A fu­ture in engineering

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - STARSPECIAL EDUCATION SARAWAK -

cHEM­I­CAL engi­neers work at the lead­ing edge of in­dus­trial de­vel­op­ment and are among some of the best paid engi­neers.

They can find work in most engineering fields such as en­ergy, en­vi­ron­men­tal, agri­cul­tural, oil and gas, bio­med­i­cal, ma­te­ri­als, food and bev­er­age, plas­tic and in­dus­trial engineering.

To help churn out the man­power needed for this par­tic­u­lar engineering field, Swin­burne Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy Sarawak Cam­pus in Kuch­ing, Sarawak, of­fers the Bach­e­lor of Engineering (Hon­ours) in Chem­i­cal Engineering.

In­take for the four-year course which is ap­proved by the Malaysian Min­istry of Higher Ed­u­ca­tion, is on Feb 24, 2014.

The cur­ricu­lum in­cludes the study of engineering math­e­mat­ics, engineering ma­te­ri­als, chem­istry, heat and mass trans­fer, ther­mo­dy­nam­ics, engineering sus­tain­abil­ity, fluid me­chan­ics and process plant de­sign.

Stu­dents con­sol­i­date tech­ni­cal and prob­lem-solv­ing skills they ac­quired over the four-year course through a re­search project in their fi­nal year.

“Chem­i­cal engineering is a broad­based dis­ci­pline, util­is­ing chem­istry, math­e­mat­ics, physics, biology and engineering prin­ci­ples in the de­sign, de­vel­op­ment, con­struc­tion and op­er­a­tion of in­dus­trial pro­cesses for the pro­duc­tion of a di­verse range of prod­ucts, as well as com­mod­ity and spe­cialty chem­i­cals,” said Swin­burne Sarawak course co­or­di­na­tor Dr Ngu Lock Hei.

Swin­burne Sarawak is the only in­ter­na­tional branch cam­pus of Swin­burne Univer­sity, Mel­bourne.

“Chem­i­cal engi­neers are in great de­mand with 80% of jobs found in chem­i­cal in­dutries.”

Ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties in­clude in­dus­tries such as oil and gas, petro­chem­i­cal, plas­tics, agri­cul­tural process, phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals, metal pro­cess­ing, food and dairies, en­ergy, wa­ter treat­ment and con­sumer prod­ucts sec­tors.

Grad­u­ates may be em­ployed as de­sign­ers and ad­vi­sors for engineering projects in engineering con­sul­tan­cies, en­vi­ron­men­tal agen­cies and gov­ern­ment de­part­ments. Some chem­i­cal engi­neers de­sign and in­vent new pro­cesses while oth­ers build in­stru­ments and fa­cil­i­ties.

“The pro­gramme equips fu­ture chem­i­cal engi­neers with the knowl­edge and train­ing they need for pro­fes­sional prac­tices,” said Dr Ngu.

“It cul­ti­vates and helps grad­u­ates to at­tain soft skills and at­tributes to aid the in­tro­duc­tion of grad­u­ates into the work­force.

“Skills such as the abil­ity to use engineering meth­ods to solve prob­lems and de­sign so­lu­tions, project man­age­ment, eth­i­cal and pro­fes­sional con­duct, re­source man­age- ment, lead­er­ship, com­mu­ni­ca­tion and team­work are de­sir­able in the work­place,” she added.

Chem­i­cal engineering grad­u­ates are el­i­gi­ble to ap­ply for reg­is­tra­tion with the Board of Engineering Malaysia and grad­u­ate mem­ber­ship of Engi­neers Aus­tralia.

As to­day’s in­dus­tries re­quire more spe­cial­ists with a chem­i­cal engineering back­ground, grad­u­ates of the dis­ci­pline have a di­verse and ex­cit­ing range of ca­reers to choose from, whether it is in the field of sci­ence or engineering.

En­quiries may be di­rected to Swin­burne Sarawak Re­gional Of­fice at 8, 2nd Floor, Jalan SS15/8, Subang Jaya, Se­lan­gor.

For de­tails, call 03-5637 2202 or visit swin­burne.edu.my.

Swin­burne Sarawak’s chem­i­cal engineering pro­gramme equips fu­ture chem­i­cal engi­neers with the knowl­edge and train­ing they need for pro­fes­sional prac­tice.

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