FIEAust CPEng NER
Senior Electrical Engineer
GHD Pty Ltd
Nee Nee Ong has more than twenty years of electrical engineering experience. She is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of Engineers Australia. Currently, Nee Nee is working as an Electrical Engineer and Project Manager, designing and managing projects ranging from providing electrical power supply solutions to designing communication and control systems. She is very actively involved with professional organisations. Nee Nee is currently Deputy Chair of the Electrical College Board; a member of the Accreditation Board, National Committee Women in Engineering; and a member of the College of Leadership and Management WA Division.
How long have you been volunteering with Engineers Australia?
I’ve been involved with Engineers Australia since the final year of my engineering degree. I’ve volunteered continuously in Office Bearer positions since the start of my career, more than twenty years ago.
Why did you become a volunteer?
Initially, I became a volunteer to connect with other engineers and promote gender diversity through Women in Engineering. Now that I am further in my career, I continue volunteering to contribute to the engineering profession, guide future engineers, and stay connected to the engineering community.
What do you enjoy most about being a volunteer?
Seeing and being part of significant engineering developments, visualising the future of engineering, and seeing how the industry contributes to the sustainability of our world. I derive pleasure from the connections and interactions with “like minds”, and developing my engineering community.
What has been your greatest achievement in your time volunteering with Engineers Australia?
Being part of the changing requirements of engineering education, such as injecting more industry involvement into university engineering degrees.
Also, increasing gender diversity in the profession and making STEM more visible, with initiatives such as Gender Diversity awards, presenting at schools, and industry blueprints.
How has your career informed your work as a volunteer?
My experience has highlighted issues requiring engineers’ attention, e.g. energy reforms, and the need for a register of qualified engineers. My career uncovers topics for technical learning, e.g. renewable energy. Project management, marketing, and financial skills derived from my career have assisted my volunteer work with conducting meetings, presenting to government, and organising events.
How do you balance work and volunteering?
Survive on minimal sleep, prioritisation, and scheduling. I have a supportive and understanding family, where everyone has their interests. My work organisation, supervisor, and colleagues are flexible and there are policies around flexible work environment. There is recognition that volunteering with EA is contributing to the engineering profession.
What would you tell other members who are considering becoming a volunteer?
Volunteering is fulfilling, giving a sense of purpose and creating a community you can draw on for your wellbeing. Being an Engineers Australia volunteer has the added personal achievement of contributing to your profession. As a young engineer, you establish networks and mentors. As a mature engineer you give back.