Diploma in Engineering (Mechanical Technology)


This Diploma course in Engineering (Mechanical Technology) will comply with the revised CET Diploma Framework. The revised CET Diploma Framework specifies that each CET diploma course consists of five 180-hour modular certificates (MC). Each MC is designed to be completed in one academic semester and is made up of 180 contact hours.

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

The main objective of this course is to provide a broad-based Mechanical Engineering education to enable technologists to design, build, operate and maintain equipment ranging from simple devices to sophisticated machinery. The modules have been carefully selected to address the necessary skills and knowledge required by a person who aspires career advancement.

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

Suitable for

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1. DEMT Lecturer Sharon
2. DEMT Student Testimonial Syahir
3. DEMT Student Testimonial Sufians

The course is targeted at engineers, assistant engineers, technicians, technical supervisors and other personnel who are seeking broad-based Mechanical Engineering knowledge or a career in the mechanical, manufacturing and production sectors. 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 SkillsFuture Study Award website for the award details and eligible criteria.

SkillsFuture Study Award for Power Sector, offered by Energy Market Authority (EMA) http://www.skillsfuture.sg/studyawards/power

Minimum Entry 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


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.


d)  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.

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 MC2. The classes are conducted in the evening. Each MC comprises two modules and the details are as follows:

MC 1 - Certificate in Engineering Drafting & Design (EDD)
Module 1 - Computer-Aided Drafting
Module 2 - Computer-Aided Drafting & Design
Module 3 - Machine Elements & Mechanisms Design

MC 2 - Certificate in Engineering Mechanics & Materials (EMM)
Module 1 - Statics & Dynamics
Module 2 - Mechanics of Materials & Machines
Module 3 - Engineering Materials

MC 3 - Certificate in Machining Technology (MCT)**
Module 1 - CNC Turning Technology
Module 2 - CNC Milling Technology
Module 3 - Advanced Machining Processes

MC 3A - Certificate in Port Equipment Technology (PEQ)**
Module 1 - Engine Technology
Module 2 - Hydraulic System
Module 3 - Electrical & Control System

MC 4 - Certificate in Thermofluid Engineering (TFE)
Module 1 - Thermofluid Systems
Module 2 - Thermofluid Power
Module 3 - Engineering Thermodynamics

MC 5 Certificate in Automation Technology (AMT)
Module 1 - Industrial Automation
Module 2 - Mechanical Assembly Process
Module 3 - Mechanics of Machine Elements

** Students are automatically opt into MC 3 – Certificate in Machining Technology (MCT). If you would like to opt into MC 3A (Certificate in Port Equipment Technology (PEQ)), you are required to indicate your interest to Mr Raymond Ong (Raymond_Ong@sp.edu.sg) or any of your lecturers during your 2nd MC (MC1 Certificate in Engineering Drafting & Design (EDD)), latest before the 7th week of your 15 weeks semester. Subjected to the minimum class size requirement of at least 20, either MC 3 or MC 3A will be offered.

The synopsis of the modules can be found here.

Award / Certification / Accreditation

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

Upon the completion of the Computer-Aided Drafting module by School of Mechanical & Aeronautical 
Engineering (authorized Autodesk Training Centre), students will receive:

  • Autodesk Certificate of Completion (e-certificate), for those who meet the course requirements

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.


Course Fees

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(for SC)*


(for PR)**

Certificate in Engineering Drafting & Design$502.69$335.12$1,340.50$346.09$400.90$3,351.24
Certificate in Engineering Mechanics & Materials$502.69$335.12$1,340.50$346.09$400.90$3,351.24
Certificate in Machining Technology; or Certificate in Port Equipment Technology$502.69$335.12$1,340.50$346.09$400.90$3,351.24
Certificate in Thermofluids Engineering$502.69$335.12$1,340.50$346.09$400.90$3,351.24
Certificate in Automation Technology$502.69$335.12$1,340.50$346.09$400.90$3,351.24
Total Course Fees:$2,513.43$1,675.62$6,702.48$1,730.432,004.48$16,756.20


*SC - Singapore Citizens

**PR - Permanent Residents

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:

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.

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Eligible for SkillsFuture Credit

Terms and Conditions


Please click here for application procedures.

Date of Course Commencement:
17 Oct 2022

Academic Calendar

Registration Period:
1 Jun - 31 Jul 2022

* 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:

Email: ptenquiry@sp.edu.sg