TEMD employees running their routines. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

The Technical Equipment Maintenance Division (TEMD) has played a significant role in the provision of professional workforce for the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) since its establishment in 1986.

The Division hires an entirely civilian workforce, comprising of professionals who are contracted for up to three years. TEMD caters to many units and centres across MINDEF and the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF).

TEMD was previously an independent entity under the name of Worldwide Helicopter. It was incorporated into MINDEF in 1986 and changed its name to TEMD. In 2016, TEMD was officially assimilated under Directorate of Administration and Manpower, MINDEF.

A TEMD employee running his daily routine. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

Currently, more than 200 non-military professionals are working under TEMD where they involve in maintaining aircrafts, vessels, military equipment, IT, project management as well as in research and development.

Meanwhile, some 24 permanent staff are based in TEMD headquarters at MINDEF.

Being a civilian division under MINDEF, what makes the workforce unique is the duality of its working environment – they are not just professionally capable but also well-disciplined.

A TEMD employee running his daily routine. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

Another interesting factor is that TEMD conducts its own recruitment process and monitors closely in every stage, ensuring that the division selects the right team members.

TEMD continues to add value to MINDEF and RBAF by providing qualified, highly skilled and self-driven professionals who works closely together with military personnel.

It aspires to create a community where professionals are in a healthy, safe and productive working environment.

TEMD employees running their routines. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

This year, the division opened 35 positions in the Air Engineering Unit, Land Engineering Unit, Naval Engineering Unit, Calibration Centre, Centre of Science & Technology and Research & Development (CSTRAD), Defence Information Technology Unit (DITU) and Performance Optimisation Centre (POC).

It is by far, one of the biggest recruitment efforts for TEMD and that it has seen an increasing demand to recruit more, said its General Manager Muhammad Zul’Izzi Haji Yahya.

In the previous year, about 400 to 500 applications were received and it is hoped that it would be more this time.

TEMD employees running their routines. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

Asked on the number of vacancies needed, the general manager said that the decision is in the hands of the units and centres at MINDEF and RBAF.

Furthermore, although it has a 33-year-old presence in the Sultanate, not all are fully aware that the division is made up of an entirely civilian workforce.

“I think there is a misconception that people thought that by joining TEMD, you need to be in the military. We are keen to do more (public outreach) activities to generate awareness for TEMD,” he said.

For TEMD, excellence in academic qualifications and certifications is not the only criteria they look for in an employee.

TEMD employees running their routines. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

“We would like to see people who are very passionate and hardworking because we work with MINDEF and RBAF where they put huge thought in discipline. It is something we need to marry with the qualities we have. It is an added feature,” said Zul’Izzi.

TEMD currently comprises of 24 percent female professionals and is experiencing an increase in female job applicants in recent years.

If you have what it takes to be part of TEMD, apply now until October 14 and for extra motivation, listen to six of TEMD’s current professionals in the video.



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