Saturday, February 11, 2012

Professional Engineer Q&A: Part 23

6.4.3 Application for Corporate Membership of IEM (leading to PEng registration with BEM)

Q42: I am an Electrical Engineer. I was told that there is no necessity for us to becom Professional Engineers as we do not endorse and submit plans to the authorities. It seems then, that the Professional Interview is largely only relevant to Civil Engineers. As professionals, we should constantly upgrade our knowledge and skills. Corporate membership of the IEM (which is granted once one passes the Professional Interview) is a benchmark of reaching a certain point in the development of an engineer. The engineer would then be recognised as a professional engineer, although to legally endorse as one, one needs to register with the Board of Engineers (BEM).

A Professional Engineer also enjoys better opportunities for promotion (which is often associated with salary increment!) in Government departments and more especially in the private sectors. A Professional Engineer is often seen as a valuable asset to the organisation, spanning both technical and leadership values. 

Your client would feel more confident when dealing with you, if you are a Professional Engineer. That shall be the prime reason why engineers from the non-mainstream (Civil, Mechanical and Electrical) disciplines are acquiring their Professional Engineer status. As a Professional Engineers registered with BEM have to obtain a minimum of 50 “Continuing Professional Development” (CPD) annually to maintain their PE licences.55 This is a draft copy. If you find any discrepancy and inappropriateness or any other comment and suggestion, please contact: 

Q43: I graduate with degree in Chemical Engineering. I did not have the pleasure to work under a MIEM/PEng of the same discipline in my company. However, my work nature enabled me to interact closely with a MIEM/PEng of same discipline in another company. I wish to apply for Corporate Membership with IEM now.

You are suggested to adopt Log Book System with the MIEM/PEng of the other company as your mentor, with blessings from IEM upon scrutinised requirements on both sides. You are allowed to backdate the Log Book entry 1 year upon the official commencement of your mentor-mentee system. Upon satisfying all criterions, you may then forward your Corporate Member application to IEM. The IEM Training Scheme or the Log Book Scheme (they are both the same) provides for young engineers like you. Under the scheme, the IEM helps you secure a Mentor from their list of available Professional Engineers to enable you to gain guided training.

Event: TALK ON “Postgraduate Study – BEng@18, MEng/PhD@23 "

Date : 18th February 2012 (Saturday) 
Time : 9.30 a.m to 11.30 a.m ( Refreshment will be served at 8.30 a.m) 
Venue : Tan Sri Prof. Chin Fung Kee Auditorium, 3rd Floor, Wisma IEM, PJ 
Speaker : Ir. Dr. Dominic Foo
BEM Approved PDP Hours: 2

Following the rapid development of higher educational sector in the country, postgraduate study is becoming a common trend for many engineering graduates. Postgraduate programs offered in a higher educational institutions range from full time research to part time taught course program. More recently, many universities are offering direct PhD scheme where students with first degree can enroll in. Besides, there are engineers who are signing up with Engineering Doctorate (EngD) and Master in Business Administration (MBA) programs too. Hence, deciding which postgraduate program to enroll with is not an easy task. This talk will provide some guidelines how the engineers can decide which postgraduate program is suitable for him/her.

Ir. Dr. Dominic Foo is a Professor of Process Design and Integration at the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus. He is a Professional Engineer registered with the Board of Engineer Malaysia (BEM). He is a world leading researcher in resource conservation and waste minimisation. He establishes international collaboration with researchers from various countries in the Asia, Europe, American and Africa. Dominic Foo is an active author, with two forecoming books and more than 70 journal papers, and made more than 120 conference presentations. He served as International Scientific Committee for several important conferences in his areas of research (CHISA/PRES, FOCAPD, ESCAPE, PSE, etc.). He is the winner of the Innovator of the Year Award 2009 of Institution of Chemical Engineers UK (IChemE), as well as the 2010 Young Engineer Award of Institution of Engineers Malaysia (IEM). He also actively conducts professional training for practising engineers. Ir Dr Foo obtains his professorship at the age of 34, i.e. 5 years after joining the university. His “part time hobby” is to provide career guidance for new engineering graduates. He is currently the Deputy Chairman of the Chemical Engineering Technical Division.

Note: RM10 administrative fee will be charged to IEM fund.

Prepared by IEM
Posted by Mei

Saturday, February 04, 2012

Event: Two Day Course on Concept and Design of Plumbing and SWV System

Venue: Wisma IEM 
Date &Time: 21 Feb 2012 to 22 Feb 2012 (9:00 AM - 5:00 PM) 
CPD/PDP: 12 
Closing Date: 18-Feb-2012 

At the end of the training course, participants should be able to:
1. Understand the basis to determine the cold water storage demand and size the transfer pump accordingly
2. Select the suitable type of pumping system to meet the water usage requirements namely direct, variable speed drive, pneumatic tank
3. Select the piping material amongst the many choices of plastic and metal
4. Calculate the piping size for cold water in accordance to the BS6700 standard methodology of Loading Units
5. Take preventive measures to minimize the impact of water hammer to the pipe lines by way of design and selection of the right equipment
6. Determine the stack size of Soil, Waste, Vent (SWV) using Discharge Unit methodology and understand the constraints impose on branch discharge pipe in particular on the gradient to minimize blockage
7. Observant of poorly installed plumbing and SWV systems which are preventable

Speaker Profile 
Engr. Ir. Gary Lim Eng Hwa BE(Mech.) NZ, Mgt Dip. FIEM, P.Eng, Asean Eng. Ir Gary Lim is an experienced and qualified Professional Engineer with over 20 years of manufacturing experience in these areas; Industrial Engineering (Work Study), Project Management, Maintenance, Production and Factory Management. The 20 years of his work spanned over various industries namely industrial chemicals, diary products, jam, sauces, chocolates, confectionnaires, industrial gases (liquid nitrogen, oxygen, argon, etc), blow moulding of plastic containers and paint manufacturing (highly fire hazardous). In the diary industry involved in the design of Clean-In-Place (CIP) system of the process pipings.

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Professional Engineer Q&A: Part 22

Q40: I have just submitted my application to transfer my membership grade from Student to
Graduate. At about the same time, I received a notice from the IEM to pay my subscription fees
for the coming year. Should I wait until my application is approved before I pay?

No, you should first pay the amount stated in the notice sent to you. The IEM would bill the
difference once your membership transfer is approved.

Q41: I graduated from a renowned foreign university in 80s. However, I did not apply for
registration with BEM until the 90s. The application was suspended as I could not produce a
transcript requested by BEM due to the long time lapse. I wish to apply for graduate membership with IEM now.

Your application cannot be accepted. Without registration with BEM, your practice is deemed
illegal from statutory obligation aspect. You could have been more persistent in obtaining your
transcript to complete your registration with BEM. IEM welcomes your resubmission when ready.