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Chia Jieru
Chia Jieru

Senior Engineer, ST Aerospace

Q: What is it like to work at ST Aerospace?
Working in ST Aerospace has proven to be not just an engaging, but also a rewarding, experience. Daily engineering tasks require us to generate practical solutions to real-life problems, and while technical knowledge is useful, critical thinking skills have proven to be far more essential. We are regularly required to think outside the box, and come up with simple, yet creative solutions. 

Problems are usually multi-faceted and they require me to work together with other people. In the face of complex issues, I can always count on my colleagues and supervisors to share their experiences and collectively think of solutions. ST Aerospace has a close-knit work culture and I find it a privilege to work with such a group of warm and fun-loving people.

Q: What is the most interesting project you have worked on?
I’m currently working on the Airbus A330 Passenger To Freighter Conversion (PTF) project. The extensive amount of engineering effort required in this PTF Conversion makes it very challenging yet interesting.

From cutting a huge hole in the aircraft fuselage for the installation of a new cargo door, to reinforcing the aircraft structure for heavier cargo loads, to modification of onboard avionics and aircraft systems, careful considerations have to be made to ensure all safety requirements are met while the most cost effective solution is chosen.

Together with a group of mechanical system engineers, we are responsible for modifying the aircraft systems to suit the needs of a freighter aircraft. This includes modifying aircraft systems like the hydraulic system, the oxygen system, the fire protection system and the environmental control system.

“While technical knowledge is useful, critical thinking skills have proven to be far more essential. We are regularly required to think outside the box, and come up with simple, yet creative solutions.”
Chia Jieru, Senior Engineer, ST Aerospace

Q: What is it like being a female engineer?
To me, I’m just an engineer who enjoys solving problems; there is no distinction between being a male engineer or a female engineer. ST Aerospace has an open culture and there are equal opportunities for both male and female engineers.

Perhaps because I am accustomed to a male dominated environment since university days, I find no difference in communicating with other male counterparts at work. On the contrary, I find it enjoyable working in this field as I get to mingle with likeminded people who have common interest in the aviation industry. It is not the gender but rather the passion that matters.

Q: What do you find most meaningful in your job?
It excites me to constantly learn new things and acquire new skills. ST Aerospace provides this exact platform for me to keep challenging myself. From engineering work where I continually gain new knowledge about aircraft systems; to non-technical tasks where I expand the breadth of my knowledge into other fields like Intellectual Property Rights; to honing my presentation skills by being the emcee or presenter at company events, these opportunities have allowed me to continuously grow and develop myself in all dimensions.

On top of these opportunities for personal growth, the most meaningful aspect of the job would be recognising that my daily work has a direct impact on the air-worthiness of the aircraft and it is my responsibility to ensure that the right engineering judgments are made to keep aircraft flying safely.