About Us



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 working committees (of which 9 are technical committees), 3 task force groups 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 on developing and contributing towards the growth of materials science, technology and engineering in Malaysia.

Over the years, IMM has conducted courses on coatings, coatings fingerprinting, corrosion, welding, vibration etc in support of the oil and gas industry in Malaysia. Over 780 Coatings Inspectors have been trained and certified as well as 3,250 Blaster & Painters, Supervisors and Corrosion Technicians. More than 60 Certified Welding Inspector, Associate Welding Engineers, Welding Engineers and Senior Welding Engineers were trained and certified. Such certification programmes are recognized by PETRONAS and oil & gas operators.

Up to date, there are more than 15 Certified Coating QC Technician, 120 Certified Vibration Practitioner, 35 Certified Cathodic Protection Technician and Certified Cathodic Protection Engineer, 80 trained members for Coating Fingerprint Foundation Course and 45 Certified Coating Fingerprint Quality Controller. The Coating Fingerprint Quality Controller is recognised by SIRIM and plays important role in paint and coating industries.

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 offered occasionally. Training on materials awareness has also been conducted in public listed companies.

While the training courses are conducted by Authorised Training Bodies and Associate Training Partners, competency certification in various disciplines of materials sciences and technology is managed by the Institute.

Collaborations with the Asian Welding Federation, 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.