Engineering student now teaching others a lesson

Friday, 25 July 2014
A former Challenger Institute engineering student loved her course so much she is now teaching it.

Sew Leng Puah, of Bull Creek, completed the Challenger Institute and Chevron Australia Women in Engineering program at Challenger’s Australian Centre for Energy and Process Training (ACEPT) in 2011.​ 

The mother-of-two was top student of the course and was presented with the 2011 Chevron Way Award in recognition of her outstanding achievements. 

Sew Leng said completing the program gave her both the confidence and skills to consider teaching as a meaningful career pathway. 

“After I completed the program I shared my positive training experiences with the ACEPT program manager, and he encouraged me to apply for a teaching position at the centre,” Sew Leng said. 

“I was very fortunate to be given the opportunity to teach at ACEPT where I take classes in process plant operations, technology and engineering.” 

Sew Leng said the favourite aspect of her role at ACEPT is meeting students from different educational and cultural backgrounds, as well as supporting more women to enter the oil and gas industry. 

“I enjoy helping students gain the knowledge and skills required to be successful in their careers, and promote engineering to women as a unique and rewarding pathway into the resources sector.” ​

Sew Leng has aspirations to be involved in developing new training programs for ACEPT in partnership with industry based on the success of the Challenger-Chevron Women in Engineering model. 

“In my experience, industry-supported programs really help provide the skilled workers required by the resources sector,” Sew Leng said.

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