Wednesday, December 31, 2014

IME Top 5 Event In Year 2014

Happy New Year! A great year has passed, another great year awaits. IME is thankful for your ongoing support that enables us keep doing what we love – To address the needs and difficulties faced by local design and manufacturing industry. 

This past year has been an exciting one for us. From organizing meaningful customer engagement activities to collaborating with educators on talent development initiatives, it truly inspired us to double our effort in solving more industry’s challenges and meeting business needs. 

Now, let’s take a look back on some of IME most celebrated moments over the year 2014. 

1)    Customer Technology Day

IME had hosted Customer Technology Day at customer workplace on-demand basis, with the purpose to introduce the latest technologies and applications that are highly relevant to customer’s business. The event was well attended by engineers in design and manufacturing, as well as members from management. 

Customers were given an overview of global trends in CADCAM technology and how IME’s vast solution portfolio responds to changing customer requirements. The particular interest were topics on SOLIDWORKS Inspection, SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation, inspection hardware and 3D printing technology.

The Customer Technology Day ultimately demonstrated once again IME’s commitment to provide customers the best-in-class design and manufacturing solutions.

2)    Student Holiday Program

The Student Holiday Program was a collaboration effort between Melaka Foundry & Engineering Industries Associations (MFEIA) and IME with the objective of giving primary and secondary school students to learn to use CADCAM software during school holiday. The five-day CADCAM program exposes students to mechanical design at a much early stage, to cultivate and inspire their interest in engineering.   

More than 40 students had participated in this holiday program and had demonstrated their creativity in product design. 

Here are some stunning 3D designs created by primary and secondary school students using SOLIDWORKS,

We’ve picked the top 5 and printed out their design, 

3)    SOLIDWORKS Innovation Day 2015

SOLIDWORKS Innovation Day is an annual event for IME to bring together the local SOLIDWORKS community to share how innovation in work practices can help to achieve breakthrough performance.

SOLIDWORKS Innovation Day was held on October 2014 and IME had introduced 3 distinct tracks to help customers navigate the sessions for what they are looking for. Industry trend, case studies, industry best practices, What's New in SolidWorks 2015… everything that can help customer’s success through innovation.

We are excited to have more than 150 CEO/Business Owners, 600 Engineers and IT Personnel celebrated this year’s SOLIDWORKS Innovation Day 2015! We definitely hope to expand our local SOLIDWORKS community next year, so more innovation enthusiast can join the discussion to take local design and manufacturing industry to next level.   

4)    FOM ERA Vocational Academy

FOM ERA Vocational Academy (FOM ERA) is a non-profit technical and vocational training center founded in 2014 by Federation of Malaysian Foundry and Engineering Industries Associations (FOMFEIA) and New Era College. FOM ERA aims to provide the Product Design and Development related courses to build youngsters to become the skilled-workers with hands-on experiences.  

IME is pleased to collaboration with FOM ERA to develop the suitable training courses to the students that are very practical and useful in fulfilling the manufacturers’ needs and requirements.

IME together with FOM ERA is committed to establishing a high quality vocational academy that able to address the challenge in skilled workers shortage at the production floor faced by the local manufacturing industries. 

For more information, please email to

5)    IME Design Challenge 2014

The 5th IME Design Competition Finals was held at Technology Park Malaysia (TPM) on 18th December 2014. This year, we are honored to have Dassault Systemes, SOLIDWORKS, TPM, The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), Dell and industry leaders to support this meaningful event.

The competition design’s theme is “Product Life Cycle Challenge 2014 – Designing a Sustainable Future” where students are required to tackle the problem of product sustainability. Our goal is to cultivate the importance of designing for sustainability from the beginning of a design lifecycle in young innovators’ mindset.

We are pleased to announce that there are 58 groups of young innovators from 16 Universities participating for this year’s competition. Through this competition, engineer-to-be is able to understand better on the entire product lifecycle development process, and to put more thorough considerations in their design to create products that are practical, innovative and environmental sustainable. 

Much has been achieved, but there is still a lot on our agenda. We are excited for this new year of opportunities and growth that awaits us. Want to know what we have in our pockets? Check out our Website or Facebook regularly.

From all of us at IME, we wish you a great year ahead and we looking forward to achieving greater success together in this year 2015! 

Monday, December 22, 2014

IMEDC2014 Finals Recap

I had an awesome time at IMEDC2014 Finals! 

This marks the 5th IME Design Competition since 2006. We are privileged to have Dassault Systemes and SOLIDWORKS continuous support in this competition. This year, we also have the honour to have TPM (Innovation Incubation Centre)’s support to co-host the event; not to mention IET’s support in judging and sponsoring the Green Innovation Award. Last but not least, we are grateful to always have Professor Datuk Dr Ahmad Yusoff Hassan’s full support in the academic activities. 

The event kicked-off with our group chairman Mr. TK Teoh’s inspiring welcoming speech, through a harmonica performance, he showed fellow students that Technology is just a tool, and how you use this tool is as important in order to succeed. 

This was followed by an insightful keynote speech by Professor Datuk Dr. Ahmad Yusoff Hassan, which highlighted that in life, we cannot all the be the winner, but we can all learn through the process. It is not losing that is a failure, but not learning would be the biggest failure. He also emphasized that people rise together, so teamwork is extremely important and results in higher performance, yet lower cost. 

10 groups of finalists presented their great ideas, and our dedicated judges were diligent in their judging too. Tough questions were thrown at the finalists, in the hope that they would put more thorough considerations in their design, including the mechanism, practicality, costing, analysis, and how they could use technology – ie SOLIDWORKS and CATIA in their design to fulfill design requirements – to design an innovative product that fulfill the proof of concept, with the environmental sustainability in mind.  

Congratulations to the winners!

We also shared about the IME Job Placement Program, which includes professional training certification programs. This is a program that would benefit students who are looking for jobs, as well as businesses that are looking for graduates.

Special thanks to our customers who are enthusiast in building talents:
Symphony Manufacturing & Services Sdn Bhd
CITEC International Sdn Bhd
Panasonic Manufacturing Malaysia Berhad
Edag Holding Sdn Bhd
Shimba Sdn Bhd
TSM Welding Technologies Group

For more information on IME Job Placement Program, CSWA and CSWP Programs, email

For all other enquiries, feel free to reach me at

We certainly hope for more higher learning institutions to benefit from such competition, and more support from the industry, as well as Innovation Enthusiasts such as IET and TPM.

IMEDC2014 Organising Committee

Friday, December 12, 2014

Top 3 Questions to Prepare for an Engineering Graduate Interview

There are thousands of engineering graduates around the nation joining the workforce every year and hence competition over an engineering job can be very steep. 
You might have been asking questions like the following:

  1. “How do I impress the interviewer?”
  2. “How do I talk about college/ university project or internships experiences?” 
“Interview” for an engineering graduate can be a little scary, but they don't have to be!

As a follow up to our previous post regarding addressing high-skill talent issue in Malaysia, we are sharing some essential interview questions for engineering graduate like you to share your best value with potential employers.

Here are some interview tips to ease you to interview effectively. Take the time for proper preparation as it will help to alleviate some of your interview anxiety and set you apart from other applicants. 

Question #1 : What CAD/ CAM/ CAE Software Do You Really Know?

This is common where interviewer questions you about your experience with software such as SOLIDWORKS, CATIA, AutoCAD and etc. 

A company is unlike college or university where it has preferred and dedicated software for design, engineering and/or manufacturing. Hence, with that said, the interviewer is evaluating how soon you can master the software to get the actual work done, of course, the sooner the better. 

So, it’s advisable review all the design, engineering and/or manufacturing software that you’ve learn over the years. You will have a higher change to get employed if you are able to demonstrate adequate knowledge about the software that the employer is currently implementing. A certificate
might comes in handy to best prove you have the competence to carry out your job. As an example, having a SOLIDWORKS Certificate demonstrates your expertise with 3D Solid Modeling, design concepts, and sustainable design, giving you a competitive edge in today's job market.

Question #2 : Share with Me About Your Past Engineering Project?

After your basic self-introduction, this is the session to show the depth of your skills and experience. Interviewer needs your portfolio to show proof of who you are and what you can do!
You may share your past projects (e.g. IME Design Competition 2014), internships or working experiences in related field based on the proposed flow below,  

  • Think of a specific or most challenging engineering project that you have been involved with during past year. 
  • Have a short brief about some critical engineering challenges that you’ve faced 
  • Share your greatest success in using the principles of logic to solve the mentioned engineering problem
  • Reveal what could you have done to be more successful in achieving your goal

Interviewer always looks for candidate who has a logical thinking mindset and enthusiasm to take up challenge kind of attitude. So, be confident and share your good real story with the interviewer.

Question #3 : Do You Truly Understand Work Requirements and Teamwork?

Engineering has never been more competitive—emerging from the ever-increasing consumer demand for better and faster innovative product at a lower price. 

Fostering collaborative team work within and across functions involving design, engineering and manufacturing is utmost important as it has great impact to a company’s product development process.  

Engineers often will get into arguments due to differences in working style, personality and ideas. Some of the best-engineered ideas are born out of an individual’s ability to challenge, others’ ways of thinking. So be sure you are ready to explain how you’ve collaborated with diverse team members to meet your project goal.

After reviewing the three (3) questions, you should be able to give the interviewer a complete picture of who you are. So, be prepared and excel at your upcoming interview.