As more diploma and degree courses in various disciplines of Applied Engineering become available, basic certification programmes are losing their appeal. These programmes have traditionally played an important part as a feeder of technical expertise within the country. What is their future?
Applied engineering students specialise in a technical area of study and blend handson process experience with theory. At the rudimentary level, they are trained as machinists, and are provided with the baseline knowledge required for them to branch out into aspects of engineering.
Tooling and machining is thus considered the backbone of the manufacturing industry, spanning from simple backyard industries such as biscuit manufacturing right up to high-end industries such as medical devices. Today, the global medical device market size is estimated at US$224bil and is projected to grow at a rate of 5.7% until 2012. Critical to the success of this huge market are machinists and tooling experts who are highly skilled in precision machining technology.
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