Monday, May 30, 2011

Event Report: Two Days Course On “Professional Business Writing Skills”

On the 9th May 2011 (Monday), a two days course on Professional Business Writing Skills was held by the IEM G&S YES. The course was presented by Dr. Alistair King. The talk was held in Tan Sri Prof. Chin Fung Kee Auditorium, 3rd Floor, Wisma IEM, PJ. The total number of participants were around 52 people approximately.

The program started at 9.00 am with an opening address by the organizing chairman.This course aims to provide participants with a set of skills and awarenesses which they can use with immediate effect. These skills and awarenesses are:

• Transferring spoken input into written material
• Understanding the progression from the beginning of the document to the end
• Knowing in which type of documents to use the Active or Passive Voice
• Using phraseology which is stylistically appropriate
• Knowing how to connect various points in order to present the best possible impact and therefore, the best possible outcome
• Knowing how to use the different past tenses in a way which promotes accuracy and immediate understanding
• Knowing how the various components of letters and reports fit together and flow into each other

On the first day, participants were exposed to:

1. Important features of a business document
2. Grammar in business document
3. Language style
4. Dealing with letter of complaint

And on the second day, participants were presented with:

1. How to compose a cohesive text
2. Composing a cohesive document from notes
3. Grammar: Use of tenses
4. Major editing tasks with presentations (In groups)

The synopsis of the course to help participants learn how to write/edit/fine-tune documents which are concise, cohesive, grammatically accurate and stylistically appropriate. Grammatical forms and stylistic concepts had been introduced and practiced throughout the course. The talk was mainly targeted to people who had to supervise, contribute to or edit business documents. This course consisted of trainer’s presentation, individual and group writing tasks with presentations to plenary. Authentic material and case studies will form a large proportion of the course materials.

The course ended at 5.00 pm on 10th May 2011.

Prepared by Engr. Puvanesan Mariappan
Posted by Engr. Mei Wong

Event Report: Talk On “Engineer As A Consulting Engineer”

On 9th April 2011 (Saturday), a talk on Engineer As A Consulting Engineer had been organized by the IEM G&S YES. The talk was presented by Ir. Dr. Gue See Sew. The talk was held in Tan Sri Prof. Chin Fung Kee Auditorium, 3rd Floor, Wisma IEM, PJ. The total number of participants were around 100 people approximately which comprises of members of IEM and also from the IEM’s student section.

The program started at 9.00 am with an opening address by the organizing chairman. The objective of the talk was to implement wise and strong introductions to the young engineers especially to the recent graduates and students as their enrolment in the IEM graduate/student sections are rising up.

The synopsis of the talk was to present consulting engineer system and a network for consulting engineers, as persons who live in the modern technology society who are confused, while it discusses how a consultant should act. Roles of consulting engineers are to examine technical fear and problems on the basis of wide visual fields and advanced special ability such as ethics of engineers, internationality, and safety management.

The presentation ended around 11.30 am and a quick Q&A session was held for about ½ hour. The talk ended at 12.00 pm sharp and the committee members with the speaker had lunch together.

Prepared by Engr. Puvanesan Mariappan
Posted by Engr. Mei Wong

Friday, May 27, 2011

Professional Engineer Q&A: Part 1

Part 1- FAQs on Professional Interview Application

Q1: If a candidate has been working for 5 or 6 years but on the site for % a year or so only, is there any restriction for the P.I.?

You need to have at least 1 year experience in site and I year on design from the minimum 3 years.

Q2: Can I provide design of one project and the details of another project for the P.I.?

You can design and produce a drawing done by yourself on one project and you can produce another drawing not necessary done by you for another project. We do not need too many calculations. If you are dealing in foundation you can submit what is required. If you are designing a bridge then just take out the whole abutment. List out the quantities. You do not need to take the whole bridge. All we need is the quantities of the piers and abatement. We need only to know if you applied your knowledge and experience in the correct manner.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Event: Professional Interview Workshop



The IEM G&S-YES Committee is organizing a forum themed on route to Corporate Membership of IEM and Professional Engineer.

This workshop is facilitated by friendly by friendly panelist from various discipline, which some of them are serving on the Membership Applications Board and/or Professional Interview Board of IEM.

Learn from them:
• When to apply Corporate Mambership of IEM leading to Professional Engineer status
• What to pay attention to during the Application process
• How to ace through the Professional Interview successfully in single attempt
• The next step after obtaining Professional Engineer status

Date : 18th June 2011 (Saturday)
Time : 9.00 a.m. – 12.00 p.m. (PI WORKSHOP)
Venue : Tan Sri Prof. Chin Fung Kee Auditorium, Wisma IEM, PJ
Presenter : Ir. Hoo Choon Sean and PI Board Committee


08.30-09.00 Registration

09.00-12.00 PI Workshop

12.00-02.00 Lunch

02.00-04.00 AGM

First 50 registrations will get FREE Engineering Professional and Ethic 5th Edition.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Professional Engineer Q&A: Program Accreditation

The first step - get a Degree!

With the satisfactory academic results and compliance to physical health requirements (note - color blindness might find immediate challenge in Chemical and Electrical), you can apply for the engineering course of interest in the selected institution of higher learning.

Please check if the course and institution of choice is accredited. The source to check is, specifically but not limited to:-

(i) Engineering Accreditation Council (EAC)
(ii) Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM)
(iii) Institution of Engineers, Malaysia (IEM)

As globalisation wave ripples across, it is not unusual for you to work in more than one country throughout your career. With no discrimination to the degree awarded by the institution of higher learning and possibly not legally mandatory, there might be local regulations in the country of employment that will require accreditation compliance before you can be work in the capacity of an engineer. It is therefore not premature to research meticulously into the subject at this stage.

What’s up Undergraduate?!

Now that you're an engineering undergraduate, capitalise on your carefree time as a student to gain maximum exposure to various engineering related activities that will give you a glimpse of what lies ahead. Registering as a student member with an established learned institution, such as IEM, will keep you abreast of the various talk and visits within your vicinity. For a very small fee and annual subscription, one immediately holds the key that opens you to endless network of contacts and bodies of knowledge. You will be motivated by all the exciting stories of senior practicing engineers and they might even give you good tips to avoid common pitfalls more young graduates tend to make.

Stay tune for more post on Professional Engineer Q&A every week.