“I am very grateful that ST Engineering gave me an opportunity, and was committed to helping me grow as an engineer. I was given the chance to attend courses ranging from data analytics to data visualisation, so I am armed with the necessary skills and knowledge to be future-ready.”
- Ang Tau Seng, Senior Mechanical Engineer, Naval Services (Submarine)
To hear without being heard, to see without being seen. No, this ain’t a new superhero. It’s the submarines, critical assets that defend our national interest and sovereignty at sea.
At ST Engineering, we have a team of experienced engineers and skilled technicians trained in every aspect of submarine maintenance. From hull to engines to propulsion, power, air purification systems, and navigation systems, our engineers know it all.
Q: Not many people know what a submarine engineer does. Share with us what a typical day at work is like for you.
We are responsible for the checks, repair work, as well as servicing and maintenance of machinery, equipment and systems onboard the submarine. This is to ensure that everything runs smoothly, and the submarine is reliable for operation.
Or simply put, we do all that we can to take care of this special group of ‘dolphins’ to ensure that they can ‘swim’ freely anywhere, anytime.
Q: Why did you choose a career in submarine maintenance?
Even though I had a naval architecture background, submarine operations were never taught in school. I had a keen interest in submarines and wanted to understand how to maintain a submarine and the challenges behind it.
Q: What do you think is the one essential skill/ characteristic that is important in your line of work?
I would say that courage is an essential skill a submarine maintenance member must-have. Submarines are used in naval operations and dive into deep waters, staying submerged for extended periods before resurfacing. Any oversight can affect the operation of a submarine, resulting in a mishap for those on board. Therefore, having the courage to speak out when protocols are not complied with, or when the quality of work is compromised is crucial. This will ensure that the submarines can have a safe and smooth journey.
Q: What do you appreciate most about being an ST Engineering employee?
I am very grateful that ST Engineering gave me an opportunity, and was committed to helping me grow as an engineer. When I was a fresh graduate with no prior engineering experience, it was tough to find employment in the marine industry, but ST Engineering gave me the opportunity to shine.
Because of Industry 4.0, I was given the chance to attend courses ranging from data analytics to data visualisation, so I am armed with the necessary skills and knowledge to be future-ready. These opportunities are rare, as I understand from my peers that not every company offers what I have had.
Q: Share with us a fun fact working as a submarine engineer/ technician.
You get to save on gym membership fees! In our line of work, weight training from handling heavy machinery parts and yoga lessons due to the space constraints on board are aplenty.