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SGUS for Industrial Automation

  • This SGUS course is completed over a 9-month period.
  • The nett course fee payable by each SC or SPR trainee is $750 (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-2020508864

Programme Introduction

Amid the economic downturn due to the current pandemic, more companies are taking up the government’s incentives and preparing themselves to take part in advanced manufacturing. Robotics and automation, being critical enabler for productivity gains, is becoming more in-demand across a wide range of industries, especially in the era of low touch economy. Moreover, rapid advances in robotic technologies provide even greater possibilities for huge business benefits. Against this backdrop, many companies are seeking people who not only understand the fundamentals of robotics and automation, but can also apply the state-of-the-art technologies to achieve the desired results effectively.

For this course, we have packaged 9 essential subject modules, starting from a set of skilled-based modules to equip the participants with the necessary technical skills in robotics and automation, up to the modules that focus on planning and assessing the targeted processes for effective automation solution implementation. The overall objective is to equip the participants with the necessary knowledge and practical skills in advanced robotics and automation technologies, including intuitive robotic programming, mobile robot navigation and localisation; sensor-guided robotic pick-and-place; ROS application; and automaton design and simulation.

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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 9 modules for completion under the SGUS for Industrial Automation course.

Technical Skills Modules


  • Apply Robotics for Manufacturing Automation
Participants will be awarded the Graduate Diploma in Precision Engineering with specialisation in Industrial Automation, after successfully completing all five required modules.

Alternatively, participants will be awarded a WSQ Statement of Attainment certificate (SOA) for passing each individual module.
  • Automation Components and Systems for Advanced Manufacturing
  • Control in Automation Systems
  • Automation Design and Simulation
  • Plan and Manage Project for Implementation
  • Automation Assessment and Adoption
Participants will be awarded a SIMTech Certificate of Attendance (COA) for passing this individual module.

Practical Modules


  • Lab-based Practise Training
Participants will be awarded a SIMTech Certificate of Attendance (COA) for passing each individual module.
  • Project-based Training for Implementation (M1)
  • Project-based Training for Implementation (M2)

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")

Apply Robotics for Manufacturing Automation

This module covers the fundamental knowledge of industrial robotics for implementation. It provides practical industrial training such as robotic system set-up and programming, robot safety and standards, as well as localisation and navigation technologies of mobile robots. The participants will be guided through the process of developing and executing real-world projects for acquiring the competencies of planning for robotics systems.

Automation Components and Systems for Advanced Manufacturing

This module introduces participants to the state-of-the-art technologies for part handling applications within equipment as well as among the equipment and storage systems on the factory floors. Participants will be instructed on methods for evaluating machinery and automation systems to implement effective process automation. They will also be guided throughout on the process of developing and executing practical projects for acquiring the competencies of planning for part handling systems.

Control in Automation Systems

This module focuses on topics for various components (both hardware and software) required to set-up an automation control system, and perform motion profile design, planning and tuning to achieve specific performance indicators such as throughput or process repeatability or remote control and monitoring. Participants are trained to be equipped in competences of planning, using, designing and selecting components and systems for automation motion control systems.

Automation Design and Simulation

This highly practical module provides participants with the techniques for designing and simulating mechatronics, automation, and robotic systems for shop floor production. It introduces the Robot Operating System (ROS) for robotic system set-up and simulation. The participants will be guided throughout on the process of developing and executing practical projects for acquiring the competencies in automation process studies and automation system simulation.

Plan and Manage Project for Implementation

This module covers the methods for planning, executing and managing projects for developing technology, products and processes. Participants will also be taught on applications of project planning tools and skills for managing uncertainties and disruptions in project activities. Human, financial and business factors that influence the conduct of projects will be considered and explored.

Automation Assessment and Adoption

This is a problem-based training module aimed to address a common industry wide problem which is a lack of understanding of how and what automation technology could achieve the company’s objectives. Participants will be introduced to methods for identifying areas that require automation for achieving high impact, the know-how for addressing the practical issues in automation implementation, and method for identifying sustainable automation solutions. Realistic scenarios or actual industrial processes will be discussed and targeted to practise the knowledge learned in the module.

Practical Modules ("Implement")

Lab-based Practise Training

The module, consisting of 30 sessions (120 hours in total), provides the participants with the opportunities to learn and practise with SIMTech’s state-of-the-art robots and automation tools. It aims to enhance the partcipants’ knowledge learned from the technical skills modules.

Guided by instructors with extensive expertise with automation systems, participants will be mentored to carry out hands-on practise activities in the areas of:

Industrial Robot Programming - Online and offline robotic programming; Intuitive robotic teaching 

Mobile Robotics
– Mobile robotic mapping, localisation and navigation 

Sensor-guided Pick & Place Automation
– Object localisation with 2D and 3D sensors; Hand-sensor calibration; Gripping strategy 

3D Parts Modelling and Printing – 3D part digitisation; 3D part printing for prototyping 

Control of Automation System – Motor selection; PC-based controller and commination interfaces

Project-based Training for Implementation (M1); and

Project-based Training for Implementation (M2)

The project-based modules provide 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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