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The Precision Engineering Workforce Skills Qualifications Graduate Diploma in Precision Measurements and Characterisation (PMC) is a joint initiative of the Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech) and the SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) Agency. The objective of the course is to transfer the core competencies including fundamental knowledge and hands-on skills in optics, precision measurements, automatic inspection and material characterisation required for managers and engineers in precision engineering related manufacturing industries.

The course will be conducted through a series of lectures and hands-on experiments. Participants gain basic knowledge, techniques and hands-on skills in optics and lighting, machine vision, precision dimensional measurements, laser interferometer and precision machine metrology, precision instruments, measurement error and uncertainty analysis, material testing and characterisation, metrology measurement standards and traceability. Besides these basic measurement technologies, participants will also acquire advanced knowledge and technology trends on precision measurements for precision engineering.

Overview of the Course


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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 | Geometric Dimensioning &Tolerancing

CRS-Q-0019495-PE

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This course aims to provide students with fundamental knowledge and practical skills on the subject of Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T). The course is conducted in an interactive way with case studies and hands-on experiments.

GD&T is a graphic language used by mechanical designers, engineers, and quality inspection operators to effectively and accurately communicate with one another through detailed drawings. It defines the geometry of mechanical parts without any ambiguities through symbols for geometric dimensions, tolerances and relative positions among features and datums. With GD&T defined drawings, desired forms and fits can be realised. This ensures the intended function of the parts and assemblies.
 

    GD&T is a powerful communication tool used in the precision engineering industry. These days, more companies are required to generate drawings that are dimensioned and toleranced with GD&T. This course is conducted by instructors with strong industrial experience in using GD&T. It also includes case studies discussions and intensive hands-on sessions to enhance the participants’ GD&T understanding.

    • Mechanical designers and engineers 
    • Quality manufacturing inspection operators, engineers and managers
    • Those interested in understanding and applying engineering drawings
        GD&T fundamental concepts and form control
    • GD&T symbols, terms and rules
    • Datum and datum system
    • Form control

    • GD&T position tolerance control and graphic analysis  
    • Position tolerance control
    • Graphic analysis (paper gage)

    • Orientation, Run-out and profile control
    • Orientation, run-out and profile control

    • Advanced GD&T and Applications
    • GD&T advantages over coordinate dimensioning
    • Strategy for tolerancing parts
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    Dr Chen Wenjie received his B.Eng degree and M.Eng degree in mechanical engineering from the Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China, in 1985 and 1988, respectively, and his PhD degree in mechatronics from the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, in 1999. Currently, he is a research scientist in the Mechatronics Group, Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech) where he performs research of the precision machine design and the flexible grasping adaptive to object uncertainties. He has more than 20 years’ experience in GD&T applications, and is an  expert in the precision machine design, especially in the error budgeting analysis based-on GD&T.

    View Dr Chen Wenjie's researcher portfolio
    here.

     

    Dr Lin Wei is a Senior Scientist with the Mechatronics Group in SIMTech. His research interests are in precision mechatronics design, process and inspection automation, and industrial robotics. He has been a technical and project leader for more than 50 major industrial projects for the precision engineering, electronics, oil and gas, and aerospace industries. He holds three patents in the areas of precision motion system design and non-destructive testing.

    View Dr Lin Wei's researcher portfolio
    here.

    Dr Lin Wen-Jong is a Principal Research Scientist with the Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology. He received his MSc(Engineering) degree in Advanced Manufacturing Systems and Technology from the Liverpool University, United Kingdom, in 1991; PhD in Manufacturing Technology at the Imperial College, University of London, in 1997; postgraduate diploma in Structure Engineering and Foundation at the University of Westminster, United Kingdom, in 1999, and an MBA from the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, in 2003. Dr Lin is a member of the Institute of Mechanical Engineering and a Chartered Engineer of Engineering Council, United Kingdom. Dr Lin has more than twelve years industry experience with SMEs and MNCs. He serves as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the National University of Singapore. His field of research interests includes mechanical design, FEM, neural network, Fuzzy logical, motion control, real-time control and robotics with physical background and experience in mechanical/software control engineering, and a wide range of automation projects in food industry, medical equipment, aerospace overhaul and precision machines.

    View Dr Lin Wen-jong's researcher portfolio here.


    Core Unit 2 | Engineering Optics & Optical Measurements

    SkillsFuture Course ID: CRS-Q-0019493-PE

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    This course provides knowledge and techniques of optical design, testing and engineering that are widely used for dimensional measurements and inspection. The course is structured into lectures of fundamental optics principles and case studies. The topics covered include applied optics, lighting design, detection technology, imaging and sensing system. After these topic lectures, the participants will apply what they learn on a personalised case study of their choice. With this extra practice element, the participants are instilling skill and attitude as well as acquiring knowledge. This will enable learners to perform actual tasks in their workplace more effectively and efficiently.
     

    Knowledge of optics and optical measurement techniques will allow precision testing and measurements professionals and their managers to grasp the technical details of advanced optical measurement and inspection, and apply them to improve their factory performance, product quality and business portfolio.

    Some unique features of this course are the hands-on sessions and personalised case studies. Participants will have the opportunity during the course to raise real problems from their workspaces and to use optical components, set-ups and instruments for further understanding of engineering optics and to find solutions of the problems.
       
    • Chief information officer/Chief technology officer
    • Project manager
    • Engineers and technical staff in optics, precision measurements, quality control, machine vision
    • Sales engineers and officers
         

    Optical Design and Simulation

    • Geometrical optics, image formation and aberrations
    • Optical design and simulation by ZEMAX

    Lighting Technologies

    • Feature enhancement by lighting for machine vision
    • Simulation and design of LED illumination
    • Lighting for dimensional measurements

    Optical Detection

    • Detectors and detection electronics
    • Detection of weak optical signal

    Fiber Optics Sensing Technologies

    • Fiber optics and fiber sensors
    • Industrial applications: stress, strain, temperature, chemical and imaging
            
    Dr Li Xiang is a Senior Research Engineer from the Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology, SIMTech. His research areas include dimensional measurements, defect inspection, interferometry, wavefront sensing, fiber sensor and bio-imaging etc. His research outputs have been applied in sectors of semi-conductor, precision engineering, construction and biomedical etc.

    View Dr Li Xiang's researcher portfolio here.

    Dr Ng Boon Ping is a Scientist from the Precision Measurements Group at SIMTech. He focuses in the research area of nanoscale optical measurement. He had developed in-house capabilities on the instrumentation of the scanning near-field optical microscope. Dr Ng was formerly attached to the National Institute of Standard and Technology (NIST), USA in 2012 and Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB), Germany in 2013. During his attachments, he investigated the metrology issues on the Atomic Force Microscope and Optical Scatterometry. Upon his return to Singapore, he rejoined SIMTech’s Precision Measurements Group and leads projects in nanoscale measurement for Mid-IR/X-ray
    wavelengths and wide-angle optical systems.

    View Dr Ng Boon Ping's researcher portfolio here.

    Dr Li Hao is a Scientist from SIMTech. He is experienced in complex optical system development for optical sensing, bio-optical imaging, nonlinear optics and X-ray optics for more than 10 years. He had developed numbers of optical systems for industry application or academic research purposes such as fiber acousto-optic modulator, plasmonic bio-sensor, nonlinear laser scanning microscope, laser endoscope system, coherent EUV source etc. He joined the SIMTech’s Precision Measurements Group in 2010 and since then, lead several industry and research projects. Currently his research is focused on nonlinear optics for super resolution imaging and table-top coherent X-ray generation.

    View Dr Li Hao's researcher portfolio here.


    Core Unit 3 | Precision Measurements

    (SkillsFuture Course Title: Dimensional Measurements and Metrology)

    SkillsFuture Course ID: CRS-Q-0019494-PE
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    The course aims to introduce fundamental concept and theoretical knowledge of precision dimensional measurement technology and nanoscale measurement technology for applications in the Precision Engineering industry, and as well as other related industrial sectors. Specifically, the contents of the module cover fundamentals of measurement errors, error analysis and uncertainty, precision measurement systems for dimensional measurements (CMM) and surface roughness measurements (stylus proflometry), precision machine tool calibration by laser interferometer, scanning near-field optical microscopy and atomic force microscopy for nanoscale dimensional measurements.
       

    • Designed specifically based on 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
          
    This module is designed for
    • Measurement system designers and engineers
    • Operators, engineers and managers of quality inspection
    • Sales engineers and officers of optical components and precision standard components
         
    • Calculate of uncertainty based on probability distribution of real life cases
    • Analyse error propagation and uncertainty calculation on dimension measurement of parts
    • Calculate of thermal uncertainty of manufactured parts
    • Perform measurement on actual parts using the Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM) and its case studies
    • Define surface topography and the types of parameters
    • Perform measurement of surface topography at different scales and resolution, using different systems and relate to the case studies
    • Determine errors contributing to machine instrumentation
    • Understand measurement errors and techniques of laser displacement interferometer and case studies
           
     
    Dr Fang Zhongping specialises in optics, machine vision, precision measurements and metrology technology. He has more than 30 years of industrial and R&D experience. Dr. Fang is a Senior Scientist with the Precision Measurements Group from Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech) since 1995. Formerly, he was the manager of Photonic Systems Group, and the Machine Vision & Sensors Group. Prior to joining SIMTech, he held R&D positions with the National Institute of Metrology (NIM), Beijing, China, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), USA, Semiconductor Equipment and Optical companies. He graduated from the Tsinghua University, Beijing, China and received his Ph.D. degree jointly from the Tianjin University, China and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA.

    VIew Dr Fang Zhongping's researcher portfolio here.

    Ms Liu Yuchan is a Principal Research Engineer from SIMTech. She has more than 20 years of experience in precision measurements of dimensions and tolerances, surface profile and texture, as well as material mechanical properties from macro to nanometer scale. Her R&D interests focus on the development of both contact and non-contact methods for precision measurements and materials characterisation for product design and fabrication, quality control, failure analysis and repair or re-manufacturing to support R&D and industry in the areas of precision engineering, optics, medical devices, semiconductors, aerospace, automotive and more. She has published more than 80 research papers in international journals and conferences as the first author or co-author.

    View Ms Liu Yuchan's researcher portfolio here.

    Dr Kok Shaw Wei is a Scientist from SIMTech. He was previously with the Precision Measurements Group working in the research area of nanoscale measurement using of optical means for more than 7 years. In year 2011 and 2012, Dr Kok was seconded to Rolls-Royce Singapore to set up a measurement lab for their research unit. During his secondment, he also led a team researching on the automation of fan blade thickness measurement. In 2012 to 2014, he was the Team Lead of Measurement and Characterisation Unit in SIMTech, focusing on research issues faced by the industries. In 2015, he moved to the Mechatronics Group to lead a team focusing in the area of industrial automation.

    View Dr Kok Shaw Wei's researcher portfolio here.

    Dr Seck Hon Luen is a Scientist from SIMTech currently working on phase related tomography technology. He received his Bachelor and Ph.D degrees from the Nanyang Technological University. His Ph.D. research topic was in the area of optical coherence tomography. His research interests include coherent and incoherent optical imaging.

    View Dr Seck Hon Luen's researcher portfolio here.
            

    Core Unit 4 | Image Processing and Industrial Vision Inspection

    CRS-Q-0019492-PE
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    This course teaches the basic skills in digital image processing, including vision system configuration, imaging hardware and optics, 2D image processing, color image processing and fundamentals of measurement in digital images. More advanced skills such as X-ray image processing, 3D image processing are also covered. Machine vision system design and development knowledge for actual cases in electronics, medical and precision engineering are taught.

    The course trains participants on :
    • Competence in how to use digital camera, lens, illumination to build an imaging system;
    • Knowledge in 2D and 3D image processing to interpret the images automatically;
    • Skills in building up a vision system for inspection of defects and measurement of dimensions in precision engineering, medtech, electronics and aerospace industry.
         
    • Designed specifically based on 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
          
    This module is designed for

    • Chief information officer/Chief technology officer
    • Project manager
    • Engineers and technical staff in optics, precision measurements, quality control, machine vision
    • Sales engineers and officers
           
    • Introduction of digital imaging and imaging hardware
    • Basic 2D image processing and frequency domain image processing
    • Basic color image processing
    • Basic measurement in a digital image: points, edges, lines, dimensions
    • Advance image processing: segmentation, registration, data fusion
    • Camera calibration and 3D image processing
    • 2D/3D X-ray image processing
    • Vision system design and development
          
    Dr Andrew Malcolm Alexander is a Principal Engineer with the Precision Measurements Group from the Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology, SIMTech. He specialises in image processing, machine vision, precision measurements and CT metrology technology. He has more than 30 years of industrial and R&D experience.

    View Dr Andrew Malcolm Alexander's researcher portfolio here.
     

     

    Dr Xu Jian is a Principal Research Engineer from SIMTech. He has more than 30 years of experience in 2D and 3D image processing, smart image processing and camera calibration for precision measurements. His R&D interests focus on the development of 3D optical and X-ray machine vision systems for in-situ inspection and measurements.

    View Dr Xu Jian's researcher portfolio here.

    Dr Liu Tong is a senior Research Engineer from SIMTech. He received his master degree in applied optics from the Tsinghua University, China, and his PhD degree in mechanical engineering from the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. His research interests include x-ray imaging, computed tomography, optical measurement, and machine vision.

    View Dr Liu Tong's researcher portfolio here.

    Dr Yin Xiaoming is a Senior Research Engineer from SIMTech. She received her PhD degree on computer vision from the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Her research interests include 2D and 3D Image processing, pattern recognition, automatic defect detection and classification, optical measurement, X-ray image processing.

    View Dr Yin Xiaoming's researcher portfolio here.


    Elective Unit 1 | Materials Characterisation for PE Industry

    CRS-Q-0019491-PE
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    Manufacturing industry faces a wide range of challenges if they are to maintain a competitive edge in today’s dynamic marketplace. The ability to accurately characterise materials, test components and appropriately analyse the test results for problem-solving can help companies to reduce design cycles and R&D time, solve process problems, as well as improve product quality. This course is designed to provide project managers, engineers and specialists with the core knowledge and skills needed to effectively apply advanced analytical tools and techniques in material characterisations and testing for materials formulation, process development, failure analysis, and production quality control applications.
        
    • Designed specifically based on 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
    This module is designed for industry professionals, engineers, technologists, lab managers, failure analysis professionals, those involved in materials and materials characterisation, process development, quality control and assurance, procurement engineers and project managers, and makers/sellers of analytical equipment from precision engineering, semiconductor, electronics, materials and testing industries.
       
    Metallography and Failure Analysis

    • Metallographic sample preparation and optical microscopy
    • Practical scanning electron microscopy (SEM)
    • X-ray microanalysis

    Plastics and Composite Material Characterisation

    • Thermal analysis and rheological testing
    • Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and Raman spectroscopy
    • Mechanical testing

    Thin-film Coating Characterisation

    • Microhardness, nano-indentation and adhesion strength test
    • Optical properties and thin film thickness measurement
    • X-ray analysis for thin film structure and residual stress
    • Material characterisation techniques and applications in precision engineering industry


     

    Ms Xie Hong is a Principle Research Engineer from SIMTech. She has more than 20 years experience in material characterisations, testing and failure analysis and thin film coating deposition, specialized in spectroscopic analysis for thin films and surface analysis with FTIR, Raman spectroscopy, spectroscopic  ellipsometer and X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS). She has been actively involved in R&D and industry projects to support material and process development for the manufacturing industry.

    View Ms Xie Hong's researcher portfolio here.

    Ms Liu Yuchan is a Principal Research Engineer from SIMTech. She has more than 20 years of experience in precision measurements of dimensions and tolerances, surface profile and texture, as well as material mechanical properties from macro to nanometer scale. Her R&D interests focus on the development of both contact and non-contact methods for precision measurements and material characterisation for product design and fabrication, quality control, failure analysis and repair or re-manufacturing to support R&D and industry in the areas of precision engineering, optics, medical devices, semiconductors, aerospace, automotive and more. She has published more than 80 research papers in international journals and conferences as the first author or co-author.

    View Ms Liu Yuchan's researcher portfolio here.

    Ms Ng Fern Lan is a Senior Research Engineer from SIMTech. She has been working on electron microscopy and X-ray microanalysis and specialized in SEM/EDS/WDS/EBSD and advanced sample preparations for material characterisations and failure analysis. Her recent R&D activities focus on electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) and focus ion beam (FIB) to support R&D and industry in the material development, process optimisation and failure analysis for microelectronics, precision engineering, aerospace and automotive, and other sectors.

    View Ms Ng Fern Lan's researcher portfolio here.

    Ms Ma Cho Cho Khin is a Senior Research Engineer with the Measurement and Characterisation Unit from SIMTech since 2007. She is specialized in thermal analysis and X-ray characterisations for polymers, composites and alloys. She has been actively working with the manufacturing industry through projects and consultations for material evaluation, process optimisation, quality control and failure analysis.

    View Ms Ma Cho Cho Khin's researcher portfolio here.


    Elective Unit 2 | Implement Fundamentals of Corrosion and Corrosion Prevention

    SkillsFuture Course ID: CRS-Q-0021940-PE
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    Please click here for more course information about this module.
            

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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 before course fee funding and GST.
    The full course fee for each individual module is S$3,000 before course fee funding and GST.

    Graduate Diploma in
    Precision Measurements and Characterisation

    Fee Per Module (Inclusive of 7% GST)

    Singaporeans

    Singapore Permanent Residents

    Foreigners

    Full Course Fee

    NA

    NA

    S$3210.00

    [a] Nett Course Fee
    (after 70% course fee funding)

    S$963.00

    S$963.00

    NA

    [b] Nett Course Fee for SMEs
    (after 70% course fee funding)

    SMEs are entitled to claim S$600 per trainee (under the Enhanced Training Support for SMEs scheme) through SkillsConnect, subject to eligibility criteria

    S$963.00




    (S$600.00)


    S$963.00




    (S$600.00)


    NA

    [c] Nett Course Fee under SkillsFuture Mid-career Enhanced Subsidy (>=40 years old)(90% course fee funding)

    S$363.00

    NA

    NA

    [d] Nett Course Fee under Workforce Training Support (WTS) scheme
    (95% course fee funding)

    S$213.00

    NA

    NA

    NA = Not applicable
    Please note that fees and funding amount are subject to change.

    [a]

    All Singaporeans and Permanent Residents aged 21 years and above can enjoy course fee funding of up to 70% of the course fee.

    [b]

    Singaporean or Permanent Resident employees fully sponsored by SMEs can enjoy course fee funding support of up to 90% of the course fee under the Enhanced Training Support for Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs) scheme, subject to eligibility criteria.

    Application for the enhanced funding will be administered through SkillsConnect. SMEs can submit applications and claims through the online SkillsConnect platform and enhanced funding will be awarded to those who meet the eligibility criteria.

    [c]

    Singaporeans aged 40 years and above can enjoy course fee funding of up to 90% of the course fee under the SkillsFuture Mid-career Enhanced Subsidy (SFMCES).

    [d]

    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.

    [e]

    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

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

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