Internationally Recognized BTEC Higher National Diploma in Electrical/Electronic Engineering a Springboard for i-CATS Students to Exciting Careers in E&E
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Article by Stanley Gona
Corporate Service Director
At the International College of Advanced Technology Sarawak (i-CATS), the BTEC Higher National Diploma (HND) in Electrical/Electronic Engineering in Collaboration with Edexcel International, UK has long been regarded as the Programme of Choice for students seeking an internationally recognized qualification to prepare them for exciting careers in the Electrical and Electronics Industry (E&E).
Indeed, at i-CATS, a major point of pride is the fast-growing number of alumni, with their diverse contributions across the length and breadth of industry. For example, Frederick Toh Wen Fu (BTEC HND in Electrical/Electronic Engineering: Class of 2015) is currently a Site Engineer at Wee Hock Electronic & Electrical Company Sdn. Bhd. in Kuala Lumpur. In his capacity as Site Engineer, he oversees the maintenance and servicing of Passenger Boarding Bridges at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA 2), including the electrical, electronic and automation systems. He is also part of the technical team that monitors the Visual Docking Guidance System at KLIA 2. Reflecting on his student days at i-CATS, he shared that “Knowledge gained from subjects such as Electrical and Electronic Principles, Programmable Logic Controllers and Programming facilitated my transition to the world of work. During my studies at i-CATS, I also had the opportunity to enhance my communication and problem-solving skills. These industry-relevant skills have facilitated my career as a Site Engineer and prepare me for career advancement.”
As highlighted by Mr. Ting Kung Chuang, Head of the i-CATS School of Engineering, “The BTEC HND in Electrical/Electronic Engineering adopts a student-centred approach to teaching and learning. The focus is on the holistic development of practical, interpersonal and higher-level thinking skills. During the programme, students need to apply knowledge gained to a variety of assignments and assessments.”
Mr. Ting also shared, “The emphasis is on preparing students to make an immediate contribution as they enter the world of work. A best-of-both-worlds approach, combining theory and practice, goes a long way in preparing our students for engineering-related careers or further studies at the degree level. Prior to the completion of the programme, students are required to undergo a 4-month internship. This ensures that the students have the opportunity to learn directly from the industry and gain real-world work experience. In addition to the BTEC Higher National Diploma awarded by i-CATS, students who successfully complete the two-and-a-half year programme will be awarded the BTEC Higher National Diploma in Electrical/Electronic Engineering by Pearson Education Ltd, United Kingdom.”
Mr. Mohamad Faizal Mahsen, Head of the i-CATS Higher National Diploma in Electrical/Electronic Engineering programme added, “As highlighted by the Malaysian Ministry of International Trade and Development on its website, the electrical and electronics (E&E) industry is a key driver of Malaysia’s industrial development and contributes significantly to GDP growth, export earnings, investment and employment.” Mr. Mohamad Faizal also shared, “Recently, Dato’ Sri Mustapa Mohamed, Malaysia’s International Trade and Industry Minister announced that the electrical and electronics (E&E) industry grew by 20.6% in the first two months of 2017. In Sarawak, the Chief Minister has announced that the State Government will spearhead numerous initiatives to accelerate the pace of development. These positive developments are expected to develop a host of career opportunities for Malaysia’s youths.”
The next enrolment to the BTEC Higher National Diploma in Electrical/Electronic Engineering programme will be for the July/August 2017 Session. Students who have completed SPM/SPMV with a minimum of three credits including Mathematics and one science/technical subject and a pass in English are eligible to enter the programme. Applications will also be considered for those who have completed an MQA Accredited Certificate in Engineering/Engineering Technology programme (MQF Level 3) with a minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.0.
For further information on the BTEC Higher National Diploma (HND) in Electrical/Electronic Engineering programme and various forms of financial assistance, interested school leavers and their parents are invited to visit the i-CATS West Campus at Jalan Stampin Timur, Kuching or call 082-570888/451533. Information can also be obtained from i-CATS’s website: www.icats.edu.my.
BTEC Higher National Diploma in Electrical/Electronic Engineering Programme
Frederick Toh (Second from right) and team inspecting a passenger boarding bridge
Tour of i-CATS E&E Lab Facilities:
Best-of-both-worlds Approach to Engineering Education, Combining Theory and Practice
Second from left: Mr. Mohamad Isham bin Fauzi, CEO of i-CATS with members of the i-CATS E&E academic team.
First from Left: Dr. Leo Sing Lim, Academic Director of i-CATS.
Fourth from Right: Mr. Ting Kung Chuang, Head of the i-CATS School of Engineering.
Third from Left: Mr. Mohamad Faizal Mahsen, Head of the i-CATS Higher National Diploma in Electrical/Electronic Engineering programme.