The programme consists of a minimum of 8 semesters where fundamentals of engineering and polymer engineering subjects are taught. The polymer-engineering component is progressively increased as the students move into the higher level of study. A number of ancillary courses are also introduced with the aim of enhancing the engineering and management knowledge of the students.
Every student is also required to undergo a minimum of ten weeks of industrial training at the end of the third year. The training is designed to expose students to the industrial environment which should benefit them in their later careers. Also, a final year research project is included in the curriculum.
Each student is assigned to an academic advisor to advice on the selection of courses for every semester to meet individual needs and other related matters. A staff/student committee is established to seek solutions to problems with a view to improve the teaching and learning process and to strengthen the bond between the lecturers and students.
Polymer Engineering curriculum is structured as follows:
Year 1: Basic mathematics, science, mechanics, and computing tools, including introductions to engineering and engineering drawing, basic mathematics/statistics, basic science, and courses in engineering science.
Year 2: More focused courses related to polymer engineering fundamentals were introduced to students. These courses consist of both theoretical deliveries and experimental exposures.
Year 3: In-depth coverage of polymer engineering fundamentals in the current focus areas (polymer processing engineering, polymer degradation and environment, advanced polymer composites), and more supporting courses (more laboratory practices and site visits). Students introduced with technical electives additional knowledge in some supplementary required subjects such as semiconductor fabrication, engineering management, occupational safety and health, etc.
Year 4: More technical core and elective courses that provide more depth in the disciplines such as product design and failure analysis, mould and die design, rubber engineering to name a few; as requirements to fulfill the students’ professional competency.
DURATION & LANGUAGE
• Full-time programme only
• Minimum 8 semesters (4 years)
♦ Maximum 14 semesters (7 years)
• Lectures will be mainly delivered in English
• Examination: Bilingual (Bahasa Malaysia & English)
Graduates of the programme have found suitable posts in various industrial sectors such as Manufacturing and Processing Industries, Design companies, Consultative organizations and also Government institutions. The following a list of parties, to name a few, that are employing graduates of Polymer Engineering programme;
• Texchem (M) Sdn. Bhd.
• Toray Plastics (M) Sdn. Bhd.
• Drawbridge Technologies (M) Sdn. Bhd.
• Silverstone Berhad
• M-Pol Rubber Products Sdn. Bhd.
• Teleflex Medical Sdn. Bhd.
• Silterra (M) Sdn. Bhd.
• Guppy Plastics Industries Sdn. Bhd
• Titan Chemicals Corp. Berhad
• Synthomer Sdn. Bhd.
• SIRIM Berhad
• Agilent Technologies
• Fairchild Semiconductors
• Silterra (M) Sdn. Bhd.
• Solectron (M) Sdn. Bhd.
• Western Digital
• Carsem Semiconductor
• Siemens Components Sdn. Bhd.
• Unisem Sdn. Bhd.
• Rubber Research Institute Malaysia (RRIM)
NICHE AREAS & RESEARCH
5 NICHE AREAS at School of Materials & Mineral Resources Engineering
• Polymer Composites
• Structural Materials
• Strategic Minerals
Master of Science (M.Sc.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
The programme also provides eligible candidates with the opportunity to further their studies and to achieve academic maturity via research that is beneficial to the community and nation in terms of research and development of man-power for the private sectors, research and academic institutions.
The postgraduate programme can be followed either on a full time or part time basis. The time requirement for MSc and PhD candidates is as follows;
Full time Min/Max 12/36 months
Part time Min/Max 24/72 months
Full time Min/Max 24/60 months
Part time Min/Max 36/90 months
Program Chairman - Polymer Engineering
School of Materials & Mineral Resources Engineering. Engineering Campus, Universiti Sains Malaysia,
Seri Ampangan, 14300 Nibong Tebal,
Pulau Pinang, Malaysia.
Tel : 604 – 5941010
Fax : 604 - 5941011