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


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.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Singaporeans with minimum 3 years of relevant work experience in Precision Engineering

  • Committed to deepening skills in Precision Engineering

  • Meet the entry requirements of the supported courses

  • Applications should preferably be submitted prior to the commencement of the course

  • Must incur out-of-pocket expenses associated with the course, i.e. must not have received sponsorship for course fees and expenses associated with the course

  • Not a previous recipient of any SkillsFuture Study Award

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

Supported Courses

  • WSQ Diploma in Precision Engineering (Master Craftsman Skills)

  • WSQ Specialist Diploma in Precision Engineering (Master Craftsman Skills)

  • WSQ Specialist Diploma in Precision Engineering (Additive Manufacturing)

Application Period and Evaluation Process

Application Period

Within 3 months before course start date.

Evaluation Process

Evaluation of applications will take about 4 to 6 weeks after the closing date. Shortlisted applicants will be notified.


Mr Desmond Tan

Assistant Director, School of Engineering, Nanyang Polytechnic


Phone: 6550 0674

Mr Mike Kwek

Deputy Manager, School of Engineering, Nanyang Polytechnic


Phone: 6550 0677




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