Singapore Polytechnic and Bombardier Aerospace, one of the world’s leading business aircraft manufacturers, enter inaugural partnership to prepare students to serve in aerospace
Singapore, 11 February 2014 – Singapore Polytechnic (SP) inked a Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) with Bombardier Aerospace today, to advance real-world training of students in aeronautical engineering. This will help realise their potential and enable them to be well-placed in the growing aerospace industry.
The MOU signifies a first of its kind partnership between one of the world’s leading business aircraft manufacturers and the third largest commercial aircraft manufacturer, Bombardier Aerospace, and SP, a local academic institution.
This five-year partnership will see many new and exciting programmes being developed to give a holistic training and development experience for both organisations. The programmes will enhance knowledge and capabilities in both academic staff and students of SP as well as Bombardier’s workforce.
The student attachment programme will take on a fresh spin where third-year students from SP’s Diploma of Aeronautical Engineering (DARE) & Diploma of Aerospace Electronics (DASE) will embark on an eighteen-week industrial project internship at Bombardier Aerospace’s new, full-fledged business aircraft service facility of Bombardier Aerospace located at Seletar airport. This is the only facility of its kind in Singapore. The DARE & DASE students will work on a spectrum of projects related to aircraft research and design, maintenance and VIP interior design of business aircraft.
The MOU is timely as the worldwide market is projected to experience growth over the next two decades with 24,000 deliveries valued at US$650 billion. To cope with the increasing market demand, manufacturers like Bombardier will continue to invest in technological improvements, ensuring more capable, efficient and better designed aircraft. Hence, with the holistic and industry relevant skill sets that DARE & DASE students acquire, they will be able to better integrate and tap on the expanding career opportunities in the aviation market whether overseas or locally, where Singapore is the leading aviation hub in Asia Pacific.
Stan Younger, Vice President, Aircraft Service Centres, Bombardier Customer Services stated, “Establishing local roots in each community across our network is an important part of our business. Not only are we focused on continuous learning and improvement in our day-to-day operations, Bombardier strives to inspire the next generation of aerospace professionals. Partnering with highly-qualified institutions, such as Singapore Polytechnic, is a distinct privilege for our company.”
Mr Lim Peng Hun, Deputy Principal of SP, said, “The collaboration with Bombardier Aerospace is a significant development for SP, especially in the area of nurturing the students of Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering and Diploma in Aerospace Electronics who can be ever ready to contribute to the bullish aerospace industry in Singapore. I am confident that the practical experience that our students acquire at Bombardier will put them in an even better stead after graduation, whether in joining the workforce or pursuing a degree. This is indeed a testament to our poly’s mission to providing holistic education so that our students are work-ready, life-ready and world-ready.”
The DARE and DASE courses were launched in 2002 and 2003 respectively and were the first of its kind course offered by a local Institute of Higher Learning.
Seated from left to right: Mr Stan Younger, Vice President, Aircraft Service Centres, Bombardier Customer Services and Mr Lim Peng Hun, Deputy Principal (Technology & Industry), Singapore Polytechnic at the MoU signing ceremony. Looking on behind from left to right: Mr. Simon Wayne, General Manager, Singapore Service Centre and Dr Ng Eng Hong, Director, School of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering, Singapore Polytechnic.
SP staff and students with Mr. Simon Wayne, General Manager, Singapore Service Centre, Bombardier (fifth from left) in front of a Bombardier business jet which students will have an opportunity to work on as part of the MoU.
SP students jumping for joy at they look forward to learn from professional Bombardier engineers as part of their 18-week internship.
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About Singapore Polytechnic (www.sp.edu.sg)
Established in 1954, Singapore Polytechnic (SP) is Singapore’s first polytechnic. It has 10 schools that offer 50 full-time diploma courses for close to 16,000 students. SP has adopted a proven creative teaching and learning framework and it offers students a holistic, authentic and industry-relevant curriculum, innovative and vibrant learning spaces, and enriching overseas programmes.
The Polytechnic has a strong association with more than 80 aerospace organisations since the 1960s, including the Republic of Singapore Air Force. These organisations have given our students an opportunity to learn from industry professionals as part of their Industrial Attachment Program. Such attachments not only help hone our students’ technical skills but also enhance their interpersonal communication skills with their employers and colleagues.
Singapore Polytechnic was also the first Polytechnic to start its Research and Development of Aeronautical Engineering related development like Motion Simulator System, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and propulsion systems and which brought about the first in-house designed and built full-motion flight simulator System, development of innovative UAVs and hybrid rocket propulsion systems, afterburners and pulsejet system.
The Polytechnic is committed to producing competent and versatile graduates, who are also imbued with sound values, so that they can be work ready, life ready and world-ready. Among the network of more than 170,000 SP alumni are successful entrepreneurs, top executives in multinational and public-listed corporations, and well-known professionals across various industries and leaders in government.
SP is the first polytechnic to be awarded the President’s Award for the Environment in 2010 and the President's Social Service Award in 2011.
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