DCEB student won Gold Medal in World Skills Singapore 2018

23 Jul 2018

John Chen Yong Han, a third year Diploma in Civil Engineering with Business student, won the Gold Medal in the Water Technology category in World Skills Singapore (WSS) 2018, a biennial competition to celebrate skills for all – competitors, students, industry partners and members of the public.

 There are a total of 26 skills areas in WSS 2018.  The Water Technology competition, identified as one of the new skills this year, was organised by the School of Architecture and the Built Environment.  The competition covers a broad range of tasks related to the operation of water and wastewater treatment plants and maintenance of critical equipment. The specific skills include chemistry, biology, mechanics, electrical, automaton and environmental protection.  Each participant was given 15 hours over 3 days to complete the tasks in the competition.

 John, coached by Senior Lecturer, Ms Elizabeth Chow, for the past few months, emerged as the best performer among the other 5 participants from National University of Singapore, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Nangyang Polytechnic, Temasek Polytechnic and Institute of Technical Education.  After the competition, John shared with us that “WSS is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity for any students to be part of.  Through the trainings, I was able to get a better understanding of the tasks that I was doing, the reason behind them and how they should be carried out. I feel that learning the theory part of those tasks is made easier with the practical experience. All in all, this competition has helped me to improve as a person in terms of discipline and character, and I would highly encourage students in the future to take part in this competition.”

 John will be representing Singapore in the World Skills Competition (WSC) which will be held in Kazan, Russia, from 29 Aug – 3 Sep 2019.  The WSC, often referred to as the ‘Youth Olympics of Skills’, is the largest skills competition that gathers the best global talents to compete in over 50 skilled professions and trades.  We wish John all the best and do SP and Singapore proud!

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John Chen Yong Han in action at World Skills Singapore 2018

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John Chen Yong Han winning the Gold medal