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Martin Tan
Martin Tan


Q: Tell us about yourself and your work.

I am an Assistant Manager in the Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) business unit of the Engineering Development Centre at ST Aerospace. I take on marketing assignments where I get to engage various stakeholders, as well as programme management where I get to see through the successful devising, execution and completion of projects. My role allows me to communicate my ideas effectively, support exhibitions, prepare proposals, manage expenditures and collaborate closely with multi-disciplinary subject matter experts and external partners.

In 2014, I completed a double degree programme in Master of Science (Defence Technology and Systems) and Master of Science (Mechanical Engineering, with distinction & outstanding thesis awards) at NUS and NPS. Prior to that, I spent five years as a Mechanical Engineer focused on design, preparing engineering drawings and supporting production for manned platforms.

Q: What motivates you at work?

I have always been fascinated with the aviation industry, and seeing the engineering feat in aircraft gives me an adrenaline rush. It is also very rewarding to collaborate with an extraordinary team of people who share the same goal in delivering the end solution.

Q: Your role includes marketing UAVs. How is this different from an engineering role, and what skills have you been able to bring over and apply in your current role?

Marketing is a very dynamic job which requires me to constantly see things from the perspective of my clients so as to be able to address their needs. My previous engineering role taught me to be analytical, and this has equipped me with the skills to make the most suitable recommendations to our clients.

"I have always been fascinated with the aviation industry, and seeing the engineering feat in aircraft gives me an adrenaline rush."
Martin Tan, Assistant Manager, UAV business unit, Engineering Development Centre, ST Aerospace

Q: What is one misconception people always have about your job?

Some may feel that a manager's role is mundane and entails only routine administrative tasks and paperwork. On the contrary, it is both challenging and exhilarating as different daily events require my attention, participation, evaluation and decision.

Q: What advice would you give to young engineers?

Pursue your passion and most important of all, work hard. ST Engineering is a fantastic organisation which gives you multitudinous opportunities to grow and excel in.