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Diploma in Engineering (Control and Automation)

Topic:Built Environment, Engineering, Others

Course Type:Part-Time Diploma and Post-Diploma Courses

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  • Course Date:

    14 Oct 2024 to 31 Mar 2027
  • Registration Period:

    01 Jun 2024 to 31 Jul 2024
  • Time:

    08:00 AM to 08:00 AM,
    3 evenings per week, 6.30pm-10.30pm
  • Mode of Training:

  • Venue:

    Singapore Polytechnic
  • Funding:


Please note that once the maximum class size is reached, the online registration will be closed. You may register your interest and be notified with there is a new run.

Class schedule:
2 - 3 evenings a week 
6.30pm to 9.30pm

Course Duration: 
900 hours (2.5 years)

Please refer to Academic Calendar.

For course specific details,
please contact the course manager:
Name: Mr Wong Weng Yew
For other enquiries, please email to

The Diploma in Engineering (Control and Automation) (DECA) focuses on electrical and electronic engineering that is applied in the area of automation, process control and instrumentation and aims to equip adult learners with the knowledge and skills required to undertake diploma-level jobs in the manufacturing, process and automation industries.

In response to the evolving needs of the industry, this course has been brought up-to-date with the introduction of 3 new modules:
• Artificial Intelligence for Automation, which provides the background required to understand the techniques involved in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) and equip students with knowledge of how to implement AI and ML systems and solutions for industrial automation systems. 
• Smart Sensors & Actuators, which provides students with a broad knowledge of various types of smart sensors and an in-depth understanding of the principle & application of smart sensors & actuators in automation and process industries.
• Digital Manufacturing Technology, which covers the various components and technologies in Digital Manufacturing (Industry 4.0).

Participants in this course will have the opportunity to gain hands-on training in our laboratories, which are equipped with facilities from leading industrial suppliers including Siemens, Yokogawa, Endress+Hauser, Pepperl+Fuchs, ABB, Bosch, Festo and National Instruments.

The Diploma in Engineering (Control & Automation) complies with the revised CET Diploma Framework, which specifies that each CET diploma course will consist consists of five 180-hour modular certificates (MC). Each MC is designed to be completed in one academic semester and is made up of 150 contact hours and 30 flexible learning hours. The flexible learning hours are non-timetabled curriculum hours set aside for self-paced learning activities like eLearning or project assignments.

Participants are required to bring their computer notebook when attending lessons, as they may need it to access the e-learning materials, write reports, etc.

Course Objective

The course aims to train participants in the areas of instrumentation, automation and control. They will be equipped with the practical skills and knowledge in domains that include electrical and electronic engineering, Programmable Logic Controllers, Robotics and Digital Manufacturing Technology. This will allow them to work in areas like maintenance, process control, production and development in a wide range of industries, including manufacturing, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, food processing, oil and gas, and power.

Course Outline

The course is a 2.5 years part-time programme. It consists of 5 Modular Certificates (MC) conducted over 5 semesters, 1 MC per semester. The first MC to start with is MC1,which will be offered starting October 2020. The classes are conducted in the evening. Each MC comprises two modules and the details are as follows:

MC 1 - Certificate in Electrical and Digital Circuit Fundamentals

Module 1 - Electrical Principles
Module 2 - Digital Principles


MC 2 - Certificate in Electronics
Module 1 - Analog Electronics
Module 2 - Digital Electronics


MC 3 - Certificate in PLC and Control System
Module 1 - PLC Applications (with newly introduced topic on OPC UA)
Module 2 - Control System


MC 4 - Certificate in Robotics and Artificial Intelligence
Module 1 - Artificial Intelligence for Automation  (first run in April 2022)
Module 2 - Robotics Technology


MC 5 - Certificate in Sensor & Digital Manufacturing Technology
Module 1 - Smart Sensors & Actuators (first run in Oct 2022)
Module 2 - Digital Manufacturing Technology (first run in Oct 2022)

The synopsis of the modules can be found here.

Minimum Requirements


Certification / Accreditation


Suitable for


Course Fees

The course fees payable above are inclusive of 9% GST rate.

Applicants/Eligibility Certificate in Electrical and Digital Circuit Fundamentals Certificate in Electronics Certificate in PLC and Control System Certificate in Robotics & Artificial Intelligence Certificate in Sensor & Digital Manufacturing Technology Total Course Fees:
SINGAPORE CITIZENS BELOW THE AGE OF 40 $529.74 $529.74 $529.74 $529.74 $529.74 $2,648.70
SINGAPORE CITIZENS AGED 40 AND ABOVE $353.16 $353.16 $353.16 $353.16 $353.16 $1,765.80
SINGAPORE PR $1,510.74 $1,510.74 $1,510.74 $1,510.74 $1,510.74 $7,553.70
ENHANCED TRAINING SUPPORT FOR SME SCHEME (for SC*) $367.74 $367.74 $367.74 $367.74 $367.74 $1,838.70
ENHANCED TRAINING SUPPORT FOR SME SCHEME (for PR**) $448.74 $448.74 $448.74 $448.74 $448.74 $2,243.70
OTHERS / REPEAT STUDENTS $3,767.04 $3,767.04 $3,767.04 $3,767.04 $3,767.04 $18,835.20

For more information on the course fee or to apply, click on the “Register” button.

Application Procedure

1. For self-sponsored applicant, please click on the “Register” button to apply for the course. You will be directed to STEP portal to manage all your course activities. Please note that you will be prompted to sign in with Singpass/Student ID.
2. For company-sponsored applicant, please approach your company's Human Resource (HR) team to put in the application through the company portal using CorpPass.  You may only apply after receiving the registration link from your company's HR.
3. Your application does not guarantee acceptance into the course. Your acceptance into the course is dependent on meeting the course requirements and course vacancy.
4. Non‐Singaporeans must possess a valid Employment Pass / Work Permit / Dependant Pass throughout the course duration. You would need to bear the full risk of non-completion should your pass expire and subsequently lapse within the duration of the course.
5. You will be notified by email on the application outcome 6 weeks after the application’s closing date. 
6. PACE Academy course schedules, including course trainer, course fees and course availability are subject to change.

7. PACE Academy reserves the right to cancel or postpone any course at short notice; & at its absolute discretion without assigning any reason for such cancellation/postponements. In the event that the applicant’s chosen course is cancelled prior to its commencement, PACE Academy will make a full refund of course fees already paid by the applicant.

8. The data provided to Singapore Polytechnic will be kept strictly confidential and will be used for the purpose of course administration. The data may be passed on to the relevant organisations that require the information related to the course. 

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