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Wei Jack Lee Senior Design Engineer, Barnbrook Systems Ltd

MEng Mechanical Engineering/Aerospace 2017

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The University has allowed me to further understand the needs of being an engineer in an everchanging industry.

What are your major responsibilities/duties in your current role?

In my current role, I oversee the design of new and existing products. Part of this role is to understand customer and industry standard requirements (such as MIL spec) and translating these requirements to a design. I am also tasked with providing improvements and solutions to manufacturing processes of the company. Lastly, I lead the company’s innovation group, a select group of employees, who seek to come up with new and innovative ideas that may potentially be implemented into the company’s new products.

What have been the highlights of your career to date?

The best highlight of my career was being given a chance to visit Royal Air Force (RAF) Benson to learn about fuel systems in a Leonardo helicopter. I was allowed into one of two RAF simulators to better my understanding from a pilot’s point of view and was also able to pilot the simulator itself.

What have you have taken from your course and applied to your working environment?

In the course, we have been taught to use 3D modelling software (Solidworks) for design. For me, this element of the course is important in the current working environment as most of my role is centred around sound design and effective communication to customers and colleagues. We were also taught about project management, which is helpful in managing manhours and overheads to existing projects.

How did your time at University help you to grow as a person and help you get to where you are now?

The University has allowed me to further understand the needs of being an engineer in an everchanging industry. The engineering tools and knowledge that are taught in University are still highly relevant in today’s industry and has allowed Southampton graduates like me to hit the ground running and be comfortable and confident in our new roles.

Why did you choose to study at the University of Southampton Malaysia (UoSM)?

UoSM provides a good opportunity to be enrolled in a course that is conducted by a world-class university, while still retaining some comforts of being in an Asian setting. Adding to that, the excellent student-to-lecturer ratio compelled me to enrol in UoSM.

What were your Malaysia ‘highlights’ (best experiences)?

Being the second batch of graduates from UoSM, my classmates are the main highlights of my experience whilst in Malaysia. We are a closed knitted group, and everyone participated in events and outings, from weekly futsal session to the occasional trips to Singapore.

What were your Southampton ‘highlights’?

While in Southampton, I was able to attend a Premier League football match, to which Southampton Football Club won. The atmosphere and passion from the supporters was exhilarating, and we even joined in with the chants from the supporters!

What advice would you give to a student starting their degree at University of Southampton Malaysia?

Enjoy the setting and pacing of UoSM, as it is different to the main campus in Southampton. Be sure to make the most of the student-to-lecturer ratio, and don’t be afraid to ask questions to lecturers, assistant lecturers, or even your classmates.

What tips would you give to current students looking to start a career in your sector?

Be passionate, be enthusiastic and always be curious about ways to innovate. Having a keen eye to detail and sound approach to problems is also critical towards being a successful engineer. And lastly, a good attitude towards others will be the most important key and building block towards your upcoming career.

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