Saturday, December 31, 2011

Professional Engineer Q&A: Part 20

6.4.2 Application for Graduate Membership of IEM

Q36: I would like to join the IEM but I have yet to get my degree certificate and official transcript. Does that mean that I would have to wait until I get them? Then I would not be able to participate in the activities organised by the IEM yet.

If your course is accredited by the IEM, we would process your application and grant you
membership even pending submission of copies of your degree and transcript. You are still
required to submit them after you have obtained them.
If there is ambiguity on the status of your course, your application would be kept in abeyance
until your submission is complete. In such a case, you would have to wait. But non-members are
also allowed to participate in IEM activities. Rate for Registration or Commitment fees shall be
per flyer as published by IEM.

Q37: I would like to join the IEM but I have yet to be registered by the Board of Engineers,
Malaysia (BEM). I find the process very time consuming and I lose a few months before I can
start the IEM Training Scheme. Is there no other way where I can minimise this loss of time?

If your course is accredited by the IEM, we would process your application and grant you
membership even pending submission of copies of your BEM registration letter. You are still
required to submit it after you have obtained it. You can then start on the IEM Training Scheme
immediately upon graduation.

Event Report: One-day Workshop on “Electrical Protection System”

Nowadays, electricity has become essential for a household and we duel with electrical equipments every day s including Fans, Lights, and Air Conditioning etc. The electrical current in regular businesses and homes has enough power to cause death by electrocution. Even changing a light bulb without unplugging the lamp can be fatal because coming in contact with the live part of the socket. Therefore, necessary protection shall be applied in design to protect life and damage of property.

The “One-day Workshop on Electrical Protection System” organized by The Young engineers Section on 6th December 2011 was attended by 39 participants. The facilitator for the workshop was En. Dahari Bin Mat Siran, who has involved intensively in the Working Group and Technical Committee for the developing of MS IEC 60898, MS IEC 61008, MS IEC 61009 and MS IEC 61643. He also the Chairman of Association of Suppliers Against Fake Electrical Equipment (ASAFEE).

He commenced the course by highlighting some definition in protection and introducing the standard that applied. He then explains how overcurrent could be happened in one circuit which is overcurrent and fault current. After the explanation, he described the function and the principle of Miniature Circuit Breaker in details.

He continues the second section with Residual current devices and the wiring regulations. He describes the symbols, marking and the type of Residual Circuit Device (RCD). He also describe the principle and the application of the RCD including the discrimination between devices.

After the lunch, En. Dahari continues the workshop by explaining the problem of lightning and switching transients including the direct and indirect strike. He then thought the audient to solve the problem by applying and selecting the correct Surge Protective Device (SPD).

He concluded the workshop with introducing the European Installation Bus system as the solution for home and building system engineering.

Participants then engaged actively in the Question and Answer session. And the workshop end with the certificate presentation.

Prepared by Engr. Cheng Pay

Sunday, December 25, 2011


Date: 11th - 12th Jan 2012
Time: 9am- 5pm
Speaker: Ir. Gary Lim Eng Hwa
Venue: TUS Lecture Room, 2nd Floor, Wisma IEM, PJ

Course contents:

• ISO 3100 Risk Management Standard, Fire risk assessment steps and Risk Treatment that follows, 2 case study of actual fire losses
• The 3 types of fuels expected in fire situation
• The various heat sources which would ignite a fire or an explosion. Static electricity which is the invincible potential heat source underestimated by many. An actual fatal incident due to static electricity as a case study
• Explosion hazards
• Concept of pre-calculated sprinkler design in accordance to MS1910:2006 Fixed Firefighting Systems-Automatic Sprinkler Systems-Design, Installation and Maintenance, case study to apply the knowledge in designing the system
• Determine the pump size of each of the wet systems including jockey pump
• A case study on conducting a pump flow test using pitot tube to determine the pump curve

Course fee:

* Closing date for Registration: 5th January 2012

If you require further details or clarifications kindly contract the IEM Secretariat at:

The Institution of Engineers, Malaysia
Lot 60/62, Jalan 52/4
46720 Petaling Jaya
Selangor Darul Ehsan
Tel No: 03-7968 4001/02 Fax : 03-7957 7678
Email Address:

Prepared by Mr. Mizi
Posted by Engr. Mei Wong

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Professional Engineer Q&A: Part 19

Q34: How would I know if my course is accredited by the BEM and the IEM?

There are many levels of recognition accorded by the BEM and the IEM on the various
engineering courses. It is best to check with the IEM Secretariat on the status of your course on an individual basis.

Q35: I am still a Student member of the IEM although I have graduated a few years ago. I understand that there is no obligation for us to transfer our membership grade. Would I encounter any problems later on?

You would not have any problems whatsoever, except that you would be charged a higher fee than a Graduate member when applying to sit for the Professional Interview. Please note that even though you are a Student member, you are still required to pay the subscription fees of a Graduate member once you are 24 years old.

You are required by the Registration of Engineers Act to register yourself with BEM as a Graduate Engineer. In the eyes of BEM your professional experience starts from the date of your letter of approval from BEM. You may decide to apply to sit for your Professional Engineer ten years after your graduation, but you can only apply to become a Professional Engineer with BEM, at least three years from the date of your letter of approval.

Event: Christmas YPA Gathering '11

Jingle bell, jingle bell, jingle all the way....The joyful Christmas is COMING.
This time Young Engineers Section will organise a Young Professional Alliance Gathering to cheer up this special day. No matter you are engineer, pharmacist, lawyer, chemist, doctor or nobody....
you are invited to join us for the networking :)

Date: 22nd Dec 2011
Venue: Mid Valley, Chillis
Time: 730pm

We'll be having a small gift exchange session so bring along your present.
For futher details please contact Cheng Pay or Way Sheng


Chem-E Car Competition is an annual event organized by the Chemical Engineering Technical Division (CETD) of the Institution of Engineers of Malaysia (IEM) and a selected host institution of higher learning.

The main objective of the competition is to construct a shoebox-sized car powered by a chemical reaction. The car must be able to carry a certain load of water and stop within 2 minutes at a specified distance. The car which stops closest to the specified distance wins.

Date: 11th - 12th April 2012

Venue: Universiti Malaysia Sabah,
Jalan UMS,
88400 Kota Kinabalu,
Sabah, Malaysian Borneo.

Time: 8.00am - 5.00pm

1st Category- Model Car:

Gold: Challenge Trophy + Certificate + RM3,000.00

Silver: Certificate + RM2,000.00

Bronze: Certificate + RM1,000.00

2nd Category (Poster Presentation)

Gold: Certificate + RM500.00

Silver: Certificate + RM300.00

Bronze: Certificate + RM200.00

Special Award

Certificate + RM 500.00

Registration closing date: 15 January 2012

Please send and/or fax your registration form and fee to IEM: or

For other information: or refer to the attachment.