Lee Si Min

Building and Construction Authority

Name: Lee Si Min
Year Awarded Scholarship: 2010
Scholarship Scheme: BCA Overseas Undergraduate Scholarship
Undergraduate University: Cambridge University
Undergraduate Course: Mechanical Engineering

1. What sparked your interest in the BCA Undergraduate Scholarship and the Public Service?

I was keen on a career that involves real engineering work. BCA champions the development of an excellent built environment for Singapore. It gives me great satisfaction to be able to play a role in shaping my country and effect policies that will touch the lives of many Singaporeans.
What are your responsibilities at work? Have there been surprises along the way - an unexpected observation, an epiphany, or a defining moment?

My first posting was at the Green Building Policy Department. I was involved in developing climate change mitigation targets and measures for the building sector in Singapore. One of the highlights was attending COP21 Paris and participating in the launch of the unprecedented Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction.

I am now in my second posting at the Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Department. I inspect lifts, escalators and amusement rides to ensure the safety of users. With the increasing public scrutiny on lift and escalator safety, there had been many challenging moments. My colleagues and I work tirelessly to tackle the issues and improve the safety standards.

The amusement ride inspections are definitely the best part of my job. Since young, I have been a huge fan of theme parks, and having the opportunity to understand and inspect the amusement rides is really a dream come true. My job includes reviewing design plans for new rides, as well as inspecting existing rides to ensure proper maintenance.

2. What are some of the challenges you have faced at work and how have you overcome them?

One of the biggest challenges is my lack of experience as a young officer. My work revolves around complex policy issues and engineering systems, and the initial learning curve was steep. I overcame this by consulting my experienced colleagues to learn about the technicalities and policy considerations.

3. What do you enjoy most about your job? What is the most fulfilling part of it?

My job is never routine. There are always unexpected problems to solve, and I am constantly learning and challenging myself. I am also driven by the desire to build a safe and quality home for my friends and family.

4. What advice would you give to someone considering whether to apply for a BCA Undergraduate Scholarship?

If you are passionate about the built environment, do apply for the scholarship! There are good career development programs and ample opportunities for you to apply your engineering skills and grow within BCA.