Diploma in Engineering (Advanced Manufacturing)


Manufacturing has been a key engine for the Singapore’s economy, accounting for about a fifth of its gross domestic product. As this trend is expected to continue, the SP School of Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering is pleased to introduce our new Diploma in Engineering (Advanced Manufacturing). This course will better prepare our working adults with the necessary skills and knowledge for their future career advancement and to meet the future demands for the necessary skillsets targeting advanced manufacturing.

This course offers to Earn-and-Learn Programme (ELP) participants and non-ELP participants.

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

Course Objectives

This course aims to provide the students with a strong foundation in Manufacturing Technology to enable them to understand, analyse and solve daily problems at work as an Associate Engineer/Assistant Engineer. In addition, it also aims to equip the students with the necessary skillsets to take on the future challenges in technological developments. The modules have been carefully selected to address the necessary skills and knowledge required by a person who aspires career advancement in manufacturing.

Suitable for

This course is specially designed to target at engineers, assistant engineers, technicians, technical supervisors and other personnel, who are seeking to better prepare themselves with the necessary skills and knowledge, for future career advancement to meet the future demands for the necessary skillsets targeting advanced manufacturing in the PE sector. This course is also suitable for people who intend to make a conversion to these technical areas in their career pursuit.

Minimum Entry Requirements

Applicants must ensure they do not suffer from colour appreciation and hearing deficiencies or medical conditions such epilepsy. In the interest of general safety, admission of these applicants is at the discretion of Singapore Polytechnic.

1. For non-ELP applicants with any of the following qualifications are invited to apply for the diploma:

a. The following GCE 'O' Level grades and with at least 3 years of relevant working experience:

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

b. Nitec or Nitec in Technology in an engineering discipline with GPA >=3.5 with at least 2 years of relevant work experience.

c. Higher Nitec or Higher Nitec in Technology in an engineering discipline with at least 1 year of relevant work experience.

d. WSQ (Workforce Skills Qualifications) Diploma in an engineering discipline with at least 3 years of relevant work experience, and Workplace Literacy and Numeracy (WPLN) at Level 6.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Applicants who do not meet the entry requirements may be considered for admission to the course based on evidence of at least 5 years of relevant working experience or supporting evidence of competency readiness. Suitable applicants who are shortlisted will have to go through an interview and/or entrance test. The Polytechnic reserves the right to shortlist and admit applicants.


2. For ELP applicant, he/she must be Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents and shall be an employee of a company participating in the ELP. The applicant shall be a graduate from Full-time Polytechnic Diploma/ ITE Technical Diploma/ ITE Technical Engineer Diploma/ ITE Work-Learn Technical Diploma/ NITEC/ Higher NITEC within 5 years of graduation or within 5 years from his last day of National Service Operationally Ready Date (ORD). The list of eligible diplomas offered by local polytechnics are as follows:

Nanyang Polytechnic 

Diploma in Digital & Precision Engineering

Diploma in Aerospace/Mechatronics programme


Ngee Ann Polytechnic

Diploma in Mechanical Engineering

Diploma in Automation and Mechatronics System

Singapore Polytechnic 

Diploma in Mechanical Engineering

Diploma in Mechatronics and Robotics
Diploma in Engineering with Business


Nitec with GPA ≥ 2.0 in Engineering discipline

Higher Nitec in Engineering discipline




Course Outline

This course consists of 2 possible pathways, namely the Earn-and-Learn-Programme (ELP) and non-ELP pathway.

DEAM - Schematic Diagram for ELP and non-ELP pathway














Non-ELP course consists of 15 modules conducted over five semesters within 2.5 years on a part-time basis. Classes will be conducted in three evenings per week for 15 weeks each semester.

This course consists of 5 Modular Certificates (MC). Each MC will consist of 3 modules and the details are as follows:

MC 1 Modular Certificate in Engineering Drafting & Design (EDD)
Module 1 – Computer-Aided Drafting
Module 2 – GD&T Applications
Module 3 – Parts Design Engineering
MC 2 Modular Certificate in Productivity & Quality Improvement (PQI)
Module 1 – Industrial Engineering
Module 2 – Quality Engineering & Management
Module 3 – Tooling Engineering

Participants who have completed a QIANG programme under the Singapore Manufacturing Federation (SMF) is eligible to gain exemption to MC2.

MC 3 Modular Certificate in Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM)
Module 1 – CNC Turning Technology
Module 2 – CNC Milling Technology
Module 3 – Multi-axis Machining Applications

MC 4 Modular Certificate in Manufacturing Technology (MFT)
Module 1 – Manufacturing Processes
Module 2 – Data Analytics for Advanced Manufacturing
Module 3 – Automation & Robotics in Advanced Manufacturing

MC 5 Modular Certificate in IoT in Manufacturing (IMF)
Module 1 – IoT Systems and Design
Module 2 – PLC for Advanced Manufacturing
Module 3 – Industrial IoT

Click here for Module synopsis.

ELP course consists of 2 modular certificates:

1. Modular Certificate in Engineering Drafting & Design: To be conducted by Singapore Polytechnic.

2. Enhanced SME QIANG + OJT (EQO): to be conducted by the Singapore Manufacturing Federation (SMF).

Click here for Module synopsis of Enhanced SME QIANG

Upon completion of the ELP, participants have the option to complete the remaining 3 Modular Certificates to obtain a Diploma in Engineering (Advanced Manufacturing).


Award / Certification / Accreditation

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

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. Which universities can I apply to after I complete my CET Diploma? You can apply to part-time undergraduate programmes which are relevant to your diploma course at NUS and UniSIM.
Please click here for more information on NUS, Bachelor of Technology (Btech)


2. Will I need to take any bridging programme?
The revised part-time diploma is intended to be more accessible to the workforce, and is made shorter in duration compared to the full-time diploma because broad-based interdisciplinary modules, final year projects and internships, as well as academic modules such as Mathematics and Sciences, are omitted. As such, most part-time undergraduate programmes would require you to go through a bridging programme to prepare you adequately before admission.

3. If I need to take the bridging programme, how much will it cost and how long will it take?
While the bridging programmes are currently being worked out by the polytechnics and universities, the duration will depend on the type and nature of the part-time degree course that you apply for, and are expected to be between six months to a year. The fees will not be more expensive than undergraduate modules of comparable duration.

  1. Course Fees

Click here for Funding Incentives and Fees Matters

Certificate in Engineering Drafting & Design (EDD)$476.69$317.79$1,271.16$328.19$179.69$3,177.90
Certificate in Productivity & Quality Improvement (PQI)$476.69$317.79$1,271.16$328.19$179.69$3,177.90
Certificate in Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM)$476.69$317.79$1,271.16$328.19$179.69$3,177.90
Certificate in Manufacturing Technology (MFT)$476.69$317.79$1,271.16$328.19$179.69$3,177.90
Certificate in IoT in Manufacturing$476.69$317.79$1,271.16$328.19$179.69$3,177.90
Total Course Fees:$2,383.45$1,588.95$6,355.80$1,640.95$898.45$15,889.50

Certificate in Engineering Drafting & Design$595.13$1,587.02$409.73
* Enhanced SME QIANG + OJT


Total Course Fees:$595.13$1,587.02$409.73

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.

* Please refer to SMF website for the course fee.

Other Fees Payable:
Statutory Licence Fee (CLASS)$1.01$1.01
Examination Fee-$16.05
Miscellaneous Fee$7.49$7.49
Insurance Fee (GPA)$1.70$1.70
Students' Union Entrance Fee (one-time payment upon enrolment)$5.00*(non-refundable)$5.00*(non-refundable)
Students' Union Subscription Fee$4.50* (non-refundable)$4.50*(non-refundable)

*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.

Refund Policy:

i) Withdraw within 2 weeks before semester commencement - 70% 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.

Click here for non-ELP application procedures.

Register of Interest

Date of Course Commencement:
14 Oct 2019

Academic Calendar

Registration Period:
1 Jun 2019 - 31 Jul 2019

* Registration may be closed earlier once seats are filled up.


Class schedule:
3 evenings a week
6.30pm to 10.30pm

900 hours (2.5yr)


MC to start with:

ELP Application Procedure

For Diploma qualification holders, please download and complete the ELP Participation form (for Diploma qualification holder) and submit together with your resume to ptenquiry@sp.edu.sg

For ITE qualification holders, please download and complete the ELP Participation Form (for ITE qualification holder) (for ITE qualification holder) and submit together with your resume to ptenquiry@sp.edu.sg.



Email: ptenquiry@sp.edu.sg

For course specific details, please contact the course manager:
Name: Daniel Lim
Email: daniel_lim@sp.edu.sg