The institution of engineers, malaysia (iem)



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THE INSTITUTION OF ENGINEERS, MALAYSIA (IEM)

  • Orientation/Seminar Presentation:-
  • By Engr. Rocky HT Wong, PEng, FIEM
  • Hon FAFEO cum ASEAN Engineer, Founder Fellow AAET, Hon Fellow (TEEAM), The Head Commissioner – ASEAN Engineers Register, Chairman; the IEM Pro-ETI Bureau, EAC Councilor, UTAR Industry Advisory Panel, IEM (Principal Interviewer), etc.
  • Facts & Fancies
  • ENGINEERING & THE ENGINEER ~
  • PROFESSIONALISM A WAY OF LIFE

A Definition Of :-

  • 1.0 ENGINEERING is the profession in which…
    • A knowledge of the mathematical & natural science…
    • Gained by study, experience & practice…
    • Is applied with judgement…
    • To develop ways to utilise…
    • Economically…
    • The materials & forces of nature…
    • For the benefit of mankind.

A Definition Of :-

  • 2.0 ENGINEER shall mean a person who…
    • By reason of his special knowledge…
    • And use of mathematical, physical & engineering sciences…
    • And the principles & methods of engineering analysis & design…
    • Acquired by education and experience,…
    • Is qualified to practice engineering.

3.0 Characteristics of engineering students :-

  • 3.0 Characteristics of engineering students :-
    • A strong interest in and ability to work with mathematics & science;
    • Better problem-solving skills, e.g. ability to think through a problem in a logical manner;
    • A knack for organising & carrying through to conclusion the solution to a problem;
    • An unusual curiosity how & why things work ~ keen to be multi-skilled;
    • A responsible young person with higher ambition in life.

4.0 A technical specialist, these days, more so an engineering services professional, may be referred to as either engineer, scientist, technologist, technician, or (in the Malaysian context) a TA.

  • 4.0 A technical specialist, these days, more so an engineering services professional, may be referred to as either engineer, scientist, technologist, technician, or (in the Malaysian context) a TA.
    • The difference between a scientist and an engineer is :-
    • The scientist primarily uses mathematical & physical science to acquire new knowledge;
    • Whereas, the engineer applies similar knowledge to design & develop usable devices, structures and processes.
    • In short : the scientist seeks to know
    • the engineer aims to do.

5.0 Knowledge Society :-

  • 5.0 Knowledge Society :-
  • A society organised around the production and application of knowledge with social economic, cultural and political implications; and it
    • Gives rise to knowledge-economy (i.e. K-economy) wherein economic value accrues from knowledge intensity, especially human knowledge, intelligence & creativity become key assets for “Services”.
  • The engineer well-grounded with “Know-Why” of mathematical & natural sciences; equipped with “Know-How” principles & methods of engineering analysis & design; and the “Know-What” ability to apply technology is the fit-for-purpose K-worker; more likely , the leader of the engineering team of K-workers.

6.0 Globalisation & Regionalisation of the K-economy introduced the term: “Engineering Services Professionals” – otherwise referred to as the Engineering Team consisting of:-

  • 6.0 Globalisation & Regionalisation of the K-economy introduced the term: “Engineering Services Professionals” – otherwise referred to as the Engineering Team consisting of:-
    • The Engineer (benchmarked to WA)
    • The Engineering Technologist (benchmarked to SA)
    • The Technician (benchmarked to DA), and
    • The TA / Engineering Asst ( a local grade)

7.0 The engineering functions carried out by the Engineering Team can be in the areas as follows :-

  • 7.0 The engineering functions carried out by the Engineering Team can be in the areas as follows :-
  • Research ,
  • Development,
  • Design,
  • Production,
  • Testing
  • Construction/Installation,
  • Operation & Maintenance,
  • Sales,
  • Management,
  • Consulting,
  • Teaching & Training
  • Regulators/Technical Officers
  • Miscellaneous

8.0 Focusing on “ The Engineer” – the natural person who is expected to have a BEM / IEM recognized qualification based on an EAC accredited engineering programme which would have the breath and depth of knowledge content that will enable a graduate engineer to solve complex problems now and in future and create newer technology.

  • 8.0 Focusing on “ The Engineer” – the natural person who is expected to have a BEM / IEM recognized qualification based on an EAC accredited engineering programme which would have the breath and depth of knowledge content that will enable a graduate engineer to solve complex problems now and in future and create newer technology.

9.0 The Engineer, on graduation, shall have acquired in 4 years:-

  • 9.0 The Engineer, on graduation, shall have acquired in 4 years:-
  • Scientific strength
  • Professional competency; and be:
  • Multi-skilled,
  • Well-respected and a potential industry leader, and
  • Morally and ethically sound.
  • The sum total of which shall prepare the Engineer to be technically competent and a well-respected professional spearheading technology and wealth creation.

10.0 Professionalism is a way of life :-

  • 10.0 Professionalism is a way of life :-
    • A professional person is one who engages in an activity that requires a specialised & comprehensive education, and is motivated by a strong desire to serve humanity.
    • A professional thinks & acts in a manner that brings favour upon the individual & the entire profession
    • A professional, besides technically competent, shall have a positive attitude toward life that is continually reinforced by educational accomplishments & professional service.

11.0 The professional engineer to have the following :-

  • 11.0 The professional engineer to have the following :-
    • Specialised knowledge & skills used for the benefit of humanity.
    • Honesty & impartiality in engineering service.
    • Constant interest in improving the profession.
    • Support professional & technical societies that represent the professional engineer; why? Because the rapid development in science & engineering is the work of technical societies.
    • The engineer is a member of society, and must be able to integrate and socialise with the community at large.

12.0 The Professional Engineer Code of Practice :-

  • Accredited and Recognised Qualification;
  • Code of Ethics (COE) / Code of Professional Conduct;
  • Professional Assessment Examination (PAE-BEM) or Professional Interview (PI – IEM);
  • Continuing Professional Development (CPD);
  • Design codes and standards satisfying Essential Public Interest Requirements (Applications & Development)

13.0 The Professional Interview (PI) :-

  • 13.0 The Professional Interview (PI) :-
  • A candidate, a Graduate Engineer of more than 3 years working experience, will have his practical experience assessed not only on a time basis, but also on merit; meaning he or she will be tested on
  • Candidate’s grasp of the application of engineering principles;
  • Candidate’s capacity to accept responsibility;
  • Candidate’s ability to communicate.

14.0 Breadth and depth of knowledge and experience

  • 14.0 Breadth and depth of knowledge and experience
  • A candidate appearing at a PI will be required to show that he or she:
  • can apply in practice the theory, and
  • has acquired an understanding of the fundamental processes of:
  • - investigation,
  • - planning,
  • - design,
  • - construction
  • either the whole “supply chain” / processes,
  • or, one or more of those processes
  • with either a completed project or an assignment on engineering project not brought to fruition.

Submit forms IEM/PI(1) & IEM/PI(2)

    • Submit forms IEM/PI(1) & IEM/PI(2)
    • Prepare Experience Report with a companion Project Report
    • Approximately half an hour face-to-face interview with Interviewers
    • Section A - 1½ hour essay on one of two questions based on Experience (as contained in Reports)
    • Section B - 1½ hour essay on one of two questions selected from among a bank of questions on COE.
  • 15.0 Pre-PI and at the PI

Pass PI – elected to Corporate Membership i.e. MIEM and when more than 3 years BEM registration and completed PDP – apply to BEM for PEng registration and if needed, a licensed EPC; consider ACPE (under MRA) & APEC Engineer under IMF etc.

  • Pass PI – elected to Corporate Membership i.e. MIEM and when more than 3 years BEM registration and completed PDP – apply to BEM for PEng registration and if needed, a licensed EPC; consider ACPE (under MRA) & APEC Engineer under IMF etc.
  • Failed PI – appeal if PI not fair, however don’t give up and try again.
  • 16.0 Post PI:

17.0 The IEM PI Regulations (2001)

  • For more information, please refer to the IEM PI Regulations (2001), where in.
  • Appendix A: Guidance on Documents
  • Appendix B: A Candidate who is a teacher in engineering
  • Appendix C: A Research Candidate
  • Appendix D: Guidance on specific requirements
  • for branches of engineering

18.0 Do you know why the professional assessment is styled an interview and not an Exam?

  • 18.0 Do you know why the professional assessment is styled an interview and not an Exam?
  • Time honoured peer assessment (with OFI’s) of an engineer’s professional competence benchmarked to best practices established by a progressive fraternity mindful of public interests, carried out in an atmosphere of aplomb and decorum among peers.
  • Therefore, corporate membership of IEM is a time honoured universal measure of peer recognisation and respect of engineering, technology and innovation (ETI) expertise and professionalism.

19.0 Challenges of the future :-

  • 19.0 Challenges of the future :-
  • The world continues to undergo rapid changes;
    • The huge tasks of providing energy on the one hand & climate change on another,
    • Maintaining a supply of water & food vis-à-vis environmental sustainability,
    • Rebuilding infrastructures & retooling facilities,
    • Technology of space etc..
  • ~ All these add up to challenges of the future which will be beyond current imagination!

20.0 How about reinventing the future? A total transformation?

  • 20.0 How about reinventing the future? A total transformation?
  • Early engineers were more effective in leading change because they were fully integrated in society ~ they were craftsmen and inventors with the engineering profession beginning as craft guilds & technology began independently of science.
  • The “scientification” of technology has reduced engineering to fixed formulas & methodologies dampening creativity.
  • The “professionalisation” of engineering has constrained engineers to rigid rules & regulations : standardisation!

21.0 ENGINEERS ~ RISE!

  • 21.0 ENGINEERS ~ RISE!
    • Engineers should rise to the occasion – lead social transformation by becoming once more imaginative & responsive to society’s needs; meaning engineers can reinvent themselves & society if we reintegrate & resocialise ~ contribute more to “Know-What” & the “Know-Who” than the “Know-How”.
    • Besides science, engineering & technology, we may need to be students of “Know-When” and “Know-Where”, i.e. we need to be students of history & geography.
  • “The transition from a paradigm in crisis to a new one from which a new tradition of normal science can emerge is far from a cumulative process, one achieved by articulation or extension of the old paradigm. Rather it is a reconstruction that changes some of the field’s most elementary theoretical generalisations as well as many of its paradigm methods and applications.”
  • ~ Thomas S Kuhn, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions (1970),page 84/85
  • Footnote: The IEM under the OFI’s environment has been reviewing and improving the application process for election as Corporate Members on a continuing and incremental basis; to be in line with the belief that IEM welcome more professional engineers as members.
  • THANK YOU


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