Sunday, February 17, 2019

Types of Engineers in Malaysia

For those engineering students about to graduate, have you ever wondered what type of Engineers are there and which role suits you the most and you want to apply once you enter the working world?

Here are some examples that comes in mind. 
(*This might apply to civil engineering, electrical & mechanical, not sure about chemical, computer, IT, aerospace engineering etc.)

To make it general and easier to understand, let’s take an example of a project of 'Building a house.'

*p/s: This should be read with a pinch of salt.😼

What your Job title is
What you actually are
Project Engineer
He/She/Apache Helicopter will,
1.      Monitor the project schedule,
when the house is going to be build, when the item to build the house should arrive,
2.      Chase design engineers for design/drawings to submit to customers,
3.      Entertain customers when they come for meetings, 
     Record minutes of meeting of the said meeting, 
     Order food for that particular meeting.
4.      Keep track on the financial aspect of the project – if customer pays RM100K for the house, best to make the cost of building the house way lesser, better if can squish more money from customer for variation orders, means if the customer wants to add more windows, charge more! 
      Heck if they want to add another screws, charge more!!

Basically you MANAGE stuffs.

QA/QC Engineer
He/She/Apache Helicopter will,
1.      Check on item needed to build a house, 
       eg. check if the door knobs working, the plug points OK, if they’re not, send back to customer for replacement/refund etc.
2.      Also check on what other people is doing. Check whether the brick man’s laying enough brick, the wiremen wire stuff correctly and the measurement of the house is correct according to drawing, and if they’re not right, ask them to do it correctly.
3.      If all of these quality are not satisfactory, conduct a comprehensive meeting asking why they are not meeting the quality standard, and dig deep until everyone admit their mistake.
4.      Do yearly audit.

Basically HATED by many.

Design Engineer
He/She/Apache Helicopter will,
1.      Design (or rather draw - not much of designing new stuffs, most of the time copying previos project’s design/drawings) of the house layout, house foundation, house wiring and other drawings.
2.      If the house design is new, they should study new solutions and come out with new design. 
      Should know product specs and all the international/local regulations and design standards.
3.      Prepare list of material needed to buy the house, how many kilos of cement, how many tonnes of brick, how much tiles, lighting equipment, to, cosmetics stuffs like house furniture, paint for the whole house, to spare stuffs, spare fans, spare air-cond, spare awnings etc. 
      If they overbuy or wrongly bought and item, QC will audit the hell out of them. PM will make noise of how they mess with the project’s budget.
4.      Although they design the built of the house, they might not know how to repair/service the house themselves. Unless they’ve been to training.
Perfect in Excel skills, and other softwares, because, they sit in front of the computer like 70% of their time.

Basically a glorified draughter, Also the scapegoat.

Service Engineer
He/She/Apache Helicopter will,
1.      Service a house that already been occupied if there are problems, or needing to install new equipment or upgrade all equipment.
2.      THE person who do hands on and servicing on the item that designed by design engineer, checked by the QCs and managed by the PM.
3.      Knows all the technical thing about the house way better than the engineers who design it.

Basically the MAIN man, if there’s a miscalculation somewhere, they die first.

Testing Engineer
He/She/Apache Helicopter will,
1.      Do testing after the house is built, whether the lights working, the faucets functioning, doors not squeaking, toilet bowl’s flushing etc, before testing it again with customer and ready to live in.
2.      Might have same level of knowledge as service engineer, since they do hands on.
3.      But didn’t involve in repairing the house, after they are completed.

Basically testers (internal). Risk of dying not as high as the service engineer.

Product Engineer
He/She/Apache Helicopter will,
1.      Have a detail knowledge about a specific product. Eg. Product engineer for toilet stuffs will know detail spec on wash basin, bath tub, shower head, toilet bowl etc.
2.      Do marketing for all these products, training to customers, new product launch, etc.
3.      Answer customer queries on those products.
4.      Develop product catalogs
5.      Carry those heavy catalogs to marketing events.

Basically a Cuckoo/Coway/Avon promoter.

Sales Engineer
He/She/Apache Helicopter will,
1.      Sell windows, doors, toilet bowls, kitchen cabinet, whatever stuffs that makes a house.
2.      Persuade(force/blackmail) clients to build their house with you.
3.      Know some technical specs of the products just enough to sell them.
4.      Have great negotiation skills.
5.    $$$$$ oriented
6. Probably also the MAIN man, because if he didn't get a job, everybody else won't have a job.

Basically a Car salesmen, a prince charming and TALKS A LOT.

He/She/Apache Helicopter will,
1.      Help engineers draw stuffs.
2.      Have mad AutoCAD skills, can finish a drawing 3 times faster than engineers.

He/She/Apache Helicopter will,
1.      Print stuffs
2.      Google stuffs
3.      Make a report of how they print stuffs and google stuffs.

Basically office boy/girl.

Engineering Students
Basically babies.


Friday, February 15, 2019

The power of what people say to you

*I wrote this in 2017 wonder why I didn't post it earlier*

 I take science stream because one of my classmate used to say to me,

 'Kau amik art stream je lah lepas ni' 

when I moved to another school.

I dont know his intention but at the time it sounded condescending. So I continue science stream in highschool, pursue engineering in university and became an engineer.
Same as that particular classmate.
I'm satisfied.
But he forget what he said. 

Why did he asked me to pursue art stream? and why i don't want to?
Because I love to write novels in highschool even when the teachers are teaching.
Because in my society, art stream is equivalent to - you cant do well at maths, and you cant handle science subject.
 Normally art stream student consists of students who got bad grades in science subject.
 In short - you're stupid.

 How it should be - I should take whatever stream I like to do not because someone or somebody says a certain way. but I didn't know better at the time.

 I go to private uni because one of my granduncles,responded to my not so good SPM trial result with
"Hmm, masuk UiTM boleh la" 

his daughter was studying in UTP at the time. So I vowed not to pursue my study in UiTM and apply for UTP, Uniten and MMU, got accepted in Uniten and MMU and I chose MMU.
Few years later her daughter ends up quitting studies in UTP and continue her studies in UiTM.
He forget what he said to me.

There are no good or bad institution, there are just bad students. A lot of renown people in various field came from UiTM.

 How it should be - adults shouldn't plant this idea in their head that public subsidized universities are not better....etcetc

 Thats 2 of my biggest life decision as a result from what others are saying. I was 16, and I didn't know that I shouldn't live my life on people's expectation. I should live my life, as how I see fit. As how I LIKE it. As how I WANTED it to be.

Luckily,  I turned up OK. And I'm not one of those who always wonder 'what if?'

Saturday, January 05, 2019

2018 Preview

2018 really scares the shit out of me cos it's gone so SO fast.

My aim is to not live a routine life.

And I want to improve my climbing.

But what I basically did the whole year, is TOTALLY routine.

Work - climb - tuition.

I repeat that through the whole year.

Although starting October my life become a little bit hectic and routine breaks with job interviews, house viewing by prospective tenants, moving house and new cat(s).

At the end, my routine is scarier than ever and even though I send a lot of my projects in climbing, my climbing grade did not improve. Which really really bumped me.

Then all of the sudden 2018 end with not much thing happened.

Life just passes me by.

I honestly freaked out.

I really hope 2019 will not move that fast.

I'm really scared.

Wednesday, December 26, 2018


Rezeki yang paling saya inginkan, ialah kasih sayang.

Tapi saya mungkin orang yang susah untuk disayangi.

What do I want in life?

At the moment, there's too many things in my mind that requires decisions, a thorough thinking, that need analyzing, that requires solution. At some point it is too overwhelming.

One of my aim in 2018 is to not live a routine life.
My wish is to not work 9-5 anymore, 
Come to think of it, I started toying with this idea when I started travelling and meet other people who travel. They live simply with little to no commitments but they were happy travelling and see the world.
But in order to be able to do that, I need to work to have enough saving.
I still love my engineering career. Staying up late at the office willingly just because I wanted to.

Then I had the opportunity to do want I wanted to since I was in high school - climbing.
This is the time where the environment in my workplace turned less and less exciting.
All I can think of is my next climbing session. How to get better. So I started to go back home right on time to go to the climbing gym. And hated the time I take in traffic travelling back home. The time I could've use to climb.
And to make things worse, (or better - depends on perspective), I then met my now husband who willing to climb with me.
It made me not want to waste any single minute after 5.30pm in the office even more.

I decided to leave the company, apply for a normal job, as long as it's near home, and I could climb after work on Wednesdays and Fridays.

I live that way for over a year, happy, I can sleep again after Subuh(though its not good actually) breakfast at 8am, arrive at office 8.30am. No traffic. Go back at 5.30pm, reached climbing gym at 6pm.
Or on alternate days, go tutoring at student's house.
My aim is to transition to tutoring full time after few months working that normal job.

And after over a year, that normal job somehow made me unhappy.

Despite all the benefits (good pay/close to home/close to climbing) its making me unhappy and make me a bitter person and I wanted to leave.
So I started looking for other job in Cyberjaya, but since my background is Engineering, its hard trying to go to different field, even if I'm willing to negotiate the salary.
So I applied for engineering job again.
I got it and of course it's not in Cyberjaya. I got one in Shah Alam, one in KL.

I'm happy I got a job, but there's still something unsettling about it.
So I asked myself, and people who I asked opinion to asked me back, what do you want actually?
What do I want in life?
I wanna be an engineer, but after few years, I wanna do normal job so I can climb, I got that normal job near to home and can climb, still unhappy, then I look for engineering job again.
Still doesn't 100% satisfied.

What do I want?

When I look at it, I still love engineering, but at some point other factors are making me unhappy.
When I work in Cyberjaya, I really love it, the place, the convenience, but there are other factors that's making me unhappy.

So eventually, there are some other factors that's making me unhappy and I will run to find some other thing that'll make me happy.

What I want is just happiness, regardless of where the source of happiness is coming from.

At the moment, as it has been for couple of years, my source of happiness is still climbing.
But if I took that engineering job in KL, my climbing time will definitely reduce drastically.

But climbing can't pay the bills and I cant be doing it till I'm 40.

But I've missed this opportunity in my twenties, why can't I do it in my 30s?

I am really frustrated and undecided at the moment.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Mind rants

Just my flowing thoughts.

Sometimes you think people are being mean to you, but sometimes, we don't realized we are being mean to others. 
For example, I realize that when I stand by the idea that I think is ideal, I belittle the opinion/ideas of others.
What I learn is that,
If you have an opinion, It's OK to say it and stand your ground but you don't have to say that others are wrong.

Agree to disagree.

Other people entitled to their opinion too you know.

Thursday, November 08, 2018

Random thoughts - OOTDs

I always wonder how those girls who frequently posted OOTDs and selfies keep up with their routine.
First of all you need to wear pretty clothes, like everyday. Unless u're a legit model or a celebrity, wearing pretty clothes every day is impractical.
Believe me I tried. 
First u need to have money to buy pretty clothes and dresses. 
OK you have money, then you need time to go to a mall to shop for pretty clothes.

The process of shopping itself is tedious and exhausting. For example, you find a cute top, but after you buy a top, u need to find a pants that matches. If u buy a dress u need to find the accessories that matches. Shoes, handbags etc. You couldn't possibly find everything in one store, then you need to go to different store, found one, u need to try it on. And there's only like 30% chance that the item u tried will fit you on the first try. If not you're gonna have to ask for a different size and this cycle continues.
One day wasted at the mall.
Feet hurts.
You got probably one sets of outfit, one look, one day.
Imagine doing this for many many outfit, many different look.

Say you managed to find many sets of outfit already, then you need to put on make up.
Putting make up requires time.
Provided you know how to put on decent make up. Most of us (myself included) don't really know how to put on decent make up.

Then you'll have to do your hair/style your scarf.
Also could take a lot of time, or a visit to a nearby hair salon.

And then you'll need to have a good OOTD background.
So in your house(I see most girls who like to post OOTDs have this), you'll need a selfie place where you have a mirror and arrange what's in the background of the mirror, cos you know, those would be included in your selfie. Mostly a neatly arranged bed or probably an empty decorated wall. Or what we call an OOTD wall.

So my take is, those girls must work in a nice place, or a place that's near to a shopping mall.
KLCC for example, or Surian Tower which is near to One Utama area, where they have the need to dress up for work everyday.
Yela kerja KLCC kan takkan tak dress up. Kalau kerja at those shop lots in Bandar Puteri, Puchong or manufacturing office, kuranglah sikit dress up nya kan.
These girls yang kerja kat KLCC they can leisurely go to the mall in lunch hour or after work.
So they always have new outfit everytime without having to actually go to malls on weekend for those who doesn't work near malls.

See, this is what's going on in my mind constantly. Petty unimportant things. Hence the existence of this blog. A vent mechanism. So I'm gonna just stop here. For now. hehe

Friday, October 12, 2018

12 October 2018

Sometimes I wonder why life is so subjective and full of variables.
How does everyone else keep their sanity and focus?

This morning I chatted with a new colleague, who apparently from engineering background as well.
Make me miss being in engineering.
But I know I'm not good at it, then why my brain(or emotion) bring me there, it's totally unnecessary.

Everyday I pray to God, to show/ease what is good for me, and keep away what isn't good for me.
And help me understand the sign if there's any.
Cos I'm a hopeless human being who don't know a lot of things, including what I wanna do in this life.
What I SHOULD do and what I WANT to do is a different thing.

I just hoped I could be more firm, and stand by my goals.
I left one thing to pursue different thing, so I should just focus on that, no second guessing, no what ifs, no thinking about turning back.
No, 'what if this is a sign from God that I should go back?'


Need to learn to shut some variables out, and focus on only one thing.


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