"PEOPLE always say there is no life working in the shipyard, but actually you can find a life here," says Ms Lim Hui Juan, a section manager in charge of architectural outfit, hull ventilation and air-conditioning operations at Keppel Fels, with a laugh.

The 29-year-old met her husband, American electrical commissioning engineer David Castilla, at work. He was assigned by Keppel Fels' vendor to work in the yard for a project with Ms Lim in 2009.

When it was over, they spent time together and were married in 2011. They now have a baby boy, Jake, who is 16 months old.

The graduate from Ngee Ann Polytechnic, who majored in marine and offshore technology, oversees the fabrication of the living quarters on the rigs.

Every morning, she and three other managers visit the rig and oversee a team of about 70 officers, who in turn are in charge of about 1,000 workers on site at the rig.

Part of their job is to ensure that the workers are at the right locations, doing the right job.

"For example, if we plan for the carpenters to do the furniture on the rig that day, we have to make sure they are doing that," says Ms Lim.

Meetings are held in the afternoons, to check on the coordination and planning of tasks for the next day, month and year.

Something she contends with is the male-dominated environment, especially when she joined in 2006.

Then, there were only three other women in her section in the shipyard. More women have joined since.

"Working with men is interesting," says Ms Lim.

"They are much more flexible. During work arguments, at some point they will say 'let's move on'.

"Also, as a woman on the rig, you have to make yourself heard. This industry has made me much more confident. I used to be very quiet but now I am more vocal. It has made my personality stronger."