Trainee of the Year Award 2023

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1st Prize Winner – Mr Edison C W Pak


Engineering my own future: Advancing towards my dream


Ever since my early childhood, I have been captivated by the intricate wonders of the world around me. This enduring curiosity has not only guided me on a path of exploration but also played a significant role in my personal development. As I delved deeper into my passionate pursuits, I realised that the career I sought should provide opportunities to translate my enthusiasm into meaningful contributions to society. It was at this pivotal juncture that I discovered my calling as an engineer - a path allowing me to humbly contribute to, and positively impact, the world we inhabit.


Upon graduating from The University of Hong Kong in 2021 with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering, I embarked upon my journey in the engineering industry by joining the Civil Engineering and Development Department (CEDD) as a Civil Engineering Graduate (CEG). This role provided me with the precious opportunity to engage with diverse works departments and partake in the well-structured Scheme “A” Training offered by CEDD. Through this training program, I have been attached to various works departments and underwent site, design and project management training in fascinating projects.


My involvement with the HKIE has been instrumental in shaping my journey thus far. I am grateful to have received the HKIE Best Paper on Materials Award (Undergraduate group) in 2021, an honour certainly acknowledging the effort and dedication I put into my research. Additionally, I had the honour of being selected as one of the President’s Protégés for Session 2022/2023, shadowing Immediate Past President, Ir Aaron Bok. These experiences have provided invaluable insights and mentorship, fostering my growth both professionally and personally.


Receiving the First Prize of the Trainee of the Year Award 2023 came as an incredibly delightful surprise, and I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the HKIE for bestowing upon me this extraordinary honour. Throughout this remarkable journey, I have been fortunate to receive unwavering support from numerous individuals. I would like to extend my heartfelt appreciation to Ir Michael Fong, Director of Civil Engineering and Development, and my training supervisors from CEDD including but not limited to Ir Alice Leung, Ir Arthur Chiu, Ir Stephen Wat, Ir Chow Wai-kai and Ir Kenny Chan, as well as all my training tutors. Their guidance, expertise, and encouragement have been instrumental in helping me achieve this significant milestone. Last but certainly not least, I am thankful to my family for their unwavering love and support, which has been a constant source of strength and encouragement.


Achieving this award marks the beginning of another chapter. With deep appreciation and a strong sense of responsibility, I welcome wholeheartedly the bountiful prospects that lie ahead. My steadfast dedication resides in continuously expanding my perspectives as an engineer, dedicated to bettering our community and promoting our profession to the general public.



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Being presented with Trainee of the Year Award 2023 by President Ir Dr Barry Lee (1st left), accompanied by Ir Michael Fong (1st right), Director of Civil Engineering and Development, accepting a souvenir on behalf of CEDD



2nd Prize Winner – Miss Jessy C S Ng


Serving the community with engineering expertise


Upon my graduation from The University of Hong Kong, with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, I was honoured to receive the CLP Engineering Studies Award and became a Graduate Trainee in CLP Power in 2021, marking the beginning of my two-year Scheme “A” Training journey.


The training journey at CLP Power provided me with opportunities to work in various Business Units and Departments to learn and understand the daily routines of different engineering stakeholders, which helped me gain a comprehensive understanding of the company’s operations and be involved in different improvement projects.


After completing the two-year training, I became a member of the Transmission Department, where I have been attached to the Protection Section. I am eager to learn and determined to develop my career in engineering professions, applying my technical expertise and frontline experiences to serve the community.


This Award is a great honour and encouragement. I would like to take this opportunity to express my deepest gratitude to CLP Power for providing a safe and supportive learning environment that encourages trainees to embrace new challenges. I am grateful to Ir Mandy Leung, my engineering supervisor, for her guidance and advice; Ir Alex Wong, Director of Transmission for all the valuable opportunities, as well as all the colleagues from Protection - Operation & Maintenance team for their unwavering support throughout my training period.


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Daily Protection maintenance work inside the CLP Substation



3rd Prize Winner – Miss Christy K K Chui


Creating habits of excellence


Upon graduating from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at The University of Hong Kong (HKU), I started my career as a Graduate Engineer at the MTR Corporation Ltd (MTRC) in 2021. I am now also pursuing a master in Innovative Design and Technology at HKU to further strengthen my technical knowledge.


I am honoured to receive the Award for recognising my achievement as a Trainee at MTRC. I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to Ir Dr Tony Lee, Operations and Innovation Director; Ir H K Chan, Chief of Operations Engineering Service and Innovation; Ir H W Chan, Deputy General Manager of Operations Innovation Hub; and Ir Andy Pang, Senior Data and Cloud Manager for their continuous support and guidance. They continue to be my inspiration in striving for excellence and upholding professionalism as an engineer.


I would also like to take this opportunity to thank President Ir Dr Barry Lee for choosing me as one of the President’s Protégés for this Session, providing me with chances to serve the community, making Hong Kong a better place to live in.


Let’s stand strong together for the betterment of the society!


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President’s Protégé overseas delegation at London



The article was contributed by Mr Edison C W Pak, Miss Jessy C S Ng, and Miss Christy K K Chui.


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