Chorng Wang has been a laboratory technician at CQT since October 2010. In his spare time, he travels, cooks and takes photographs.
I'm Chorng Wang, I'm 41 and I'm Singaporean.
I am a laboratory technician. Most of the time the lab tech's job is to support the lab research, helping researchers to design whatever they need, electrical or mechanical, and helping them to source things.
Before I worked here I was in an industrial semiconductor firm, but previously I'd worked as a lab tech at Republic Polytechnic. There I found out that actually it's more fun to work with people than with machines. When I saw this opening on the NUS website I thought I'd write in to give it a try. I joined two and half years back, in October 2010.
I am quite general. Originally I trained in plastic injection moulding, doing a National Trade Certificate. Here, when I asked what my job scope should be, they said they needed a handyman that is an all-rounder.
I enjoy doing the mechanical design. I look forward to seeing the thing being produced, the end result. One project was designing and building some laser covers and sensor covers — the covers were sort of like clear plastic boxes, so you could see how the light moved. I use Solidworks for mechanical design. Since I came to CQT, I've also learnt to use the electrical design software Eagle.
For my part, I also try to introduce researchers to local suppliers. Getting parts from overseas sometimes has a long lead time, and if there is something wrong with the thing then there's difficulty in changing it. But I also understand that people are used to a particular brand and they trust that brand will give them a particular result. I've seen that doing research really takes time. You can't afford to have any mistake. If let's say changing a certain part could affect the result, they don't want to take the risk.
Chorng Wang has travelled extensively in the Himalayan region. He took this photo in Bhutan.