Eddy began his engineering career in Sydney with Hyder (now Arcadis), which has since led him to work within the Hong Kong, Doha and Kuala Lumpur Offices. Because of this, Eddy was able to fulfil a boyhood dream of combining work and travel. This was made possible by having acquired the CPEng status recognised by other peers. The most enjoyable projects for Eddy include an aspect of metro transport. Eddy finds that these projects keep things interesting by encompassing an array of engineering disciplines in one underground box.
How long have you been a member of Engineers Australia?
Since 1999, so that makes it two decades!
Why did you pursue a career in engineering?
I have always liked dismantling things and trying to rebuild them again, sometimes without success. My curious nature propelled me to pick engineering over banking (which was my other degree).
How can Australian communities/people/society benefit from your work now and in the future?
I relish seeing metro projects I have contributed to connecting people together more and more.
What is the most challenging or interesting project you’ve worked on to date?
I worked on Malaysia’s Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit (KVMRT) where I was the Interfacing Manager for two design-and-build underground stations. Being posted to a completely foreign country less than one year into my marriage with my wife Melanie was very challenging.
Why did you become a volunteer mentor for the Chartered peer support group in Hong Kong?
EA has always been there for me, starting from my time in university and continuing right through my career that has spanned across four different countries.
The EA community are a dedicated and progressive group of people that I want to give back to. I also want to show others around the world the high calibre of Australian engineering so that it may gain the recognition it deserves.
What do you see as one of the biggest issues facing the engineering profession?
Coming from a design consultancy background, the industry requires greater innovation to work with the changing landscape. Higher accountability, efficiency and transparency are all required by our clients.
What excites you about the future of the profession or what opportunities do you see for the future?
Engineers continuing to gain more worldwide recognition than ever before is what excites me. We are seeing more media focus on showcasing the work done by Engineers everywhere from the SpaceX, to the Burj Khalifa and even Angkor Wat.
Who is your engineering hero?
My parents – especially my dad who without formal training could fix most electrical items around the house, pour concrete to make a slab for the garden shed in the backyard, realign a driveway and the fencing at the same time. They instilled the “giving it a go” attitude onto me early on.
Image: courtesy of Eddy Cheung.