Ong Teck Wee (Jake)
Senior Engineer: Linxens Singapore Pte Ltd.
Ong Teck Wee graduated with an MSc degree in Polymer Technology in 2010. Here he gives some insight into his time at Loughborough and his current engineering role.
Why did you choose to study for a Postgraduate qualification in Polymer Technology at Loughborough University?
I had a chance to do an industrial attachment of 6 weeks with Loughborough University during my polytechnic school days. During the 6 weeks I had great experience here in Loughborough. After I graduated, I found out that my school had affiliation with Loughborough to continue the Masters degree after the advanced diploma. I set my mind straight for the path without hesitation.
During my 1 year stay in Loughborough, I learned to be independent. I discovered the importance of self-reliance and being resourceful to look for solutions to all problems faced through coursework and studies. This skillset is a great asset in my current R&D (research and development) environment where every challenge we may be struck with is just pending the right idea to make it work. Being able to persevere and tackle each problem as it comes is one step closer to success of the project at each time.
Would there be one piece of advice that you would give to current or prospective students looking to study the same course that you did?
Study hard, study smart and enjoy the life in Loughborough. It will certainly be one of the most memorable times in your life that you’ll share with others in a later stage.
Did you take part in any extra-curricular activities during your studies? If so, what impact did these have on your experience?
Although I lived outside of the campus, I managed to join the John Philip Hall postgraduates for IMS games like canoeing, swimming and table tennis. It gave me the opportunity to get to know new friends from around the world and I was invited to more activities with them like soccer and nights out to the local hangouts.
Linxens is a leader in the smartcards manufacturing industry. It has plants in France, Singapore, Thailand, China and Germany. I have been with the company ever since graduating from Loughborough University for more than 6 years in the R&D department.
Resourcefulness, research techniques and report writing skills.
I started as an entry-level engineer in the R&D department. I then went on to become a process engineer and now onto my current role as a senior engineer.
The multicultural work environment is somewhat similar to the life in the university. I could integrate very well into the team and have no issue cooperating with all the functions.
I enjoy the constant challenge and opportunity to solve each problem with innovative and probable solutions.
In the near future, I’d see myself continue to develop on my technical expertise and strengthen my ability to progress to a more senior role in the long run.