A Nuts and Bolts Job that requires Networking and Knowledge
Teong Soon speaks to us this week about being a Professional Mechanical Engineer. Being in the business for over 30 years, he's built up an impressive portfolio of work. Who else can say that they were the one who designed the Fire Protection system for Changi Airport's Terminal 2?
Read on for Teong Soon's two valuable tips for jobseekers Ƀ one that involves networking and the other on keeping up with technological changes in the engineering industry.
Q1: Hi Teong Soon. How has 2012 been for you?
2012 has been a good year. There were more new factory and commercial buildings commissioned, so I've been able to get more projects.
Q2: What inspired you to pursue an Engineer job?
When Singapore gained its independence in 1965, there was a need to develop this small country into take it from its third world roots to the beginnings of a first world country.
Q3: Let's talk about your first mechanical engineer job. What did you do for them?
My first job as a mechanical engineer was working on the construction of Changi Airport's Terminal 2. As a new mechanical engineer, the prestige on working on Singapore's gateway to the world was not lost on me.
Q4: What was your most interesting project?
I would have to say my first project, building Changi Airport's T2. It was not only prestigious, but the size of the project was a daunting one.
Q5: Tell us more about your job in mechanical engineering now. What are the things you do on a day-to-day basis?
I decided a few years ago to branch out and set up my own business. I'm still in the professional engineering industry, but I wanted the freedom to choose my own projects.
Q6: Was starting out in your current job in the mechanical engineering industry easy?
Starting out in my job was not easy. I first had to get a degree in Mechanical Engineering and that was followed by a requirement to practice as a Mechanical Engineer for at least five years in the construction industry.
Q7: What are the career challenges you face and how do you overcome them?
There were two challenges I faced when I was starting out my own business.
Q8: Based on professional experience, what career advice would you give to aspiring mechanical engineers Ƀ so they can improve themselves?
Whoever you are, whatever you're doing, you need to have the following four elements to succeed.
Q9: What does the phrase 'rest and relax' means to you?
I focus on three key things to 'rest and relax'. I take time for my exercise routine to keep fit. I spend time with my family, over a meal, TV, conversation or even travelling together. Socially, I like to go for karaoke sessions with my friends or even just getting together for a drink and supper.