I am Donny Sutan Agustinus, born 49 years ago, (ah…. I am considering myself at my golden age). I am Mechanical Engineer by degree. Born and spent 19 years of my early education life in the West, not western country though, but in the West Sumatra, 1362 km from Jakarta toward the west, if you know what I mean.
My early days in Padang was somehow normal for the young boy who live at the west coast of the Sumatra Island which spent most of his afternoon time wandering around the beach.
I went to Kindergarten Pertiwi when I was 6, and then continued my Primary school at SD Pertiwi I Padang. I was quite shy boy and had not many close friend. But, I was smart boy though. At least if you look into my school report card which show that was always number 1 in my class.
My secondary and high school was pretty normal. Again, I was quite good at school, as usual, which led me being accepted at the best University in Indonesia.
Today, 25 years ago, I was introduced and then becoming understand about piping engineering as well as piping stress analysis.
During my study at Mechanical Engineering, I had never thought to work as Piping Mechanical Engineer. But, in the end, as I called is as Taqdir, which is when something happened beyond your control and it certainly came from Allah, the Almighty, I ended up being one of them.
I started my career in 1990 when I was at my final year at the University by accident since I wasn’t looking for job at that time but only to complete my final thesis. But, it turned out to be a very challenging and exciting journey of my life. The job that I had never applied nor wanted, have given me the skill which has taken me to where I am now, the very professional engineer who is, I can say, that I am living my dream.
Since I was presented this opportunity, although accepted reluctantly, but I work my self out, and then never look back.
Since then, I have been working at the old Fluor Daniel California, Brown and Root London, Bechtel London, Air Products UK, Foster Wheeler Reading, Hunt Oil and now in Saudi Aramco, Saudi Arabia.
Now, I believe it is a time to share the passion, the knowledge and probably the advice to my young engineer who aspire to be the best in their chosen field.