Lau San Wei first joined SMRT in April 1998. He recounts making the decision with a bunch of friends all of whom simply wanted a job. Since then the 42 year old father of two has never looked back and is now a technician in the Auto Services Department at Woodlands Bus Depot. For Lau, work starts at eight daily. His tasks involve conducting quality control on vehicles and spray painting buses. Quality control is conducted on vehicles which have undergone repair works as well as for new vehicles. The spray painting of buses is only required for new buses, buses returning from body repair works and buses to be coated with new company designs. Lau describes his job as challenging as there are always tight deadlines to be met. Despite this, he enjoys working in the auto services department because of the camaraderie he has built over the years with his co workers.
-It takes 3 days to complete the task of spray painting a whole bus.
-A team of 4 is designated to work on spray painting a bus.
-Lau’s favourite tools are the spray gun and the electronic sandpaper tool.
– Lau conducts quality control on 15-18 vehicles daily.
-Quality control for vehicles range from 10 minutes to 2 hrs. The time taken depends on the size of the vehicle, the damage sustained by the vehicle previously and the parts which require checking.