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, a new topic on the use of OPC UA (a popular industrial communication platform) in PLC applications will be introduced in this course starting April 2020.
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.
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.
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.
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 3 years 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
- 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 or Nitec in Technology with GPA >= 3.5 in an engineering or information technology discipline and with at least 2 years of relevant working experience.
c) Higher Nitec or Higher Nitec in an engineering or information technology discipline with at least 1 year of relevant working experience.
d) Relevant WSQ Diploma qualification or equivalent, with at least 3 years of relevant working experience and WPLN at Level >= 6 for English and Mathematics.
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.
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. 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 1
MC 4 - Certificate in Network and Control
Module 1 - Network and Control Applications
Module 2 - Control System 2
MC 5 - Certificate in Sensors and Fieldbus
Module 1 - Sensors and Instrumentation
Module 2 - Fieldbus Technology
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.
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.