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Review Coating Failure Prevention and Coating Improvement


Coatings are applied on most products across the industry: from precision engineering through electronics, building and construction to machinery and even food as well as food packaging. These may be decorative, corrosion prevention, wear-resistant, or other functional properties. However, there is usually a wide range of effects that can compromise the coatings, such as variation in material composition, changes in application procedure, contaminations, and exposure to certain chemicals/materials or wear conditions during application or use. Ultimately, these effects may lead to coating failure during the manufacturing process. This reduces yield, or in more serious cases, an early breakdown may occur during use and result in a perception of low product quality. Hence, it is essential to understand the factors that lead to coating failures and methods to prevent or mitigate such failures so as to improve product yield and achieve better long term quality.

This module highlights frequent coating failures and methods of recognizing them. Various failure types will be discussed in detail through examples. Participants will be trained on the general framework of coating failure analysis to acquire the skill of identifying the root cause of specific coating defects. The course will also cover various approaches to mitigate the coating failures once the root cause is identified. Wet chemical coatings, paints, electro-deposited and vacuum process deposited coatings will be discussed. In-depth learning will be aided by discussions of case studies and laboratory practice which will be customised to the field of work or interest of participants.

Why This Course

  • Designed specifically to upskill the local industry or can be adapted to reskill engineering talents
  • Highly practical and intensive
  • Latest knowledge and up-to-date technologies
  • Project-based with real-world industrial application case studies
  • Expert trainers in the field with many years of industry project experience

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for managers, engineers, researchers, and coating applicators from the precision engineering, aerospace, automotive, marine, energy, electronics and other industrial sectors to enhance their knowledge and skills on improving coating processes by understanding potential problems with the coating and taking appropriate actions to mitigate coating related failures.

What You Will Learn

What you will learn

Coating failures: Identification and mitigation

  • Effect of substrate on coating quality (physical and chemical properties, surface roughness, thermo-mechanical properties)
  • Effect of coating-substrate interface
  • Causes of low wear or scratch resistance
  • Coating problems due to process variations
  • Coating failures resulting from formulation variation

Project work for coating failure evaluation and coating improvement

  • Paints and wet chemical coatings
  • UV cured coatings
  • Electrochemical deposited coatings (plating, anodizing)
  • Vacuum process deposited coatings for wear resistance

Upon Completion of This Course

Upon Completion of this Course

Electronic Statement of Attainment (SOA) certificates will be issued by SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) to participants who have attended and attained competency in the Singapore Skills Framework training modules. 

Participants must also meet the following criteria to receive their SOAs: 

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

Click here to learn more about the WSQ SOA certificate.

Note: Trainees will have to bear the full course fee upon failure to meet either one of the criteria.

Sample: Statement of Attainment (SOA) CertificateSSG SOA

Pre-Requisites, Full and Nett Course Fees


  • Applicants should possess a degree in any discipline or a diploma with a minimum of 3 years of related working experience.
  • Applicants who do not have the required academic qualifications are still welcome to apply, but shortlisted candidates may be required to attend an interview for special approval.
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English.

Full Course Fee

The full course fee for this module is $3,000 before funding and prevailing GST.

Nett Course Fee

Singapore Citizens, Singapore Permanent Residents and LTVP+ Holders
Employer-sponsored and self-sponsored Singapore Citizens aged 40 years and above (MCES) ² SME-sponsored local employees (i.e Singapore Citizens, Singapore Permanent Residents and LTVP+ Holders) (ETSS) ¹
$3,240 $972 $372 $372
All fees are inclusive of prevailing GST.

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

  • Long Term Visit Pass Plus (LTVP+) Holders
    The LTVP+ scheme applies to lawful foreign spouses of Singapore Citizens with (i) at least one Singapore Citizen child or are expecting one from the marriage, or at least three years of marriage, and (ii) where the Singapore Citizen sponsor is able to support the family.

    All LTVP+ holders can be identified with their green visit pass cards, with the word ‘PLUS’ printed on the back of the card.

    • ¹ Under the Enhanced Training Support for Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs) scheme (ETSS), subject to eligibility criteria shown below.

      SMEs that meet all of the following eligibility criteria:

      • Registered or incorporated in Singapore
      • Employment size of not more than 200 or with annual sales turnover of not more than $100 million

      SME-sponsored Trainees:

      • Must be Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents.
      • Courses have to be fully paid for by the employer.
      • Trainee is not a full-time national serviceman. 

      Further Info: This scheme is intended for all organisations, including non-business entities not registered with ACRA e.g. VWOs, societies, etc. Only ministries, statutory boards, and other government agencies are not eligible under Enhanced Training Support for SMEs Scheme. Sole proprietorships which meet all of the above criteria are also eligible.

    Singaporeans aged 25 years old and above are eligible for SkillsFuture Credit which can be used to offset course fees (for self-sponsored registrations only).

    For more information on the SkillsFuture funding schemes you are eligible for, please visit www.ssg.gov.sg

    How course fees are calculated

    International Participants Singapore Citizens, Singapore Permanent Residents and LTVP+ Holders Employer-sponsored and self-sponsored Singapore Citizens aged 40 years and aboveSME-sponsored local employees (i.e Singapore Citizens, Singapore Permanent Residents and LTVP+ Holders) 
    Not applicable for SkillsFuture FundingSkillsFuture Funding (Baseline)SkillsFuture Mid-career Enhanced Subsidy (MCES) ²SkillsFuture Enhanced Training Support for SMEs (ETSS) ¹
     Full Course Fee $3,000$3,000$3,000  $3,000
    SkillsFuture Funding Not Applicable  ($2,100)  ($2,700)  ($2,700)
    Nett Course Fee $3,000  $900 $300  $300
    8% GST
    $240 $72*  $72*  $72*
    Total Course Fee Payable to Training Provider $3,240 $972 $372  $372
    * Based on 30% of Full Course Fee

    Eligible for SkillsFuture Enterprise Credit (SFEC)

    SkillsFuture Enterprise Credit (SFEC)

    The SkillsFuture Enterprise Credit (SFEC) was first introduced during the Singapore’s Budget 2020 and then recently expanded to a larger group of employers in Budget 2022. It encourages employers to invest in enterprise transformation and capabilities of their employees. Eligible employers will receive a one-off S$10,000 credit to cover up to 90% of out-of-pocket expenses on qualifying costs for supportable initiatives, over and above the support levels of existing schemes.

    Submission of SFEC Claim

    Employers are required to submit their SFEC claims manually via its microsite if they fulfil any of the following scenarios:

    • Employers have sent their foreign employees (excluding foreign employees who hold Long-Term Visit Pass Plus) for training on a SFEC eligible course;

    Employers can only submit the claims for SFEC after their employees have completed the training course(s). Click here to download the SFEC Claim e-guide.

    NOTE: You will require a Corppass account with "EPJS_User" role assigned prior to login to your account to manage your claims.

    If you are unsure whether your company is eligible for SFEC, you may submit an enquiry to Enterprise Singapore (ESG) via here for their response.

    Contact Us

    • For technical enquiries, please contact:

    Dr Sandor NEMETH,
    Email: sandorn@SIMTech.a-star.edu.sg

    • For general enquiries, please contact:

    Mr GOH Chee Chien,
    Email: gohcc@SIMTech.a-star.edu.sg


    • Please register for this course through our Course Registration Form for Public Classes.
    • For the first question, please select Qn1: Modular Programmes
    • Applicants will be placed on our waiting list if the course does not have an upcoming scheduled intake.
    • Once the next intake is confirmed to commence, SIMTech will contact the applicants to share the class information.


    Review Coating Failure Prevention and Coating Improvement



    Skills Course Reference Number Training Period
    (Click on dates to view schedules)
    Registration Status 
    • Review Coating Failure Prevention and Coating Improvement (42 hours)
    EVE 9 Oct 2023 - 27 Nov 2023

    The Oct 2023 intake is postponed. New dates to be published soon.
    FD: Full day
    AM: Morning
    PM Afternoon
    EVE: Evening