The Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) Engineering Campus is located in Transkrian, Nibong Tebal, Seberang Perai Selatan, Penang. The campus covers an area about 320 acres. It is located approximately 45 km from the Main Campus in Gelugor, Penang.
The initiation of this campus is aligned with USM’s specific ambition, and government’s general expectations to develop the studies in the engineering field in order to produce an all-rounder human capital that will be the heart and drive for the development and progress of the nation. It was started at the School of Applied Sciences, Main Campus in 1972. The era of engineering studies began at the university in 1984 when the school was restructured into two disciplines of studies and was named the School of Engineering Science and Industrial Technology. In accordance to the necessity of the development of this field of studies, encouraged USM to separate this field of study physically. Hence, the branch campus was developed to specifically cater the engineering field of studies.
Originally the campus was located in Seri Iskandar, Perak and back then the campus is known as Universiti Sains Malaysia Kampus Cawangan Perak(KCP). After operating there for 15 years (1986–2001), the campus was relocated to the present site and hence known as the Engineering Campus. The present campus area was an oil palm plantation and oil palm trees are still can be seen today at certain sections of the campus.
The campus has quite a complete facilities/infrastructures to cater the needs of the students. There are a library, a main hall, Islamic Centre, 3 cafeterias, ATMs, a banquet hall, a sports complex,convenience stores, Photostat shops, a track, Pusat Mahasiswa (which houses Mahasiswa Hall, Dance Studio, and etc.), an examination hall, a lecture hall complex and two hangars for the School of Aerospace Engineering. The campus also has a few lakes. Some of these lakes are meant for REDAC research. The presence of these lakes actually makes the scenery around the campus much nicer. For the convenience of the students, the campus provides a roofed pedestrian walk (fondly called Susur Gajah by the students) that connects the hostel blocks and the schools.