5 November, 2020

Interview with Junior Engineer

1. How would you characterize an average day at work for you?

As an engineer at AIE, we are always attaining new skills because we do such varied work. No two days are the same. However, on most days my main tasks include:

  • Working individually, or with other team members to update client’s database and compliance KPIs, prepare and review weekly reports and monthly presentations.
  • Working with the team leader and senior engineers to review work quality delivered, ensuring the best quality AIE is known for in the corrosion/integrity fields.
  • Communicating with team members, as well as clients via emails, meetings, progress reports, presentations, etc.
  • Attending to adhoc activities- this usually includes coordinating with team leader for support and principal engineers for quality assurance and control.

2. Is your job what you expected it to be? If different, how so?

To some extent. As a fresh graduate, I expected to be fully immersed in the technicalities of the engineering job. However, during my time at AIE, I’ve found and refined skills that I was not aware of having. I also developed many new skills in fields and directions.

3. What personal characteristics do you feel are necessary to be a successful engineer?

  • Curiosity and never shying away from asking
  • Hard work and ambition
  • Attention to detail and organisation
  • Being a strategic planner
  • Leadership and management skills
  • Open and honest communication
  • Team spirit

4. Where do you see yourself in 10 years from now?

I hope that working amongst all the highly experienced, competent and hard-working individuals at AIE would help refine me as a young engineer. So that in 10 years, I can grow and advance as much as possible in this field. I see myself in 10 years as:

  • Senior Engineer with competency in integrity & corrosion, and
  • Managing a project with the support from team members.

5. Can you use 3 words to describe your work experience at AIE so far?

  • Different
  • Diverse
  • Progressive

6. Do you have any hobbies or sports that you are passionate about?

To combat the harmful effects of the long hours spent sitting and focusing at a bright screen, I started working out more- whether it is yoga, board paddling, or climbing. Before the lock down, I used to go climbing at least once every week, along with some work colleagues, which I believe unconsciously helps in building team trust.

Also, I personally think that it is very important to have a balance between one’s career and interests. The work never ends, and neither should our motive to immerse ourselves in more hobbies and interests, outside of the workforce.

7. Could you tell us about how the transition to working from home has been and what steps AIE has adapted in order to support its employees during this unprecedented time. What has been your biggest struggle with working remotely?

With the recent COVID-19 outbreak came a lot of confusion, especially at its first stages. This confusion, however, was quickly addressed by AIE and I can say that the transition to working from home went smoothly, especially as AIE was quick to roll out a flexible work arrangement from the beginning to avoid any time delay on the configuration to kick start working from home.

There were several new measures that were initiated to maintain the same work quality while working remotely. One of which was the daily team meetings that kept employees engaged and helped in providing transparency with updating employees about any new business developments. Another was that employees were able to take home any of their desk items that helped increase their work efficiency and this was to maintain the best working environment possible, even while working from home. Due to all these extra steps, I personally didn’t find it very difficult to adjust to the remote work system; I tried to replicate the same desk setup I had at the office to maintain the same professionalism and efficiency that came along with working at the office.

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