SINGAPORE - Seven rail engineers have become the first in Singapore to receive an engineering accreditation recognising their skills and experience in their professions.
The group are all SMRT staff who hail from various specialised fields including rolling stock, maintenance and rail infrastructure and are the first batch of chartered engineers in railway and transportation engineering.
Chartership has been available in other engineering fields, such as aerospace and marine, but a scheme for the rail sector was introduced only in May 2015.
The accreditation is awarded by The Institution of Engineers Singapore, and candidates have to be successfully assessed by a panel of rail industry experts to earn the "CEng" title.
Ms Edelene Ee, 32, a senior manager of power and building services at SMRT, was one of the chartered engineers.
She said: "The chartership helps recognise that railway engineering is a professional career, and it will help to raise the profile of the job and attract more talent into the industry."
Senior Minister of State for Transport Josephine Teo had said in May 2015 that a chartership for rail engineers would help meet the increasing demand for engineering talent in Singapore.
"The maths is simple: the more extensive our rail network, the more rail engineers we need," she said.