24 Feb 2023
Name: Eremus Soh
Designation: Engineer, Simulation and Training Systems Hub
Qualifications: Bachelor of Engineering Systems Design, Singapore University of Technology and Design, 2021
I am involved in the evaluation and acquisition of simulators to support unmanned systems training for the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF). My day-to-day activities include seeking technologies to transform SAF training, reviewing design to ensure system performance, as well as conducting system testing and evaluation to realise training outcomes. DSTA provides me with opportunities to collaborate with cross-functional teams with diverse areas of expertise such as cybersecurity, data analytics and extended reality technologies
How I got my job
I applied for the job after being encouraged by a university mate. The interview process was rigorous and included online assessments as well as a panel interview. I suppose I demonstrated how my coursework and internship experience were relevant to the position. I emphasised my module on simulation modelling and operations research, and talked about the projects I worked on. I believe what set me apart was my passion for engineering and strong desire to make a difference in the defence sector. Fortunately, I also had a good track record of academic and extracurricular achievements!
The highs and lows
I love the opportunity to work on complex and challenging projects, applying my knowledge and skills to find solutions to problems. Working with supportive and knowledgeable colleagues also keeps me motivated and inspires me.
A challenging aspect of my job would be to ensure that the training solutions we deliver have a high level of fidelity, or realism, such that SAF operators can hone their abilities in the most effective way possible. This helps them transit more easily from training phase to actual operations. To that end, the wide range of training and development opportunities in DSTA – technical courses, leadership programmes and professional certifications – help ensure I stay at the forefront of my field.
My happiest moment at work
My happiest moment was when I successfully resolved technical challenges for a new Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) training simulator system. I had to work closely with fellow colleagues to address certain issues with the training analytics database, and seeing the proposed solution accepted brought me great satisfaction. Most importantly, it was meaningful knowing that I was able to make a positive impact on SAF operators who would be using the system.
Have passion for your work and always keep learning. The industry is constantly evolving and you need to be able to adapt and grow with it. Be prepared to work hard and face challenges, but always stay focused on your goals.
Lastly, do not be afraid to reach out to people in the organisation or the industry for advice and guidance. The community here at DSTA is extremely close-knit, and there are many experienced professionals who are very willing to share their knowledge and experience.
This article was first published in gradsingapore.com. Read the publication here