Army engineer competency development framework for the Singapore Armed Forces
Tan, Daniel Wee Boon
Date of Issue2016
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
In 2010, our SAF implemented the Military Domain Expert Scheme (MDES) to develop expertise in four strategic domain areas. Engineering was one such domain area; the others being Medical, Musical and Intelligence. The career progression and standards. While the current developmental framework provided familiar and proven standards, it was not fully able to capture the aspect of engineering expertise requirement and development for the Army Engineers under MDES. A separate and dedicated Army Engineer Competency Development Framework must be created to reflect the complexity involved in System Engineering and Project Management faced by Army Engineers in their career. The framework would cover two main competency areas; Engineering Expertise and Leadership Skills. The establishment of this framework aims to provide a clearer understanding of the engineering knowledge & expertise required as an Army Engineer progresses through the ranks. It would also take into account the growth of each competency area derived from the increase of responsibilities of an Army Engineer as he/she progresses through the ranks. Finally, it would represent the necessary leadership style and qualities of an Army Engineer in dealing with the different levels of complexity, risk and uncertainty.