Facilitating My Future
When people talk about managing a hotel, what comes to mind are well-dressed guest relation officers welcoming visitors in posh hotel lobbies. But ask Lim Huan Wei, who has spent more than 10 years managing facilities in the hotel industry, and he will tell you that it’s not all glitz and glamour.
“Managing a hotel involves ensuring that the infrastructure, including the physical facilities and mechanical equipment, in the hotel are functioning perfectly,” explained the 33-year-old Project Manager of Roxy Pacific, who holds a Diploma in Integrated Facility Management from Temasek Polytechnic.
He has spent 10 years first as a Technical Officer and then as a Duty Engineer in the Preventive Maintenance Department at Shangri-La Hotel (Singapore), Hotel Singapore, overseeing the engineering operations; handling day to day maintenance issues in the hotel building; and in short, ensuring that the gears of the hotel continue to click like clockwork. “In the field of facilities management, you need to anticipate problems that may arise, not wait for them to happen,” he explained. “This means having a reliable maintenance schedule, so as to prolong the lifespan of equipment and reduce the number of breakdowns,” he added.
Has he encountered any major breakdowns in the hotel before? Certainly. But there has never been any problem that Huan Wei and his team could not solve. “When confronted with problems, it all boils down to understanding the basics of facility management, and that is when I find that my diploma training comes in really handy,” said Huan Wei.
While working at Shangri-La Hotel, Huan Wei also found time to upgrade his skillsets by pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Facility Management from Herriot Watt University, offered via a local university partner, Trend Global.
After obtaining his degree, and with his vast industry experience, Huan Wei moved on to become Chief Engineer for the Sofitel Hotel group. Sofitel was a brand new hotel in Singapore back then, so he had to deal with a myriad of teething problems, such as having to overcome physical design constraints and technical difficulties when implementing programmes and services for the hotel.
After spending more than a decade in the local facilities management industry, Huan Wei decided to expand his horizons and venture beyond the shores of Singapore. He joined the Roxy Pacific group as Project Manager of the Roxy Resort in the Maldives where he is now based in, overseeing its design, renovation and branding.
“I am thankful that my polytechnic diploma has given me a strong foundation in both facility management as well as in mechanical and electrical engineering; it has taken me to where I am today,” said Huan Wei.
Name: Lim Huan Wei
Course: Integrated Facility Management
Year of Study: 2006 - 2009
Former Secondary School: ITE College West (Dover)