Looking to land a job in manufacturing? Here’s what you should know

BY A. RUBAN

KUALA LUMPUR, March 7 — An online recruitment agency’s recent study indicated that employers from five industries in the country are keen to employ more people this year, despite a still sluggish global economy.

In this article, Malay Mail Online looks specifically at the jobs up for grabs in the manufacturing sector and how you can improve your chances to land one.

The manufacturing sector has 2.422 million employees, which makes up a sizeable 17 per cent of the country’s total workforce.

And according to statistics by the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (Mida), there were 66,494 jobs created in 2015. But the number of new jobs dropped by 3.5 per cent to 64,120 last year.

The drop may be attributed to the sluggish economy and weak ringgit but the positive side was that there were still job creation in 2016 and employers have expressed plans to increase hiring this year.

According to Jobstreet.com, employers in this industry this year are looking to hire positions for the levels of managers, senior and junior executives.

Among the examples of jobs currently sought after are production managers for the managerial level, senior product engineer for the senior executive level and technicians for junior roles.

A check on the websites of several recruitment agencies showed that there were over 800 job postings for positions in these three levels.

A salary report by Jobstreet.com revealed that employers across the country were willing to pay up to RM11,000 for managers with the relevant paper qualification and working experiences.

In a recent interview, Jobstreet country manager Chook Yuh Yng said one way candidates can approach to climb up the corporate ladder was to take up a higher certificate or course in their relevant field.

“Maybe a degree for those with a diploma and a master for those with a degree qualification,” she told Malay Mail Online.

One of the notable degree courses offered in the country is the Bachelor of Engineering in Materials and Manufacturing.

Based on available information, this qualification teaches candidates the method of turning raw materials into end-products.

Those with such qualification, according to some universities, can serve in positions such as manufacturing engineer, foundry engineer, corrosion control engineer, among others.

The four-year programme for full time students costs between RM45,000 and RM60,000 in private institutions here.

For those who already have a Bachelor’s degree in this field, a Master of Engineering (Manufacturing) can be a course to consider.

One of the local institutes offering this programme is Universiti Malaya. According to information on its website, the programme is designed to meet the needs of industry players by moulding critical thinkers among engineers.

The course takes up about two years to complete and costs around RM25,000.