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Transport Services

by on January 18, 2016 | Career Guide

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This field prepares or develops the abilities of individuals to plan, provide and maintain efficient transport systems and understand the interaction between transport systems and urban development. It includes the study of road transportation, aviation, ship operation and mail operation in areas such as evaluation of cost and capacity of transportation networks; planning, design and operation of transport facilities; public transport systems; traffic operations and control; and logistics and shipping.

What you will learn

Road motor vehicle operation

This sub-field includes the provision of transport services on land, such as cars, buses and trains. There are many occupations in this sub-field – from vehicle inspectors and driving instructors to drivers and maintenance workers. You may learn topics on vehicle safety, road safety, enforcement of motor vehicle laws and regulations, and the licensing of dealer and repair facilities.


The aviation sub-field is divided into areas such as aeronautics, pilot training, and aviation mechanics. Aeronautics programmes prepare you for various aviation careers, including pilot and management positions. You will study flight regulations, aircraft systems and practical flying techniques. In contrast, aviation mechanics and maintenance teaches you how to inspect, repair and maintain helicopters and airplanes, as well as learn to troubleshoot avionics electronics.

Ship operation

In ship operation, you will learn how to operate and maintain vessels that take cargo and people over water, to and from domestic and foreign ports around the world. You will be trained to operate and maintain non-military vessels, follow the vessel’s strict chain of command, and ensure the safety of all people and cargo on board.

Mail operation

The sub-field of mail operation includes various stages like mail collection, postmarking, mail sorting, mail processing, mail carriers and mail delivery. You could work in one of many departments such as administrative support, consumer affairs, government affairs, delivery, engineering, facilities, global business, law enforcement, plant operations, transportation and logistics, and many more.

Read more on Courses and Careers in Transport Services here.

Possible Occupations

  • Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technicians
  • Air Traffic Controllers
  • Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors
  • Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians
  • Airfield Operations Specialists
  • Airline Pilots, Co-pilots, and Flight Engineers
  • Automotive Body Repairers
  • Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics
  • Aviation Inspectors
  • Avionics Technicians
  • Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine
  • Specialists
  • Captains, Mates, and Pilots
  • Cargo and Freight Agents
  • Commercial Divers
  • Crane and Tower Operators
  • Engine and Other Machine Assemblers
  • Freight and Cargo Inspectors
  • Freight Forwarders
  • Industrial Safety and Health Engineers
  • Locomotive Engineers
  • Logisticians
  • Logistics Analysts
  • Logistics Managers
  • Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics
  • Motor Vehicle Operators
  • Motorboat Mechanics and Service Technicians
  • Operating Engineers
  • Ship Engineers
  • Storage and Distribution Managers
  • Supervisors of Helpers, Labourers, and Material Movers
  • Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers
  • Supervisors of Transportation and Vehicle Operators Supply
  • Supply Chain Managers
  • Transportation Managers
  • Transportation Planners
  • Transportation Vehicle, Equipment and Systems Inspectors

Featured Courses

1. Diploma in Aircraft Maintenance Technology at Management & Science University (MSU)

Management & Science University (MSU)The Diploma in Aircraft Maintenance Technology (DACM) offered at Management & Science University (MSU) is a 2.5 year programme that prepares students for a career as an Aircraft Engineering Technician. Alternatively, students can advance to a degree programme in a related field, such as aircraft maintenance engineering. The programme provides students with the fundamentals of aircraft maintenance technology, avionic systems, and the aspects of fixed wing aircraft, including airframe and engines.

Typical subjects in this course include:

  • Basic Aerodynamic
  • Aviation Legislation
  • Theory of Flight and Flight Control
  • Electronics Instrument and Avionics System
  • Maintenance Practice
  • Airframe Structure
  • Aircraft Hydraulic and Pneumatics
  • Turbine Engine & APU
  • Aircraft Fuel System, Ice and Rain Protection
  • Engine Lubrication, Fuel and Air System
  • Power plant Installation, Monitoring & Ground Operation
  • Engine Starting, Ignition and Indication

What are some examples of career prospects?

Upon completing this programme, you can seek employment as an aircraft maintenance technician or engineer, sheet metal repair technician, aircraft turbine engine repair and overhaul technician, quality assurance engineer, aero components repair and overhaul technician, and many more.

In order to carry out aircraft maintenance work on aeroplanes or helicopters, you must obtain an Aircraft Maintenance License (AML) from Malaysia Airlines Engineering and Maintenance or Dilog Training and Services, as these are the only approved organisations that conduct training, examinations and assessment of AML granted by the Department of Civil Aviation Malaysia (DCAM).

Entry requirements

  • Pass SPM with at least 3 credits including mathematics, and pass English Language; OR
  • Certificate in relevant field from polytechnic, PTPL or higher education provider recognised by the Malaysian government with a minimum CGPA of 2.0; OR
  • Pass Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) with at least grade B in 3 subjects; OR
  • Other equivalent qualifications recognised by the Malaysian government
2. Diploma in Aircraft Maintenance Technology at Kolej TAFE Seremban

Kolej TAFE SerembanThe Diploma in Aircraft Maintenance Technology at TAFE prepares students to perform maintenance and repair tasks on aircrafts and their components. This programme will allow students to choose a career path in the aircraft industry in the areas of mechanical, structural or avionics. The programme will also prepare students to sit for the DCAM & EASA Part 66 license examination.

What can students who enrol in this course look forward to?

Students will gain valuable hands-on experience during their 16-week internship. They will have the opportunity to undergo training in maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) at organisations such as Air Asia Sdn Bhd, MAS, Transmile Aircraft Engineering Sdn Bhd, Sabah Air, GE Sdn Bhd, D-Nest, and Sepang Aircraft Engineering (SAE).

Typical subjects in this course include:

  • Engineering Mathematics I
  • Science
  • Engineering Computing
  • Aircraft Drawing
  • Technical English
  • Basic Aircraft Workshop Practice
  • Aerofoil Theory
  • Basic Electricity
  • Aircraft Handling & Ground Support
  • Hydraulics & Pneumatics
  • Air Legislation
  • Aircraft Materials, Hardware & NDT
  • Landing Gear & Brakes System
  • Aircraft Electrical Systems
  • Aircraft Pressurisation, Oxygen & Air Conditioning System
  • Aircraft Fuel Systems
  • Flight Controls
  • Aircraft Structures & Sub-Structures
  • Basic Gas Turbine Engine
  • Engine Starting & Ignition Systems
  • Lubrication Systems
  • Air Sealing
  • Engine Indicating Unit
  • Instruments & VHF I Comm. Systems
  • Heat Detecting & Extinguishing Systems
  • Aircraft Ice & Rain Protection
  • Engine Control Systems
  • Engine Fuel Systems
  • Fixed and Variable Pitch Propeller
  • Auxiliary Power Unit

What are some examples of career prospects?

Students who complete this programme will qualify to be employed as Aircraft Maintenance Mechanics or Technicians. This course also enables students to further their studies to obtain the basic license for Aircraft Maintenance. It also creates a pathway towards becoming a Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (LAME). Students will also have the option of pursuing a degree in Aircraft Maintenance at a local or foreign university.

Entry requirements

SPM or SPMV or its equivalent, with credits in mathematics, science and one other subject, and a pass in English.

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