About the Course
The biomedical manufacturing sector is one of the pillars of manufacturing in Singapore. This sector includes medical technology and pharmaceutical segments. According to the Ministry of Trade and Industry, it is a fast growing sector and will continue to drive manpower demand in skilled workforce to support its growth in this highly regulated sector. This sector also emphasizes on staff training and skills upgrading as required by regulations.
The SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) Work-Study Programme (WSP) - Specialist Diploma in Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Engineering (SD-BPE) course aims to train Professionals, Managers, Executives and Technicians (PMET) in various functions such as production, project management, quality assurance, regulatory compliance and supply chain management in biomedical manufacturing sector. The course is designed in collaboration with the industry to ensure that skillsets are relevant to employers while providing participants a seamless continuation from their discipline of study to meet a cluster of job roles in biomedical manufacturing sector.
The 300-hour Specialist Diploma in BPE comprises of two 150-hour Post Diploma Certificates (PDCs):
•PDC in GxP* of Operations Management (OM)
•PDC in GxP of Quality Assurance & Compliance (QAC)
*GxP is a general term for good practice quality guidelines and regulations. These guidelines are used in biomedical, pharmaceutical and food industries.
The SkillsFuture WSP Specialist Diploma in Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Engineering aims to train participants in various functions such as production, project management, quality assurance, regulatory compliance and supply chain management and to deepen their knowledge and skills in good practices of operations management, quality assurance and regulatory compliance in biomedical manufacturing sector. It focuses on integrating knowledge with practice through case-based study in class, and self-directed eLearning. Upon completion of this specialist diploma, participants will be able to:
•Apply Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) and Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) knowledge in the manufacturing value stream of medical devices or combination products
•Employ Good Engineering Practice (GEP) and “risk-based approach” in project management within biomedical industry
•Use productivity tools and analytical skills in process improvement and trouble-shooting
•Manage Corrective Action/Preventive Active (CAPA) and apply Quality Risk Assessment (QRM) in compliance to various regulatory requirements
•Conduct quality internal audit and comply with safety requirements, Work Safety and Health Act (WSHA) at work
•Integrate knowledge and practice to develop professional competencies in operations management, quality assurance and regulatory compliance within biomedical industry
•Apply professional competencies in GxP in related industries
This Work-Study Post-Diploma is suitable for:
- Local polytechnic graduates (Singapore Citizens, Singapore Permanent Residents) within 3 years from their graduation date OR from their National Service Operationally Ready Date (ORD) who aspire to establish a career in fast growing biomedical manufacturing sector.
Participants will receive a Post-Diploma Certificate (PDC) upon successful completion of each semester. Participants will be awarded the Specialist Diploma in Biomedical & Pharmaceutical Engineering upon successful completion of both PDCs.
Feedbacks from graduates:
- “I have moved on to a work-&-study degree course.”
- “The course has made my career switch from semiconductor industry to a MedTech company seamless.”
- “I received offer to study degree course from NTU.”
- “I received pay increment upon graduation from the course.”
- “I learnt useful skills that could be applied at work.”
- “I joined this Specialist Programme post my diploma & gained valuable workplace learning via the apprenticeship scheme offered to learners without fulltime employment.”
- “Upon graduation from this course, I managed to enrol in SIT Diagnostic Radiography degree course.”
List of companies participated in this programme:
- Edwards Lifesciences (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
- JMS Singapore Pte. Ltd.
- CIBA Vision Asian Manufacturing & Logistics Pte. Ltd.
- Fong's Engineering & Manufacturing Pte. Ltd.
- Sanmina-SCI Systems Singapore Pte. Ltd.
- Covic Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd.
- Erbe Singapore Pte. Ltd.
- Essilor AMERA Pte. Ltd.
- Iota Medtech Pte. Ltd.
- Life Technologies Holdings Pte. Ltd.
- Vitta Pharms (Private) Ltd.
- Becton Dickinson Singapore
Course is delivered via various modes of studies to enhance learning experience & application of acquired knowledge & skills:
- Blended Learning with digital/online & F2F in-class delivery
- Self-directed Learning (SDL) via Learning Management System
- Applied Learning with real workplace problems or situated case studies
- Project-based Learning (PBL) to enhance integration & application of knowledge & skills
- Situated learning by participating in group discussion & sharing of experience among learners
Skills-Based Competency Assessments (both formative & summative):
- In-class assignments
- Practical, etc.