American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) Products and Services SGUP-CT ABS Digitalization Learning Program


A SGUnited Mid-Career Pathways Program - Company Training (SGUP-CT) for Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents Only


Modeling and Simulation of Systems

Program Overview

Computer-based modeling and simulation, as an essential component of digital transformation, is one of the most effective methods to address system complexities and performance in the maritime, aerospace, electronics, transportation and energy industries. The ABS Digitalization Learning Program – Modeling and Simulation of Systems is designed to teach and empower participants to deploy modeling and simulation strategies and techniques by developing valuable skill sets with hands-on training to support career development.

As part of the program, trainees will also be provided career development counseling to support pursuit of future employment opportunities. ABS is expanding its modeling and simulation team and may (not guaranteed) offer job opportunity to selected trainees.

Course Schedule

The training program will last six (6) months with a total of 360 hours. Training is to be conducted in 8 weekdays per month. Normally, training will be delivered between 8:30am and 5pm, including a 1-hour lunch break.

  • 1st class: Starts on 27 September 2021 and ends on 25 March 2022.
  • 2nd class: Starts on 26 October 2021 and ends on 25 April 2022.
  • 3rd class: Starts on 1 March 2022 and ends on 23 August 2022.
  • 4th class: Starts on 31 March 2022 and ends on 23 September 2022.

Nett Course Fee

Eligible participant only pays nett course fee of SGD 500 (inclusive of GST) with SSG’s (SkillsFuture Singapore) subsidy

Monthly Training Allowance

Eligible participant could receive the monthly Government training allowance up to SGD 1500 subject to terms and conditions.


The Minimum Qualification Required is a diploma in any STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) domain or equivalent working experience.

The target trainees are Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents excluding those who:

(a) Graduated or graduating in Calendar Year (CY) 2019 to 2021 (inclusive of both years) from ITE, Polytechnics, Universities, and other educational institutions. This includes graduates from private universities as well as overseas institutions; or

(b) Graduated from the educational institutions mentioned in paragraph (a) and completed or completing their National Service (NS) in CY 2019 to 2021 (inclusive of both years) and are entering the labour force. Graduation is based on the year of completion of studies.  


Modeling and Simulation (M&S) allows for a virtual representation of a physical asset that can be analyzed, configured, and tested in a safe and cost effective way. By employing multi-domain, physics-based simulation models, engineers can assess the performance and reliability of complex computer-based systems, evaluate various system designs, and validate system configurations through testing. The following are some examples where modeling and simulation can be applied:

Carbon reduction analysis of vessels in accordance with energy efficiency standards from the International Maritime Organization (IMO)

Ship routing optimization

Testing and validation of controllers of a computer-based system in a virtual environment

Application of new green technologies onboard vessels


Explore the Possibilities.

Course Objectives

This program provides trainees with the skill set necessary for using computer-based modeling and simulation in analysis, design, testing, verification, and sustainment of complex maritime products and systems.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, participants will acquire the knowledge and techniques to build models of typical maritime systems using leading commercial software (e.g., Siemens Amesim) and hardware-in-the-loop system (e.g. Typhoon HiL), and use them in the lifecycle of those systems for various purposes such as concept selection, design optimization, carbon footprint evaluation, reliability and interoperability evaluation, and process optimization.  

Possible Job Roles

Trainees who complete the program are equipped to work as a Modeling and Simulation Engineer, Systems Integration & Testing Engineer, Product Designer, Technical Lead, Product Manager, and Project Manager.

Focus Areas and Skill Sets

  • Modeling and Simulation of Typical Systems (e.g., marine systems)
  • Industry-Leading Software Application (e.g., Siemens Amesim)
  • Fundamentals and Awareness of Emerging Technology Applications (e.g., Internet of Things (IoT), Machine Learning and Data Analytics)
  • Concept and Deployment of a Digital Twin

Course Arrangement

The SGUnited Mid-Career Pathways – Company Training (SGUP-CT) Program: ABS Digitalization Learning Program – Modeling and Simulation of Systems consists of three (3) modules and will be delivered in a synchronous e-learning mode.

Module 1: Fundamentals of Marine Systems  

This course section covers the following areas in 36 hours of classroom training:

  • Overview of current trends, challenges, and opportunities in the maritime industry
  • Introduction to the basic principles and practices of marine engineering

Module 2: Modeling and Simulation Principles and Applications

This course section covers the following areas in 96 hours of classroom training:

  • Basics of modeling and simulation of systems.
  • Practical skills using industry-leading software application (e.g., Siemens Amesim) and hardware-in-the-loop system (e.g., Typhoon HiL). 
  • Modeling and simulation tasks for various typical systems (e.g., 1D Mechanical, Electric Motors, Drives and Hybrids, Propulsion Architecture and Decarbonization, Control System, Virtual Testing, and Realtime Simulations)

Module 3: Attachment

In the final course section, participants complete 228 hours in hands-on projects designed to:

  • Digest the knowledge taught through hands-on projects and discussions with the training team and specialists
  • Enable trainees to blend and apply the skills learned to tackle future challenges

Register Interest

Interested in learning more about how to apply for participation in the SGUnited Mid-Career Pathways – Company Training (SGUP-CT) Program:  ABS Digitalization Learning Program – Modeling and Simulation of Systems?  Simply submit the form below, and a member of our program team will contact you to provide additional details.  We look forward to hearing from you! 

Reference Readings

·         Simulation

·         Marine Sustainability

·         Offshore Sustainability - Online Resource

·         Digital Innovation

·         Smart Functionality for Marine and Offshore Assets