Left: Tan Jian Liang is a SgIS Full-Term Scholar with a Bachelor in Electrical Engineering from NUS. He is an Executive Engineer in SP’s Customer Projects department, where he plans and executes projects involving the commissioning of and upgrading of substations.
Right: SP Mid-Term Scholar Dixon Loo has a Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering from NTU. As an Executive Engineer in the Emergency Response team in SP, he is currently leading a team of 31 frontline crew responding to gas-related incidents across Singapore.
Ever wondered what engineering marvels go into powering our everyday?
At SP Group (SP), you get a chance to work on cutting-edge infrastructure and technology that goes into our electricity cables and gas pipes. Beyond maintaining our power grid, the group is making a bold and progressive push towards enabling a sustainable future with green energy solutions.
From ensuring the reliability of the nation’s power grid to driving a smart energy future with emerging technologies, it’s all in a day’s work with the nation’s energy giant.
Tan Jian Liang, SP’s Executive Engineer with Customer Projects, and Dixon Loo, Executive Engineer, Emergency Response, are determined to make a difference.
Jian Liang, you are an SgIS Scholar. Why did you choose SP Group?
Jian Liang: From the SgIS platform, I found out that SP offers the Engineering Development for GraduatEs (EDGE) programme, which provides multi-faceted training and on-the-job attachments. The programme resonated with me as it will greatly broaden my engineering knowledge and enhance my understanding of industry functions.
In Dixon’s case, you signed on the Mid-Term Scholarship. What sealed your decision at the halfway mark?
Dixon: I chanced upon this scholarship while looking through opportunities in BrightSparks. I was convinced that the professional and personal development I could gain through SP’s EDGE Programme, will help establish my foundation as a fresh graduate and provide all-round support to be a professional engineer.
SP’s EDGE Programme seems to have been the main draw for both of you. But other than the curriculum, did you learn anything from university that you apply to your work now?
Jian Liang: During a six-month university exchange programme in Finland, I worked with students of different nationalities on engineering projects. I learnt how countries make use of engineering capabilities and apply them to their unique environment. For instance, solar panels in Finland are highly effective during summer as they have much longer daylight, even up to 9pm on certain days!
When I started work, I benefitted greatly from my colleagues as they have a wealth of experience. With the team’s help, their generous knowledge sharing and open communication, I am able to apply theoretical knowledge in a live environment.
Dixon: In my final year, I took up the challenge of constructing the world’s most energy-efficient vehicle to compete in an Eco-Marathon. Unfortunately, two hours before the race, our car broke down! We quickly huddled to devise a solution and eventually managed to improvise in time and continue with the race. The memorable experience enhanced my ability to think on my feet and put my problem-solving skills to good use at work.
Speaking of work, could you tell us about your jobs?
Jian Liang: I plan and execute projects involving the commissioning of 22kV and upgrading of 6.6kV substations within stipulated regulatory timelines. These projects must be carried out in accordance with ISO (Quality Procedures & Operating Instructions) standards and sound engineering practices. Installation of cables and equipment must also comply with industry specifications. Precision and consistency are key.
Dixon: I currently lead a team of 31 frontline crew responding to gas-related incidents which may take place anywhere across Singapore. My work requires me to trace the source of the fault on site whilst ensuring public safety. Another core component is to constantly search for new initiatives to improve our current work processes and collaborate with different departments. I value this cross-sharing of knowledge and ideas.
Other than what you have described in your own experiences, what other opportunities are there for scholars in SP Group? And any advice on how to join?
Jian Liang: I would say that possibilities are defined by YOU! From building robust infrastructure to investing in emerging technologies, SP has the whole gamut. We are a progressive organisation that values constructive ideas and encourages innovation.
As for advice, I would say: understand your own personal aspirations and goals and align them with the organisation’s.
Dixon loves playing soccer with colleagues and friends. When off duty, he can be found having a game at the rooftop futsal court at SP’s HQ building.
Photo taken before March 2020.
Dixon: New engineers can look forward to a fulfilling journey in advancing their technical skills. There is always a plethora of opportunities to embark on groundbreaking projects and develop yourself as an established engineer.
Stay hungry. Carry over the passion for learning in your university days into your workplace and set your mind to contribute and make a difference.