He said there was a need to train more engineers before the situation became critical, adding that the country would need about 200,000 engineers by 2020.
Currently, there are only 60,000 engineers in the country, Prof Chuah said.
“We should plan ahead and not wait until there is an acute shortage,” he said after IEM’s 50th anniversary dinner and awards night at One World Hotel here on Saturday.
He urged parents to encourage their children to consider engineering as it was a stable career and, additionally, would enable them to branch into other sectors.
“Students who pursue engineering are taught to think analytically and critically.
“This kind of training provides them with skills to go into other careers such as banking, teaching and management,” he said.
At the dinner, former Works Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Zin Mohamed was made an IEM Hono- rary Fellow.
The IEM 50th Anniversary commemorative stamp and first-day cover were also unveiled at the dinner and will go on sale today at post offices nationwide.