Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) will offer the first aircraft system engineering degree course in Singapore. For this, the institute has tied up with SIA Engineering Company (SIAEC).
Through a news release, SIT said, “The new three-year programme, the Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Aircraft Systems Engineering, will start classes in September with a first intake of 48 students.”
The programme aims to develop graduates for careers as licensed aircraft engineers, project engineers and technical service or repair development engineers. This is in line with the university's mission to groom industry-ready students while providing well-equipped talent for the aerospace and maintenance, repair and overhaul industries.
The students will be trained by both SIT faculty and licensed aircraft engineers from SIAEC's training academy. They will also undergo an eight-month work-study programme at SIAEC in their third year. This will see students apply theoretical knowledge to solve problems and gain first-hand industry experience in aircraft maintenance, according to SIT.
Professor Loh Han Tong, Deputy President (Academic) and Provost, SIT, said, “The air transport industry in Singapore and the Asia-Pacific is undergoing rapid expansion and transformation, and there is demand for skilled engineers and technicians to support this fast-growing sector.
He added, “As a university of applied learning, we want to produce the ‘best-in-class specialists’ who will be catalysts for transformation. The new Aircraft Systems Engineering programme, together with the rest of our applied degree programmes, is designed to better prepare SIT students and graduates for future employment in the new economy.”
Zarina Piperdi, SIAEC senior vice president of human resources also said such collaboration between the industry and universities benefits students, employers and the industry as relevant practical skills are imparted, shortening the total time taken to build up skills for various jobs.
SIT is one of Singapore's six autonomous universities which was established in 2009.