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Singapore Polytechnic to train new breed of technologists

Singapore Polytechnic to offer a new Diploma in Resort Facilities Services & Management


 Starting this year, Singapore Polytechnic (SP) will be offering a new Resort Facilities Services & Management Course to cater to the expanding tourist industry and the upcoming arrivals of the two integrated resorts.

Along with the expanding hotel industry and the building of these mega integrated resorts, come huge structures and facilities that need to be maintained and managed properly to ensure that they perform at optimal levels without posing dangers to its users. Based on feedback received through the industry survey and from SP's School of Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering (MM) graduates who are now in the Resort and Facilities Management industry, it was found that the introduction of this course is timely as it will certainly benefit theme park and resort operators as well as hotels, hospitals, shopping complexes and condominiums as these facilities will now have a "ready supply" of technologists to cater to their growing needs.

Around 90 invited guests were gathered at the Casuarina Room, Shangri-La Hotel to witness the launch of the Diploma in Resort Facilities Services & Management (DRFSM) course.

SP's DRFSM, a niche course will be the first to be offered by an engineering school of a polytechnic in Singapore. Graduates of this course will posses fundamental knowledge and practical skills necessary to manage resort facilities services, to work with engineers to carry out design, fabrication, modification and commissioning equipment in resorts, theme parks, hotels, etc. They will also be seen as avid practitioners of Safety and Risk Management in the Resort Facilities Services and Management industry as well as executioners of environmental policies.

Speaking at the launch, Mr Ong Eng Chan, Director of SP's MM said that "The course trains skilled manpower in the area of resort facilities services and their management. It will certainly strengthen Singapore's position as a tourist destination in the region."

A Memorandum of Understanding was also signed with the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) Academy of Singapore to collaborate on academic exchanges between the two institutions. Both institutions will work in partnership to provide training materials for SP's DRFSM and BCA Academy's Mechanical Engineering course.

Commenting on the collaboration, Mr Ang Lian Aik, Principal of School of Building & Development, BCA Academy said: "With our vibrant hospitality industry, the upcoming mega integrated resorts and a world class built environment, the new diploma programme will produce specially trained technologists needed to manage these state of the art facilities where efficiency and safety are paramount."

DRFSM graduates can look forward to a wide range of employment opportunities such as technology officer, facilities manager, executive safety officer, chief engineer and some of these jobs include handling of on-going projects, liaising with contractors on the installation and integration of resort facilities, design and operation of rides or even operation and maintenance of resort and theme park facilities.

The Diploma in Resort Facilities Services & Management is a three-year full-time course with an initial intake of 40 students in the academic year 2008. Interested "O" level school leavers can find out more about this course here.


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