MR JOSHUA Lim Shuh Kheng, a quality engineer with Rolls-Royce Singapore, has been with the company for just over a year, and he is convinced he is in the right place.

“Rolls-Royce has introduced advanced aerospace high value manufacturing technology to Asia and there are now many career opportunities in the sector, especially in manufacturing and production which is a big change from only maintenance, repair and overhaul a few years ago,” says Mr Lim, 34.

Rolls-Royce Singapore, which has 570 staff, is housed at the Seletar Aerospace Park. Called the Rolls-Royce Seletar Campus, it is the group’s first facility outside the United Kingdom to assemble and test enormous commercial Trent aero engines.

The 154,000-sq m manufacturing, research and training facility is designed to allow the simultaneous assembly and testing of large Trent aero engines under one roof.

These include the Trent 900 engines for the Airbus A380 and the Trent 1000 engines for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Working at the Trent aero engine assembly line, Mr Lim’s job involves investigating, containing and resolving any possible non-conformance detected during the engine assembly, thereby ensuring a high level of quality and product integrity.

Rolls-Royce deploys an equal production standard between its United Kingdom and Singapore facilities. Both sites utilise the same uniform processes to produce large commercial Trent aero engines to the same high standards of excellence demanded by Rolls-Royce’s customers, according to Mr Lim.

“We have a world-class working environment at Seletar. The facility is state-of-the-art and built for purpose so the quality and standards here are extremely high,” he adds.

Mr Lim derives job satisfaction from his involvement and contribution in assembling world class engines and the fact that they will power aircrafts that ferry people on their travels and journeys around the world.

Having a positive attitude, an open mind and a willingness to learn and be part of a growing team is important in this line of work, he says.

“Do not be afraid to challenge yourself, you never know how far your potential can bring you.”

Hands-on training

Besides completing training locally at the Rolls-Royce Seletar Campus to gain a firm grasp of the Rolls-Royce production system, Mr Lim underwent a structured and intensive training programme at the Rolls-Royce facilities in Derby, in the UK.

He graduated from the University of Technology, Sydney, with a Bachelor of Engineering Science in Aerospace Operations in 2005.

“I learnt the application of the system tools, the knowledge in the entire engine assembly process and skills sets required for a production environment through coaching from highly experienced trainers. Much of the training was done alongside colleagues from our production facilities there,” says Mr Lim.

Rolls-Royce recognises employee potential and nurtures a culture of engineering excellence in its employees by understanding their needs and ambitions through regular performance reviews and a slew of training programmes.

For instance, it offers a comprehensive range of computer-based and classroom training that allow employees to constantly develop and enhance their skills and knowledge to overcome any challenges as they strive to advance to the next level of their career.

There is also great camaraderie among the staff who regard themselves as part of the Rolls-Royce family, with each individual having an important role to play within the team.

 It certainly helps too that a variety of recreational facilities is available — including a fully-functional gym and a multipurpose outdoor court — for staff to work and play hard on-site.

“I seek a rewarding career that allows my potential to be challenged and further developed, and I believe that Rolls-Royce is one company that is able to nurture candidates with high potential into highly skilled and capable people with strong values,” says Mr Lim.