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The Precision Engineering Workforce Skills Qualifications (PE WSQ) Graduate Diploma in Metal Manufacturing Processes (MMP) is a joint initiative by the Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech) and the SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) Agency to equip future PE professionals with the necessary knowledge of the metal manufacturing processes. The course covers the basic metal manufacturing processes including machining, casting, welding, heat treatment and forming as individual modules. Materials selection, corrosion and its control, and advanced coatings for metal products and tool protection are some of the elective modules within the current course.

This course aims at providing students with advanced knowledge in these processing areas to upgrade their competencies and capabilities to work in metal manufacturing units and deal with metal processing companies for component manufacturing in a more robust, effective, and professional manner.


Participants will be awarded the Graduate Diploma after successfully completing five modules (four core units and one elective unit). Alternatively, participants will be awarded a WSQ Statement of Attainment electronic certificate (e-Cert) for passing any individual module of their choice. Visit here for more information about the e-Cert.

Core Unit 1 | Evaluate Advanced Metal Machining Techniques
CRS-Q-0024055-PE
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Machining technologies, which are central to the manufacturing industry, have been widely applied and adopted in different industrial sectors such as aerospace, marine, oil & gas, automotive, medtech, precision engineering, moulds and dies as well as offshore. Low cost and high quality components are always in demand and manufacturers are constantly looking for ways to enhance their productivity. Advanced metal machining technologies are the manufacturing processes that help companies stay competitive by eliminating waste and maintaining high-quality standards. An understanding of material removal, selecting proper machining processes and using right cutting tools will benefit to the machining efficiency and component’s quality. This course will provide participants with comprehensive and symmetric training on various advanced machining technologies that can be used to carry out machining of 3D complex parts with good surface quality, high geometrical accuracy and high efficiency. It covers machining fundamentals, high speed machining (HSM), high speed grinding, lapping and polishing, media finishing, laser cutting and drilling, electrical discharge machining (EDM), machining dynamics and simulation, fixturing, cutting tool materials, tool wear classification and tool selection. Real case studies from successful industrial projects with our partners will be shared and analyzed, showing the technical solutions for new capability built-up and productivity improvement.
 


This course is designed for engineers, researchers, and technicians from the PE, electronics, aerospace, automotive and other relevant industrial sectors.
 



  • Designed specifically to cater to local industry demand
  • Highly practical and intensive
  • Latest knowledge and up-to-date technology
  • Case studies highlighting industrial application
  • Expert trainers in the field with industrial experience
     

How to Apply Advanced Precision Machining

  • Machining Fundamentals 
  • High Speed Machining (HSM) 
  • Machining Tool Dynamics and Simulation 
  • Cutting Tool, Fixturing and Tool Wear Classification 
  • Case Study: Chatter-Free Pocket Milling for Mould And Die Application

How to Apply Advanced Grinding and Polishing

  • Precise Grinding
  • Monitoring Grinding Conditions 
  • Lapping And Polishing to Achieve Ultra-Smooth Surface
  • Case Study: High Speed Grinding and Lapping of Nickel-Based Alloy

How to Apply Advanced Non-traditional Machining

  • Finishing of Freeform Surface and Difficult-to-Reach Surface 
  • Laser Cutting and Drilling 
  • Electrical Discharge Machining (EDM) 
  • Case Study: Internal Surface Finishing and Freeform Surface Finishing of Titanium Alloy by Media Finishing

 

Dr Liu Kui received his PhD from the National University of Singapore (NUS) in 2002. He is currently a Senior Scientist and Team Lead at SIMTech, and an adjunct associate professor in NUS. He is an active researcher in both the research and industrial communities. His research interests include ultra-precision machining, micro/nano machining, ductile machining of brittle materials, high speed machining, micro EDM, diamond tool fabrication, deburring and edge modification. He is a senior member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineering (SME), euspen and Japan Society of Professional Engineers (JSPE).


View Dr Liu Kui's researcher portfolio here.


Dr Tian Yebing obtained his PhD in mechanical manufacturing and automation from Dalian University of Technology, China in 2007. He worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Ibaraki University, Japan from 2007 to 2010. Currently, he is a Scientist at SIMTech. His research interests include ductile regime grinding, high speed grinding, chemical mechanical polishing/grinding (CMP/CMG), chemo-mechanical vibratory finishing (CM-VF) and drag finishing of complex-shaped components.


View Dr Tian Yebing's researcher portfolio here.


Dr Ko Jeong Hoon is a scientist with SIMTech and an expert in machining dynamics and mechanics, tooling optimisation, machine tool vibration, feed rate scheduling, and ultrasonic vibration milling. Having achieved academic and industrial R&D successes across Singapore, Canada, Germany and South Korea, he has developed a quick milling and turning vibration solver and optimiser that can help engineers improve machining productivity. Dr Ko has trained engineers from more than twenty companies on the application of machining dynamics to improve machining productivity.


View Dr Ko Jeong Hoon's researcher portfolio here.

      


Core Unit 2 | Perform Precision Metal Casting


CRS-Q-0024537-PE
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(Training Hours: 39 hours)

This module aims at helping participants gain an in-depth understanding of the solidification and casting process. A primary objective is to improve the competency and the competitiveness of personnel in Singapore companies having in-house metal casting facilities as an integrated process in their manufacturing line or companies specialising in supplying metal casting as a commercial service especially for sand casting, pressurized casting and investment casting. A second objective is to equip industry personnel the tools to boost Singapore’s competitiveness with state-of-the-art precision metal casting processes, such as liquid forging and the application of simulations in metal casting.

The programme scope covers metal casting processing, including the different casting methods; advanced casting methods such as liquid forging; precision casting of difficult-to-cast materials such as Ni- and Ti-based metals; design in casting; defect control in different casting methods to achieve defect-free components; and simulation in precision metal casting.

 


This course is designed for general managers, R&D managers, senior engineers, team leaders, research fellows and engineers who are working in foundry and casting manufacturing, suppliers and purchasers, casting designers, technical sales reps, and anyone who seek to get an overview of the latest techniques in precision metal casting processing with a special focus on defect control and light alloys.


  • Essential Knowledge in various casting techniques and defect controls for ferrous and non ferrous materials
  • New technology advancement and business trends for good quality metallic cast products
  • Highly practical and intensive course taught by trainers in the field with industrial experience
  • Case studies highlighting industrial applications
     
Topic 1 | Metal Casting and Solidification Principles

•  Solidification of Materials
•  Different Casting Methods
•  Principles of Super alloys and Super-Duplex SS Casting
•  Principles of Titanium and Magnesium Casting

Topic 2 | Design And Material Selection For Metal Casting

•  Casting Design and Simulation

•  Material Selection for casting


Topic 3 | Advanced Casting Methods

•  Overview of Lost Foam casting and Other Advanced Castings methods

•  Liquid Forging
•  Semi-solid Casting


Dr Chua Beng Wah is a research scientist and team leader at SIMTech. He received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from NUS in 2006. His current research focuses on metal forming and casting processes, particularly in the areas of liquid forging of light alloys Al, Mg and composites, hybrid forming of high-strength components and nanostructured materials.  He is currently involved in a number of research and industry projects and is responsible for the technology commercialisation, especially for the translation of the liquid forging technology into the market place.

View Dr Chua Beng Wah's researcher portfolio here.


Prof Nasser Varahram is a renowned industrial consultant for 30 years, head of research and development of SUTCAST, Canada and Professor of Metals Casting at Sharif University of Technology. His area of expertise is Metal casting technology with many years of precious industrial experience and numerous areas of casting technology development.

Core Unit 3 | Review Heat Treatment Process for Metals

CRS-Q-0022953-MF 
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(Training Hours: 40 hours)

This module aims to provide participants with basic knowledge on the heat treatment of metals, with special focus on the interdependence between selection of metals, processing routes, and attained properties. A primary objective is to improve the competence and thereby the competitiveness of personnel in companies in Singapore that perform heat treatment in-house as an integrated process in their manufacturing line. It is also relevant for companies specialising in supplying heat treatment as a commercial service. The scope of the programme includes heat treatment of metals (ferrous and non-ferrous) covering different annealing and hardening processes including surface hardening (case hardening, nitriding, induction hardening, aging annealing, etc.). Fundamental theories of relevant physics and chemistry, heat treatment process details, furnaces and other heat treatment equipment, attained properties, quality control, safety, economics and more will be discussed. Steel designations and non-ferrous alloys catagorization will also be covered. There will be actual case stories to help students connect the theoretical knowledge to the heat treatment of real parts and components.
 


This module will benefit managers and engineers specialising in the areas of operations, manufacturing, production planning, quality control and materials purchasing. It is especially relevant to personnel working in commercial heat treatment companies doing sub-contract heat treatment works and/or companies that conduct heat treatment as in in-house process. The module would apply for companies in any of the manufacturing industries such as precision engineering, aerospace, automotive and electronics sectors, among others.

 


This module will train engineers and other personnel in the industry working with heat treatment in different ways; such as designers specifying required functional properties of components, production planners specifying process schemes, personnel managing or actively operating heat treatment processes, personnel performing laboratory services and R&D activities, materials purchasing engineers etc.
 

This module is designed to equip participants with knowledge of heat treatment for metals. Using relevant and current case studies, this module covers three main topics:

Introduction and Overview of Heat Treatment
It covers the purpose of heat treatment, theoretical fundamentals, materials testing, steels overview.

Steels and Heat Treatment Processes
It covers ferrous alloys (steels) heat treatment processing for annealing, hardening-quenching-tempering, aging, heat treatment of carbon steels, alloy steels, stainless steels, tool steels. The module also extends to surface hardening and problems associated with heat treated parts.

Non-ferrous Physical Metallurgy and Heat Treatment

It covers the fundamentals of physical metallurgy of non-ferrous metals such as Aluminum, Nickel, Titanium, together with the principles of heat treatment processing of these alloy in aging and annealing. 

  


Dr Mehrdad Zarinejad is a materials scientist and Physical Metallurgist. He serves as the Metals Initiative lead and heat treatment consultant for PECOI at SIMTech, A*STAR. With a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering jointly conferred by McGill University (Canada), NTU (Singapore), and SUT (Iran), he has been engaged in consultancy and training in heat treatment of metals and alloys, including steels and Irons, light alloys, and nickel-based alloys, since 1996. With expertise in materials development and processing as well as structure-heat treatment-property relationships in metals and alloys, he has completed several product/material development consultancy and research projects for companies and universities in Canada, UK, and Singapore. Widely published in a number of prestigious international scientific journals, Dr Zarinejad is a Member of the ASM heat treatment society as well.  
   

Core Unit 4 | Perform Integrated Forming Process Technology for Metals

SkillsFuture C CRS-Q-0024879-PE

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This course module aims at providing students with knowledge on precision metal forming for achieving near-net shapes with high accuracy components. Primary objectives of the programme are to improve the competence and competitiveness of personnel in Singapore-based companies with in-house metal forming as an integrated process in their manufacturing lines; or companies specialising in the commercial manufacturing of metal components such as for metal stamping and forging. A second objective is to give personnel a competency base to put Singapore at the forefront of developing state-of-the-art precision metal forming processes like combined stamping and forging of highly complex components and spin forming of hard-to-form materials such as Ni-based alloys, advanced simulation for metal forming and the use of liquid forging to produce cost effective preforms.

The program provides critical knowledge in topics such as various bulk and sheet metal forming processes, application and execution of forming process design, tooling design, material selection and characterisation, heat treatment and metallurgy, as well as metal forming simulation and process development for achieving parts with high accuracy and optimum quality. It also includes advanced forming techniques, such as combined stamping and forging for sheet bulk metal forming of complex geometries, and spin forming of high strength hard-to-deform materials, and liquid forging to produce near-net shaped preforms for subsequent forming processes.
   


This course is catered to CEOs, general managers, R&D managers, team leaders, research fellows and engineers who work in metal forming. It would also prove beneficial to suppliers and purchasers, tool designers, technical sales reps and anyone who is seeking an overview of the latest techniques in precision metal forming processes with a focus on near-net shape forming.
      


The training offers specialised knowledge and hands-on experience in advanced productive techniques that are highly relevant to personnel dealing with metal forming in companies conducting metal manufacturing in Singapore.

  • Essential knowledge in various metal forming processes
  • New technology advancements and business trends in precision metal forming processes
  • Highly practical and intensive course taught by expert trainers with industrial experience
  • Case studies highlighting industrial applications
     


Topic 1 | Near-net Shape Forming of Bulk Metals

  • Principles of Bulk Metal Forming
  • Cold and Hot Forging
  • Spin Forming and Flow Forming
  • Case Study : Forging and Flow Forming of Light Alloys
  • Principles of Liquid Forging
  • Case Study : Liquid Forging of Light Weight Alloys

Topic 2 | Sheet Metal and Hybrid Forming

  • Principles of Sheet Metal Forming
  • Principles of Roll Forming and Bending
  • Case Study: Incremental Forming of Sheet Metal Light Alloys

Topic 3 | Advanced Metal Forming Simulation and Characterisation

  • FEM Simulation for Improvement of Plastic Flow Behavior In Bulk Metal and Materials Characterisation and Materials Failure
  • FEM Simulation for Improvement of Plastic Flow Behavior in Sheet Metal
  • Case Study: Simulation of Bulk Metal Forming
  • Case Study: Simulation for Product Demonstrator 1
  • Case Study: Simulation for Product Demonstrator 2

 


Dr Danno Atsushi graduated from the Nagoya Institute of Technology in Japan with a PhD(Eng) from the Osaka University, Japan. For many years, he was engaged in R&D for high precision bulk-metal forming technology for manufacturing automotive components in the Toyota Central R&D labs in Japan where he was appointed Director and board member. His research portfolio includes rotary forming (gears, stepped shafts), forging lubrication (warm, cold), forging CAE (FEM simulations, knowledge-based expert systems) and other special metal forming processes. He has authored or co-authored more than fifty original technical papers and registered over twenty five patents in the field. Currently, Dr Atsushi is a PE Senior Consultant (metal forming) at SIMTech/PE-COI where he has been engaged in forming technology R&D and consultation.

View Dr Danno Atsushi's researcher portfolio here.

Dr Chua Beng Wah is a research scientist and the metal forming team leader at SIMTech, with a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from NUS. His current research focuses on metal forming and casting processes, particularly on the areas of liquid forging of light alloys Al, Mg, composites and nanostructured materials, and liquid forging of preforms for forming processes. His research interests include heat transfer and solidification of metallic alloys, thermo-mechanical processing of metals and alloys, particularly on the effects of grain refinement on deformation and strengthening mechanisms. He is currently involved in a number of research and industry projects and is responsible for their technology commercialisations, especially for the translation of liquid forging technology into the market applicability.

View Dr Chua Beng Wah's researcher portfolio here.

  Dr Song Xu is a Scientist from the Forming Technology Group at SIMTech with over five years of experience in manufacturing processes. His areas of research interest include residual stress measurement and simulation, distortion control, finite element simulation techniques in deformation at different scales, advanced joining techniques and rotary forming. He obtained his doctorate degree in modelling residual stresses and deformation in metal at different scales from the University of Oxford, UK.

View Dr Song Xu's researcher portfolio here.

Dr Suwat Jirathearanat received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the Ohio State University, USA. Forming technology of lightweight sheet metals is his main research area, focusing on design and development of innovative hybrid forming processes and tools through advanced materials characterisation, simulation modeling and optimisation. He has over ten years of experience working closely with the main automotive parts suppliers in Thailand.

Core Unit 5 | Perform Advanced Metal Welding

SkillsFuture Cou CRS-Q-0024357-PE 
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This module provides an integrated practical overview of metal welding and joining processes (i.e. arc welding, laser beam welding, and brazing), welding metallurgy, weldability of different ferrous and non-ferrous alloys, weld design, welding monitoring, welding quality control, as well as testing methods. The course includes a general understanding of equipment, welding materials and shielding gases, advantages and limitations of the processes, process applications, and process variables. It aims to equip participants with the skills and knowledge required to understand different metal welding processes. This module also includes practical sessions for performing arc and laser welding.
 


This course is targeted at operation managers, manufacturing managers/engineers, production planning engineers, material engineers, mechanical engineers, production engineers, foremen and skilled operators, quality control managers/engineers, materials purchasing engineers, laboratory managers and engineers, as well as relevant personnel from any manufacturing industry that has welding as a joining process, such as the precision engineering, aerospace, marine, oil & gas, automotive and electronics sectors.

 


This module is specially designed to effectively guide participants in the adoption of metal welding and joining technologies. The module will train participants to build up the competencies required to perform arc welding, laser welding, and brazing of metals. In addition, they will gain knowledge on weld evaluation, weld design, and welding monitoring. On successful completion of this module, participants will be able to optimise the existing welding processes and implement new welding technologies.
 


This module mainly focuses on the arc welding, laser welding, and brazing of metals, welding design, welding monitoring, and weld evaluation.

Key topics covered include

• Generic welding and joining processes
• Principles of SMAW, MIG, and SAW processes and their processing parameters
• Principle of GTAW and PAW processes and processing parameters
• Principles of laser welding of metallic materials, influence of process parameters in determining welding performance
• Fundamentals of brazing
• Welding metallurgy principles and their application when interpreting weld quality
• Understand weldability of stainless steels and Ni-based alloys
• Fundamentals of weld design, weld evaluation, and general specification
• Major parameters in various welding processes, the effective measurement and record of parameters
• Importance and implementation of QA and QC in welding operations

• Principles of weld testing methods


Dr Sun Zheng obtained his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland. He has more than thirty years of experience in the field of materials joining, having worked in the research institute, university, and industrial environments. Dr Sun, who specialises in welding processes and welding metallurgy, has published over a hundred and twenty papers in international journals and conference proceedings. He was the joint recipient of the 1995 National Technology Award for contributions to the marine repair processes using electron beam technology.

View Dr Sun Zheng's researcher portfolio here.
 
Mr Pan Dayou is a Senior Research Engineer at SIMTech. He has nearly thirty years of experience in welding fabrication and materials joining. His expertise covers welding fabrication of pressure vessels, piping and other structures; process development & optimisation; productivity improvement; QA & QC and welding qualifications; training for welding personnel. In addition to industrial projects, he also carries out in-house research projects focusing primarily on joining of materials ranging from ferrous to non-ferrous metals, and he has published thirty technical papers. He holds a BEng degree in Welding Technology, a MSc degree in Material Processing, and a diploma of IWE/IIW qualification.

Dr Chen Hui-Chi joined SIMTech as a Research Scientist after receiving her PhD from the Laser Processing Research Centre, The University of Manchester, UK. Her research interests lie in laser welding and numerical analysis of welding process. She currently focuses on increasing laser welding efficiency of highly reflective and conductive metals, developing hermetic laser welding processes and minimising welding distortion by using finite element methods.processes and minimising welding distortion by using finite element methods.

Elective Units
     

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(Training Hours: 40 hours)
CRS-Q-0023626-PE
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This module is designed to equip participants with knowledge of different processing techniques for effective heat treatment and the special treatment of metals.

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CRS-Q-0021940-PE
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CRS-Q-0024423-PE
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  • Applicants should possess a degree in any discipline or a diploma with a minimum of 3 years of related working experience.
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English.

The full course fee for a complete Graduate Diploma is S$15,000.00 before course fee funding and GST.
The full course fee for each individual Core Unit (Core Units 1 to 5) is S$3,000 before course fee funding and GST.

  • For Elective Unit 2 (Implement Fundamentals of Corrosion and Corrosion Prevention), please view the course fee here.
  • For Elective Unit 3 (Improve Machining Productivity through Dynamics Analysis and Simulation), please view the course fee here.

    Please note that fees and funding amount are subject to change.

Course Fee Funding

All Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents aged ≥ 21 years

Singapore Citizens


Up to 50% of course fee (capped at $15/training hour)

SME Sponsored³

Aged ≥ 40 years1

Aged ≥ 35 years and earning ≤ $2,000/month2

Up to 90% of course fee
(capped at $50/training hour)

95% of course fees

  • All Singaporeans and Permanent Residents aged 21 years and above can enjoy course fee funding of up to 50% of the course fee (capped at S$15/training hour).

  • ³ Singaporean or Permanent Resident employees fully sponsored by SMEs can enjoy course fee funding support of up to 90% of the course fee (capped at S$50/training hour) under the Enhanced Training Support for Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs) scheme,  subject to eligibility criteria.

  • 1 Singaporeans aged 40 years and above can enjoy course fee funding of up to 90% of the course fee (capped at S$50/training hour) under the SkillsFuture Mid-career Enhanced Subsidy (SFMCES).

  • 2 Singaporeans aged 35 years and above with earnings not more than S$2,000 per month can enjoy course fee funding for 95% of the course fee under the Workfare Training Support (WTS) scheme.

  •  Singaporeans aged 25 years old and above are eligible for SkillsFuture Credit which can be used to offset course fees.

*Note: The course participants must also meet the following criteria to qualify for the course fee funding:

  • Achieve at least 75% course attendance; and
  • Take all assessments.
 

For all modules except Core Unit 4 | Perform Integrated Forming Process Technology for Metals

Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology
2 Fusionopolis Way, Innovis Level 8
Singapore 138634

How to Reach SIMTech@Fusionopolis Two
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For Core Unit 4 | Perform Integrated Forming Process Technology for Metals

  • SIMTech Valley Block | 73 Nanyang Drive, Singapore 637662

How to Reach SIMTech@NTU
    

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