The discipline and profession of applying scientific knowledge and utilizing natural laws and physical resources in order to design and implement materials, structures, machines, devices, systems, and processes that realize a desired objective and meet specified criteria.

More precisely, engineering can be defined as “the creative application of scientific principles to design or develop structures, machines, or manufacturing processes, or works utilizing them accordingly or in combination; or to construct or operate the same with full attention of their design; or to forecast their behavior under specific operating conditions; all as respects an intended function, economics of operation and safety to life and property.

Professional Recognition

To practice as an engineer, you need to meet the requirements and be registered with The Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM).  BEM recognises the experience gained by an engineering graduate only after he has registered as a Graduate Engineer. It is important for an engineering graduate to register as a Graduate Engineer at the very beginning of his engineering career.

For those who obtained a non-accredited engineer degree, they need to undergo Part I, Part II and Part III BEM Graduate Exam in order to become graduate  engineer with BEM or graduate member of BEM.

Any candidate who applies for registration as a Professional Engineer must:

  • Be registered as a Graduate Engineer with BEM
  • Have satisfied the training requirements of BEMHave passed the Professional Assessment Examination (PAE) of BEM or be elected as a Corporate Member of the Institution of Engineers Malaysia (IEM); and
  • Have been residing in Malaysia for a period of not less than six months immediately prior to the date of application.

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Personality Suited

  • Work in groups- In this field working in a group is very crucial because it involves expertise from a lot of parties. So working in a team plays a very big part in engineering.
  • Communication skills- You will be explaining your decisions and results with other employees, clients and outside users - communication skills, both oral and written, are very important.
  • Computer skills- Having computer software skills and the ability to learn software programs is also a must. This is because as an engineer you are required to do designing and planning on computer.
  • Listen and learn- The ability to surface learn is also very important. If you are doing engineering for an engineering company you do not need to be in that situation. Being a professional you better know such basic engineering facts because without the basic knowledge of the industry you will not know if your facts and figures make sense or not.
  • Enjoy challenges- In this field, as an engineer you usually face a lot of challenges. So one who enjoys taking on challenges fits for this kind of job.
  • Mathematical abilities- Mathematical abilities is very important in this fiels because it includes a lot of calculation when a plan is being drawn out. Therefore having a good sense of mathematical abilities is an added advantage.


Career Opportunities

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electronic Engineering
  • Environment Engineering
  • Mechatronic Engineering
  • Composite Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Agricultural Engineering
  • Fire Protection Engineering

Job Descriptions

  • Analyzing the problem is an engineers job because in order to make things run smoothly in an company he must make sure that the maintenance work is done properly.   
  • As an engineer doing research and development is very common because we have to constantly find and produce new products and equiptments so that customers will be satisfied.
  • Designing new products is one of the strongest part of an engineering so creating new products will only increase your experience on designing.
  • As an engineer being able to hold administrative positions is very important because you have to make sure that the works are being done accordingly to the requirements of the customers.

Working Environment

  • As an engineer you will occasionally be sent out of office to monitor the progress of the projects that is being done.
  • A higher post engineer usually will work in the office.
  • It is a hazardous job depending on what kind of engineering job that you are doing.
  • Work in laboratory to create and do a lot of testing on the equipments and make sure it is good to go into production.


Various Majors:
 Automotive Engineering
 Composite Engineering
 Fire Protection Engineering
 Industrial Engineering, including Health and Safety
 Nuclear Engineering
 Petroleum Engineering
 Plastic Engineering
 Chemical Engineering
 Civil and Structural Engineering
 Electrical Engineering
 Electronic Engineering
 Mechanical Engineering
 Agricultural and Biological Engineering
 Aeronautical and Aerospace Engineering
 Biomedical Engineering
 Environmental Engineering
 Materials Science Engineering
 Telecommunications Engineering
 Mechatronics Engineering