Earn and Learn Programme leading to part-time Diploma in Engineering (Mechanical – Rapid Transit Technology)

The SkillsFuture Earn and Learn Programme is a work-study programme designed to give fresh full-time Institute of Technical Education (ITE) Nitec/Higher Nitec graduates in Singapore a head-start in careers related to their discipline of study. It provides them with more opportunities, after graduation, to build on the skills and knowledge they acquired in school, and better supports their transition into the workforce.

Who is it for?

The SkillsFuture Earn and Learn Programme is for Singaporeans and Singapore Permanent Residents who are Fresh Nitec/Higher Nitec graduates from one of the ITE in Singapore.

Working adults in the Rapid Transit industry who wish to pick up specialised skills and knowledge should consider our non-ELP courses like the Diploma in Engineering (Rapid Transit Technology)

How does it work?

You will be matched with a job related to your discipline of study and undergo a 18 months structured training programme, depending on the sector and job requirements. The programme includes facilitated learning, on-the-job training and work-based projects, to allow you to deepen your skill sets at the workplace. Assigned mentors at the company will guide you and provide support in your continual skills development. You will also enjoy a well-structured career progression pathway, in line with the company’s talent development plan. At the end of the programme, you will receive an industry-recognised certification.


Singapore is expanding its network of rapid transit lines and there will be a need for more skilled personnel to maintain and manage its systems. According to the Land Transport Master Plan 2013, the length of the rail network will double, from 178km in 2012 to 360km by 2030, and the intervals between trains will shorten from 120 seconds to 100 seconds during peak hours. At the same time, 112 trains and train-cars will be added to the existing fleet of 253.

To support this growing demand from the public transport sector, this course aims to train skilled personnel such as technical officer and assistant engineer for mass rapid transit or rail related industry.

Course Objectives

This Earn and Learn Programme (ELP) aims to provide fresh graduates from Institute of Technical Education with the knowledge and skills to undertake job responsibilities of a technical officer or assistant engineer in Permanent Way or rolling stock.

Suitable for

The course is suitable for Nitec or higher Nitec graduates from Institute of Technical Education who wish to pursue a career in the Rapid Transit Sector. 

Past and Current Participating Companies
- SBS Transit Ltd
- SMRT Trains Ltd

Minimum Entry Requirements

Applicants should have an ITE Nitec with GPA ≥ 2.0 or Higher Nitec qualification in an engineering or information technology discipline.

Applicants with other equivalent qualifications will be considered on a case-to-case basis. The participant shall be an ITE Nitec or Higher Nitec graduate within 5 years of graduation or within 5 years from his last day of National Service (ORD).

Applicants must also not suffer from serious colour appreciation deficiency and they shall be an employee of the rapid transit sector (such as SBS Transit or SMRT) participating in the Earn and Learn Programme.

Course Outline

This course consists of 5 modular certificates (MC).

The first 18-month of the course is a SkillsFuture Earn and Learn Programme (comprising 3 Modular Certificates) where trainees go through classroom facilitation and On-the-Job Training (OJT) to deepen relevant occupational and industry knowledge and skills. The first modular certificate (MC1) will be conducted by the School of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering, while the other two modular certificates (MC2 and MC3) will be conducted by SBS Transit or SMRT for their respective employees, as part of the work-study or on-the-job-training (OJT) programme.

Participants have the option to complete two additional modular certificates after the SkillsFuture Earn and Learn Programme to obtain a Diploma in Engineering (Mechanical - Rapid Transit Technology). The course structure for the ELP and DEMRT programme is shown below.

Diploma in Engineering (Mechanical - Rapid Transit Technology)
30 months or 2.5 years

Earn and Learn Programme
18 months

Two more MC to complete DEMRT
12 months

MC1 + OJT (MC2 & MC3)



The assessment for OJT (MC2 and MC3) will be based on competency standards for the WSQ Certificate in Rapid Transit System Engineering set by SBS Transit or SMRT for their respective employees.
The assessment for MC1, MC4 and MC5 will be based on coursework (e.g. written test, project, essay, oral presentation, case study, portfolio, practical work) and/or semestral examination.

Earn and Learn Programme
MC1: Certificate in Engineering Fundamentals
Module 1 Engineering Drawings
Module 2 Engineering Materials
Module 3 Failure Analysis & Non-Destructive Testing

MC2 and MC3 will be conducted by SBS Transit or SMRT

  SBS Transit
          Rolling Stocks Track
                    WSQ Interpret Rapid Transit operations & its environment
                    Apply WSH Policy
                    WSQ Corrective Maintenance (CM) of Passenger Train
                    WSQ Schedule Maintenance (SM) of Passenger Train

          Permanent Way Track
                    WSQ Interpret Rapid Transit Technology
                    Apply WSH Policy
                    WSQ Pway Basic Maintenance
                    WSQ Track Patrolling & Inspection
                    WSQ Perform Rail Replacement
                    WSQ Basic Track geometry measurement
                    WSQ Track Trained Person (TTP)
                    Track Protection Officer
                    Possession Controller
                    Engineer Person In Charge

          Rolling Stocks Track
                    Apply Basic Electrical Safety
                    Carry out Corrective Maintenance on Passenger Trains
                    Carry out Schedule Maintenance on Passenger Trains
                    Maintain Electric Multiple Unit Mechanical Equipment
                    Maintain Electric Multiple Unit Electrical Equipment

          Permanent Way Track
                    Apply Basic Electrical Safety
                    Perform Track Patrolling and Inspection
                    Carry out Basic Maintenance on Permanent Way
                    Perform Rail Replacement
                    Perform Preventive Maintenance on Third Rail System

For Participant who wish to continue and obtain the Diploma in Engineering (Mechanical - Rapid Transit Technology)

MC4: Certificate in Engineering Mechanics
Module 1 Statics & Dynamics
Module 2 Mechanics of Materials & Machines
Module 3 Mechanics of Machine Elements & Dynamics

MC5 Certificate in Thermofluids Engineering
Module 1 Thermofluid Systems
Module 2 Thermofluid Power
Module 3 Engineering Thermodynamics

 The synopsis of the modules can be found here.



Award / Certification / Accreditation

Upon completion of ELP & 2 additional MC, the participant will be conferred Diploma in Engineering (Mechanical – Rapid Transit Technology) from Singapore Polytechnic.


Course Fee Payable


SkillsFuture Earn and Learn Programme leading to
Part-time Diploma in Engineering (Electrical – Rapid Transit Technology)

Modular Certificates (MC)

Singapore Citizens

Singapore PR Enhanced Training Support for SME scheme
Certificate in Engineering Fundamentals $496.91 $1,325.09 $342.11
Certificate in Train Mechanical System /
Certificate in Permanent Way System
$- $-  $-
Certificate in Train Electrical System /
Certificate in Track Maintenance
$- $- $-
Certificate in Engineering Mechanics $462.24 $1,232.64 $318.24
Certificate in Thermofluids Engineering $462.24 $1,232.64 $318.24
Total Course Fees: $1,421.39  $3,790.37  $978.59

The fees shown (inclusive of 7% GST) are indicative as they are based on prevailing funding policies and subject to review. Module Certificate fee is payable on a semester basis.

Other Fees Payable:

Fee Description Per semester (after GST)
Singapore Citizens Singapore PR and others
Statutory Licence Fee (CLASS) $0.94   $0.94
Examination Fee - $16.05
Miscellaneous Fee $7.49   $7.49
Insurance Fee (GPA) $0.85   $0.85
Students' Union Entrance Fee
(one-time payment upon enrolment)
Students' Union Subscription Fee $4.50*

*Not subjected to GST

- The fees shown (inclusive of 7% GST) are indicative as they are based on prevailing funding policies and subject to review.

- Module Certificate Fee is payable on a semester basis.

- Part-Time Diploma course participants who submit the withdrawal notification 2 weeks before course commencement, an administrative fee of $50 (before GST) and Student Union related fees would be levied.


Terms and Conditions

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Course Commencement:
Dec 2017

Application Procedures
Please download and complete the ELP Participation Form and submit together with your resume


Class Schedule:
3 Oct 16 to 14 Oct 16
6 Mar 17 to 17 Mar 17
27 Mar 27 to 7 Apr 17

ELP - 18 months
Diploma - 900 hours ( 2.5yr)


Funding Incentives and Fees Matters




Email: ptenquiry@sp.edu.sg


For course specific details, please contact the course manager:
Name: Mr Philip Quah
Email: philip_quah@sp.edu.sg



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