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Diploma in Engineering (Control and Automation)


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

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  • Course Date:

    15 Apr 2024 to 30 Sep 2026
  • Registration Period:

    21 Dec 2023 to 29 Feb 2024
  • Time:

    12:00 AM to 12:00 PM
  • Mode of Training:

    Facilitated Learning (Face-to-Face/ Online Synchronous) and Asynchronous E-Learning
  • Venue:

    Singapore Polytechnic (facilitated classroom training) and Online E-Learning
  • Funding:

    Eligible for SkillsFuture Credit

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 area of instrumentation, automation and control. The trainees can be from various fields of disciplines. The training will allow these trainees to obtain the basic knowledge and practical experience in instrumentation, automation and control area and to work more effectively in manufacturing, process and automation industries.

On completion of the course, trainees would be able to understand and use common instrumentation automation systems and devices like transmitters, controllers, control valves, signal conditions and data acquisition systems, single loop and multiloop control system analysis and design, digital control systems, fieldbus technology, PLC programming, safety and industrial practices.

This Diploma does not lead to any professional accreditation/licensing for the vocations in the industries outlined.


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

Applicants must not suffer from serious colour appreciation deficiency.

Applicants with any of the following qualifications are invited to apply for the Part-Time diploma:

a) The following GCE 'O' Level grades and with at least 1 year of relevant working experience:

English Language Grade 1 – 7
Mathematics (Elementary or Additional) Grade 1 – 6
Science Grade 1 – 6

One of the following subjects

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Combined Science
  • Design & Technology
  • Electricity & Electronics
  • Fundamentals of Electronics
  • Integrated Science/Additional Combined Science
  • Physical Science
  • Physics/Engineering Science
  • Science (Chemistry, Biology)
  • Science (Physics, Biology)
  • Science (Physics, Chemistry)
  • Science (Physics, Chemistry, Biology)


b) Nitec in an engineering or information technology discipline with GPA >= 3.5 


c) Nitec in an engineering or information technology discipline with GPA >= 3.0 and at least 1 year of relevant working experience.


b) Nitec in Technology in an engineering or information technology discipline with GPA >= 3.5 and at least 1 year of relevant working experience.


e) Higher Nitec in an engineering or information technology discipline with GPA >=2.0 


f) Higher Nitec in an engineering or information technology discipline with GPA >=1.5 and at least 1 year of relevant working experience.


g) Higher Nitec in Technology in an engineering or information technology discipline with GPA >=2.0 and at least 1 year of relevant working experience.


h) Relevant WSQ Advanced Certificate (or higher) with at at least 1 year of relevant working experience and Level 6 for both WSQ Workplace Literacy SOA & Workplace Numeracy SOA


i) Applicant with none of the qualifications listed above but at least 2 years of relevant working experience.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Applicants who do not meet the entry requirements may be considered for admission to the course based on supporting evidence of competency readiness. Suitable applicants who are shortlisted may have to go through an interview and/or entrance test. The Polytechnic reserves the right to shortlist and admit applicants.

Certification / Accreditation

Upon completion of five Certificates within a five-year validity period, the participant will be conferred a Diploma qualification from Singapore Polytechnic. 


Suitable for

Engineers, technicians, technical supervisors and other personnel whose work scope is involved with or related to the design, operation, installation and maintenance of systems such as automation, control, measurement and instrumentation, monitoring, industrial network and communication and PLCs. The course is also suitable for people who intend to make a conversion to these technical areas in their career pursuit. 

SkillsFuture Study Awards

The following SkillsFuture Study Award is available for Singaporean who have enrolled into the course to apply. Please refer to the respective SF Study Award website for the eligibility criteria and award details.

SkillsFuture Study Awards for Power Sector, by Energy Market Authority (EMA) -

Course Fees

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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

*SC - Singapore Citizen
**PR - Permanent Resident

Other Fees Payable:

Statutory Licence Fee (CLASS)$1.02$1.02
Examination Fee-$16.35
Miscellaneous Fee$7.63$7.63
Insurance Fee (GPA)$2.29$2.29

*Not subjected to GST

- The fees shown are indicative as they are based on prevailing funding policies and subject to review.

- Module Certificate Fee is payable on a semester basis.

Refund Policy:

i) Withdraw within 2 weeks before semester commencement - 50% refund of paid course fee
ii) Withdraw on or after date of semester commencement - No refund of paid course fee

Please note that other fees paid are non-refundable.

Application Procedure

Please click here for application procedures.

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