Quantity surveying is not a new programme but, not many of us know what it actually is.
Take for instance the buildings we see around us, or even the house we live in. We never knew the process of how it was made. This is where quantity surveyors play a role. They are engaged to control the finances and the contractual administration of construction projects.
This is a challenging programme alongside Engineering and Architecture which leads to an interesting career.
Who should study Quantity Surveying?
Students with interest in buildings, finance, sustainability and technology are suitable to pursue this programme.
They will acquire the skills to manage the costs relating to building projects, and the calculation from the initial to the final figures. Student will also learn how to minimize costs and enhance value for money in the projects they handle and also deliver quality projects on time.
What will I learn?
This programme will furnish students with the combination of computing & quantifying, managerial skills and construction technologies including the legal aspects of construction.
The programme will not only focus on the measurement work for building construction but also the infrastructure work related to civil engineering works.
What should I expect?
You will become a quantity surveyor with the clear understanding of the theoretical and technical aspects of quantity surveying that would prepare you for your career.
Moreover, you will have the ability to identify, analyse, evaluate and solve problems creatively based on knowledge, experience and self-development (life-long learning) that will contribute to the Quantity Surveying profession.
Why you should consider a career in Quantity Surveying?
If you are an outdoor person, this profession will suit you.
Unlike other professionals who spend their time working full time in the office, quantity surveyors spends part of their time at construction sites and part of their time out to meet clients, architects, engineers and suppliers.
Working in this field gives you a good opportunity to develop professional networks that can help advance your career. If in future you decide to establish your own firm, you will likely have a wide network of industry professionals.
Who will employ me?
As a quantity surveyor you can work for either the client or the contractor, in an office or on site. You will be involved in a project from the start, preparing estimates and costs of the work. When the project is in progress, you'll keep track of any variations to the contract that may affect costs and create reports to show profitability.
How much will I make?
The average salary for a fresh graduate in this field can range from RM 1,800 to RM 2,600 monthly. But of course, your salary will also depend on the company that you work for. The more experienced you are, the higher your salary will be.
If you obtain the status of a registered quantity surveyor, it will increase both your job and salary prospects.
Is there any professional recognition for this programme?
Yes. This programme is recognised by the Board of Quantity Surveyors Malaysia (BQSM) and the Royal Institution of Surveyors Malaysia (RISM).
The Board of Quantity Surveyors Malaysia (BQSM) is a professional regulating body.
The Royal Institution of Surveyors Malaysia (RISM) is a professional institution representing the surveying profession, including quantity surveying division in Malaysia.
How does the professional recognition for this programme benefit me?
Once you have become a registered quantity surveyor, you may continue working across a broad range of disciplines throughout your career. Or, you may choose to specialise in a certain area and develop an in-depth knowledge of that particular field. There are opportunities for working abroad too!
Did you know?
Quantity Surveying is also involved in the Oil and Gas Industry.