JOB OPPORTUNITIES AND CAREER ADVANCEMENT IN THE AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY
The Malaysia Automotive Institute (MAI) forecasts 27,000 new jobs will be created in the
manufacturing sector of the automotive industry for the year 2017. In addition, MAI also forecasts
25,000 new jobs will be created in the aftermarket sector of the automotive industry.
To ensure that the expected skills and knowledge of these jobs are met, MAI provides capacity building
programmes across all levels from school leavers to undergraduates whom, upon completion of these
programmes, will be offered employment. These programmes include:-
1. Industry-Led Professional Certificate (IPC) – a program for SPM leavers to produce skilled
workers and technicians through specific modules and on-the-job training, for a duration of 6
2. Automotive Industry Certification Engineering (AICE) – a programme for fresh graduates in
STEM degrees to jump start their careers in the industry through a syllabus that tailors them
to be immediately employable in the automotive industry, for a duration of 8 months
3. MAI Graduate Apprenticeship – a programme for undergraduate students of STEM degrees
which exposes them to the automotive industry from the 1st year of study until their
MAI also conducts capacity building programmes for the current employees in the automotive
industry. Participating companies that send their employees to these programmes record an average
increase in productivity by 24%. These programmes include:-
1. Digital Engineering and Prototyping (DEP) – a programme for current engineers to enhance
their design and engineering capabilities, for a duration of 3 months
2. Lean Production System (LPS) – a program for all levels of employment to enhance the
productivity of their manufacturing operations, for a duration of 9 months
3. Customised programmes – a programme for all levels of employment to enhance specific
areas of a company, for a duration of 3 months.
In order to enhance further the above capacity building programmes, MAI in partnership with
Perodua, Proton and vendors Suria Component SDN. BHD., SIPRO Plastics SDN. BHD. and PHN Industry
SDN. BHD. have established the MAI Resource Centre located in Bukit Beruntung. The MAI Resource
Centre lies on the site of an old factory, but has been transformed into a training centre that houses
industrial grade equipment including a hybrid vehicle trainer, toolings, and assembly jigs.
The MAI Resource centre is also a technology commercialization centre to undertake technology
transfer, validation and adoption of automation practices. The electric bus homologation, robotic
programming and 3D printing capabilities are some of the technologies commercialization activities
being undertaken at the MAI Resource Centre.