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Excerpted from the Singapore Career Guide

Engineering services: Singapore’s engineering services industry currently employs about 35,000 workers and contributes some 1.2 percent to Singapore’s GDP. Their services range from front-end engineering design, consultancy and systems development to project and construction management for industries that include petrochemicals and biomedical sciences, civil and mechanical engineering and many others. Singapore aims to be the region’s one-stop knowledge base for engineering services. Nine of the world’s top ten control and automation companies already have significant operations there, making Singapore the leading process control hub in Asia. Singapore is home to several leading global engineering firms, including Arup, Jacobs Engineering, KBR, Fluor, CH2MHILL, WorleyParsons, CB&I Lummus, Foster Wheeler, Yokogawa, Emerson, Rockwell Automation and M+W Zander. One recent addition is M+W Zander Facility Engineering, which established its global headquarters in Singapore, the first German engineering design company to do so.

Precision engineering: Singapore’s precision engineering sector consists of a range of companies from contract manufacturers to full-solution providers that offer design, prototyping, production and supply chain management capabilities. Key industry clusters include electronics, chemicals, biomedical sciences, info-communications and media, logistics and transport engineering.

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Areas of Job Promise

Engineering is identified as the most needed job category throughout the Asia Pacific region. According to global HR firm Manpower, the need to look beyond the domestic labor pool is most pronounced in Singapore, where 61 percent of employers say foreign talent is important for addressing skills shortages. This is due in large part to the country’s small domestic workforce and its popularity as a location for multinational corporations. Recruiting firms expect the engineering sector to be very active in the future, given the critical need for technical expertise and the fact employers in industries such as oil and gas are prepared to pay well for it.

Organizations and Trade Associations

Institution of Engineers, Singapore (IES)
http://www.ies.org.sg
The Institution of Engineers, Singapore, was established in 1966. Corporate membership in the IES signifies recognition of engineering experience and accomplishments, and is open to members from all sectors of the engineering profession; it offers individual membership as well. IES is one of the principal engineering institutions in Singapore and provides feedback to the government on professional engineering matters. It maintains close links with professional engineering organizations throughout the world, including organizations in Australia, China, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States. IES is well represented among faculty members of the major engineering institutions of higher learning in Singapore. Through collaboration with local universities and polytechnics, IES organizes courses, seminars and talks for engineers and IES members. It publishes a monthly newsletter called The Singapore Engineer that provides up-to-date information on the institution’s activities, new government regulations, courses, conferences and seminars. In addition, six specialized technical journals covering the major engineering disciplines are published each year. IES also compiles an annual engineering directory that provides a useful source of information for establishing networking contacts.

Institution of Engineers, Singapore
70 Bukit Tinggi Road
Singapore 289758
Tel: +65 6469 5000
Fax: +65 6467 1108

Publications

Institution of Engineers Singapore Directory
http://www.ies.org.sg/iesdirectory.php
The Institution of Engineers Singapore Directory is an annual engineering directory useful for establishing contacts and facilitating interaction among members. Members receive a free print copy. A PDF of the directory can be downloaded free of charge.

Institution of Engineers Singapore Directory
Tel: +65 6469 5000
Fax: +65 6467 1108
Email: roland@iesnet.org.sg

This is just a short sample of what you’ll find in over 100 pages of information in the complete Singapore Guide.



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