Engineering is the key enabler to a technologically driven global economy. Engineers continually innovate and implement new solutions in their respective areas of expertise. Engineers are highly valued for their problem solving skills, and contribute to the growth of industries such as electronics, aerospace, clean technology and engineering services.
Singapore is tops in Asia for aerospace maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO), laying claim to 25% of the Asian MRO market. Over 100 international aerospace companies have established offices in Singapore. Companies such as Singapore Technologies Aerospace, Goodrich Aerostructures, Messier and Windsor Airmotive are examples of some leading companies that provide comprehensive and reliable MRO services in Singapore.
Complex aero-engine components are also produced in Singapore and they include engine gears, valves, and galley equipment. Rolls-Royce, a leading provider of aircraft engines, has built its first Asian plant in Singapore. Located at the Seletar Aerospace Park, the plant manufactures the Trent 1000 engines for large commercial aircraft such as the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
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Singapore has identified the clean technology industry as a key economic growth area. The industry is broadly broken down into two key sub-sectors – clean energy, and environmental and water technologies.
By 2015, the clean energy sector is expected to contribute S$1.7 billion to Singapore’s GDP and employ around 7,000 people. Some of the leading industry players based in Singapore include REC, Phoenix Solar, and Vestas Wind Systems. Singapore has positioned itself to serve as a ‘Living Laboratory’, making its national urban infrastructure available to local and international companies who find it useful to develop, test, prove and showcase their solutions in a real-life urban environment that is also representative of many Asian cities.
Singapore’s water technologies sector is globally renowned, and is recognised as a Global Hydrohub that is home to about 130 water companies. Being at the forefront of wastewater innovation, Singapore was an early adopter of innovative solutions such as NEWater (wastewater reclamation) and the Deep Tunnel Sewerage System. Singapore is also nurturing the environmental industry which includes waste management and pollution control, with companies like Keppel Seghers and Veolia having a presence in Singapore. By 2015, the environment and water technologies sector is expected to contribute S$1.7 billion to Singapore’s GDP and 11,000 jobs. Leading industry players here include Black & Veatch and homegrown giant Hyflux.
Singapore’s engineering services industry is poised to become the leading one-stop hub for developing new engineering solutions in both the process and infrastructure industries. The industry currently accounts for about 1.2% of Singapore’s GDP, and employs about 37,000 people.
Singapore is today home to many leading global engineering firms including Arup, Jacobs Engineering, KBR, Fluor, Foster Wheeler, CH2MHILL, WorleyParsons, CB&I Lummus, Yokogawa, Emerson, Rockwell Automation and M+W Zander. 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.