Friday, 14 September 2018, Kuching: LBU’s first batch of interns have completed their 10-week attachment on Pan Borneo Highway Sarawak, providing them with an invaluable experience of what it is like to be an engineer in the real world.
The group of seven interns from UNIMAS and UiTM were attached to different departments such as QAQC, risk management and WPC02 site office during the period. Each was mentored for the duration of the internship stint.
For Aizatul Nabilah Suhermanto from Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) who was attached to QAQC Department, her tasks included doing audits, a customer satisfaction survey, inspection, testing and exposure to the handing-over process.
“The 10 weeks internship has boosted my confidence level. Previously I did not have the opportunity to apply what I have learnt in university. This is the first time I am exposed to doing actual work, to apply what I learned at university. This experience is priceless and will be useful as I hope to graduate soon,” she said during her presentation to LBU CEO and team of mentors last Friday.
Another intern, Abang Mohammad Fakhrullah also from UNIMAS, was assigned to do risk management. “The experience taught me the importance of attention to detail, and how to exercise good judgement,” said Fakhrullah.
For Hasrol Hisyam Hamdan (UNIMAS), he was glad to learn about structural works and geotechnical works for soil treatment.
“At the same time, I learned about risk management and quality control while given the opportunity to be attached to WPC02 where I learned about the challenges of construction on site,” said Hasrol.
Meanwhile, LBU chief executive officer Ir. Safuani Abdul Hamid when addressing the interns, advised them on the importance of continuous learning in order to be a good engineer. He spoke about seeking knowledge from various sources and avenues towards sharpening their knowledge and skills in order to be a good professional.
“This is the profession that you have chosen. So, do it to your best of ability,” he said before presenting certificates to the interns.
As Project Delivery Partner for the Pan Borneo Highway Sarawak, LBU is embarking on offering internship as part of capacity-building initiatives to develop human capital for the state.
Internship is also part of LBU’s corporate social responsibility programme to provide opportunities to undergraduates to learn about highway construction where the Pan Borneo Highway Sarawak is the single largest infrastructure project in the state.