Engineers are much sought after, says expert

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 13 Jan 2015

PETALING JAYA: Good engineers see opportunities where others see problems.

Engineers focus their time and resources on finding solutions, not on the cause of the problems, said University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC) chemical and environmental head of department Dr Svenja Hanson.

Dr Hanson will speak on “Why We Engineer: The Role of Engineers In Society” during the Engineering talk at The Star Education Fair this weekend, at Hall 1 in the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.

She said engineering students would pick up many skills highly sought after by employers such as problem solving, dealing with uncertainty and complexity, presenting ideas effectively, thinking critically and laterally, as well as being a team player.

“Personally, I would cite the huge contribution an engineer can make to society and sustainable development such as clean drinking water,” Dr Hanson said.

She said the general trend is to take accredited courses such as civil, electrical, mechanical and chemical engineering at an undergraduate degree level, and specialise at the postgraduate level.

The engineering talk will also feature Dilog Training & Services Sdn Bhd executive director Amrul Zeflin Anim, who will speak on “Aircraft Engineering: Licensed Aircraft Engineer vs Aeronautical Engineer”, while Dr Yagasena Appanah from Quest International University will speak on “What’s Your Future In Electronics and Communications Engineering”.

Other talks on Options After SPM, the World of IT, Study and Work Overseas, Culinary Arts, Hospitality & Tourism Management, Funding Higher Education, Pursuing Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmacy and Other Interesting Careers will also be held during the two-day fair.

The Star Education Fair has proven to be one of the most effective platforms for students to explore education options all under one roof.

Students unsure of what to do next after completing the SPM or STPM exams can meet experts giving valuable tips and answers to questions about pre-university education.

They can also meet representatives from colleges and universities who will brief students and parents on a wide range of certificate, foundation, diploma, vocational, degree and postgraduate courses, as well as professional qualifications.

The fair will open this weekend from 11am to 7pm at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. Admission is free.

For more information, call 03-7967 1388 (ext 1233/1243).

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