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Media Releases 2012

An affordable, widely-recognised Mechanical Engineering degree is well within your reach

Students who enjoy the challenge of problem solving and want to work as mechanical engineers in a range of technological environments need not look that far to realise their dreams.

Curtin University, Sarawak Malaysia (Curtin Sarawak), the offshore campus of Western Australia’s Curtin University located in Miri, Sarawak, Malaysia, offers undergraduate and postgraduate Mechanical Engineering courses that are recognised across the world, accredited by engineering bodies in Australia, Malaysia and other countries, and cost a fraction of the fees for undergoing the same courses in Western Australia.

Furthermore, as mechanical engineering is one of the most comprehensive professional disciplines, the Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering) course at Curtin Sarawak integrates into its structure other areas such as material science, electronics, computing, and management to form a multi-disciplinary course that is able to produce career-ready mechanical engineering graduates who may be involved in various industrial and business applications.

The four-year course focuses on developing fundamental knowledge and a generic skills-base necessary for a wide range of career opportunities in the engineering industry, management, and research and development. It has a well-maintained balance between theoretical skills and practical experience with up-to-date facilities for demonstrating concepts and their applications.

Mechanical engineering permits humanity to harness the energy and forces that exist in nature, providing for the needs of society. The technological systems they develop for this purpose may comprise mechanisms or machines made up of moving components or involve fluid flow within or around solid structures to impart forces or energy interactions.

These could range from micro-mechanical devices through to massive power generating turbines. The work of a mechanical engineer could include the design and specification of components or entire systems, design and planning of manufacturing processes, plant operation and maintenance, consulting, research and development, and management. These tasks are common to a wide range of industries such as power generation, air conditioning, mining, mineral and material processing, transport, water supply and their support industries.

The course has a common first year with all other engineering disciplines, which builds a range of basic science skills and knowledge, with particular emphasis on physics, chemistry and mathematics.

It offers a well-balanced, innovative and engaging curriculum that gives a unique preparation to become a skilful professional engineer. Instruction is by highly-qualified teaching staff with both international academic experience and industry exposure and the Curtin Sarawak Department of Mechanical Engineering’s strong collaboration with industry players presents ample opportunities for exposure to industry practice.

Core units of the course include Automatic Control, Dynamic Systems, Electrical Plant, Engineering Graphics, Engineering Law, Engineering Management, Engineering Mathematics, Engineering Sustainable Development, Fluid Flow Modelling, Fluid Mechanics, Industrial Technology, Machine Dynamics, Manufacturing Processes, Materials, Mechanical Design, Mechanical Project, Professional Practice, Thermal Engineering Processes, and Thermodynamics.

A major project in the fourth year provides the practical experience that typifies Curtin courses. Before graduating, students are required to obtain 12 weeks engineering work experience and a senior first aid certificate. Honours are awarded to graduates based upon their performance during the four years of the course.

In addition to the university’s standard entry requirements, applicants to the course should have studied physics and mathematics, including calculus, at high school level. For applicants with diplomas in mechanical engineering or their equivalent, exemptions will be granted from certain units of the course.

At the postgraduate level, the degrees awarded are the Master of Philosophy (Mechanical Engineering) (by research) and Doctor of Philosophy (Mechanical Engineering) (by research).

Through the conduct of a supervised research project, the Master of Philosophy (Mechanical Engineering) (by research) course develops the ability of a suitably qualified candidate to contribute to the knowledge and practice of mechanical engineering. On completion of the assigned project, the candidate submits a written thesis presenting the results of the work and discussing the significance for mechanical engineering.

The Doctor of Philosophy (Mechanical Engineering) (by research) is awarded upon completion of a supervised thesis that should contribute to the body of given knowledge on a specific topic, and does so through the development of new theories, uncovering of new facts or innovative interpretation of previously established ideas.

The wide breadth of knowledge and skills possessed by mechanical engineers means they are highly sought after across a wide range of engineering enterprises – from small companies to consultancies and large multi-national companies. Their skills can be applied in a variety of roles including design, maintenance, industrial operation and project management.

The course is widely recognised and accredited by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA), Public Services Department (Jabatan Perkhidmatan Awam - JPA), Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM), Institution of Engineers Malaysia (IEM) and Engineers Australia (EAust).

Furthermore, as both Australia and Malaysia are signatories to the Washington Accord, Curtin’s engineering qualifications are also recognised in other participating countries such as Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore, the United Kingdom and the United States. The Washington Accord binds bodies responsible for accrediting engineering degree programmes in participating countries to recognise the substantial equivalency of programmes accredited by those bodies and that graduates of programmes accredited by any of the signatory bodies be recognised by the other bodies as having met the academic requirements for entry to the practice of engineering.

Curtin Sarawak’s Department of Mechanical Engineering, which was first established in 2002, strives for excellence in teaching and learning, innovative research, and community service. It has modern facilities and a dedicated technical staff to support its academic programmes and research. Funding for research comes from both government and industry.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering and its staff also have close ties with the community and industry to offer practice-related education, preparing its students for successful and rewarding careers.

Since its establishment in 1999 in a joint venture between Curtin and the Sarawak state government, Curtin Sarawak has become one of the leading international universities in Malaysia, attracting students from over 40 other different countries.

In 2010, it was granted self-accreditation status by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) as well as a Tier Five or Excellent Rating in the MQA’s SETARA rating system for institutions of higher learning, placing it among the top 18 universities in Malaysia.

Located in the suburb of Senadin about 20 kilometres from Miri’s city centre and nestled within beautiful landscaped gardens, Curtin Sarawak’s environment is most conducive for tertiary studies. Its unique features include stylish buildings modelled on those at Curtin’s main campus in Perth, Western Australia, and complemented by scenic man-made lakes and Senadin’s expansive wetlands.

For more information on Curtin Sarawak, visit its website at www.curtin.edu.my or e-mail enquiries@curtin.edu.my, or can contact its Student Recruitment Department at +6 085 443939. Curtin Sarawak can be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CurtinUniversitySarawakMalaysia.