Sofyan Husinoon, BEng Mechanical Engineering alumni

Sofyan Husinoon


What company are you working for, what is your role and what does it involve?

I’m currently a maintenance engineer at a polyethylene plant in SABIC. My role involves conducting quality checks on preventive and corrective maintenance activities, managing the execution of modification projects, conducting failure analysis, ensuring the availability of critical spare parts and budgeting for the maintenance expenditures at my assigned plant.

What experiences at Leeds do you think have particularly helped with your career?

Definitely the group projects (especially in the design and manufacture modules). Having worked in so many multinational teams with different backgrounds having various responsibilities within the team has prepared me well for my current role which is at the centre between so many departments and teams in the company (operations, planning, spare parts, projects and technical support).

Why did you choose to study your particular course and why did you choose the University of Leeds?

What led me to choose Mechanical Engineering is my passion for problem solving and my particular fascination with machinery.

When I was applying for universities, I knew very little about the city (basically Leeds United), but the University of Leeds was a top choice for me being ranked the first in the country in Mechanical Engineering by the guardian in the year I joined (2015).

I knew the University and the course would be great, but what I did not know is that I was going to instantly fall in love with the city, now Leeds is a second home to me.

What was the best aspect of your course?

The best aspect of the Mechanical Engineering course was the amount of hands-on design and make projects that we undertook. We built a buggy powered by elastic bands, a motor driven rover (with doing the required coding to control it), a 3D printer, a water turbine and others.

What activities outside of your studies were you involved in?

I attended and participated in many social and sports events that were organised by university societies. I also liked the volunteering opportunities that were available to students. I volunteered for a period at the University of Leeds Sustainability initiative “The Bike Hub”, which is a bike hire and maintenance facility that is open to both staff and students.

What would you say to students thinking about studying your course?

You are about to spend some of the best years of your life while getting a very high-quality education, make the most of it!