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As graduation year approaches, engineering students will be looking forward to settling into an engineering career that will pay off for all those years of notoriously difficult learning and study.
If you’re a budding engineer, you’ll be happy to know that there is still a huge demand for engineers in Malaysia, with the National Council for Scientific Research and Development estimating that the country will need almost half a million scientists and engineers by 2020.
As you prepare to apply for engineering jobs, pay attention to these tips to help you get your dream career.
- Make sure you get industrial training
Most degrees will incorporate industrial training or engineering placement as this is a requirement for accreditation under the Engineering Accreditation Council (EAC)Malaysia. Don’t panic if yours doesn’t, as you can still find one on your own.
The starting point should be your university’s career centre. From there, you can locate placement officers and other industry contacts whom you could speak to regarding placement or training. In general, these trainings can be as short as a month but can last up to three months.
The most valuable aspect of industrial training is the experience. If you impress at training, you might even get offered a permanent job.
- Join engineering competitions
Competitions are a great way to show off your talent and certified skills while getting exposure in the industry. There are several well-established engineering competitions in Malaysia that have produced some ground-breaking creations.
The largest is the Innovate Malaysia Design Competition, although others such as the Clash of Robots by Malaysia Robotics Engineering Association (if you’re in robotics) and AngelHack (if you’re a computer science engineer) are gaining popularity. Your own engineering campus is likely to hold campus-level competitions as well.
You don’t even have to win to benefit as participation gives you hands-on building or creating experience, while expanding your network when you communicate with industry leaders on competition day.
- Build up a portfolio to complement your first CV
Whichever branch of engineering you’re graduating from (be it mechanical, chemical, civil or electrical), do make sure you start building a brief portfolio of your design or manufacture work as you study.
Even simple projects from your first year or an impressive final-year project could make you stand out from competing candidates when you finally graduate and start applying for jobs.
Don’t overkill with too many details. A simple one-pager or even a visual presentation of your design work is a good way to demonstrate your potential and capabilities as an engineer.
- Consider registering yourself
According to the Malaysian Board of Engineers, there are just over 90,000 graduate engineers registered with them. Consultancy firm Eduspiral estimates that only half of employed engineers in Malaysia are registered.
While registration does not necessarily make you a better engineer, it does demonstrate your willingness to commit yourself to a long-term career in engineering and this can appeal to future employers.
At the end of the day, personal determination and hard work will be the main factors for success in getting employed. But with the current dearth of engineers in Malaysia, engineering graduates are among those with the best starting chance.
Engineering services have found impressed current cathodic protection necessary with no exceptions in construction of metal structures. The structures requiring this protection most are exposed to weather and/or water. Pipelines, ships and bridges must have protection of an attached inferior metal to receive corrosion and therefore protect the valued metal in its core or main construction.
Protection occurs when inferior metal, being of lower electrolyte compound, is attached to the structure’s metal which has higher electrolytes, and therefore the electrical corrosive reaction occurs on the sacrificial lesser metal and the valued metal of the structure is protected. Where electrolyte resisting strength is higher in large metal structures, sufficient current cannot provide protection. Therefore the impressed current cathodic protection is incorporated, consisting of having anodes attached to DC power sources, and sometimes a transformer connected to AC power or alternative power such as solar, wind, or gas powered generators. Learn more about What is Electrochlorination?
Pipelines require anodes arranged in grounding beds of vertical holes or other geological fissures effective for grounding. The protection of pipelines is mandatory for many types, such as hazardous waste and pipelines under water.
Ships have cathodic protection by anodes attached to hulls and ICCP systems can be installed in large vessels. Since regular inspection and maintenance requires the removal of ships from the water, it is simple to replace galvanic anodes often. Smaller boats or yachts without metallic hulls have galvanic anodes to protect lower areas, relying on solid connections of electricity between the anode and what it is protecting. DC power supplies are in the ship with anodes on the hull outside.
Some ships require special work, like aluminium hulled boats with fixtures of steel creating cells so aluminium acts as an anode and makes corrosion worse. Aluminium or zinc anodes are used to offset differences between aluminium hulls and the steel.
Galvinized steel is not actually impressed current cathodic protection. Galvanizing is hot-dip coating steel with a layer of zinc metal. The steel is exposed because the zinc is marred, the zinc coating forms a cell with steel and the steel is protected, called localized cathodic protection.
Steel imbedded in concrete must be protected in a slightly different procedure but with the same scientific principle for cathodic protection.
The auto industry cannot as of 2013 manufacture cathodic protection in their vehicles although they have been working intensely in their laboratories attempting to develop the procedure successfully.