1 What do graduates of the Diploma in Civil Engineering with Business do ?

Civil engineering graduates build the world, literally speaking. They assist civil engineers in the analysis, design, construction, upgrading and maintenance of all forms of infrastructure for better quality of life and sustainable economy. The scope of civil engineering is multi-faceted and versatile, including:

houses, apartments
office buildings, hotels and shopping malls
roads, subways and bridges
airports and ports
canals and drainage systems
reclaimed land and underground caverns
offshore platforms, oil refinery and power stations
stadiums and amusement parks
hospitals, schools, army camps, bomb shelters, dams, desalination plants, etc
infrastructure for water and wastewater treatment and air pollution control.

2 What kind of person makes a good Civil Engineer?

Be creative and have good problem-solving skills.
Have a good understanding of mathematics and science, computers and new technology.
Display good communication skills, able to work in teams and show leadership qualities.
Be aware of the environmental impact of his work as well as the needs and desires of the public.
Show a good understanding of business practices, finance and management.
3 Can ladies enrol in the Diploma in Civil Engineering with Business (DCEB)?

Yes. About 25% of our student population are girls and one- third of our teaching staff are ladies. Upon graduation, there are 3 broad categories of work available, which are indoors, outdoors and a combination of both. The indoor type of work is done in the planning, maintenance, operations, laboratories or consultant offices, while the outdoor-type of work is done in the field, factories and construction sites. A third type usually involves field or site work in mornings and administrative work in the afternoons. As our graduates have competence in a few technologies, they can branch into technical sales & marketing.
4 Do all Civil Engineering graduates work under the hot sun?

No. As a matter of fact, many civil engineering graduates spend most of their time in air-conditioned office doing analysis and design. In some cases involving infrastructure planning and management, civil engineering graduates may even stay indoor all the time, like other office workers. Of course, there will be some civil engineering gradutes at the site, but this is usually compensated by higher salary.
5 What are the technologies that Civil Engineering students learn?

Technologies are computer-aided drafting, Building Information Modeling, water technology, geotechniques, structural design, project management, GPS and GIS.
6 Can ITE students enrol in the Diploma in Civil Engineering with Business (DCEB)?

Yes. Around 10 % of the students in DCEB are Nitec and Higher Nitec holders with various qualifications. With their maturity and good work attitude they are able to do well in their studies.
7 Do you offer scholarships?

Students enrolled into the Diploma in Civil Engineering with Business course can look forward to numerous scholarships such as:

SP Engineering Scholarship ($2500 per year + $1000 computer subsidy)
ABE Scholarship ($2500 for 1st choice applicant)
BCA - Industry Scholarship / Sponsorship
LTA Engineering Award (2 x $2000 each)
Yongnam Bursary - (2 x $6000 each)
Yogarajah Scholarship and Bursary Fund - (5 x $2000 each)
Singapore Structural Steel Society Scholarship - (2 x $6000 each)
Sarojini Devi Award -(6 x $1800 each)
American Concrete Institute (ACI) (Singapore Chapter) Scholarship - (1 x $3000)

*Preference will be given to students who choose DCEB as their 1st choice during JAE.

8 Do I have to be good at mathematics and science to study Civil Engineering ?

Being good at math and science certainly helps. However, if you enjoy figuring out solutions to problems and have a strong interest in math and science, that's a good place to start. Remember that applying math and science to design solutions to real-life problems is nearly always more interesting than textbook work and, even if you are an average student in secondary school, you may excel in applying these skills.
9 What are the prospects and future of civil engineering?

For a country to continue its growth, there will always be demand for infrastructure development and re-development. The population of Singapore is projected to rise to 6.5 million by 2030. The infrastructure required for additional population has to be provided by civil engineering professionals. The growth prospects for the civil engineering industry up to 2030 and beyond are good with many big-ticket projects lined up such as:

Major Rail & Road Projects
Downtown Line
Tuas West Extension
Eastern Region Line
Thompson Line
Cross Island Line
North South Expressway

New Townships in
Tampines North
Pungol Matilda
Southern Waterfront City

Changi Airport Extension
Terminals 4 & 5
Runways 3 & 4

10 Where can I continue my further studies in Civil Engineering after a polytechnic education?

Diploma graduates in Civil Engineering with Business (DCEB) are eligible for exemption from the 1st year of the 4-year undergraduate degree programmes in civil engineering at the NUS and NTU. Established universities in UK and Australia also recognise the SP Diploma in Civil Engineering with Business. Our graduates can complete an overseas degree in civil engineering within 2 years.

DCEB graduates have also been accepted by:
SIM University

Annually around 20 % of DCEB graduates pursue further studies

11 What is the pay for graduates of the Diploma in Civil Engineering with Business ?

The average pay for fresh civil engineering graduates and those who had completed National Service in comparison to average for Singapore Polytechnic (SP), for the last 3 years, are shown below:


  2010 2011 2012
Civil (fresh) $1,983 $1,806 $2,290
Civil (post NS) $2,141 $1,986 $2,963
SP (fresh) $1,889 $1,952 $2,014
SP (post NS) $2,096 $2,355 $2,490