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.


Students are expected to have access to computer and internet during your study at SP eg. e-learning, writing report, 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


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

For Singaporeans with at least two years of work experience in the Power sector (Electricity and Gas) or related sectors and have not be a previous recipient of any SkillsFuture Study Awards, or is not a current recipient of any scholarship/full bursary/full company sponsorship, you might wish to also apply for the SkillsFuture Study Awards for Power Sector.

The separate application for the SkillsFuture Study Awards must be submitted to EMA prior to the commencement of the course.

Please click here for more details about SkillsFuture Study Awards for Power Sector, which is offered and managed by Energy Market Authority (EMA).

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.

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


b) Nitec with GPA ≥ 3.5 in an engineering discipline and with at least 2 years of relevant working experience.


c) Higher Nitec in an engineering discipline with at least 1 year of relevant working experience.


d) Nitec in Technology in an engineering discipline with GPA ≥ 3.5 with at least 2 years of relevant working experience and successful completion of bridging programme conducted by ITE.


e) Higher Nitec in Technology in an engineering discipline with at least 1 year of relevant working experience and successful completion of bridging programme conducted by ITE.


f) WSQ Diploma in an engineering discipline, with at least 5 years of relevant work 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.


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 will consist of a few 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 - Port Equipment Engine Technology
Module 2 - Port Equipment Hydraulic System
Module 3 - Port Equipment Drives & 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 will be requested to opt for MC3 or MC3A. Subjected to the minimum class size requirement, either MC3 or MC3A 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.

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.

Fee Payable


Diploma in Engineering (Mechanical Technology)
Modular Certificates (MC) Singapore Citizens Below the age of 40 Singapore Citizens
Aged 40 and above
Singapore PR Enhanced Training Support for SME scheme Workfare Training Support scheme Others / Repeat Students
Certificate in Engineering Drafting & Design $470.91 $313.94 $1,255.75 $324.21 $177.51 $3,139.38
Certificate in Engineering Mechanics & Materials $470.91 $313.94 $1,255.75 $324.21 $177.51 $3,139.38
Certificate in Machining Technology; or Certificate in Port Equipment Technology $470.91 $313.94 $1,255.75 $324.21 $177.51 $3,139.38
Certificate in Thermofluids Engineering $470.91 $313.94 $1,255.75 $324.21 $177.51 $3,139.38
Certificate in Automation Technology $470.91 $313.94 $1,255.75 $324.21 $177.51 $3,139.38
Total Course Fees $2,354.55 $1,569.70 $6,278.75 $1,621.05 $887.55 $15,696.90

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:

Fee Description Per semester (after GST)
Singapore Citizens Singapore PR and others
Statutory Licence Fee (CLASS) $0.94   $0.94
Examination Fee - $16.05
Miscellaneous Fee $7.49   $7.49
Insurance Fee (GPA) $0.85   $0.85
Students' Union Entrance Fee
(one-time payment upon enrolment)
Students' Union Subscription Fee $4.50*

*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.

- Part-time diploma course participants who submit withdrawal notification more than 2 weeks before semester commencement, an administrative fees of $50 + GST and Student Union related fees would be levied.



Terms and Conditions

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Date of Course Commencement:
16 Apr 2018


Academic Calendar

Registration Period:
1 Dec 2017 - 31 Jan 2018

* Registration may be closed once seats are filled up


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

900 hours (2.5yr)


MC to start with:



Funding Incentives and Fees Matters


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Email: ptenquiry@sp.edu.sg