Ir Chong Chee Siong
Current company: McDermott Asia Pacific Sdn Bhd (part of McDermott International)
Year of graduation: 2008, MEng in Chemical Engineering
"I am currently a Senior Process Engineer in the Oil and Gas industry. My work experience is in detailed design engineering for EPCIC (Engineering, Procurement, Construction, Installation and Commissioning) projects covering offshore topside design of Wellhead Platform (WHP), Central Processing Platform (CPP), Mobile Production Unit (MOPU), and Floating Production Unit (FPU) for projects located in Malaysia, Vietnam, Denmark, and Australia.
I am grateful that the university promotes a controlled environment and platform which allows me to develop my creativity, analytical, and critical thinking skills freely. Initially hated it but during my early career I found that the environment helped prepare me to be a successful engineer. Another key element that I loved about the programme’s DNA was the numerous opportunities to work in group projects where it helped me built my confidence in my social and communication skills. I felt the early exposure really helps to shape my career even until today.
Another great experience that I have benefited while studying in both university campuses in Malaysia and UK (through the Inter-Campus Exchange Programme) was the diversity and cultural exposure. My university course mates and lecturers are from diverse background and nationalities. The cultural exposure, teaching methods, friendship, and life experiences, have broaden my mindset. This in turn has built my adaptability to work in an international company where many of my colleagues and clients are from diverse background and nationalities too."