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Industry Snaps Up NYP's Pioneer Batch of Digital & Precision Engineering (DPE) Graduates

23 May 2011


DPE graduates among 5,616 from 53 diplomas who will be receiving their diplomas at Graduation Ceremony 2011 from 23-27 May 2011


Singapore, 23 May 2011 –  93 percent of Nanyang Polytechnic’s pioneer batch of Digital & Precision Engineering (DPE) graduates looking for a job, have been snapped up by some 30 precision engineering companies even before they had a chance to don their graduation gowns. Hired by companies such as Rolls-Royce, Makino Asia, Flextronics, Molex Singapore, Univac Precision Engineering, Hi-P International and Sunningdale Tech Ltd, they command an average starting salary of $2,100 a month.


Precision Engineering (PE) forms the backbone of Singapore’s manufacturing industry.  In 2008, NYP introduced a first polytechnic-level course in PE, to meet the needs for trained technologists at the diploma level, and to equip them with knowledge and skills for complex PE operations.  This year, the first batch of these diploma-level graduands will be ready to contribute to the PE industry.


Ranie Seah, 21, is one graduand who has recently started work as an engineering assistant at Rolls Royce Singapore. This was just a few months after her internship at Rolls-Royce UK, which opened the doors for her present employment.  Ranie had worked within six different departments in Rolls Royce UK and gained invaluable experience from her internship.


Said Mr Tin Ho, Operations Director, Rolls-Royce Singapore, “Ranie’s intelligence, great work ethics and thirst for knowledge are an inspiration to us.  We were so impressed, we’ve hired her!”


Y-ybee Yeow, 21, is another graduand who was attracted to the extensive curriculum offered by NYP’s DPE. Armed with industry relevant skills gained from her studies and internship in Holland, she was quickly hired by Univac Precision Engineering where she now works as a trainee design engineer.


Ranie and Y-ybee are amongst the 101 students in the DPE course who will graduate on 23 May 2011. Out of this number, 57 students are eligible for employment and 53 have already secured jobs in the industry. The rest will be heading for National Service and further studies


An attraction of NYP’s DPE course is that it comes with the National Precision Engineering Scholarship (NPES), which is funded by EDB and SPRING Singapore. The scholarships are part of a S$76m Manpower Initiative to build and train 2,000 Precision Engineering professionals to migrate into the rapidly developing aerospace and medtech industries. Scholars are given internship opportunities in Germany, Switzerland, Holland and Japan.


“Precision Engineering is a key enabler for manufacturing industries such as aerospace, electronics,  complex equipment, medical technology and oil & gas equipment. Precision engineering careers are available across the span of these industries   too with many career progression options.  Last year, the Precision Engineering industry grew over 30% contributing more than S$26b in manufacturing output and S$7.6b in value-added. It employed around 92,000 people, a fifth of our manufacturing workforce .  I am very pleased that the first batch of DPE graduates is now ready to join the pool of Precision Engineering talent and begin their contribution to our industry partners’ growth.” said Mr Chang Chin Nam, Director, Precision Engineering, Singapore Economic Development Board.


“PE technologies are becoming increasingly complex and sophisticated, and precision engineers are required to cope with such new demands.  Our DPE course has trained our students well to meet the challenges of the industry.  Our graduates are equipped with relevant knowledge and skills and are well placed to serve the emerging and lucrative sectors within medical, aerospace and R&D spheres,” said Mr Ho Hooi Min, Senior Director, School of Engineering (Manufacturing),


This year, from 23 to 27 May, NYP is graduating 5,616 graduates from 53 diplomas in Engineering, Information Technology, Design, Interactive and Digital Media, Chemical and Life Sciences, Health Sciences, and Business Management.


“We are pleased that our students are graduating at a time when the economy is growing. They certainly can expect more job opportunities and good salaries. I am confident that our graduates are well equipped to seize the many opportunities that will come their way. We will also continue to look into launching relevant new courses that will prepare our students for better career prospects, and an exciting future after graduation,” said Mr Chan Lee Mun, Principal & CEO of NYP.


Distinguished Awards Winners

Seven graduates will receive Distinguished Awards this year. They have achieved outstanding academic results and also demonstrated all-rounded abilities.


Lee Kuan Yew Award

Oh Long Yuan  Diploma in Multimedia & Infocomm Technology
Rahmathunnisa Mohamed Maideen Diploma in Chemical & Pharmaceutical Technology
Daniel Tan Chun Sin Diploma in Molecular Biotechnology


Tay Eng Soon Award

Sheena Ramazanu  Diploma in Nursing
Nur Muhd Razali Bin Abdul Hamid Diploma in Multimedia & Infocomm Technology


Media Development Authority of Singapore IDM Award

Rey Neo Zhi Lei  Diploma in Digital Entertainment Technology


Singtel Award

Melissa Choo Yan Jie  Diploma in Sport & Wellness Management


About the precision engineering industry in Singapore

Manufacturing is a key pillar of the Singapore economy. The Precision Engineering sector contributed to more than $22 billion in manufacturing output (about 10% of the manufacturing output), and $6.7 billion in value add in 2008. It accounts for more than 100,000 jobs and makes up for about 25% of the total manufacturing workforce.


About Nanyang Polytechnic

Established in 1992, Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) is a premier tertiary institution that offers quality education in Engineering, Information Technology, Design, Interactive & Digital Media, Business Management, Health Sciences and Chemical & Life Sciences. Currently, it offers 47 full-time diploma courses and a suite of customised courses for continuing education.


The Polytechnic’s unique “Teaching Factory Concept”, complemented with other innovative pedagogies, enables students to learn within a training environment that emulates the workplace. It is also an excellent platform to engage in industry projects and collaborations. NYP has also developed the award-winning Accumulated Experience Sharing (AESTM) knowledge management system which provides a rich reservoir of intellectual resources and best practices to support its learning needs.


NYP was conferred the 2009 Innovation Excellence Award (I-Award) by the Singapore Quality Award Governing Council. The I-Award is the highest accolade given to the most innovative organisations in Singapore.


Being an innovative polytechnic has resulted in several key outcomes for NYP. These include graduates who are sought after by industry, high-value industry projects, a wide portfolio of patents, achievements in national and international competitions by staff and students, and recognition of NYP’s brand of technical education & training by many local and international organisations and institutions.