Introduction

INSTITUTE OF MATERIALS, MALAYSIA (IMM)

Institute of Materials, Malaysia (IMM) is a non-profit professional society that promotes honourable practice, professional ethics and encourages education in materials science, technology and engineering. Engineers, academicians, technicians, skilled workers and professionals are amongst its members exceeding 6800.

Registered with the Registrar of Societies on 6th November 1987, the Malaysian Materials Science & Technology Society (MMS) changed its name to the Institute of Materials, Malaysia (IMM) on 16th June 1997. The objectives of the IMM include the training and development of individuals and companies in Malaysia to attain professional recognition in various fields of materials science, technology and engineering.

IMM is administered by a council of 30 members, with volunteers leading 18 materials committees, and 5 regional chapters, and supported by a secretariat with full time staffs.

The IMM membership is categorised into 6 different grades and open to anyone above the age of 17 years – individuals and companies keen in developing and contributing towards the growth of materials science, technology and engineering in Malaysia.

Over the years, IMM have conducted courses on coatings, coatings fingerprinting, corrosion, welding, vibration etc in support of the oil and gas industry in Malaysia. Over 600 Coating Inspectors have been trained and certified as well as 2,500 Blasters & Painters, supervisors and Corrosion technicians. Its certification programmes are recognized by PETRONAS and all oil & gas operators. Since January 2011, more than 40 Associate Welding Engineers, 30 Welding Engineers, 10 Senior Welding Engineers and 24 Coating Fingerprint Quality Controllers were trained and certified.

IMM has also organised 10 International Materials Technology conferences (IMTCE) on a biennial basis, and numerous technical seminars, educational programmes, technical visits, and materials awareness programmes since 1988.

Public courses, such as Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion (MIC) and Welding Technology for Non-Welding Personnel, are been offered occasionally. Training on materials awareness has also been conducted in public listed companies.

The courses and programmes are being organised by Materials Technology Education Sdn Bhd (MTE), a joint-venture between IMM and InterMerger Group.

Collaborations with the Asian Welding Federation, The Society for Protective Coatings, US (SSPC), Sabah Skills Technology Centre (SSTC), and local universities continue to be part of IMM’s vision and long term mission to educate, train and serve the materials fraternity.