A Decade Long (and counting!) Love for Engineering

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Heng Yee’s love for Mechatronics began in Secondary School, while learning how to operate machines, including sawing and drilling machines and hand tools in Design and Technology class. Although he had no idea where it would lead him, he took a leap of faith after graduating from N Levels and decided to pursue Mechatronics at ITE and thereafter, Polytechnic. 

Those years of studying didn’t just develop his technical skills, but also his confidence level and passion for the subject. By the end of his Polytechnic days, even rumours of overlapping report deadlines, staying up all night to study for exams and “rocket science theories” that could take hours to get your head around did not deter him from eventually choosing to do a Mechanical Engineering degree at NTU. 

Today, Heng Yee is a Mechanical Engineer and, in the words of his colleagues, a “recognised gem” at Murata Electronics, a manufacturing engineering company of electrical and electronics components. While the journey might have been long, it’s not without its rewards. Not only is Heng Yee able to finally apply all the theoretical knowledge he’s learnt over the course of his decade of study, but he also gets to develop the latest robots, automated systems and technology. 

An Overseas Experience Like No Other

Heng Yee joined Murata just as they acquired a new type of Appearance Inspection technology, an automated technology that uses image processing to ensure that products are not defective before being packaged for delivery to customers. He was given the experience of a lifetime: a chance to join Murata’s Research & Development (R&D) team in Japan to learn how to use this technology and level up his skills. 

“I had the most genuine experience working with the Japan team members, who were very specialised. Each member had a very in-depth understanding of a specific subject, which meant that someone could, and would always answer my questions.” he recalls. One of the biggest takeaways, apart from the technical knowledge he gained, was the new friends he made who were so willing to help him learn - not just about their subjects, but their culture and the best places to get his late-night ramen fix. They even took him for his first baseball game and skiing experience!

A Culture of Collaboration

A career in engineering doesn’t just involve working with robots and machines all day. At Murata, different teams are involved throughout the manufacturing process, from the processing of raw materials to the packaging of the final product. So, like many other engineers, Heng Yee spends a lot of his day in meetings with teams from different functions, collaborating to provide support and making the process as smooth as possible. 

The collaborative nature of their role is also the reason for the inclusive culture, which Heng Yee first experienced while working with the Japan team. You can find it present in any team at Murata, no matter where they’re located.   

Stay Curious

Heng Yee may have found new interests along the way (road cycling, badminton and long-distance running to name a few), but if there’s one thing that’s remained constant, it’s his unfaltering love for Mechatronics. His hard work and determination have paid off and today, he’s applying his knowledge of the subject to plan and develop the latest technology.  

#StayCurious. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and provide solutions, even if you’re an intern. A good engineer always welcomes suggestions. - Heng Yee Tan, Mechanical Engineer at Murata Electronics

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