7 Types of Engineering Courses to Study

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Engineering is a broad discipline that covers a wide range of applications and industries.

With various types of engineering disciplines and courses to choose from, it can be hard for students to make up their mind. In this blog post, we are pleased to present to you the most popular engineering disciplines and courses to help you decide.

Read on to find out.


1. Chemical Engineering

Chemical engineering involves the use of chemical and biological processes to make various materials and substances useful to everyday life. The course consists of natural and experimental sciences such as chemistry and physics as well as life sciences like biology, microbiology, and biochemistry.

Chemical engineering also involves the design of products and manufacture of food, fuels, and materials from a raw state to finished products. Chemical engineers are also responsible for creating the systems and equipment used in chemical processing.


2. Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Electrical and electronic engineering is the study of design and application of equipment, systems, and devices that function using electricity, electronics, and electromagnetism.

Electrical and electronic engineering covers power, electronics, control systems, signal processing, telecommunications, micro-electronics, wired and optical communications, generation, transmission, conversion and conservation of electric power and more.

Most engineering jobs in Malaysia will require at least a diploma in electrical and electronic engineering. AIMST University, one of the most prestigious universities in Malaysia offers different engineering programs that prepare students to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering fundamentals to well-defined engineering procedures and practices.

As industrial training and project work is a compulsory part of the courses, graduates are well equipped with the skills and knowledge to excel in the job market.


3. Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineering is broad and covers other fields of engineering, such as marine engineering, aeronautic engineering and etc. Mechanical engineering students are trained to deal with the design, manufacture, and maintenance of mechanical systems.

Students who choose this discipline will study statics and dynamics, thermodynamics, fluid dynamics, stress analysis, mechanical design and technical drawing.


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4. Telecommunication Engineering

Telecom engineering combines the study of electrical engineering and computer science. The job descriptions of a telecommunications engineer are broad, ranging from basic circuit design to strategic mass developments.

When you study telecommunication engineering, you will be trained to design and oversee the installation of telecom equipment and facilities like complex electronic switching systems, copper wire telephone facilities and fibre optics. Engineers in this field are also responsible for providing high-speed internet data services.


5. Civil Engineering

Civil engineering deals with the design and development of infrastructural projects. It can be a large-scale project such as creating a nationwide transport system or water supply network, or a small scale project such as building a single road or building.

Civil engineers also work as part of a team comprising engineers from other fields.


6. Petroleum Engineering

Petroleum engineering involves producing naturally-occurring compounds such as Hydrocarbons, which are either crude oil or natural gas. Petroleum engineers work to apply basic science to solve the challenges associated with oil and gas exploration, drilling, and production.

Petroleum engineering also deals with locating and extracting various energy resources such as natural gas and oil. Exploration and refining of petroleum products fall in the upstream sector of the oil and gas industry.


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7. Marine Engineering

This discipline teaches students how to design, develop, and test vehicles and structures that are water-borne such as ships, boats, military vessels, submarines, oil rigs and etc. Engineers in this field are also equipped with electrical and mechanical knowledge.

Marine engineers are responsible for the operation, maintenance, and repairs of the mechanical components and equipment onboard a ship.


In a Nutshell

The above engineering disciplines have one common goal: to provide solutions to the challenges faced by the world.

As the world becomes more technologically advanced, more engineers are needed to fulfil the job market demand. In view of this, AIMST Electrical and Electronic Engineering program is equipped with INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION 4.0 (IR 4.0) related courses such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Robotics, Cyber Security, Internet of Things (IoT) for industrial application, 5G communication, Smart Grid and Big Data Analysis.

Furthermore, the Faculty of Engineering and Computer Technology (FECT) takes additional responsibility to source and nurture strong engagement with industry partners and most recently with the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) for better industrial bonding and job availability for students upon their graduation. Accreditation by EAC as well as Sydney and Washington accord allows students to pursue their further engineering carrier internationally. We are looking forward to meeting you in the preview session.

For further information on AIMST University’s Diploma and degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, please feel free to get in touch with our friendly and helpful counsellors.