Since its inception in 1968, JTC has pioneered an array of cutting-edge industrial infrastructure solutions to meet the evolving needs of companies. JTC supports a comprehensive range of industry clusters, from the aerospace to marine, clean technology, biomedical, chemicals, electronics, infocomm, media and logistics industries.
With a key role in Singapore’s industrial development since the early years of Singapore’s independence, JTC has proven itself to be adept at shepherding industries and the Singapore economy into a more prosperous future with a host of pioneering projects and innovations. Landmark projects by JTC include the Jurong Industrial Estate; the Jurong Island for energy and chemicals industries; business and specialised parks such as Airport Logistics Park of Singapore, International Business Park, Changi Business Park, Seletar Aerospace Park, CleanTech Park and Tuas Biomedical Park; a new work-live-play-learn development called one-north; and the Jurong Rock Caverns, Southeast Asia’s first commercial underground storage facility for liquid hydrocarbons.
25-year-old JTC Undergraduate Scholar Chan Yihui tells us how she is being nurtured to play a key role in supporting the transformation of Singapore’s industries and economic advancement.
Turning Vision into Reality
For Yihui, the opportunity to be involved in a wide range of projects from buildings and infrastructure to more exciting areas such as underground developments appealed greatly to her. She enthuses, “I have the chance to be involved in the planning stages and see the projects through to their final implementation. Furthermore, I’ve always liked the idea of seeing ideas turn into reality and an engineering career at JTC allows me to do precisely that!”
JTC Undergraduate Scholar (Overseas)
Designation: Engineer (Civil & Structural)
Studied: Master of Engineering (Civil Engineering), University of Cambridge, UK
Bachelor of Arts, University of Cambridge, UK
Now a Civil & Structural Engineer at JTC, Yihui explores engineering infrastructure innovations to improve environmental sustainability and looks at various design or construction technologies to find ways to improve their buildability. She elaborates, “I work with our planners to prepare design schemes for civil infrastructure works for land development. Besides that, I also work with our cluster officers and architects to conceptualise building designs and prepare specifications for new buildings.
“The range of projects that a Civil & Structural Engineer is involved in is very wide. I’m involved in estate planning and infrastructure development, building designs, carrying out study projects and also looking into the feasibility of underground developments and a second road link to Jurong Island. To add on, I am part of an inter-agency taskforce set up to undertake long-term future planning.”
Forging the Way Ahead
Yihui derives considerable satisfaction from seeing her ideas come to fruition and being implemented for the benefit of customers. For Yihui, there is never a dull moment at JTC. She says, “The variety of projects that I am involved in and the opportunity to have a hand in the different stages of a project’s development keep the job interesting!”
In addition to providing the necessary infrastructure for companies to operate successfully and efficiently, JTC’s role as a leading infrastructure developer requires it to take the lead in transforming the industrial landscape in Singapore. Yihui shares, “For example, we explore the possibilities of shared services or new technologies in industrial developments so that companies can achieve greater ease and efficiency when operating in Singapore.”
As an Engineer, Yihui fully recognises the importance of keeping a lookout for new technologies and exploring ideas that can be implemented to fulfil JTC’s vision. “JTC is always exploring how we can improve and shape the industrial landscape to make Singapore a more attractive and competitive place for companies to operate,” she says.
Nurturing its People
As the industrial infrastructure innovator in Singapore, JTC actively facilitates knowledge enhancement and promotes personal growth among its staff. As a JTC scholar, Yihui has also enjoyed a plethora of unique developmental opportunities as part of JTC’s focus on nurturing its people as a core asset. The University of Cambridge graduate tells us, “Besides being given the opportunity to study abroad, I undertook internships at various departments in JTC as well as at its subsidiaries. This allowed me to better understand the work that JTC does and build up my knowledge of the industry.
“I was also fortunate to be able to attend a summer school programme in the US during one of my university holidays. The programme proved to be really useful and was an eye-opener for me – I got to widen my horizons with courses outside the field of engineering and experience a different learning atmosphere and culture.”
Yihui has come a long way since her decision to apply for and accept the JTC scholarship. Brimming with insights, she tells us, “One project I’m proud to be involved in is the study of the feasibility of a second road link to Jurong Island. This is a major road-planning project involving traffic studies, structural engineering and the need to take into account business considerations for companies in Jurong Island and its surroundings.
“Given the scale of this project, it can be challenging to coordinate our work and resolve conflicts that arise. While the learning curve may be steep, it is also very satisfying to know that my work will help improve the commute for people working on Jurong Island and its vicinity.”
She adds, “I was also exposed to various other areas and developments in Singapore. A good analogy for the sense of gratification I received would be telling someone that I’ve helped to plan and develop the Causeway or Tuas Link to Malaysia!”
Many of the projects that Yihui has been involved in have few precedents and are almost entirely new, especially in Singapore. “As they are mostly still in their preliminary stages, I’m really looking forward to working on challenges that will inevitably arise, overcoming them and eventually seeing these ideas become reality. JTC is an organisation with diverse job opportunities, and I am also anticipating the opportunity to work in other areas in business, industry development or policy-making,” she declares.
When asked to offer a word of advice for future scholars, Yihui says, “JTC develops the capabilities and careers of its staff through comprehensive training programmes and overseas business and study trips that will broaden their horizons and hone their skills.
“Aspiring JTC scholars have so much to look forward to. Work in JTC is fast-paced and constantly evolving, with ample opportunities to be involved in a wide range of innovative infrastructure projects in Singapore. If you like variety and enjoy the challenges of being a game-changer, you’ll enjoy the work here at JTC!” she concludes.