for example in computing and micro-electronics. To stay on top in the industry, an engineer in Malaysia must always keep abreast of new technology, research innovation and ideas.

Study Engineering in Malaysia

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. Their engineering degrees are accredited by MQA and BEM

Engineering is applying scientific and mathematic knowledge to develop solutions for designing and implementing materials, structures, machines, devices, systems and processes to achieve the desired objective.

They use science to create more efficient and less expensive commercial applications that meet the needs of society and consumers.

Engineering is both a science and an art. Engineers use the scientific knowledge of behavior and properties of matter and creatively design buildings, dams, chips, plants, robots, and more.

Many engineers develop new products. During this process, they consider several factors.

For example, in developing an industrial robot, engineers precisely specify the functional requirements; design and test the robot’s components; integrate the components to produce the final design; and evaluate the design’s overall effectiveness, cost, reliability, and safety.

This process applies to the development of many different products, such as chemicals, computers, power plants, helicopters, and toys.

In addition to design and development, many engineers work in testing, production, or maintenance. These engineers supervise production in factories, determine the causes of component failure, and test manufactured products to maintain quality. They also estimate the time and cost to complete projects.

Engineers use computers extensively to produce and analyze designs; to simulate and test how a machine, structure, or system operates; to generate specifications for parts; and to monitor product quality and control process efficiency. Nanotechnology, which involves the creation of high-performance materials and components by integrating atoms and molecules, also is introducing entirely new principles to the design process.

What type of jobs Engineers work at in Malaysia?

Engineers find jobs in consulting, design, project management, construction management, research testing, product development, sales & marketing, production management and more.

What do we study in Engineering at Top Private Universities in Malaysia?

Asia Pacific University new campus at Technology Park Malaysia, Bukit Jalil in Kuala Lumpur

Asia Pacific University new campus at Technology Park Malaysia, Bukit Jalil in Kuala Lumpur

Engineering is the art of applying the principles of science, experience, judgement and common sense to create things that benefit our society. An undergraduate degree in engineering introduces you to the concepts that you will need to analyze, design and develop technology.

The five largest traditional types, or disciplines, of engineering are chemical, civil, electrical, industrial and mechanical. In addition to these five disciplines, a wide range of more specialised areas of study have evolved. Aerospace, petroleum, nuclear, mechatronic, ocean, safety and environmental engineering are just a few of the many disciplines you may choose to study.

A bachelor’s degree at an accredited institution usually takes 3 to 4 years of full-time study. The first few

Power System and Machine Laboratory for engineering students at Curtin University Sarawak

Power System and Machine Laboratory for engineering students at Curtin University Sarawak

years of study are typically dedicated to building a strong theoretical foundation, with the final years providing specialisation and practical applications of theory.

Each of the major branches of engineering has numerous subdivisions.

Civil engineering, for example, includes structural and transportation engineering, and materials engineering includes ceramic, metallurgical, and polymer engineering. Engineers also may specialize in one industry, such as motor vehicles, or in one type of technology, such as turbines or semiconductor materials.

There are many nontechnical attributes that you will gain during the course of your study in engineering. Interpersonal skills, written and oral communication skills, ethical conduct and the ability to work in teams are all essential qualities of a successful engineer.

What are the basic subjects taken in an engineering course at Top Private Universities in Malaysia?

Engineering students study calculus, physics, chemistry, computer science, English, electric circuits, engineering statics, thermal sciences, logic, engineering design, and introduction, then go to more discipline specific courses.

Aptitude

Students intending to pursue this field of study should have an aptitude for mathematics and science subjects especially Physics.

You should be analytical and creative as well. Because engineers spend much of their time solving problems, a strong engineering candidate should enjoy problem solving.

Is engineering a difficult course to Study in Malaysia?

There is no doubt that engineering course will challenge you and require a high amount

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

of dedication. Consistency is the key to success in any study.

Design and other practical skills should be included, in addition to technical writing and oral presentation.

On top of this, engineers will have to communicate their ideas to a non-technical audience. There is no easy way to becoming a real engineer.

Students should avoid looking or the easy option. Engineering degrees should teach them to think for themselves. They will need to develop practical skills while building a firm base of fundamental knowledge.

What types of jobs do engineers perform in Malaysia?

Engineers work in consulting, design, project management, construction management, research, testing product development, sales, marketing, production, and others.

Engineers work in different environments: manufacturing plants, offices, laboratories, construction sites, and others. Normally, engineers work in teams so the prospective engineer has to be a team player.

The major types of Engineering

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Study Engineering at Top Private Universities in Malaysia

Mechanical Engineering Lab (Engineering) at KDU University College Utropolis Glenmarie

Mechanical Engineering Lab (Engineering) at KDU University College Utropolis Glenmarie

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

Curtin University Sarawak is equipped with cutting edge engineering and science labs

Curtin University Sarawak is equipped with cutting edge engineering and science labs

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 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.

Mechanical Engineering lab at Heriot-Watt University Malaysia

Mechanical Engineering lab at Heriot-Watt University Malaysia

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

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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.

Study at the Best Private Universities in Malaysia for Engineering

School of Engineering & Science at Curtin University Sarawak

School of Engineering & Science at Curtin University Sarawak

First introduced in 2007, SETARA focuses on the quality of the teaching; it also gives some power back to the students by involving appraisals by students who will audit lecturers on several points including punctuality and satisfaction on the delivery of subjects.

The MQA Rating System for Higher Education Institutions in Malaysia for 2013 (SETARA ’13) is the fourth rating exercise undertaken at the institutional level for universities and university colleges in Malaysia

The Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA), responsible for quality assurance of higher education for both public and private sectors, has released the results of its latest Discipline-based Rating System or D-SETARA. The new rating system is different from SETARA. The former categorises universities as a whole using a tier system based on the Malaysian Qualifications Framework whereas D-SETARA  assesses the quality of teaching and learning of a certain field of study only.

Premier UK Engineering Programmes at Top Ranked Heriot-Watt University Malaysia

Heriot-Watt University is a new state-of-the-art campus strategically located in the modern city of Putrajaya

Heriot-Watt University is a new state-of-the-art campus strategically located in the modern city of Putrajaya

Malaysian students can obtain a top ranked UK degree at Heriot-Watt University Malaysia.

Heriot-Watt University’s is ranked by the Times Higher Education World University Ranking – 22nd in the world for ‘International outlook’ while the Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015  ranks them 41st in the UK and sixth in Scotland. Heriot-Watt University also moved up slightly from 369th to 352nd in the overall QS World University ranking and are 40th in the UK (up from 42nd).

Heriot-Watt University’s Ranking in the Guardian University Guide 2016 is 18th in the UK and 2nd in Scotland. It ranks Heriot-Watt University 3rd for Electronic and Electrical Engineering, 17th for Chemical Engineering, 2nd for Civil Engineering and 10th for Mechanical Engineering.

Heriot-Watt was ranked fourth in Scotland in the 2016 Complete University Guide and 37th in the UK. It ranks Heriot-Watt University 5th for Chemical Engineering, 9th for both Civil Engineering and Electrical & Electronic Engineering.

Students after SPM or O-Levels can enter the Foundation in Science at Heriot-Watt University Malaysia for 1 year before continuing to any of the engineering programmes above. Click here for the entry requirements for the engineering programmes at Heriot-Watt University Malaysia

Best Engineering Programmes Accredited by Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM) at Curtin University Sarawak

Curtin University Sarawak is rated 5 Star for Engineering in the D-SETARA ranking by MQA. Curtin

School of Engineering & Science at Curtin University Sarawak

School of Engineering & Science at Curtin University Sarawak

University Sarawak’sengineering degrees are accredited by the Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM). Curtin Sarawak is the largest international campus of Western Australia’s Curtin University and was the first foreign university campus to be set up in East Malaysia. Located in Miri, Sarawak, it offers students an international and cross-cultural learning environment in a unique Malaysian setting. It boasts a 1000-acre purpose-built garden campus with stylish architecture and state-of-the-art facilities. Additionally the university has IT linkages to allow students access to the Curtin resources at the main campus in Perth.

Students after SPM or O-Levels will enter into the Foundation in Engineering & Technology at Curtin University Sarawak before pursuing the above mentioned engineering degree programmes.

Outstanding Engineering Degree Programmes in Malaysia at Taylor’s University that’s Accredited by the Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM)

Taylors University offers a conducive environment for students to excel in their studies

Taylors University offers a conducive environment for students to excel in their studies

Taylor’s University is a top ranked private university in Malaysia. Taylor’s University was voted the Most Popular Private College and / or University in Malaysia for two consecutive years (2008 and 2009), and is rated ‘Tier 5: Excellent‘ by the Ministry of Higher Education (MQA SETARA 2013). Taylor’s University is also ranked as one of the Top 250 universities in Asia by QS University Rankings: Asia 2015.

Taylor’s University’s School of Engineering offers comprehensive engineering programmes that are affordable yet with highly innovative training methods that rival some of the most prestigious foreign degrees. All these factors work towards enhancing the School’s reputation not just among Asian students but from across the world.

Taylor’s University School of Engineering is also an official collaborator in the ‘Conceiving – Designing – Implementing – Operating’ CDIO™ Initiative alongside famous institutions such as Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), California State University, the University of Sydney and University of Auckland. Taylor’s University is the first and only Malaysian University that has, thus far, been accepted into this initiative, which is an innovative education framework for producing the next generation of engineers.

A brief outline of some of the programmes on offer at Taylor’s University School of Engineering is listed below:

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I loved motorsports and EduSpiral gave me great advise to help guide me to achieve my dream.
Justin Moo, Mechanical Engineering graduate from Taylor’s University

  • Foundation in EngineeringStudents after SPM who are sure of taking the engineering degree programme may go for the 1 year Foundation in Engineering at Taylor’s University. As part of their course of study, students will be exposed to an innovative and technologically-driven programme that employs digital tools to enhance teaching and learning. If you are unsure of whether engineering or other science programmes, you should go for the Foundation in Science.
  • Foundation in Science: This is a flexible programme that exposes students to core principles in science, providing them with the knowledge and skills to pursue undergraduate programmes in engineering science or health science.
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Chemical Engineering: This programme is aimed at students who are keen to learn about the design and operation of processes basic to human survival – such as food, fuel, medicines, plastic etc – and the professional engineering skills needed to turn these chemical, biological and physical processes into safe and sustainable industrial practice.
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Electrical & Electronic Engineering: Concerned with solving
    Taylor's University is a top ranked private university in Malaysia

    Taylor’s University is a top ranked private university in Malaysia

    practical problems using electrical science, Electronic Engineering is the handling of these electrical or optical signals while Electrical Engineering deals with the use of electricity as a source of energy. After completing one–two years of this 4-year programme at Taylor’s University, students have the option to transfer to several universities across the world, such as those in the UK or Australia.

  • Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering: This field is the most broad-based of the engineering professions. Its exponents are involved at some stage in the conception, design, production, finance and marketing of all manufactured goods from the largest power station, space craft and car plant to the most delicate mechanisms required for scientific instruments; for example, heart valves and micro-surgery.

Affordable BEM Accredited Engineering Programmes at UCSI University

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

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

UCSI University is rated 4 in the D-SETARA for Engineering while overall in the SETARA 2013 ranking, the university achieved a rating of 5 or Excellent.

UCSI University’s engineering degrees are accredited by the Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM).

After SPM or O-Levels, students may enter into the Foundation in Science at UCSI University before continuing on to the engineering degree programmes. With 3 credits in SPM, students may enter the Diploma in Electrical & Electronic engineering and then upon completion continue on to the degree with exemptions.

Excellent Engineering Programmes Accredited by BEM at Asia Pacific University (APU)

Asia Pacific University new campus at Technology Park Malaysia, Bukit Jalil in Kuala Lumpur

Asia Pacific University new campus at Technology Park Malaysia, Bukit Jalil in Kuala Lumpur

Asia Pacific University’s engineering degrees are accredited by the Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM). APU was announced as among the Highest Rated Universities in Malaysia, being rated at TIER 5 (EXCELLENT) under the SETARA 2011 Ratings by the Ministry of Education (MOE) and Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA), and has maintained this Excellent rating in the latest SETARA 2013 Ratings

Students with 5 relevant credits in SPM or O-Levels can enter the Foundation at Asia Pacific University for 1 year before continuing on into the 4-year engineering programmes. With at least 3 credits in SPM or O-Levels students may enter the Diploma in Electrical & Electronic Engineering at Asia Pacific University before continuing on to the degree programmes with exemptions.

First Rate Engineering Courses at KDU University College Utropolis Glenmarie recognised by the Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM)

KDU University College Utropolis Glenmarie purpose built campus

KDU University College Utropolis Glenmarie purpose built campus

Engineering programmes at KDU University College Utropolis Glenmarie are designed to prepare graduates with everything necessary to face the new industrial economy around the globe.

With high quality programmes that adhere to the strict standards set by the Board of Engineers (BEM) Malaysia, students can expect a curriculum that is design-centric and trains them to hone their complex problem-solving skills.

Students will also experience valuable hands-on experience by participating in real-world projects, and have the opportunity to become a research assistant at an undergraduate level through our undergraduate research scheme.

With the goal of ensuring a holistic learning experience, KDU’s programme allows you to cultivate the skills, knowledge, and the ability to develop engineering applications which are required for a wide range of professional engineering careers and expected of leaders in business, engineering, industry and even in R & D. Students after SPM or O-Levels with 5 credits can enter the Foundation in Engineering at KDU University College Utropolis Glenmarie and then into the 4-year degree. With 3 credits in SPM or O-Levels students will enter into any of the engineering diplomas at KDU University College and then upon completion may continue on to the engineering degree with exemptions.

Affordable Engineering Courses at First City University College (Formerly known as KBU International College)

Top Ranked Engineering Courses at KDU Penang University College

Engineering Courses at HELP College of Arts & Technology

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

Obviously the course you choose and the university will all make a difference to how much the degree will

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Kuang Joe, Diploma in Mechanical Engineering at HELP College of Arts & Technology

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 universities 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?!

Studying engineering abroad will leave you with a precious degree, and also highly important life experience and confidence to match. This is probably one of the most important, and best, decisions you’ll make in your life, so make it wisely.

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After chatting with EduSpiral on Facebook, I got a clearer picture of which university to choose that would best fit me. Zhi Sheng, Heriot-Watt University Malaysia

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Zhi Sheng, Heriot-Watt University Malaysia

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These universities and colleges are chosen by EduSpiral because they represent the best in their fields in Malaysia and affordable. EduSpiral provides in-depth information and counseling on their courses so that students are able to make the right choice.

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