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''It is a profession that provides solutions to
enhance the lifestyle of the community.''
Tchung consults a
Annie leaps from
toys to testing
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Curiosity lies at the heart of
science. "When I was a child, I
had a desire to find out how my
toys worked," Annie Tchung recalls.
"So any toys that had electronics in
them I would pull apart. Usually I
would find a PCB board, and I would
pull each component out until my toy
no longer worked.
''My parents kept on replacing my
toys until they decided I was a really
destructive child, and they said I was
to read books and study. Then I
started to draw pictures, I thought I
could be an interior designer."
At high school Ms Tchung proved to
be a star academic all-rounder. "My
parents encouraged me to study law,
medicine, or engineering," she says.
"They migrated to Australia and never
had proper careers, and they wanted
me to be better off.
''I chose engineering because it is a
profession that provides solutions to
enhance the lifestyle of the
community. It does not differentiate
between people by race, economic
status, or age.
''The solutions you provide help the
community as a whole." Ms Tchung
took a combined degree in Electrical
Engineering and Science, majoring in
applied maths, at the University of
Melbourne, but not, she says, without
a hiccup. "I was initially involved in
software engineering, my family and
friends told me that was where you
could make good money.
''But I soon realised that it was not
for me. Fortunately, after my first year
I found I could transfer to electrical
engineering as there were subjects in
common. I am fascinated by the
electronics we use in our everyday
lives, traffic lights, kitchen appliances,
and the ever-changing technologies
Joining Jemena's graduate program
introduced Ms Tchung to a new aspect
of electricity. "Jemena is a service
provider, owner, and developer of
utility infrastructure. The vans you see
driving around will be field staff,
installing either new infrastructure such
as electricity poles, or performing
maintenance, or attending to faults.
"My current role is a protection and
control design engineer, designing to
replace or upgrade ageing protection
devices found in the control rooms of
zone substations. These devices ensure
that every plant on the electricity
network is protected, and the
community is safe. I derive the settings
for the devices to ensure they see the
right fault, and minimise the number
of customers impacted."
Protection and control appeals to
both technical and creative sides of her
personality, Ms Tchung says. "When I
was little I loved the technical side of
my little toys, but when I grew up I
started to draw and paint, so I have
creativity as well. The creative
component is the actual design, how I
want the panel laid out, where to
position the panel in the control room.
"The best part of my role is going
and seeing my designs being brought
to reality in the control rooms.
''And I get a great sense of
satisfaction when the settings I have
designed actually work. I like going to
sites and getting my hands dirty,
helping the testers, sometimes helping
with the wiring, under guidance. You
learn a lot in the field."
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