KDU Produces Mechanical Engineers to Build and Develop Nation’s Engineering Force

 
Future mechanical engineers are trained at KDU’s state-of-the-art engineering laboratories, which houses industrial standard equipment. Students from School of Engineering, KDU University College conducting fluid mechanics experimentation at the Thermofluids lab.
SHAH ALAM, 11 September 2015 – Mechanical engineering has been playing a vital role in nation building, as one of largest, broadest and oldest engineering disciplines. As Malaysia heads towards Vision 2020, it is projected to have an engineer in every one hundred, and this is at the forefront of KDU University College’s School of Engineering (SoE) programme development process – contributing to the building and development of engineering forces, especially in the mechanical field.  

The Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Mechanical, offered at KDU’s School of Engineering, is a meticulously-designed homegrown four-year programme. The programme, which is approved by the Board of Engineer Malaysia, offers students three focus area options – mechanical, mechatronics and material, and aims to produce mechanical engineers with sound knowledge and skill in engineering design and manufacturing. 

The programme is particularly ideal for students who are interested in designing and building mechanical mechanisms and structures such as turbines, pumps, production machines and automotive. It is also ideal for those who want to learn about the manufacturing of products and the application of automation in today’s manufacturing industries. 

Ir. Dr. Matthew Teow Yok Wooi, who is the Head of School of Engineering, elaborated on the types of engineers that the school is looking to produce. “Our mechanical engineering graduates need to also have strong grasps of fundamental knowledge in electrical and electronics engineering, as well as computing and engineering management, as they are expected to interact efficiently with counterparts in a multidisciplinary working environment. Being a modern engineer, you are essentially a problem-solver and must be able to communicate with people from different training background, who do not necessarily understand your technical jargon,” he said. With the combination of the conventional and advanced mechanical engineering modules, the SoE adopts Design-Centric Curriculum and Problem-Based Learning as teaching methods in all lectures. The curriculum in the mechanical engineering programme is also taught according to the requirements of the Engineering Accreditation Council (EAC), and emphasises on the programme outcomes set by the EAC so that graduates have all the attributes required by the industry.   

In their goal of training the next generation of engineers, the SoE at KDU ensured that its various state-of-the-art engineering laboratories mirrors those used in the industry.   

“Our Engineering Workshop is fully equipped with machines such as lathe, milling, drilling and welding, to train students in developing hands-on skills in design and fabrication of mechanical parts and assemblies,” said Teow. 

In the Materials and Automation laboratory, students are taught using sophisticated industrial machines, such as computer numerical controlled (CNC) machines run by automation systems to manufacture similar parts and assemblies. In the near future, this lab will also have an industrial robot and flexible manufacturing system (FMS), allowing students to obtain intensive knowledge in industrial automation and control systems. 

The laboratory has various test rigs such as flow measurement apparatus, thermodynamics cycles test rig and wind tunnel for the study of air flow to contribute to the teaching of these specialised mechanical engineering subjects. “SolidWorks is being taught as a tool of mechanical design, so that mechanical engineering students will have the chance to use one of the popular computer aided design software in the industry today,” added Teow.

In order to produce industry ready graduates, KDU stipulates third year students to undergo industrial training, mainly to give them an exposure to the working conditions in the industry. During the training, students are expected to utilise the knowledge and skills learnt in the programme and further obtain practical knowledge to support what was learnt in the classroom. 

As the EAC requires final year projects in the engineering programmes to include research elements, students would be working on industrial-related research projects through which they will develop problem-solving, analysis, synthesis, evaluation and design skills. “The capstone project in the third year will give students a chance to work in a multidisciplinary group to solve a multidisciplinary design problem,” said Teow.

Upon completion of the programme, KDU students will hit the ground running with their grasp of relevant knowledge and skills which will allow them to practise mechanical engineering in today’s competitive workplace. The incorporation of the life-long learning attitude in the programme will also encourage graduates to continuously upgrade their knowledge and skills to meet the changing demands of the engineering profession.

To find out how you can hit the ground running with KDU University College, log on to www.kdu.edu.my or call 03-5565 0538 (KDU University College, Utropolis, Glenmarie) / 03-7953 6688 (KDU College, Damansara Jaya).
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