UA Aerospace Malaysia, the company which puts its trust on the line accepting the investment from Menteri Besar Kedah Incorporated (MBI Kedah) is now spreading its wings to China. UA Aerospace Malaysia has signed an agreement to collaborate with Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), an aircraft producing company from the Land of the Red Dragon. It is reported that the partnership involves the erection of a commercial and public aircraft, Y-12 and AC312 helicopter. This joint venture also include building of related facility in Kedah where MBI Kedah is said to take care of the budget whereas AVIC will provide the exercise and technical help to UA Aerospace Malaysia which is estimated to be done by 2020. This partnership was signed on 28th March 2019 at the Langkawi International Maritime & Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA’19) in Langkawi.
This giant venture in return will make the nation to be the first among ASEAN countries to receive an aircraft reckoned by USA, FFA. The facility establishment is believed to be able to transform the state from only being the ‘rice bowl’ of this country to a giant pressure cooker one day. This is due to the advancement of technology and the high income business which can be generated from this emerging aircraft industry. Thus, local economy is estimated to bloom gracefully as Malaysia is now in a more strategic position to promote the Y12 aircraft across the globe. Having said that, it is important that Malaysians should know more about the aerospace industry in their country to better appreciate the underrated aerospace engineers of our own who should have been highlighted more by the media.
First and foremost, let us go through the duties of aerospace engineers in general.
One of them is that they are expected to design, test, and manufacture planes and related aerospace products. They also need to analyse project proposals for them to decide whether the plan is financially acceptable, whether it is doable in a long run and if the goals of the company could be reached should the plan is to be organised. The project must meet the standard and quality which has been listed in the field. As for the product evaluation, they are to see if the products meet the engineering principles required, customer needs as well as environmental rules. They will also need to create approval criteria for design methods, the standard quality as well as the deadlines of the products. In addition, the solutions to damaged products should also be identified as by inspecting any non-functional products.
Apart from that, these engineers may also invent brand new aviation technologies for spacecraft. They can design various types of space inventions, for commercial and military purpose crafts. This include missiles and rockets. Experts in this field also contribute to Science and technology as they need to examine how spacecraft perform before and after they are launched from the Earth. These spacecrafts include small satellites such as cubesats and huge satellites. Astronautical and aeronautical fields are overlapping with each other due to the use of the principle of physics. As for the working environment of these engineers, they are to work in firms specialising in manufacturing as well as designing aircrafts as well as research in spacecraft development for the government. However, modern aerospace engineers usually stuck in their office more often than the ones in the past as they need to work with sophisticated digital devices and work out mathematical formula as well as handling complicated softwares and tools for modelling of the crafts.
Moving on to the qualities required for aerospace engineers, one of them is the analytical skills. They are to analyse elements for design which need to be formulated its altenatives in order to make better the performance of the elements. Another skill is business skill. This is due to the nature of the field which requires them to go out and meet people of business at times. Therefore, they need to fulfil the business standard put upon them or at least have the grasp or basics in commercial law. Not just that, critical thinking skills are also required in order to figure out solution for any dysfunctional products or the ones that do not meet government standards. They need to find the right answer to everything. And of course what is an aerospace engineer without math skills. They will need to apply the calculus principle, trigonometry as well as advanced themes for any troubleshoot that may appear in the future.