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Aberdeen Technical School

Graduate Class of 1963













Francis Ip (Yui Lim)

After graduation, I entered Hong Kong Technical College (HKTC) and studied Building Construction. I stayed there until December 1964. While in the last year at HKTC, I played for the college soccer team as the left half back and won the championship of the Post Secondary School League.

After leaving HKTC, I worked as an Engineering Assistant in the Hong Kong Public Works Department, Traffic Engineering Division until mid-July 1968. These three and half years were the most enjoyable of my working life so far. I went through several sections such as: street lighting, transportation planning, highway geometric (or functional) design, and traffic light signal system design. I was really lucky at the time, every time I moved into a section, I reported directly to the section engineer. Under normal circumstance, an engineering assistant reported to an assistant engineer and then in turn to the engineer. There were only three fully trained traffic engineers at the time in Hong Kong. One was the Chief Engineer, the other two were Senior Engineers. With my technical background and surveying training back in the technical college, I managed to pick up the required expertise really fast. For those class mates back in Hong Kong, you can still see two pieces of my geometric design work. One is the Cotton Tree Drive and the other is the flyover at the intersection of Garden Road, McDonnell Road, and Robinson Road. 

While working full time, I also gave private tuitions and studied for the GCE examinations. By sheer luck, I finally passed the GCE O-Level English on the fourth attempt. Because of my achievements at work, almost all the engineers in the Traffic Engineering Division advised me leave Hong Kong and further my study.





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