Things to Consider When Taking Up An Engineering Course


By UOW Malaysia KDU

Engineering is the branch of science and technology concerned with the design, building, and use of engines, machines, and structures.

Engineers are brilliant individuals that make these engines, machines and structures a reality.  It is a profession that is in high regard among the general public as well as in the job market.

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After a long period of self-reflection and consideration, you’ve finally chosen to select engineering as your career path.

A career in engineering has always been a fulfilling one, where those that choose to go down this road get to mingle with the smartest of minds, develop as an individual through countless experiences and ultimately contribute in making a difference in the world and help the community as a whole.

As we’re on the verge of the next technological revolution, we find ourselves in need of more and more young, hungry individuals that are ready to take on the mantle of an engineer.

Engineering offers various sub fields, and each requires different courses, specializations and skillsets.

After choosing engineering, one would need to select a specific field within it to specialise andcontribute in.

You’ll need appropriate knowledge of each subject before settling on one and consider every option to select the specialisation most suitable to you.

Types of engineering degrees

There are many engineering lines to choose from. 

Engineering courses are usually divided into Mechanics, Electric, Civil, Computer, Software, and Chemical, and sometimes the courses are a combination of two or more. 

Each has its perks and hardships to go through, so it is important that each person picks the right one suitable for them.

Besides having proficiency in mathematics and physics, one must also have a knack for disassembling and reconstructing devices, structures or machinery.

Electrical & Electronics Engineering

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Usually, both the term electrical and electronics engineering are used interchangeably.

In the public eye, these two are not very much distinguishable.

The main difference between the two is that electrical usually focuses on large-scale production and distribution of electrical power whereas electronics are much smaller scale.

Electronics always focuses on much smaller electronic circuits – even to a microscopic level.

With that being said, electric engineers and electronics engineers have different focuses. Both these groups of engineers are synonymous with being the catalyst of a technologically driven lifestyle we enjoy today.

Electrical and electronic engineering is for you if:

  • You’re curious to know how electrical devices and systems function
  • You want to help develop and power the next generation of technological advancements. 
  • You seem to be naturally gifted with an understanding of how electrical systems are set up and have insights on how they can be improved through innovation and creativity. 

Those that decide to enrol in either Electrical or Electronics Engineering Courses, may opt to enrol in UOW Malaysia KDU’s Diploma in Electrical and Engineering course and continue further on a bachelor’s level. 

Students will need to determine the line they are more interested in before actually specialising in one. 

Students will be exposed to technical specialisations such as electrical power, renewable energy, electronics and communication engineering.

Accredited by the Board of Engineers of Malaysia, this program produces capable graduates ready to take on important roles in the Electrics and Electronics industry.

Civil Engineering: Moving the People

The roads, buildings, water, and facilities that we enjoy today wouldn’t be real if it were not for the facilitation initiated by Civil Engineers.

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The term ‘Civil’ usually pertains to matters regarding the public, relating to ordinary citizens and their concerns. Civil engineers role would be to do what is best for the public, making everyone’s lives better. 

Civil engineering is a professional discipline that deals with the design, construction, and maintenance of the physical and naturally built environment, including works like roads, bridges, canals, dams and buildings.

They are a group of people that make a direct impact on the growth of a community.

Civil engineering is suitable for you if: 

  • You have a passion for designing and building things
  • You have an interest in mechanics, hydraulics, geotechnics, statistical analysis and material science.  
  • You don’t mind sharpening your design skills and can spend hours doing computer aided design work.

There are many civil engineering courses offered in Malaysia, and the country is always in need of more, especially during times of rapid development that Malaysia is undergoing right now – all to achieve the 2050 National Transformation initiative, which the Malaysian government has conceived back in January 2017.

Mechanical Engineering Make Things Work

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Mechanical engineers generally deal with the relations among forces, work or energy, and power in designing systems to improve the human environment. Job scopes vary from extracting oil from deep within the earth or even sending a spacecraft to the moon. Mechanical engineers work day and night to optimize the proper utilization of resources, as well as to reduce the impact of technology on the environment.

Because mechanical engineering is a very broad subject, it overlaps with several other engineering disciplines. Mechanical engineers are needed in sectors such as manufacturing, transportation, robotics, healthcare and even nanotechnology. 

Mechanical engineering may be the engineering discipline for you if:

  • You just love fiddling with mechanical devices. Sometimes you take them apart just to see what’s inside. 
  • You’re interested in creating new and innovative designs in modern fields such as artificial intelligence. 
  • You don’t mind working in a team to create, improve and advance mechanical technologies.

Mechanical engineers are in demand. At UOW Malaysia KDU, the Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering with Honours program enables students to apply the principles of physics and material science to design, produce and operate a wide variety of equipment and systems.

Their design-centric curriculum ensures that students will be able to apply their analytical and design skills through creative problem-solving in industry projects.

Mechatronics: A Combination of Mechanical and Electronics!

In this new age of technological advancement, more fields of engineering are overlapping with one another. A prime example is the conception of Mechatronics, where both the important aspects of Mechanics and Electronics intertwine with one another.

One could look to Elon Musk’s Tesla Motors, where automated cars are now possible with a seamless blend of both Artificial Intelligence, Precise Motor Engineering, and flawless Electronic Usage.

Mechatronics engineering is suitable for you if: 

  • You love to problem solve using mechanical, electronic or computer technology
  • You’re interested in building new products and/or improving previous products or processes. 
  • You are creative and would love to design and develop engineering systems for the automation of tasks. 
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UOW Malaysia KDU offers a chance for graduates to specialize in this hybrid field. Their Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering with Honours program is a multidisciplinary field of science that includes a combination of not only mechanical engineering, electronics, computer engineering, telecommunications engineering, systems engineering and control engineering.

KDU Mechatronics students have the unique prospect to gain hands-on experience in multiple fields of engineering, making them well-geared for any industry they decide to embark on.

Software engineering

Software engineering is actually a branch of computer science. Software engineers build computer systems and application software by applying their knowledge and theoretical understanding of software engineering principles. 

Subfields of software engineering include iOS and Android application development, iOS and Android game development, artificial intelligence, and data mining. 

Software engineering may be for you if:

  • You love to problem solve with logical thinking and you seem to be good at deductive reasoning
  • You’re interested in coding
  • You’re good at mathematics and have the ability to pay attention to meticulous details. 

UOW Malaysia KDU’s software engineering degree is designed to provide students with insights to creating quality software products. Students who enrol in this program will gain software development knowledge and be involved in numerous projects that will sharpen their skills.

The demand for engineers is high, and it demands a lot too

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Whichever course of engineering you decide to enrol in, none is easy to get by.

Students will need to focus to excel.  They should be ready to work hard and be prepared for everything.  Good luck to all aspiring Engineers!

Sources:
https://www.hotcoursesabroad.com/study-abroad-info/subject-guides/why-study-electrical-engineering/
http://civeng.sun.ac.za/why-civil-engineering/
https://mech.rice.edu/undergraduate-program/group/why-mechanical-engineering

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19 August 2020

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