NTU & NUS Engineering queries

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NTU & NUS Engineering queries

Postby tanrdus » Mon Mar 11, 2013 2:04 pm

Hi,

I am currently interested in applying for a course in Engineering, but i have some questions that i hope seniors here would be able to answer! I took A levels and my results are probably good enough to enter any of the engineering courses i think, but have some doubts! Heard about this forum via my mum who is an active user here!

1) For Bioengineering, are there alot of job opportunities upon graduation? When i went for the NTU open house, they showed that employment after graduation for this course has been falling, now at 75% if im not wrong, and this is true for NUS as well, upon further research! So why is this so?

2) Would taking a general degree in say ME or EEE be better than like taking Aerospace Engineering or Bioengineering? Like in terms of job prospects, how rigorous the course is, attachment opportunities, difficulty, ability to get first/second upper class honours etc? Like how is life in these different courses?

3) For Chemical and biomolecular engineering, is it very heavy on chemistry? like all the A level organic chem or H3 pharm chem kinda things? Or is it more geared towards physics cos im more interested in Physics than Chem.

4) I heard that many engineering grads will eventually swap over to finance or business side after awhile in an engineering job, or upon graduation. So would it be wise to take a second major in a business related course? Like is the workload in engineering courses already so much that a second major would be too much to handle?

5) Lastly, if you were to compare between NTU and NUS engineering, which one would be better? According to statistics, NUS has smaller intake for all their engineering courses and plus NUS doesnt seem like its concentrating on its school of engineering (?) cos its 'speciality' is like FASS, BizAd, law and med. Is that true? Like is the engineering school in NUS hence weaker in terms of industrial attachments, overseas linkups, quality of profs as compared to NTU? Or what is the main difference between the two schools that cause people to go for either one?

Thanks in advance!! :)

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Re: NTU & NUS Engineering queries

Postby dolphinsiah » Mon Mar 11, 2013 5:38 pm

:congrats: tanrdus for doing well in your A levels....

My DD also now at cross roads....on what to choose to further her studies...

She cannot do Engineering...because she did not take Physics...

I am sure you did talk to your parents on what to choose for your further studies...

Let me share my thoughts as a parent...and having working in the Corporate world for the last 25 years....

Unless you are a Scholarship Holder students when after your degree you will be bonded to a company...

Scholar Holders, their Careers more or less are already well planned by the Company.....

They normally starts as Junior Executive ...and work all the way up to be Manager Level.....(very smooth )

Degree holders or Diploma Holders will need a lot of hard work , continuous upgrading to attain the same position of a Scholar...

To me I always advise my DD , study the field that you like.....

Who can predict 4-5 years , what will happen to the World Economy?

Which Job will be in demand.....

When you enter the Workforce, the world will be so different from your school life....

Enjoy your U days...go with your passion....study the field that you like...

When you enter the Workforce...you will need constant upgrading...

I took Engineering in Poly ....but I obtained a Degree in Business during working....

So Education does not stop after you obtain a Degree....

You are still young, you should study as much as you can....

Good Luck... :xedfingers:

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Re: NTU & NUS Engineering queries

Postby WeiHan » Tue Mar 12, 2013 3:23 pm

I can only say this.

In Singapore, the word "engineer" isn't highly respected but in some developed countries like Germany, it is a well respected title. Technician is the word reserve for novice engineers while the title "engineer" is supposed to be meant for highly qualified and experienced seniors.

I can't answer all your questions but maybe one or two. Bioengineering is indeed not too good in job prospect. It is indeed better to have a double degrees or at least take some courses related to finance or businesses. It is true that many engineers went to finance. engineers do not have a bright prospect in Singapore generally speaking.

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Re: NTU & NUS Engineering queries

Postby dolphinsiah » Tue Mar 12, 2013 6:28 pm

I agreed with Weihan , if you are in Engineering field it would be better to boost up your profile with some finance knowledge...

After Poly ,I work my way up to be Senior Procurement Engineer.

I had to deal with Suppliers auditing their products/system and company finance...so I need to have both Engineering and some finance knowledge....

Engineering prospects in Singapore to me should be good ....I know in the Chemical Industrial there is always a need of Engineers...

That is why Poly Students find it easier to secure jobs....

I think to be too Specialize in a Engineering Field like Research , jobs might be quite difficult to come by.....

Like doing PHD in some Research...you need a lot of funds from big Corporates....

To me you are still young.....study the field you like.....

Good Luck...

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Re: NTU & NUS Engineering queries

Postby tanrdus » Tue Mar 12, 2013 7:53 pm

WeiHan wrote:I can't answer all your questions but maybe one or two. Bioengineering is indeed not too good in job prospect. It is indeed better to have a double degrees or at least take some courses related to finance or businesses. It is true that many engineers went to finance. engineers do not have a bright prospect in Singapore generally speaking.


Hi, so in your opinion which sector would be the one with the best prospects? And should i go for a course that im interested in, or go for one that has more prospects (BBA?) but im not that interested in?

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Re: NTU & NUS Engineering queries

Postby tanrdus » Tue Mar 12, 2013 8:08 pm

dolphinsiah wrote:Degree holders or Diploma Holders will need a lot of hard work , continuous upgrading to attain the same position of a Scholar...

yup i'll bear this in mind shld i decide to just continue with engineering. thanks alot for your advice! :)

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Re: NTU & NUS Engineering queries

Postby charlietantan » Wed Mar 13, 2013 8:24 am

I am currently in nus mechanical engineering. 1.The job prospects for bio engineering are not too good. That's just the way the current singapore market is. 2. It's up to you if you want to specialize, many year 1s just take common engineering in year 1 before deciding what to take in year 2. Specializing may or may not help in terms of job prospects, depends on what you are specializing in. 3. Chem engine is very chem intensive, not sure about bio engineering. 4. The work load is dependent on how good you are in your studies. However, a majoring in business isn't too good because you can't see it on your degree cert, it's only in your transcript. So it would be better to take a double degree if you intend to take an additional major. 5. If you were to see the ranking of nus engineering, it is way above ntu. And ranked between top 10 in the world. I would say that the ranking is the difference that makes one go for nus.

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Re: NTU & NUS Engineering queries

Postby charlietantan » Wed Mar 13, 2013 8:31 am

tanrdus wrote:
WeiHan wrote:I can't answer all your questions but maybe one or two. Bioengineering is indeed not too good in job prospect. It is indeed better to have a double degrees or at least take some courses related to finance or businesses. It is true that many engineers went to finance. engineers do not have a bright prospect in Singapore generally speaking.


Hi, so in your opinion which sector would be the one with the best prospects? And should i go for a course that im interested in, or go for one that has more prospects (BBA?) but im not that interested in?

A BBA does not necessarily mean more prospects, it also depends on the job market when you graduate. My friend graduated from nus with a 2nd upper business degree and she is currently still looking for a job after 7 months. The banking industry is currently quite saturated. In terms of engineering, the government is cutting down on foreign pmets, so I would say prospects are improving for the Singaporean engineer. But if you intend to be a multimillionaire, I'm afraid engineering is not for you unless you set up another hyflux. But do note that if you do not do well in business, you would end up in human resource.

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Re: NTU & NUS Engineering queries

Postby tanrdus » Wed Mar 13, 2013 12:34 pm

charlietantan wrote:I am currently in nus mechanical engineering. 1.The job prospects for bio engineering are not too good. That's just the way the current singapore market is. 2. It's up to you if you want to specialize, many year 1s just take common engineering in year 1 before deciding what to take in year 2. Specializing may or may not help in terms of job prospects, depends on what you are specializing in. 3. Chem engine is very chem intensive, not sure about bio engineering. 4. The work load is dependent on how good you are in your studies. However, a majoring in business isn't too good because you can't see it on your degree cert, it's only in your transcript. So it would be better to take a double degree if you intend to take an additional major. 5. If you were to see the ranking of nus engineering, it is way above ntu. And ranked between top 10 in the world. I would say that the ranking is the difference that makes one go for nus.


Hi, regarding NUS ME, why is its bottom 10% indicative grade profile higher than that of EEE? is it due to the aerospace specialisation in ME? Also, does NUS engin have direct honours and does it have industrial attachments? Cos i heard that the attachments are not compulsory, but then would there be time set aside for people to go for attachments and are they sourced via the school?

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Re: NTU & NUS Engineering queries

Postby tanrdus » Wed Mar 13, 2013 12:39 pm

charlietantan wrote:4. The work load is dependent on how good you are in your studies. However, a majoring in business isn't too good because you can't see it on your degree cert, it's only in your transcript. So it would be better to take a double degree if you intend to take an additional major.


So normally what kind of student would take a double degree since it is so academically challenging? And if you take up a double degree, would you be able to drop one degree halfway to like a double major or a minor if the workload is too much?

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