Production engineers are responsible for planning and making sure that every stage in a production line goes well. Basically, their job is to tell machines to make something as efficiently and as safely as possible.
Driven by her love for mathematics since her school days, Bernadine Bungan Salo said it also became one of the main reasons she took up engineering. Today, this young Sarawakian proudly works as a production engineer at Sakura Ferroalloys Sdn Bhd, at the fast-developing Samalaju Industrial Park, in Bintulu.
SarawakYES! had a chance to ask her what it takes to work as an engineer for an international company right here in Sarawak.
1. Remain positive during challenges
It’s easy to get discouraged especially when faced with challenges on the job. Bernadine said as a production engineer, you will need to constantly remind yourself of the things that you do and maintain the right attitude whenever you encounter bumps in life.
A production engineer has a daily task of making sure the production equipment, processes and everything in the factory are running smoothly. This is because if production stops for even an hour, it would cause a major impact for production further down the line. Bernadine explained that every day there is a new challenge but it also means that every new challenge offers an opportunity to learn something new.
2. Willing to learn and explore
You need a lot of training to become a production engineer, especially given the complexities of what you will be working on. Having an eagerness to explore and understand the key concepts behind each process is important in order to succeed.
When asked whom she would recommend this line of work to, Bernadine shared that as long as the individuals are willing to learn something new and embrace that experience as part of their development, they can do well.
3. Maintain good relationships with colleagues
Working for an international corporation has presented Bernadine with the opportunity to work with people from all over the world. She has colleagues from South Africa, New Zealand, Japan and China, among others. She shared that it is important for everyone to get along and to be able to work together efficiently despite coming from various different cultural backgrounds. As such, she has been able to do well and enjoys the working experience with her international co-workers.
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