Ms Sim Ann
Senior Minister of State, Ministry of
Communications and Information & Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth
Chairman, Singapore Precision Engineering
and Technology Association (SPETA)
Singapore Precision Engineering and
Technology Association (SPETA)
Mr. Thomas Dorner
Director of Studies, Department of
Education, Stuttgart, Germany
Mr. Andreas Wellstein
Head of Department, Academy of Computer
Science, Gottlieb Daimler Schule 2, Germany
Overseas partners and friends from
GDS 1 and Shanghai Technician School Industry Partners
ITE Colleagues and students Ladies
It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the
10th Technical Engineer Diploma (or TED) Project Fair in Machine
Technology and I thank SMS Sim Ann for attending this event in the
midst of the on-going Committee of Supply Debate in Parliament.
The TED programme was launched in 2008 to
develop technologists to work in the Precision Engineering industry, which is
core to the Singapore manufacturing sector.
ITE has a long-standing partnership with the
Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, Baden-Württemberg, Germany, ITE and
Gottlieb-Daimler-Schule 1. Our strong collaboration over the last 10 years has
ensured high professional competencies among staff and industry relevance of
the TED curriculum.
Value Creation through
Industry through Curriculum Changes
In October 2016, Singapore launched the
Precision Engineering Industry Transformation Map (ITM) that has identified new
growth areas to help the industry achieve S$14 billion in value-add and create
3,000 professional jobs by 2020. Various initiatives have been implemented to
level up companies towards the digital manufacturing era by developing
complementary capabilities in robotics, additive manufacturing, advanced
materials, sensors, lasers & optics.
In the recent 2019 Budget speech, Finance
Minister Mr Heng Swee Keat emphasised that harnessing technology and going
digital remain our key enablers to build a competitive economy and for all
sectors to generate new value-add.
To prepare our TED graduates and students for
this next wave of digital advanced manufacturing revolution, GDS1 and ITE have
progressively incorporated knowledge in Industrie (or Industry) 4.0 into the curriculum.
7. At the same time, ITE has also upgraded our training facilities to keep pace with the automation and transformation in the industry. One such new facility is the Smart Manufacturing Hub which has just been installed and commissioned recently in ITE College Central.
This Smart Manufacturing Hub provides students
with authentic learning in specific Industry 4.0 domains such as Robotics
Programming, Smart Sensors & Applications, Data Analytics and
visualisation, and Predictive Maintenance of Automation Systems.
The Hub has a cyber physical twin which enables
viewing of the shop floor remotely and has the capability to execute either
mass or Lot-Size-One1 production. The
Hub is equipped with sensors to create an IOT-enabled environment to sense all
conditions within the shop-floor and to seamlessly capture and analyse the data
generated. In a nut shell this hub has all the essentials elements for enabling
industry 4.0. Let’s watch a video to see the various features and learning
opportunities provided by the Smart Manufacturing Hub.
Partnership with SPETA
350 members, has been a strong partner and advocate for ITE’s TED
and Precision Engineering programs. Through SPETA we are able to secure many
internship places at their 70 member companies. They provide industry advisory
and guidance services for our students and for TED Project Fair like the one we
are holding today, they have helped to link our students to work on authentic
projects at their member companies as well as help with the judging of the
1 Contrary to Mass
Production (many units of the same item), the central idea of ‘Lot Size One’
production is that you’re able to produce any product, in any variant, in any
quantity, in any sequence and on any assembly line – at any time.
This year will mark our 20th year of
working hand-in-hand together. I’m happy to announce that we will be renewing
our partnership by signing a Letter of Collaboration today to pledge our
continued partnership. Today, we will jointly launch the ITE-SPETA Industry 4.0
Skills Upgrading programme, which will offer ITE’s Certificate of Competence
(CoC) courses to help companies and their employees better address their
digitalisation and Industry 4.0 training needs, and uplift the Precision
Engineering workforce in Singapore.
Value Creation through Imbuing Lifelong
Our TED graduates have contributed towards the
transformation at their workplaces. I shall illustrate with one example.
BIN ASRIL graduated from the Technical Engineer Diploma in Machine
Technology in 2014. He joined Feinmetall Singapore Pte Ltd as an Assistant
Product Engineer in 2016 (after his NS) and his company said he stood out for
his exceptional work performance.
When Feinmetall wanted to gear up its operation
to Industry 4.0, Saiful was identified as one of the key project leads to drive
Feinmetall Industry 4.0 Project. Saiful is always eager to learn and
take on new challenges. He has attended an Industry 4.0 Immersion Programme
in Germany where he gained new knowledge and insights on Industry 4.0 through
workshops and company visits. This has enabled him to contribute effectively towards Feinmetall Industry 4.0 Project and the company’s
Saiful exemplifies the qualities of ITE’s TED
graduates – the ability create value for industry by being open to and willing
to learn new knowledge and skills to adapt to new equipment, systems and processes.
16. In closing, I would like to thank SMS Ms Sim Ann
for gracing TED Project fair 2019 and witnessing the renewal of our
collaboration with SPETA.
A big “thank you” also goes to all industry
partners who have offered internship and authentic learning opportunities to
our students. Your support has made a significant difference to the TED
programme and students.
I would also like to express our heartfelt
thanks to our partners from Germany, for your strong belief in and support of
our partnership. We will continue to
innovate, change and grow to ensure that our TED graduates always add value to industry.
My congratulations to the graduating TED
students on the successful completion of your Final-Year projects. As Precision
Engineering remains a key pillar in Singapore’s manufacturing sector, I am
confident that you will have fulfilling careers in the years ahead.