SkillsFuture Study Award for Precision Engineering Sector
Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB)

Early career employee

Sector Overview

The Precision Engineering industry is an important pillar of Singapore’s economy, driving key advanced manufacturing technologies such as additive manufacturing and advanced robotics.

Precision Engineering companies design and build complex equipment, modules and components that go into other manufacturing industries such as aerospace, electronics, medical technology and oil and gas. They also specialise in materials processing and surface technologies. Today, the Precision Engineering sector comprises almost 3,000 companies ranging from small and medium enterprises to large multinational corporations.

The Precision Engineering industry employs more than 20% of our total manufacturing workforce and offers attractive career opportunities. These span from manufacturing to R&D, and comprise pathways tailored for craftsmen, technologists and engineers. To groom talent for the industry, initiatives such as the Precision Engineering Master Craftsmen (PeMC) Programme have been put in place. The PeMC programme is recognised by the Germany Industrie-und Handelskammern Muenchen und Oberbayern (IHK Munich) and Singapore Auslandshandelskammern (AHK Singapore).

Experienced craftsmen can advance via a structured career pathway by undertaking advanced vocational training. Craftsmen, upon completion of the PeMC programme and attaining the WSQ Diploma and WSQ Specialist Diploma in Precision Engineering (Master Craftsman Skills), will be assessed by their companies and the Singapore Manufacturing Federation (SMF) certification board for the Master Craftsmen certification. This certification recognises craftsmen with strong technical and leadership capabilities who can also mentor junior craftsmen.

Minimum Eligibility Criteria

  • Singaporeans with minimum 3 years of relevant work experience

  • Committed to deepening skills and contributing to the Precision Engineering industry

  • Currently enrolled in or granted admission into any of the qualifying courses

  • Required to complete chosen course

  • Required to incur out-of-pocket training-related expenses associated with the course (i.e. must not be fully sponsored by company or other government agencies for all course fees and training-related expenses associated with the course)

  • Not a previous recipient of any SkillsFuture Study Award

Public officers are encouraged to apply for the relevant in-house schemes offered by their respective organisations. The Public Service is committed towards skills deepening and government agencies have a range of training and development schemes to support skills upgrading for public officers.

Supported Courses

Course Institution
WSQ Diploma in Precision Engineering (Master Craftsman Skills) Nanyang Polytechnic

WSQ Specialist Diploma in Precision Engineering (Master Craftsman Skills)
WSQ Specialist Diploma in Precision Engineering (Additive Manufacturing)
Specialist Diploma in Robotics and Automation  Temasek Polytechnic


Application Period and Evaluation Process

Application Period

Applications close on 31 Dec 2018.

Evaluation Process

Evaluation of applications will take up to 8 weeks from the date of application. Kindly note that all applications are subject to EDB's assessment and only shortlisted applicants will be notified.


Nanyang Polytechnic

Mr Desmond Tan / Mr Mike Kwek

Email: /

Phone: 6550 0674 / 6550 0677


Temasek Polytechnic

Ms Chelsia Lim


Phone: 6788 1212




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