14 Jan 2020 Gaining More Insights in Quality Control at an Internship
I am Yeo Ee Lin from IMU‘s undergraduate degree programme of Medical Biotechnology in the cohort of MB116. As a Medical Biotechnology student, I am grateful that an opportunity was provided for us to undergo an internship programme, thus preparing us for the real work environment. I was accepted by Weng Li Sdn. Bhd., a wholly owned member of Eu Yan Sang group of Companies for this internship programme. It was a four-month internship programme that was supervised by a microbiologist, Sam Pui Kay.
During the internship placement in Weng Li, I was a trainee in the Quality Control (QC) Department. The reason why I chose to undergo my industrial training as a QC trainee in Weng Li is because I found out that quality control is essential in any company in order to ensure that products delivered are meeting customers’ expectations. Weng Li, as the manufacturing facility of Eu Yan Sang in Malaysia and manufacturing traditional pills, capsules and powders are carried out in this plant. This provides me a great platform to learn to inspect, test samples or products for defects by using microbiological testing and chemical analysis.
The Quality Control Department is involved in two main testing, which are microbiological test and chemical test. I was assigned to a few tasks by my supervisor and other QC Executives throughout the internship programme in this company. These include preparation of culture media, identification of bacteria by gram staining, quality control check for microbiological media, analysis for particle size of powder, brix, salt and pH analysis as well as moisture content analysis.
I would sincerely like to thank the Medical Biotechnology programme at IMU and the IMU lecturers for always preparing us well for real work environment not only in equipping us with laboratory skills, but also in soft skills such as communication skill and time management. Sufficient number of practical classes and opportunities for each of us to conduct an experiment are provided by this programme. This ensures that we can practice and learn more before we get into industrial training. Besides, the “Communication Skills and Etiquette” module in Semester 5 has also allowed us to improve our verbal and written communication skills.
Written and photo by Yeo Ee Lin (MB1/16)