The SkillsFuture Work-Study Programme (WSP) is a work-study programme designed to give fresh full-time Diploma graduates from one of the 5 polytechnics in Singapore a head-start in careers related to their discipline of study. It provides them with more opportunities, after graduation, to build on the skills and knowledge they acquired in school, and better supports their transition into the workforce.
Who is it for?
The SkillsFuture Work-Study Programme is for Singaporeans and Singapore Permanent Residents who are Fresh Nitec/Higher Nitec graduates from one of the ITE in Singapore.
Working adults in the Rapid Transit industry who wish to pick up specialised skills and knowledge should consider our non-WSP courses like the Diploma in Engineering (Rapid Transit Technology)
How does it work?
You will be matched with a job related to your discipline of study and undergo a 18 months structured training programme, depending on the sector and job requirements. The programme includes facilitated learning, on-the-job training and work-based projects, to allow you to deepen your skill sets at the workplace. Assigned mentors at the company will guide you and provide support in your continual skills development. You will also enjoy a well-structured career progression pathway, in line with the company’s talent development plan. At the end of the programme, you will receive an industry-recognised certification.
Singapore is expanding its network of rapid transit lines and there will be a need for more skilled personnel to maintain and manage its systems. According to the Land Transport Master Plan 2013, the length of the rail network will double, from 178km in 2012 to 360km by 2030, and the intervals between trains will shorten from 120 seconds to 100 seconds during peak hours. At the same time, 112 trains and train-cars will be added to the existing fleet of 253.
To support this growing demand from the public transport sector, this course aims to train skilled personnel such as technical officer and assistant engineer for mass rapid transit or rail related industry.
This Work-Study Programme (WSP) aims to provide fresh graduates from Institute of Technical Education with the knowledge and skills to undertake job responsibilities of a technical officer or assistant engineer in Permanent Way or rolling stock.
The course is suitable for Nitec or higher Nitec graduates from Institute of Technical Education who wish to pursue a career in the Rapid Transit Sector.
Past and Current Participating Companies
- SBS Transit Ltd
- SMRT Trains Ltd
Minimum Entry Requirements
Applicants should have an ITE Nitec with GPA ≥ 2.0 or Higher Nitec qualification in an engineering discipline.
Applicants with other equivalent qualifications will be considered on a case-to-case basis. The participant shall be an ITE Nitec or Higher Nitec graduate within 5 years of graduation or within 5 years from his last day of National Service (ORD).
Applicants must not suffer from serious colour appreciation deficiency
Applicants must be an employee of the rapid transit sector (such as SBS Transit or SMRT) participating in the Work-Study Programme (WSP).
This course consists of 5 modular certificates (MC).
The first 18-month of the course is a SkillsFuture Work-Study Programme (WSP) comprising 3 Modular Certificates where trainees go through classroom facilitation and On-the-Job Training (OJT) to deepen relevant occupational and industry knowledge and skills. The first modular certificate (MC1) will be conducted by the School of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering, while the other two modular certificates (MC2 and MC3) will be conducted by SBS Transit or SMRT for their respective employees, as part of the work-study or on-the-job-training (OJT) programme.
Participants have the option to complete two additional modular certificates after the SkillsFuture Work-Study Programme (WSP) to obtain a Diploma in Engineering (Mechanical - Rapid Transit Technology). The course structure for the WSP and DEMRT programme is shown below.
Diploma in Engineering (Mechanical - Rapid Transit Technology)
30 months or 2.5 years
Two more MC to complete DEMRT
MC1 + OJT (MC2 & MC3)
The assessment for OJT (MC2 and MC3) will be based on competency standards for the WSQ Certificate in Rapid Transit System Engineering set by SBS Transit or SMRT for their respective employees.
The assessment for MC1, MC4 and MC5 will be based on coursework (e.g. written test, project, essay, oral presentation, case study, portfolio, practical work) and/or semestral examination.Work-Study ProgrammeMC1: Certificate in Engineering Fundamentals
Module 1 Engineering Drawings
Module 2 Engineering Materials
Module 3 Failure Analysis & Non-Destructive Testing
MC2 and MC3 will be conducted by SBS Transit or SMRTSBS TransitRolling Stocks TrackWSQ Interpret Rapid Transit operations & its environmentApply WSH PolicyWSQ Corrective Maintenance (CM) of Passenger TrainWSQ Schedule Maintenance (SM) of Passenger TrainPermanent Way TrackWSQ Interpret Rapid Transit TechnologyApply WSH PolicyWSQ Pway Basic MaintenanceWSQ Track Patrolling & InspectionWSQ Perform Rail ReplacementWSQ Basic Track geometry measurementWSQ Track Trained Person (TTP)Track Protection OfficerPossession ControllerEngineer Person In ChargeSMRTRolling Stocks TrackApply Basic Electrical SafetyCarry out Corrective Maintenance on Passenger TrainsCarry out Schedule Maintenance on Passenger TrainsMaintain Electric Multiple Unit Mechanical EquipmentMaintain Electric Multiple Unit Electrical EquipmentPermanent Way TrackApply Basic Electrical SafetyPerform Track Patrolling and InspectionCarry out Basic Maintenance on Permanent WayPerform Rail ReplacementPerform Preventive Maintenance on Third Rail System
For Participant who wish to continue and obtain the Diploma in Engineering (Mechanical - Rapid Transit Technology)MC4: Certificate in Engineering Mechanics
Module 1 Statics & Dynamics
Module 2 Mechanics of Materials & Machines
Module 3 Mechanics of Machine Elements & DynamicsMC5 Certificate in Thermofluids Engineering
Module 1 Thermofluid Systems
Module 2 Thermofluid Power
Module 3 Engineering Thermodynamics
The synopsis of the modules can be found here
Award / Certification / Accreditation
Upon completion of WSP & 2 additional MC, the participant will be conferred Diploma in Engineering (Mechanical – Rapid Transit Technology) from Singapore Polytechnic.