Chemical engineering student, Yng Yng Koay discovered just how much you can learn from the real-world when she completed a 3 month internship in Malaysia as part of her degree.
"I've had the opportunity to complete a 12 week internship at a petrochemical plant in Malaysia. The experience opened my eyes and taught me that there is so much you can learn from the real world."
Chemical engineering appealed to me because it’s an interesting blend of the sciences.
Despite being a highly technical field, engineers are able to use their knowledge to give back to society in many different ways. I find it enjoyable and intriguing to see how the principles and concepts we learn at university are applied in everyday life.
I’ve had the opportunity to complete a 12 week internship at a petrochemical plant (PETRONAS) in Malaysia. I was involved in a furnace improvement project and was lucky enough to be on the actual plant site.
As well as doing work such as taking measurements, I also handled technical and economical evaluations and participated in a risk assessment in the form of a HAZOP session. The experience opened my eyes and taught me that there is so much you can learn from the real world.
I’ve really enjoyed the opportunity to work in a group and carry out a specialised research project as part of my degree. The project focused on corrosion, and I had an amazing supervisor and a great partner. It required a lot of hard work and discipline but it was worth it in the end.
I’m looking forward to graduating, I'm really interested in pursuing a career in the oil, gas or food industries.
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