Simon Tong

FIEAust CPEng

Director

SMT Consultants Hong Kong

Simon Tong was born and raised in Hong Kong, China. Upon graduation from The University of Hong Kong in 1968, he worked as a civil engineer in the construction industry in a number of major infrastructure projects. These include the first cross-harbour tunnel for the Mass Transit Railway system using immersed tubes, two cross-border highway links connecting China using precast segmental construction, and a 12km overhead railway line to serve a new town.

Simon migrated to Australia in 1991 and obtained a Master Degree from The University of Sydney in 1993. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia and a member of the College of Civil Engineering.

How long have you been volunteering with Engineers Australia?
I have been a volunteer with Engineers Australia for over 10 years. I have served the Hong Kong Chapter as the President since March 2018.

Why did you become a volunteer?
I wanted to serve the 1,000 plus Engineers Australia members resident and working in Hong Kong, to liaise with the members on mutual interests and to promote the image of Engineers Australia within the professional bodies and the Australian community in Hong Kong.

What do you enjoy most about being a volunteer?
Networking with Engineers Australia members who work in various fields of engineering and listening to the challenges in their jobs and how they resolve the problems. In particular, organising technical seminars and site visits to help to broaden the knowledge of our members.

What has been your greatest achievement in your time volunteering with Engineers Australia?
To strengthen the organisational structure of the Hong Kong Chapter, streamline procedures, improve efficiency and to respond promptly to the needs of our members – echoing with the Engineers Australia theme, ‘together we Create’.

How has your career informed your work as a volunteer?
As a practicing civil engineer by career, I have been involved with many infrastructure projects of diversified natures, and of various degrees of challenges. This has allowed me to use my position as a volunteer to share my experience with fellow members and to discuss ways and means to change for the better.

How do you balance work and volunteering?
I normally have a busy schedule for my work. However, with good time management I could always re-arrange my work schedule to allocate sufficient time for volunteering — a job that I like.

What would you tell other members who are considering becoming a volunteer?
I would advise them that volunteering work is rewarding, opening up one’s life, and helping people as part of their social responsibility. Indeed volunteering can help one to achieve personal goals, develop new skills and practice one’s talents. Above all, it is more blessed to give than to receive.

Image: courtesy of Simon Tong