HO Lok Hang
Graduate Trainee, ATAL Engineering Limited
Have you ever thought about how faucets bring you water or how air conditioners generate cool or warm air?
Without adequate knowledge, how can we be capable of designing and building different facilities and equipment?
Welcome to the PolyU Department of Mechanical Engineering. During the course of my studies in the past few years, I have the same goal as other schoolmates – striving for a higher GPA. Yes! This is one effective way to show how well you have learnt and how exceptionally prepared you are for your future. To me, I have interpreted GPA as “Gathered, Patient and Aggressive”.
Some people prefer working alone because they may reckon that others would obstruct their learning progress. However, I believe your schoolmates can be your support and motivation to keep you moving forward. Through discussions and cooperation, you will discover the fun of studying with your peers and develop deeper understanding of the programme. .
As a university student, you delve into different concepts and explore as much as you can. Do not feel disappointed when you encounter problems. Instead, I encourage you to put more effort patiently on the things you have never come across. Believe it or not, eventually you will not only solve the problems, you will be able to grasp the main concepts and also grow your knowledge thoroughly.
Instructors and teachers are your learning partners. Be an aggressive student! Ask your instructors whenever you have questions in your mind. I am sure that they are always happy to guide you to the right direction.
You will be proud of yourself once you equip yourself with professional skills and knowledge in your university studies
I am now a Graduate Trainee at ATAL Engineering Limited. I never stop learning every day in my work.
Hope all of you have a treasurable and fruitful university life at the Department of Mechanical Engineering of PolyU.
LEUNG Yue Tong
Mechanical Engineer, ASM Technology Hong Kong Limited
The PolyU BEng(Hons) in Product Analysis and Engineering Design programme has well equipped me for my career development in design engineering. The programme focuses not only on engineering theories and basics, but also the practical skills for decision-making and problem-solving in all stages of product development and design engineering projects.
I joined ASM Technology Hong Kong Limited after graduation as a mechanical engineer. Currently, my job involves engineering design of semiconductor processing equipment. The BEng(Hons) in Product Analysis and Engineering Design programme has provided me with engineering knowledge from different fields, as well as the skills for the integration of real projects. What I have learnt closely matches the needs of my job now. The programme offers courses on mechatronics, mechanics of materials, design for manufacturing, etc., which are all important for me in handling engineering design and coaches me for future career development.
The Department of Mechanical Engineering has also provided many opportunities for me to gain hands-on experience in engineering projects. The projects cover different product development stages, including market research, engineering design and analysis, and prototype making. The practical experience I have attained during my undergraduate study enables me to be a fast-learner in my current position and apply my technical knowledge effectively.
The PolyU BEng(Hons) in Product Analysis and Engineering Design programme has paved my way and shown me the path to a bright professional future. I am glad to have taken up this life-changing experience.
LUI Ka Wing
Graduate Trainee, The Hong Kong and China Gas Company Limited
“My most memorable and interesting experience during my university life is a self-directed group project with guidance by a mentor. It was exciting and challenging for us to carry out a series of activities, including product design, rapid prototyping, materials procurement, parts manufacturing, assembly, testing and commissioning, under the time and budget constraints. I enjoyed the teamwork as everyone in our team highly devoted to this project. We solved problems together through discussion, collaboration and inspiration by our mentor. I had a strong sense of satisfaction when our invention came to birth. Also, I really treasure the tighter bond developed between our mentor and us.
I had a fruitful and delightful time in PolyU. PolyU helps sharpen my competitive edges at all levels, from technical knowledge to project management skills. Also, thanks to the arrangement by ME department, I got good chances to broaden my horizons through technical visits to different engineering companies in Hong Kong. PolyU is a place full of resources and opportunities for students to develop their potentials. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all academic and supporting staff in ME department. Thank you for their wholehearted guidance and support.”
Ali JAHAN ZAIB
Aerodynamics/Design Engineer, Hyperloop UC
“After having done my bachelors, I continued my education and took up the Masters degree in ME at PolyU. I took part in the Masters exchange program with University of Cincinnati in the US and did a dual degree there in ME as well.
One of the most useful element during my bachelors studies was the exposure to various industrial manufacturing methods and the softwares used in the industry, i.e. the IC courses. This provided me with a broad range of knowledge of different manufacturing methods which aided me in designing the different components of the Hyperloop. Moreover, the trainings on softwares packages such as ANSYS gave me the tools and know how of utilizing them to design better and conduct simulations which gave me the edge over others who had not had prior experience with such advanced softwares.
One of the most memorable times in ME were when we did an IC project during the summer in which we created a hand bicycle for the handicapped. This was a great opportunity to create something from scratch with a team of other students. It involved all the different aspects of engineering, from ideation to design to manufacturing and testing. The application of theoretical knowledge to the project allowed us to get our hands “dirty” and gain more experience by doing. In the end, we created a successful hand trike that was powered by hands and could even change gears from recycled bicycles. The user was delighted and we felt we not only learned a great deal but also gave back to the community through engineering. ”
CHEUNG Kwok Tung
Assistant Engineer, Parsons Brinkerhoff
“I am working as an assistant engineer in the company Parsons Brinkerhoff. My working duties include engineering design of different buildings, project management documents, meeting with clients and contractors, testing and commission, etc.
The IC training of the programme of ME department gives me brief idea on engineering design and industrial knowledge. It also helps shorten my Scheme A training period.”
CHAN Chi Kit
Cadet Pilot, Hong Kong Dragon Airlines Limited
“After graduation in 2014, I was admitted into the Dragonair Cadet Pilot Programme. I am now undergoing my training in Adelaide, Australia and I expect to graduate in December 2015. Upon graduation, after further training back in Hong Kong, I will work as a Second Officer and operate flights on Dragonair’s Airbus fleet.
During my study at ME Department of PolyU, I have developed a systematic way to tackle problems. I find this skill set particularly useful in my career. As aviation is a dynamic industry, I face different situations in my daily life. Having a systematic method to deal with problems helps me positively identify the problems and rectify them using corresponding solutions. This ensures safe and efficient operation.”
CHENG Wai Kee Ricky
The Noon Company, Senior Mechanical Engineer
“The group project, as part of the course requirement of my Master Degree study, provided an opportunity to apply the knowledge in innovative product design and development learnt in the classroom into practice. This effective training helped me understand more in product development and analysis which is essential in my career.”
MA Hei Lam
Research Student, Department of Mechanical Engineering, PolyU
“I am now a PhD student of PolyU ME and my research interest is in the area of aerospace composite materials. Performing experiments, analyzing results and writing papers to international journals are some of my main duties. I really enjoy studying and working in ME!
My undergraduate study in ME helped me to build a good foundation on materials and engineering. In some PAED courses, I learned about the mechanical properties of different materials and various mechanical testing methods. As I am currently working on composite materials, the knowledge gained in PAED can be applied to many aspects of my project.
I would like to hereby, express my sincere gratitude to the ME Department for nurturing me for my future career in the academic field.”
NG Ka Kui
Mechanical Engineer, ASM Technology Hong Kong Limited
“I am so delighted for being a graduate of PolyU Department of Mechanical Engineering. One of the reasons is that the professional knowledge learned from ME supports me to handle a big task in the first week of my job already. The other one is that the manufacturing experiences acquired in IC let me have advantages and differentiate myself from my colleagues who come from other Universities’ ME department. Both are the useful elements for my career development.
The most unforgettable memory during my university study at ME is the opportunity to join the ASME International Student Design Competition 2012 in US arranged by the Department. It is a very invaluable experience for me to widen my global horizons by exploring the mechanical engineering profession from peers around the world.”
TAM Lok Yin
Graduate Trainee, The Hongkong Electric Company Limited
“I am now working for HK Electric as a Graduate Trainee. I mainly work in Lamma Power Station and responsible for overhaul of different generation units. During the first year of training, I explored a lot of new things and can make use of my knowledge acquired in PolyU. ME department offered an all round curriculum for undergraduate students. I wish to encourage current students to make use of the resources in PolyU and gear up yourselves. From my observations, many ME students in PolyU are well-equipped with both knowledge and practical experience to compete with students from other colleges. I wish all of you having a bright future and be proud of being a mechanical engineering student of PolyU.”
LEUNG Yuen Ting
Graduate Engineer Trainee, CLP Power Hong Kong Limited
“My most unforgettable experience in university life is to join the IAESTE (The International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience) Programme. I worked as an overseas intern in Eastern Europe for two months and gained solid technical experience in engineering. I also made friends with people from different countries and learned a lot about the foreign culture and lifestyle. The PolyU Mechanical Engineering Programme is very comprehensive. It helps me to build up a good foundation of engineering knowledge and I find it useful and applicable to my job in power industry.”
CHAN Shuk Ching
2013, BEng (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering
“Before I entered the university, I have never thought of joining any exchange programme during my study. However, under the influence of my friends, I joined this programme held by ME Department to Germany in the second semester in Year Two. This was really an interesting and meaningful experience for me to explore more about the world. During this exchange period, I met people from different countries and experienced many interesting and adventurous journeys.
Thanks to Department of Mechanical Engineering, I experienced a valuable and unforgettable learning in these three years university school life. The Department provided me not only a platform to acquire knowledge about mechanical engineering, but also allowed me to meet life-long friends here.
Teachers are not only the one who deliver knowledge to us, but also the one who share their real experiences and provide useful suggestions to us. All these make me believe our department is full of warmth.”
KWONG Ming Chun Mario
Assistant Engineer, Gammon E&M Limited
“I am a Mechanical Engineering graduate in 2012. I joined Gammon E&M Limited from July 2012. I currently involve in the MTR project (South Island Line). In this project, I am responsible for TECS design and construction work which include drawings, material submission and site supervision. The ME programme is very helpful to me for my current job in the areas such as structural design, air duct sizing and fan pressure calculation etc. Therefore, I would like to thank the ME department and I hope my junior fellows enjoy their studies and have a wonderful future.”
WONG Tsz Ting
Research Student, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
“I am currently a PhD student in the ME Department at PolyU. My major research areas are Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science.
PAED is a comprehensive programme which helps cultivate students’ all-roundness. During my undergraduate study, I learnt not only academic knowledge but also built up personal abilities, such as problem-solving skills, work independence, initiation and time management through a wide range of individual or group projects.”
CHAN Wai Yuk
Trainee Engineer, HAECO
“Throughout the study at PolyU ME, I joined 1-year sandwich program, internship program, Industrial Centre Training, technical visits to companies in different sectors, product design competition and exchange program. All these provide me a platform to exploit my potentials and strengths.
My final year project topic was post-processing properties of composites and several elective courses related to aircraft system were taken. It helped me to understand the aviation industry at first glance and solid foundation of aircraft system. It certainly arouses my interest to develop my career in this field indeed and gives me a helping hand with the daily challenge now.
There are many learning opportunities at ME, the only thing you need to do is take your step forward and enjoy the journey!”
CHAN Po Lai
Product Engieer, Belimo Actuators Ltd.
“Currently, I work as Junior Product Engineer in a leading damper actuator-making company. It is about product life cycle management, from market research to define product specification, then manufacturing to testing, and finally market launch and product end-of-life management.
I study Product Analysis and Engineering Design, which involves Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing and Design. This enriches me with knowledge of different fields and with the practical experience gained from various design competitions. Also, industrial training in the IC Center allows me with broad choice of career development and sharpen my competitive edge.
My most memorable university life is the experience to get involved in organizing and promoting our FYP product in the Houseware Fair booth at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Interesting enough, after one year, when I am seeking a job as a product designer of a kitchenware company, I am noticed that we PolyU ME students did get attention during the exhibition; consequently, I get the offer.”
AU-YEUNG Chi Ting Gigi
Project Office, Ph.D. Candidate, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
“The integrated curriculum of PAED was truly multi-disciplinary and well-balanced which helped me to develop broad knowledge and skills in product design and development; at the same time trained me as a well-organized and pragmatic individual. I have also had the privileges to experience professional competitions and international conferences that exposed me to the academic environment where I am working in at the moment. I find myself being competitive in synthesizing information from different disciplines, communicating ideas effectively and enabling application-oriented researches.
Spending one exchange semester in Ireland and joining overseas academic visits had opened my eyes and grown me both academically and mentally. Other student activities like local industrials visits, mentorship dinner and gatherings enriched very much my university life and made my batch a really united and bright one with lots of talents and great minds!
My heartfelt thanks to ME for providing me such a fruitful and colorful three-year nurturing. I am always grateful to the Department of ME for their inspiration and recognition.
As for current junior fellow students, I believe that one’s attitude towards acquirement of knowledge is essential. It is not just about sitting exams, but being self-motivated to explore and strive for improvement and betterment. Make the best out of your time in ME and have yourself no regret!”
LEUNG Hei Man
Engineer II – Rolling Stock, MTR Corporation Limited
“I am currently working in MTR Corporation Limited as Engineer II – Rolling Stock. My team is in-charged to prepare the particular specifications of rolling stock, engineering vehicles and depot equipment for new extension lines in Hong Kong. We also do the check and balance to ensure quality delivery of projects.
I have to conduct various of feasibility technical studies on various topics so that a better design can be specified in the PS. My ability to conduct comprehensive analysis was equipped via projects and industrial training in my ME study. Also, the course provided me a good foundation of engineering sense to give fair judgement in technical assessments.”