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DSTA: Growing a Glowing Career in Defence Technology

The DSTA Scholarship allows talents like Lin Hui and Wei Wei to carve out shining careers in defence technology by creating opportunities for them to grow their passion and expertise through continuous learning.

By Ruth Wong

“When you are nineteen, you might not have figured out the area of work which suits you. The DSTA Scholarship offers scholars like me the flexibility of making a choice from a wide range of job opportunities just before graduation. This flexibility has given me time to discover my area of passion and that, to me, was one of the key reasons why I chose the DSTA Scholarship,” says Koh Lin Hui, 25, a DSTA scholar, who graduated last year from the Imperial College London with a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering.

The DSTA Scholarship
Reputed to be one of Singapore’s most prestigious scholarships in science and technology, the DSTA Scholarship grooms its budding engineers and scientists by putting them through a top-notch education in a wide array of disciplines at world-renowned universities.

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A*STAR: When Passion Fuels Research

Wishing upon a star won’t always give you what you desire. But at A*STAR, a love for science will ensure that your dreams can take flight!

By Charlene Tan

The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) is reputed for sending its scholars to top local and overseas universities to train with the brightest. Meet two individuals who had this opportunity – Dr Adrian Matthew Mak and Sim Jingwei. Though they are one decade apart, their hearts are set on the same goal – to contribute to the R&D sector in Singapore.

Brilliant minds
With 22 research institutes, consortia, and centres in the biomedical, science, and engineering sectors, A*STAR spearheads R&D and scientific inquiry in Singapore, driving the nation forward in a knowledge-based economy. Within its walls is a generation of scientists who dare to challenge the boundaries of modern science in areas such as biomedical sciences, physical sciences, engineering, and infocomm technologies.

“Research is about learning what’s unknown to mankind, to go through the physically and mentally tough challenge to develop something, and yet emerge surviving. I just love the challenge anytime!” Adrian quips.

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SIA: The Perfect Lift-Off

The notion of flight has enticed mankind for centuries. One SIA pilot reveals how his profession complements his interest for travel and aviation.

By Nabilah Husna A. Rahman

What is usually every young boy’s first fantasy is very much a reality for Captain Tay Lim Tiang, a pilot with Singapore Airlines (SIA). Having long harboured an interest in flight technology, Lim Tiang now has control over the “metal birds” and travels to different cities all over the globe for a living.

He chose to study Electronics and Communication Engineering at Singapore Polytechnic (SP) in order to chase his dream of flying to success, literally. “I was very intrigued with the job of a pilot during my youth. I was fascinated by the machines that are able to take flight in the sky,” the SIA pilot reveals.

With regard to his engineering background, Lim Tiang explains, “Modern aircraft incorporates many applications of technology, and as such, pursuing an engineering diploma is a logical extension of my interest in aviation.”

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MTU: A Multi-Dimensional Industry Leader

At MTU Asia, work is nothing short of enjoyable. Three employees with different backgrounds are proud testaments to this truth.

By Nabilah Husna A. Rahman

A wide range of opportunities are available to staff at MTU Asia, a leading and global manufacturer of diesel engines and complete drive systems. As the Asian arm of MTU Friedrichshafen GmbH, the brand boasts strength in both people and power, as well as a service-oriented culture.

Grooming leaders
Despite its focus on engineering, MTU Asia is continually on the lookout for qualified staff from various disciplines – a need which is met by the company’s graduate trainee programme.

Fresh graduates from Engineering, Business and Information Technology courses can apply for the programme, which caters to a wide variety of sectors within the company.

For Mechanical Engineering graduate Chong Chao Wei, a trainee in the Engineering Sales & Application Engineering-Marine Department, the 18-month-long programme’s attraction lies in its streamlined structure and prospects for growth.

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Makino: Nothing Is Impossible

“Never say never” is the mindset that researchers must have in the field of R&D. Two experts from Makino Asia share what really makes them tick.

By Joyce Lin

Whenever a car drives by or plane flies past, SKC Mohanan feels a sense of pride in knowing that part of it was made from Makino machines.

The R&D Manager from Makino Asia Pte Ltd has worked in R&D ever since he graduated from the University of Kerala in India. It is this relentless passion for the field that has motivated him to work in Singapore for close to 18 years.

His younger counterpart, Jason Wan, an Engineer in the same company for three years, has remained enthralled by R&D ever since his first brush with it during a work stint at the Logistic Institute Asia Pacific after his graduation. The 31-year-old has an honours degree from National University of Singapore in Computer Engineering and a master’s degree in Computer Science.

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Accenture: People Power

Staying in the same company for 15 years might seem implausible to career-switching professionals of today. But for one veteran, the decision to join and stay put in Accenture is the best career choice he has made.

By Lim Yan Wen

Mok Juang-Wei graduated with a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 1991. He chose this major because of his aptitude for Mathematics and the Sciences. After graduating, he realised that his career options were aplenty.

“I spent three months deciding, and along the way, consulting came up as one of the jobs where you can do a lot of things at once,” Juang-Wei says. The diversity and eclectic nature of consulting became a major draw for him to join Accenture, a leading management and technology consulting company that started its operations in Singapore in 1975.

Working Within Constraints
While the fields of engineering and consulting seem unrelated, Juang-Wei reckons that the beauty of university education lies not in its professional association with one's future career, but in the intangible skills that one learns along the way.

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Of Sonic Success

The manufacturing industry has received praise for its part in contributing to Singapore’s economic growth in the second quarter this year. Two Panasonic employees tell us more about their careers in the dynamic industry.

By Nabilah Husna A. Rahman

When you think of “Panasonic”, the various appliances and gadgets scattered around your house might come to mind. But behind the brand equity and its strong market positioning lies a team of hardworking individuals who do their best to unleash only quality products into the market.

Unsurprisingly, diligence is a noteworthy ingredient of Panasonic’s long-standing accomplishments in the industry. It is a valued attitude appropriate for a successful career in manufacturing, as Chew Hung Rhen and Chan Yi Yan both proclaim.

Both employees and their teams play crucial roles in the development of Panasonic as a quality brand and service.

Down to the nitty-gritty
Hung Rhen, a Senior R&D Engineer from Panasonic Refrigeration Devices Singapore was attracted to Panasonic because of its stead as a Japanese company. “First of all, it’s a big organisation with a lot of products,” he says. “It’s very prestigious and since it’s a Japanese company, I have a good impression of the product quality and services.”

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Sembcorp Marine - Growing with the Industry

In the world of marine and offshore engineering, Sembcorp Marine is definitely a top employer with its presence in the global market creating a wide range of job opportunities.

By Nathan Lum

Sembcorp Marine has come a long way since its incorporation in 1963. Currently a key global player in the marine and offshore engineering industry, the company specialises in a full spectrum of integrated solutions in ship repair, shipbuilding, ship conversion, rig building, and offshore engineering & construction.

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DSTA: Proud to Hone the Edge

The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) is portrayed and widely known as a coherent and credible military, ready to take on any threat to the nation. Ensuring that the SAF remains a notch above the rest are organisations such as the Defence Science & Technology Agency (DSTA).

By Azhar Jalil

DSTA manages a multi-disciplinary, multi-industry portfolio that spans the full spectrum of defence technology. The organisation is also behind defence acquisitions as well as development of defence systems for Singapore...

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Sembcorp Marine: Forging Ahead With Heart

Think of Sembcorp Marine, and most likely images of mega structures—towering rigs and majestic ships—come to mind. Despite the massive scale of operations, the company does everything well and with heart—everything from marine and offshore engineering to people management.

By Cheryl Lim

Sembcorp Marine is no stranger to most. As a leading global marine and offshore engineering group, the company is a world leader in rig building and offshore conversion and is internationally renowned for its expertise in ship repair and niche shipbuilding...

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