Yuhanis Yusof, Tractors Malaysia

Yuhanis Yusof joined Tractors Malaysia as an Apprentice under the Mechanic Traineeship Program and today, he is the Technical and Warranty Manager at Tractors. The post requires strong discipline and Yuhanis believes there is no short cut to success. Hard work, he says, is definitely better than the fortunes of a lazy person.  

Tell us about what you do in Sime Darby Industrial.
I joined Tractors Malaysia on 17 Dec 1990 as an Apprentice under the Mechanic Traineeship Program (MTP). Throughout the years, I have been attached to various Departments and currently, I work as a Technical and Warranty Manager with the Service Department, Branch Operation Division, Sime Darby Industrial Head Office. It has been 5 years now since I’ve taken over the post in September 2010.

What is a typical work-day for you?
Basically, we will review issues and matters that include technical and financial challenges that arises with the day-to-day operation. Together with my team, we will solve technical issues and make decisions on granting warranty claims submitted by branches. It can be extremely challenging because the issues vary from construction, mining, aggregates, electric power-generation, marine, oil and gas and not forgetting natural and bio gas.

Essentially, our objective is to manage the customers’ Caterpillar Equipment in the most cost-efficient way and at the same time maximising uptime and minimising downtime so that customers will receive the value of their investment.

What is one of the most challenging tasks that you have ever been given?
That would be the time when I was assigned to lead team of engineers and technicians in providing support to the Royal Malaysian Navy’s New Generation Off-Shore Patrol Vessel (OPV).

I started out on the project with zero knowledge of the vessel’s engineering. It had indeed been a significant achievement for me and the team because the German engineering team had doubts on the capabilities of local experts. This negative perception had only driven us to work harder and smarter in order to prove them wrong and in the end they agreed that we were indeed capable of carrying out the task at hand as good, if not better than how they would have handled it.

What’s the best part about your job?
Honestly, everything. My teammates and I have a blast almost every single day, and on days that we don’t, we still have a pretty good time. Sure, we get a lot of challenges, work load and deadlines but I see this as opportunities to see how far we can push ourselves, excel at what we do, and become stronger as a team. This has definitely helped to boost my confidence. In whatever circumstance we find ourselves in, I know I am working with the best people at SDI.

Who inspires you to be where you are now?
Definitely my mother and the strong and unrelenting support from my family, of course. I wouldn’t be where I am now if it weren’t for their prayers.

What do you think is your strength?
My ability to adapt myself to different environments. I can be placed anywhere and still come through. I am also able to work well with others which is crucial in my line of work.

Why did you choose Sime Darby as your career of choice?
It was a coincidence, really. But destiny has a funny way of dictating the way we live our lives. Like what most people said, we should never expect to instantly love what we do to be able to do it very well.

What is your life motto?
There is no short cut to success as I strongly believe that the fortunes of a hard worker will definitely be better than the fortunes of a lazy person.

As at June 2016