The Automotive Engineering course was first offered by UTM during the 1999/2000 session. The Automotive course is offered as a specialisation of Mechanical Engineering, covering the areas of automotive design, vehicle dynamic and structure, power and transmission (power train), vehicle aerodynamic, electronics, ergonomics, automotive material and production. Hence, graduates of this course would fulfill the need for engineers in the field of Mechanical Engineering as well as the automotive field specialisation.
An automotive engineer will perform activities according to the job scope in the field of research, design, development and production of various types of heavy or light vehicles. In creating or producing the latest design for the proposed vehicle, they will utilise the knowledge learnt such as engine and transmission, vehicle dynamics, aerodynamics, analysis of vehicle structure, electronics and others. These will be undertaken based on quality assurance in order to fulfill the requirement of standards, performance and safety. Usually the automotive engineer works in the area of automotive design and production.
Some may find a career in commercial vehicle manufacturing such as lorries and buses, sport cars, racing cars, tractors and even trains. The market for engineers in the field of automotive in Malaysia has grown rapidly due to the growth in the automotive sector championed by PROTON, PERODUA, MODENAS and HICOM. Several other foreign manufacturers have set up assembly plants for various types of vehicles in Malaysia. In order to support the development in the automotive industry, many automotive components companies have been set up. High performance vehicle sector has also found its way in Malaysia with the involvement of PETRONAS and is expected to grow tremendously.
Additionally, some firms such as Master Builder, Malaysian Truck & Bus and others have ventured into heavy vehicle production, including buses and lorries. Therefore, UTM graduates in the field of Automotive Engineering have a wide career opportunity to take up positions as engineers and managers in the automotive industry either in Malaysia or overseas.
Field Of Study - Automotive Engineering
The field of Mechanical Engineering (Automotive) encompasses the scientific,operational and design studies of automobiles. The course offered in UTM is the only course in the field of automotive available in Malaysia. This course can be divided into the following areas of specialization :-
a) Internal Combustion
Internal Combustion studies the combustion processes in a cylinder. In this respect, the principles of thermodynamics are used to identify the combustion process. Factors that affect combustion are also studied.
b) Automotive Engineering System
This area covers the auxilliary systems found in an automobile. Basic knowledge on the hydraulic and pneumatic system requirements, electronic management system and electrical power supply are introduced.
c) Automotive Structure
This field ensures the integrity and strength of a particular material to be used. Using dimensions and tolerances, strength of material, thin wall beam deflection and open section analysis, the structure can be determined.
d) Automotive Design
Automotive design is a study of technical knowledge which is combined with capability in planning, evaluating and initiating a design activity.
e) Vehicle Dynamics
This area focuses on motion on an unleveled and linear surface which will give rise to different movement characteristics.
f) Automotive Production
This field focuses on various methods of automotive component assembly and manufacturing technologies in producing major automotive components.
- Graduates are able to apply their knowledge and skill to design, analyse and evaluate mechanical and automotive engineering systems.
- Graduates are able to identify and solve engineering problems systematically, critically, creatively and analytically.
- Graduates are competent, possess leadership qualities and able to act professionally in the field of mechanical and automotive engineering.
- Graduates are able to communicate effectively and address issues related to social, cultural and environment.
- Graduates are able to undertake lifelong learning and adapt to the changing environment.
Programme Learning Outcomes
Each graduate will demonstrate the following abilities upon graduation;
PROGRAMME LEARNING OUTCOMES (PO) for SMV/SKMV
(PO1 - PO4: Technical; PO5 - PO10: Generic)
||Ability to acquire and apply fundamental knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering principles to solve complex mechanical and automotive engineering problems
Keywords: Engineering Knowledge
||Ability to identify, formulate and analyse complex mechanical and automotive engineering problems
Keywords: Problem Analysis
||Ability to design solutions for complex mechanical and automotive engineering problems that fulfil health, safety, societal and environmental needs by using conventional or modern tools
Keywords: Design solutions using Conventional/Modern Tools
||Ability to investigate complex mechanical and automotive engineering problems using research-based knowledge and methods to produce conclusive results
||Ability to practice professional ethics related to societal, health, safety and legal issues with full responsibility and integrity
Keywords: Professional Ethics and Society
||Ability to identify the impact of mechanical and automotive engineering solutions on sustainability and demonstrate the needs for sustainable development
||Ability to communicate effectively on complex mechanical and automotive engineering activities both orally and in writing
||Ability to work productively as an individual, and as a member or leader in a team that may involve multi-disciplinary settings
Keywords: Team Working
||Ability to undertake life long learning and manage information including conducting literature study
Keywords: Life Long Learning
||Ability to demonstrate and apply knowledge on finance and management principles and acquire entrepreneurship skill
Keywords: Management, Finance & Entrepreneurship
The complete programme structure for the BEng (Mechanical-Automotive) is given here