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SGUS for Advanced Instrumentation and Quality Control through Digitalisation

  • This SGUS course is completed over a 6-month period.
  • The nett course fee payable by each SC or SPR trainee is $500 (inclusive of GST).
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What is the SGUnited Skills (SGUS) Programme?

The SGUnited Skills (SGUS) Programme which opens for unemployed or retrenched Singaporeans and Permanent Residents is a full-time Train & Place programme of 6 to 9-month duration. Trainees will also receive a training allowance of $1,200 per month for the duration of the programme to cover basic subsistence expenses.

Applications for the SGUS courses are ongoing and each new intake may only commence upon receiving sufficient registrations to form a class!

Important information:
  • In order to provide opportunities for as many Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents as possible, individuals can only enrol in a SGUnited Skills Programme ONCE.
  • All information published at SIMTech's website, social medias, webinars or collateral about its courses is correct at time of publication and subject to change.

Skills Course Reference: TGS-2021009131

Programme Introduction

Advanced instrumentation and quality control cuts across various industries like medtech, fast moving consumer goods (FMCG), semiconductor, electronics, and precision engineering as well as in emerging industry sectors such as food, farming and sustainability. Coupled with the growing need for enhanced productivity through digitalisation, there is an increasing demand for highly skilled engineers. R&D engineers, process engineers, quality engineers, and manufacturing engineers are highly sought after for the effective adoption of advanced imaging and machine-vision technologies in various industry sectors.

With digitalisation becoming a key enabler to enhance and upgrade quality control in the new era of manufacturing, instrumentation technologies are digitalised. In turn, measurement and inspection processes are made more intelligent and autonomous. This SGUS course will provide the fundamental knowledge on advanced instrumentation for quality control, as well as the skills of building measurement and inspection solutions, using digital tools, such as computer-aided design, simulation, digital instrumentation and data analysis.

Together with the lecturing modules and laboratory practises, trainees can understand better the latest tools, instruments and be familiar with the latest quality control technologies. Projects will be designed based on real use cases, and supervised by A*STAR domain experts, to link the training contents with the actual industrial demands.

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Watch our series of SGUS Course Briefings to understand more about each specialisation.

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Benefits for Trainees


  • Get paid while you upgrade and upskill yourself with a training allowance of $1,200* per month during the training period.

  • All SGUS specialised courses are highly subsidised at a nett course fee of $500 (6-month course) or $750 (9-month course), and self-sponsored Singaporean trainees can offset the fee with their SkillsFuture Credit.

  • Attain certificates when you complete the individual modules.

  • Trainees may exit the programme whenever a job opportunity arises, as the SGUS programme is conducted in a modular format.

  • Learn and journey with our SIMTech scientists who will provide hands-on training with state-of-the-art equipment & laboratories.

  • Work on an industry project with your potential employer even before getting hired.

  • Boost your employability for future job opportunities with real-world industrial experiences.

  • More than 5,000 PMETs have attended or completed our courses.
  • Embark on our Learn-Practise-Implement™ (LPI™) pedagogy when you journey with us.

  • Only Singaporeans and Singapore Permanent Residents are eligible to apply for the SGUS Programme.

* Trainees who are concurrently receiving COVID-19 Support Grant (CSG) or Self-Employed Person Income Relief Scheme (SIRS) payouts will receive a lower training allowance as they are already receiving income relief.

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There are 7 modules for completion under the SGUS for Advanced Instrumentation and Quality Control through Digitalisation course.

Technical Skills Modules


  • Instrumentation of Optical Measurements
Participants will be awarded a certificate for passing each individual module.
  • Fundamental Dimensional Measurements
  • Techniques for Materials Characterisation
  • Basic Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing
  • Improve Quality Monitoring and Management Through Digitalisation

Practical Modules


  • Lab-based Practise Training
Participants will be awarded a certificate for passing each individual module.
  • Project-based Training for Implementation

Participants will be awarded with a certificate for each individual module, if they meet the following criteria:

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

List of Modules

Technical Skills Modules ("LEARN & PRACTISE")

Instrumentation of Optical Measurements

This module 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.

Fundamental Dimensional Measurements

This module introduces the fundamental concept and theoretical knowledge of precision dimensional measurement and nanoscale measurement technologies for applications in the Precision Engineering industry, and as well as other related industrial sectors. It covers the fundamentals of measurement errors, error analysis and uncertainty, precision measurement systems for dimensional measurements (CMM) and surface roughness measurements, precision machine tool calibration by a laser interferometer, scanning near-field optical microscopy and atomic force microscopy for nanoscale dimensional measurements. Participants will be guided by SIMTech mentors through hands-on and practical sessions using the learned knowledge and skills to address practical measurement problems.

Techniques for Materials Characterisation

This module is referred to as "Technics for Materials Characterisation".

The manufacturing industry faces a wide range of challenges 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 participants with the core knowledge and skills needed to effectively apply advanced analytical tools and techniques in materials characterisation and testing of materials formulation, process development, failure analysis, and production quality control applications.

Basic Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing

This module aims to teach participants the knowledge of geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T) controls used in parts and assemblies design. Practical sessions are provided to enhance the understanding of the critical concepts. Upon completion of this module, the participants are expected to be able to inspect parts defined in GD&T.

Improve Quality Monitoring and Management Through Digitalisation

This module teaches the participants basic concepts of quality and the importance of quality in manufacturing. Participants also learn how digitalisation can improve quality management and monitoring at a manufacturing shop-floor. Participants are introduced to the concept of statistical process control (SPC) and how it enables early detection of process drift. Application of SPC to monitor process capability will be taught.

Practical Modules ("Implement")

Lab-based Practise Training

This module is designed to provide extensive hands-on practise training on basic skills of common measurement processes, characterisation methods and data analysis encountered in advanced manufacturing. The module consists of 26 sessions (80 hours in total) which will offer participants the opportunity to learn and operate the measurement/inspection equipment and analytical instruments in A*STAR laboratories to reinforce their knowledge learned from the technical skill modules. A*STAR domain experts from the Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech), Advanced Remanufacturing and Technology Centre (ARTC) and National Metrology Centre (NMC) will provide guidance and facilities to host this training module.

Under the guidance of the experienced trainers, the participants are expected to do hands-on work in these three categories:

  • Inspection Process Skills Training – Participants will have hands-on experience on cutting-edge inspection technologies, including machine vision, 3D scanning, robotic microscopy, AI-assisted defect detection.

  • Characterisation Methods and Analyses - Participants will have hands-on experience with digitised characterisation tools that are used for quality verification, including programmable dimensional measurement, surface characterisation, digital 2D/3D microscopy and optical parameter quantification.

  • Data Processing and Analysis - Participants will be guided to collect data from inspection systems and perform data analysis. The analytical tasks will include image quality analysis, feature recognition and defect detection.

Project-based Training for Implementation

This project-based module provides opportunities for the participants to embark on an industry project either in-house at SIMTech or work with a participating company.

Pre-Requisites and Nett Course Fee

Pre-Requisites, Full and Nett Course Fees


  • Only Singaporeans and Singapore Permanent Residents aged above 21 years old who are unemployed or retrenched and can commit to the SGUS courses on a full-time basis are eligible to apply for the SGUS programme.

    In addition, the target trainees for the SGUS courses will exclude the following:

    a) Graduated or graduating in Calendar Years (CY) 2019 to 2021 (both years inclusive) from ITE, Polytechnics, Universities, and other educational institutions. This includes graduates from private universities as well as overseas institutions; and

    b) Graduated from the educational institutions mentioned in (a) and completed or completing their National Service (NS) in Calendar Years 2019 to 2021 (both years inclusive) and are entering the labour force.;

  • 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.

Course Fee

Nett Fee
payable by individuals
* All fees are inclusive of prevailing GST.
 ✓ SkillsFuture Credit Eligible (for self-sponsored registrations only)

For more information about the SkillsFuture Credit, please visit its webpage here.

Additional Information:
  • Trainees have to pay the full amount of nett fees upfront after they are enrolled to the programme.
  • Trainees who find full-time employment and apply for early exit from the programme can receive pro-rated refund of their course fees.

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SGUS Specialisation Skills Course Reference Number
New Cohort's Expected
Commencement Period
  • Additive Manufacturing 
Q1 Yr2022
  • Advanced Instrumentation and Quality Control through Digitalisation
TGS-2021009131Q1 Yr2021
  • Advanced Welding Technologies Robotised Processes
Q1 Yr2022
  • Data-driven Surface Engineering with Process Digitalisation
TGS-2020508867Q1 Yr2022
  • Digital Transformation and Innovation™
TGS-202050886518 Jan 2022
  • Industrial Automation
Q1 Yr2022
  • MedTech Product Manufacturing
7 Feb 2022
  •  Operation Management and Innovation (OMI)
TGS-2020508866 Q1 Yr2022 
  • Smart Machining and Digitalisation
TGS-2020508869Q1 Yr2022

Important notes:

  • Each new cohort may only commence when there are a minimum number of trainees to form a class.
  • SIMTech reserves the right to make changes to the programme without prior notice to the trainees.
  • To enroll as a SIMTech's SGUS trainee, please submit your online registration here.

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