Singapore Polytechnic and Emerson partner to open Singapore’s only one-stop training and solution centre for the Energy and Chemicals sector

31 Jul 2019

Singapore, 31 July 2019 – Singapore Polytechnic (SP) and Emerson, a global technology and engineering company, celebrated today the opening of the Energy and Chemicals Training Centre (ECTC), a one-stop training and solution centre to support key process industries.


Located in SP, the Centre is expected to train students and current employees from over 30 companies from the Energy and Chemicals, Pharmaceutical and Biopharmaceutical sectors over the next two years, to help close critical skills gaps and harness advanced digital technologies, to boost productivity and optimise resources.


Developing digital capabilities and talent pipeline

Spanning an area of 1,430 square metres, ECTC houses the Interactive Plant Environment (IPE), a Virtualisation Room equipped with Virtual Reality (VR) technologies, a suite of chemical engineering laboratories and key unit operations under one roof. This Centre allows students from the Diploma in Chemical Engineering and adult learners from the process industry conduct experiments, build prototypes and operate equipment.


The IPE, an integral part of ECTC, is a space that will simulate real-life industrial manufacturing process conditions with hands-on training on the latest automation technologies in a safe and controlled environment. The IPE is the result of a long-term collaboration between the two organisations to support the growth of Singapore’s industrial workforce.


“This unique facility will equip students and engineers with practical, hands-on training experience, enabling them to develop their skills and be job-ready upon graduation,” said Jamie Froedge, president of Emerson’s Automation Solutions business in Asia Pacific. “Not only will this investment help prepare workers to utilise today’s technology, but it will also give them access to cutting edge innovations that will reshape how work is done in the future.”


The IPE provides a real plant environment with process units for gas absorption, solvent extraction, vacuum distillation and thermal fluid heating.  More than 80 Emerson wired and wireless products – including pressure, level, temperature transmitters; flow meters; flame and gas detectors and control valves – are connected to Emerson’s DeltaV™ control system and AMS Device Manager, offering trainees the ability to deepen their skills on a full range of the latest automation technologies.


SP has rolled out training programmes that are tailored to align with national and international industry standards, such as accreditation by the Institution of Chemical Engineers. These include the SkillsFuture Work-Study Post-Diploma Programme (formerly known as the Earn and Learn Programme) in Advanced Diploma in Chemical Engineering, Professional Conversion Programme (PCP) in Chemical Manufacturing, as well as the full-time Diploma in Chemical Engineering. Through these programmes, SP is currently working with over 10 industry partners, including Chevron Oronite Pte Ltd. which has 13 employees under the Work-Study Post-Diploma Programme and PCP.  


“Today’s business climate is competitive and companies, as well as, workers must upskill and innovate to thrive, said Soh Wai Wah, Principal & Chief Executive Officer of Singapore Polytechnic. Over the past decades, Singapore Polytechnic has been evolving continuously to support the Energy and Chemicals industry as it transforms to meet the latest challenges. To further support the industry, ECTC also offers consultancy and business solutioning and innovation services for companies, through training needs analysis and road mapping.”


Singapore Polytechnic is one of more than 350 institutions worldwide, from two-year technical community colleges to four-year university programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels that Emerson has partnered with to find solutions to address the skills gap in digital automation technologies. Emerson is dedicated to advancing education, innovation and diversity by collaborating with both industry and higher education institutions.



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From Left to Right: Mr Ng Cher Pong, Chief Executive of SkillsFuture Singapore, Mr Chee Hong Tat, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Trade and Industry & Ministry of Education, Mr Soh Wai Wah, Principal & Chief Executive Officer, Singapore Polytechnic and Mr Kenneth Tan, Vice President, Southeast Asia & Taiwan Emerson Automation Solutions at the launch of the Energy & Chemicals Centre (ECTC) at Singapore Polytechnic.


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From Left to Right: Mr Soh Wai Wah, Principal & Chief Executive Officer, Singapore Polytechnic, Mr Chee Hong Tat, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Trade and Industry & Ministry of Education, Mr Kenneth Tan, Vice President, Southeast Asia & Taiwan Emerson Automation Solutions and Mr Ng Cher Pong, Chief Executive of SkillsFuture Singapore at the launch of the Energy & Chemicals Centre (ECTC) at Singapore Polytechnic.


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Mr Chee Hong Tat, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Trade and Industry & Ministry of Education touring the Integrated Plant Environment (IPE) within the Energy & Chemicals Centre (ECTC).



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Established in 1954, Singapore Polytechnic (SP) is Singapore’s first polytechnic. It has 10 schools that offer 40 full-time courses and 3 common entry programmes for close to 16,000 students. SP adopts a proven creative teaching and learning framework and offers students a holistic, authentic and industry-relevant curriculum, innovative and vibrant learning spaces, and enriching overseas programmes.  


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.  SP has more than 206,000 graduates and among them are successful entrepreneurs, top executives in multi-national and public-listed corporations, and well-known professionals across various industries and leaders in government.


SP clinched the inaugural ASEAN People’s Award in 2015 for its contributions toward the region’s community-building efforts. SP is also 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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