Project Engineer, ST Electronics (Info-Comm Systems)
Q: What made you decide to join ST Electronics?
My love for all things digital was the key to a career in electronics. I had started at a time before the current ST Electronics. I spent almost a decade of my working life with SEEL (Singapore Electronics and Engineering Limited), which was later renamed CET (Communications Electronics Transportation) in 1986 and then ST Electronics (Info-Comm Systems) Pte Ltd in 2005. That was how I got into ST Electronics.
Q: How would you describe your time here at ST Electronics?
In the 43 years I’ve been with the company, I’ve been involved in several projects in the areas of mobile communications, system testing and installation for our customers. They are mainly in the defence, homeland security and commercial sectors.
I am very grateful to be promoted from Assistant Service Engineer to be an Engineer in 2011. Prior to that, as I recall, I started as a graded staff.
The opportunities at work in ST Electronics have provided me with my fair share of challenges and rewards. One of my most memorable achievements which I still cherish today is winning the first prize in the Innovation Competition. It was for designing a unique torchlight together with a long-time colleague.
Q: Any advice for new staff?
I believe commitment, passion for work and a high sense of responsibility will motivate one to get the work done. Besides these, teamwork and good people relationships are instrumental to succeeding in a project.
Personally, I get a sense of job satisfaction with every successful project completion. Every day is a learning experience at work.
Q: What types of unique skills are needed to excel as a project engineer?
A keen learning attitude in what you see at work every day is important because I see the need to constantly upgrade my skillset to value add in my work. This has helped me to solve many problems and overcome challenges encountered at work.
I often find myself learning from my peers who are subject experts in their own fields so I can enhance my working knowledge. Soft skills are just as important as your technical know-how, even in an engineering company.