IMalaysia’s abundant natural resources in agro-based and tin mining sectors were pivotal to our nation’s early economy growth. But many people don’t realise that there is another critical industry, the machinery and equipment industry (M&E), which silently helped Malaysia’s early agriculture and tin mining economy flourish.
The M&E industry emerged to serve the various machinery needed for agriculture and tin mining. The manufacturing sector has since grown so rapidly over the last three decades, that the government has identified M&E as one of Malaysia’s key areas of growth.
Today, the M&E industry remains just as economically important for Malaysia, attracting investments worth RM1.96 billion. With such promising investment, long term M&E industry under Malaysia’s Third Industrial Master Plan (IMP3) is to position the nation as:
i. The regional production hub for high technology and specialised M&E;
ii. The main distribution centre in the region for all types of M&E; and
iii. The centre for maintenance related services, refurbishment, reconditioning and upgrading of high technology and specialised M&E.
However competition from lower cost producing countries is increasing. That’s why Malaysia is strategically moving towards high technology and high value added M&E for niche and specialised markets.
This creates an exciting demand for highly skilled and knowledgeable M&E workforce that will give Malaysia an international competitive edge. If you are excited to embrace this challenge and join a strong industry that significantly serves the nation’s economy, you’ll be able to embark on career paths such as:
• Mechanical Precision Instrument Technologist
• Manufacturing Specialist
• Computer Numerical Control Machining Technician
• Plastic Production Manager (Thermoplastic)
• Foundry Manager
• Steel Making Technician
• Welding Engineer