Mr. Ma graduated from the Nanking Naval Academy in 1909.
After two years' active service in the Navy, he went to America and took naval construction at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he received his Master of Arts degree.
Pai-liang Ma retained to China in 1917 and was engaged as instructor of marine engineering at Foochow Naval Academy. He was a superintendent of work, Government Dock and Engineering Works of Mamoi in Foochow, China in 1920-1921, director of the same institution in 1926-1927, director of the Kiangnan Dock and Engineering Works since 1928. He also held the position of director of the Government Irrigation Works in Lien Ping Kiang in Changlo, Fukien, China in 1926-1929.