Bright job prospects

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Higher Education -

THERE may be many do­mains within the en­gi­neer­ing field but pur­su­ing a Bach­e­lor of En­gi­neer­ing (Hon­ours) in Elec­tri­cal and Com­puter Sys­tems En­gi­neer­ing (ECSE) at Monash Univer­sity Malaysia can of­fer prospec­tive stu­dents a mul­ti­tude of ex­cit­ing ca­reer op­tions in the fu­ture.

ECSE en­com­passes all scales of elec­tri­cal and elec­tronic en­gi­neer­ing, from the fun­da­men­tals of cir­cuits, elec­tronic sig­nals and sig­nal pro­cess­ing; through dig­i­tal elec­tron­ics and sys­tems on chips; to the de­signs of largescale power and telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion sys­tems.

Ac­cord­ing to Monash Univer­sity Malaysia’s head of dis­ci­pline (ECSE) as­so­ciate Prof Lan Boon Leong, ECSE is a di­verse and rapidly evolv­ing field that in­cludes biomed­i­cal, com­puter sys­tems, elec­tron­ics, elec­tri­cal power en­gi­neer­ing, ro­bot­ics and telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions.

The univer­sity’s four-year pro­gramme equips stu­dents with a solid foun­da­tion in ECSE to pre­pare them for the work­ing world.

“The job scope is pretty wide and stu­dents can en­ter dif­fer­ent fields and in­dus­tries. Our grad­u­ates work in a wide range of in­dus­tries, in­clud­ing semi­con­duc­tor man­u­fac­tur­ing, telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions, solid state light­ing, tech­nol­ogy con­sul­tancy and soft­ware en­gi­neer­ing,” Prof Lan said.

He high­lighted that job prospects for ECSE grad­u­ates are ex­cep­tional – many multi­na­tional com­pa­nies ac­tively seek Monash grad­u­ates to em­ploy, in­clud­ing re­cruit­ment on cam­pus. All en­gi­neer­ing stu­dents are re­quired to un­dergo a three-month in­dus­trial train­ing to gain work ex­pe­ri­ence.

“In the last in­tern­ship pe­riod, nearly twothirds of ECSE stu­dents did their in­dus­trial train­ing at renowned multi­na­tional com­pa­nies such as In­tel, Na­tional In­stru­ments (NI) and Huawei Tech­nolo­gies,” said Prof Lan.

He added that many of th­ese stu­dents have for­mally and in­for­mally been of­fered a job be­fore they grad­u­ate.

This in­cludes fourth-year stu­dent Chin Ming Jun who ac­cepted a job of­fer from NI af­ter com­plet­ing his in­tern­ship with the Amer­i­can multi­na­tional com­pany.

The 22-year-old in­terned at NI in Pe­nang for three months be­gin­ning last Novem­ber and is sched­uled to grad­u­ate at the end of the year.

In speak­ing about his ex­pe­ri­ence, Chin said he hit the ground run­ning and worked on a com­mer­cial pro­ject with a team of ex­pe­ri­enced en­gi­neers, where he was tasked to pro­duce a power sup­ply pro­to­type.

“I had to de­sign a con­trol sys­tem to

Real-world ex­pe­ri­ences:

reg­u­late the power sup­ply and en­sure that its qual­ity is good and that it won’t dam­age the elec­tron­ics,” he said.

De­spite be­ing an in­tern, Chin was en­trusted to do his own re­search to help him de­cide on the best method to im­ple­ment the con­trol.

“They place a lot of trust in you – even the lead de­signer would ask you for your opin­ions. They shared tips and sug­ges­tions on ways to go about it but ul­ti­mately, it was my call on how I want to im­ple­ment it,” he said.

Chin spent time por­ing over data sheets and ar­ti­cles to keep abreast of the lat­est tech­nolo­gies.

“One of the most im­por­tant things for an R&D en­gi­neer is to have the hunger to learn, as tech­nol­ogy ad­vances ev­ery day. Through this in­tern­ship, I’ve found my­self hav­ing to learn new things with speed be­cause time is of the essence. You can’t spend one month learn­ing some­thing new – that could stall your pro­ject,” he said.

The in­tern­ship proved to be an in­valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence as Chin gained tech­ni­cal as well as non-tech­ni­cal skills dur­ing his ten­ure.

“I learned a lot about com­mu­ni­ca­tion pro­to­cols such as SPI (Se­rial Pe­riph­eral In­ter­face) and I²C (In­ter-In­te­grated Cir­cuit),” he said.

It taught him to be con­fi­dent as well as other pro­fes­sion­als within NI also sought his opin­ions and ideas. For Chin, his stud­ies at Monash so­lid­i­fied his foun­da­tions in ECSE, which helped him learn and adapt quickly in the work­ing en­vi­ron­ment.

Prof Lan re­it­er­ated that the cur­ricu­lum ad­dresses the fun­da­men­tal knowl­edge of ECSE, which can be ap­plied in many ar­eas.

“You can’t learn ev­ery­thing in univer­sity – you learn the fun­da­men­tals. When you go out to the work­ing world, you have to rely on your abil­ity to learn. And that’s one of the key points about our de­gree – stu­dents learn how to learn,” he said.

This ap­plies not only in their third-year en­gi­neer­ing de­sign unit and fi­nal-year pro­ject but also in other units through­out their four-year stud­ies. To fur­ther help stu­dents ease their tran­si­tion from univer­sity to the work­place, ECSE hosts talks by its alumni who share their ex­pe­ri­ences with cur­rent stu­dents on job hunt­ing and in­ter­view, what to ex­pect in the work­ing world, as well as how they adapted to their new en­vi­ron­ment.

Nur­tur­ing fu­ture en­gi­neers:

■ For de­tails, look out for the ad­ver­tise­ment in this StarSpe­cial.

Fi­nal year ECSE stu­dent Chin Ming Jun shared that his three-month long in­tern­ship at Na­tional In­stru­ments proved to be an in­valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence.

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