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How to be an award-winning engineer

HOW TO BE AN AWARD-WINNING ENGINEER

 

CRL engineer Jenny Chu has won the prestigious Young Engineer of the Year award.

Chosen from nominations from around the country, Jenny was one of 3 in for the title at the annual Young+ Innovators awards.

She tells how she got to this prestigious point.


  TOP AWARD: Jenny Chu with Scott Elwarth, CRL Construction Manager (left) and CRL's first Chief Executive Chris Meale (right)

TOP AWARD: Jenny Chu with Scott Elwarth, CRL Construction Manager (left) and CRL's first Chief Executive Chris Meale (right)


When did you decide on your career choice?

Since I was a little girl growing up in Hong Kong, I have always been fascinated about engineering. This was because my father was an engineer and opportunities to visit his projects and seeing how proud he was on his work really inspired me to be an engineer, just like him.

How did you go about achieving your goal?

Just set them, came up with a plan and worked hard on it.

How hard is it for women to make a mark in engineering?

It’s been challenging because at times I feel that more effort is required from me to prove myself. At the same time, it’s also been very rewarding. I like challenges, and that’s why I am an engineer!

How exciting is it to work on the City Rail Link project?

City Rail Link has been 100 years in the making. It’s special not only because it’s technically challenging to build a twin tunnels and stations in an intensely developed city centre, because it’s the biggest infrastructure that NZ has undertaken to date, but also with the profound impact CRL has on our city and our people, and the transformational development it enables. I’m super excited and proud to be part of the team that helps build this legacy.

What qualities do you need to excel at engineering?

In addition to the technical STEM skills and knowledge, I think some other qualities that are important for engineers are ability to work as part of a team, communication skills, strong analytical mind, attention to detail, desire to learn. I’ve also learnt that being able to understand the wider context of the issue at hand, and the values of the people and the community setting is really helpful for developing creative solutions.  

What is the biggest lesson you have learnt so far?

Don’t take anything or anyone for granted.

SAMOA: Jenny worked with the Engineers Without Borders NZ group in a technical training school in Samoa

ENCOURAGING: Jenny was a Futureintech Outreach Ambassador shown here working with Devonport Primary School students


What advice do you give women who would like to be an engineer?

Give it a go and try different things! Engineering is such a broad platform that provides opportunities for a variety of pursuits.

 
 
  TEAM: Jenny with members of the CRL team (from left  Communications Manager Carol Greensmith, Construction Manager Scott Elwarth, the first Chief Executive Chris Meale and  Roly Frost.

TEAM: Jenny with members of the CRL team (from left  Communications Manager Carol Greensmith, Construction Manager Scott Elwarth, the first Chief Executive Chris Meale and  Roly Frost.


What is your dream career job in years ahead?

I am already having my dream job at CRL! In years ahead, I look forward to continuing building on my engineering, commercial and legal experience to plan and deliver infrastructure projects for our communities, and in doing so, facilitating exchange of knowledge between different disciplines, different industries and different parts of the world.


What is your dream career job in years ahead?

I am already having my dream job at CRL.

CHINA: NZ Engineering delegation including members of CRL visiting infrastructure projects in China.

What does winning this award mean to you?

The award is a great reminder to me about the projects and the people that I have worked with along my engineering journey to date, in particular the variety of experience I have gained at City Rail Link over the last 4 years, and why I choose engineering in the very first place – which is to create opportunities to people, as well as to continuously learning and challenging myself.

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