#BeAnAwesome: Civil Engineer

Madhushiv Patel, Civil Engineer at Gamuda Berhad, talks to coursesmalaysia.com about reimagining built structures and infrastructures.
Madhushiv Patel
Civil Engineer, Gamuda Berhad

What will I do?

Civil engineers construct and/or maintain infrastructures to withstand everyday encumbrances such as population growth, climate change and natural disasters. These challenges need to be dealt in an effective and economical way. In order to do this, civil engineers would be required to come up with solutions to complex problems and implement them in the most feasible manner. There are two major fields in civil engineering, irrespective of its fundamental disciplines:

  • The first being consultants, who deal mostly on detailed design work.
    • These are the engineers responsible of producing engineering drawings and plans. They generally spend all or most of their working hours in the office.
  • The second are contractors, whose primary role consists of closely monitoring the physical construction and technical procedures conducted on-site.
    • These civil engineers are usually based both in the office, and on-site.

Both fields can be considered challenging, and require the engineers to possess strong technical and interpersonal skills – usually due to the involvement of various parties (the authorities, clients, and the public). Other necessary attributes required would include: versatility, creativity and problem-solving skills.

Is it for me?

  • If you have a natural flair for mathematics and physics, then engineering might be your calling.
  • If you pay attention to building structures and take an interest to understand its form and purpose, then civil engineering can be the field that quenches your curiosity.
  • If you have an inclination towards problem solving and the curiosity to more on how things work, then engineering can be a potential career choice.
  • If you are constantly looking for new ways to make gadgets work more efficiently, then engineering may possibly be in your blood.
  • If news of building collapses and major structural failures pique your interest, then it is wise to explore and get to know more on civil engineering.

How much will I earn?

  • Entry level salary ranges from RM2,300-RM4,600 per month.
  • Civil engineers with five to six years of experience can expect up to RM8,000 per month.

Who will employ me?

  • Private consultants: GNP, Zaidun Leeng, SMHB, AECOM, Mott Macdonald, SSP, Minconsult, TY Lin, ACE Perunding, ARUP Jururunding.
  • Private contractors/developers: Gamuda, SP Setia, UEM, Eversendai, IREKA, WCT, IJM, Sunway Construction, Ahmad Zaki Resources.
  • Public/private corporations: Petronas, Shell Oil & Gas, MAS, Highway Authority.
  • Government services: Drainage Irrigation Dept (JPS), Public Works Dept (PWD), CIDB, JKR, LLM, DOSH.
  • Manufacturers (precast concrete and steel): HUME, Eastern Pretech, Bluescope and Megasteel.
  • Universities: all public and private IHLs for research and pursuit of postgraduate degrees.
  • Financial banking and insurance institutions: all banks and ING as financial and risk analysts.


Graduates can specialise in any of these areas:

  • civil and structural engineering
  • geotechnical engineering
  • highway and transportation engineering
  • hydraulics and hydrology engineering
  • environmental engineering
  • materials engineering
  • infrastructure engineering.