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Precision Engineering companies in Singapore are expanding their activities in tool & component manufacturing to support product design, development and realisation. Tool & component manufacturing has evolved rapidly with the introduction of automation and integration to the toolroom. Thus, a new breed of Precision Engineering technologists, conversant and adept in the latest technology and processes are needed to maintain the industry’s competitive edge. The diploma in Digital & Precision Engineering aims to provide students the necessary knowledge and skillsets to embrace new and exciting challenges in the precision engineering industry. Students of this course also have an opportunity to be awarded The National Precision Engineering Scholarship (NPES) by the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) and SPRING Singapore. All Digital & Precision Engineering students will undergo a common training programme in their first two years of study. They can choose from four elective programmes in the final year.





What You'll Study

Course Educational Objectives

Diploma in Digital Precision Engineering graduates will be equipped to do the following within the first few years of their graduation:

  • Be employed with relevant and current knowledge as well as skillsets to support the needs of the precision engineering industry
  • Be effective in the design, development and implementation of solutions for tools & components manufacturing for aerospace, biomedical and equipment building
  • Embrace a passion for lifelong learning and pursue further education and/or professional training programmes
  • Be innovative and enterprising, working in a multi-disciplinary team in a professional and ethical manner


Student Learning Outcomes

The Diploma in Digital Precision Engineering aims to educate and train students who, by the time of graduation, will be able to:

  • apply the knowledge, techniques, skills and modern tools appropriate to engineering technology activities
  • apply the knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering and technology to engineering technology problems
  • conduct standard tests and measurements, and conduct, analyse, and interpret experiments
  • function effectively as a member of a multi-disciplinary team
  • identify, analyse, and solve engineering technology problems
  • apply written, oral, and graphical communication and to identify and use appropriate technical literature
  • recognise the need for and engage in lifelong learning
  • recognise the need for and commit to professional and ethical responsibilities, including a respect for diversity
  • commit to quality, timeliness and continuous improvement
  • recognise the need for and engage in innovative and enterprising activities
  • recognize the need for and engage in workplace safety and health practices
  • recognise the need for and engage in holistic and personal development in areas beyond their professional disciplines

The specific student learning outcomes of the Diploma in Digital Precision Engineering are as follows:

  • apply technical expertise in engineering materials, mechanics, quality process control and management, product innovation and additive manufacturing and automation & control
  • apply technical expertise in advanced mould and tool design, computer-aided design and machining, and advanced CAD modelling and simulation
  • apply technical expertise in design, development and implementation of solutions for precision engineering application


Course Structure

Year 1
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Engineering Mathematics 1A [60 hours]
This module provides students with knowledge and analytical skills in mathematics that are essential for solving engineering problems. Topics covered include basic trigonometry, common engineering functions, determinants and matrices, vectors and complex numbers.

Engineering Mechanics 1 [60 hours]
This module is designed to provide first-year students with the fundamentals of engineering mechanics and to enable them to analyse and solve problems related to engineering design applications. The topics covered include concepts and principles of mechanics, Newton's 3 fundamental laws, statics of rigid bodies in 2-D, stress and strain, moment of inertia of areas and masses, beams, bending moments and shear forces, torsion of circular sectioned shafts, friction, dynamics, work, energy and power.

Aerospace Manufacturing Technology [60 hours]
This module provides students with basic knowledge of manufacturing technology. It focuses on metal-cutting and metal-forming processes, non-traditional machining processes, surface finishing processes and common manufacturing processes in the aerospace industry. The operating principles, applications and economical aspects of the industrial manufacturing processes will be described. It aims to give students a clear overview and understanding of manufacturing technology in general.

Engineering Drawing/CADD [60 hours]
The module covers the knowledge and practical skills of preparing and interpreting engineering drawings. Topics that elaborate the drawing standards and conventions of orthographic projection, sectional views, assembly drawing, dimensioning and pictorial drawing are included to equip the students with the necessary skills in communicating ideas and concepts through technical drawings.

Materials Technology [30 hours]
This module provides students with a practical understanding of the physical and mechanical properties of engineering materials so that they are able to select the most appropriate materials to be used in engineering applications. The various material treatment processes to alter material properties and their industrial applications are also covered.

Semestral Project 1 [60 hours]
This module provides students with the knowledge and skills on handling machine tools to perform basic milling processes. With this training, students will understand the methods of holding and machining engineering components according to given specifications.

Engineering Mathematics 1B [60 hours]
This module provides students with knowledge and analytical skills in mathematics that are essential for solving engineering problems. Topics covered include trigonometric, logarithmic and exponential functions, as well as differentiation and integration.

Electronics & Electrical Principles [60 hours]
This module equips students with the fundamental knowledge of DC and AC electrical circuits containing resistances (R), inductances (L) and capacitances (C). Students learn to apply the relevant electrical principles pertaining to R, L and C. Other topics covered are electrical safety rules, measurements of basic electrical quantities with the standard analogue/digital measuring instruments, correct usage of laboratory equipment and devices such as the analogue/digital multi-meters, variable and regulated DC/AC power supply units, dual-trace oscilloscope, frequency generator, circuit protection devices, cables, connectors, switches, relays and standard electrical/electronics components.

Metrology & Quality Control [60 hours]
This module provides students with the fundamental concepts and parameters of dimensional measurement. They will learn through hands-on practice on some of the specialised instruments and techniques. By the end of the course, students should have a firm grasp of good measurement practices.

Communication Skills [30 hours]
This module gives year-one students a broad understanding of the communication process and the interpersonal communication skills to interact effectively with others. Their oral presentation skills will also be honed so that they can become effective presenters. In addition, the module covers the various forms of writing skills – technical, proposal and report – required in an engineering environment.

Computer Programming [60 hours]
This module comprises two parts. The first part gives an overview of the computer and its applications, with a focus on personal computers. It includes a section on how to develop algorithms and drawing flowcharts. The second part of the module covers computer programming using C language. The emphasis is on mastering basic programming skills. The module has a practical orientation with ample hands-on practice.

Semestral Project 2 [60 hours]
This module provides students with the knowledge and skills required for using workshop machine tools to perform basic turning and grinding processes. With this training, students will understand the methods of holding, fixturing and machining engineering components according to given specifications.

General Studies [60 hrs per modules]
To complete 60 hours of life skill related modules from cluster that will include; communication & interpersonal skills, leadership & teamwork, innovation & enterprise, values & society, general knowledge & interests, healthy & active lifestyle and many more

Year 2
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Engineering Mathematics 2A [60 hours]
This module is an extension of first year Engineering Maths, and is designed to equip students with an adequate knowledge of engineering mathematics to solve engineering problems encountered in the course and in their future work. The emphasis of the topics is on applications and problem solving. Topics include partial differentiation, first and second order differential equations, Laplace transform and their applications.

Automation Systems [30 hours]
This module equips students with the application knowledge of pneumatics and electro-pneumatic control, basic circuit protection devices and sensors. With this knowledge, students will be able to select the appropriate pneumatic, electro-pneumatic components, protection devices and sensors for specific applications. In addition, the module covers the design of ladder diagram for combinational and sequential logic control.

Engineering Mechanics 2 [60 hours]
This module builds on the foundation of Engineering Mechanics 1 and covers more practical and complex mechanical analysis. It also aims to provide the students with the various concepts of solid mechanics and dynamic behaviour of physical body in motion. Students should be able to appreciate, analyse and utilise their knowledge to solve real-life problems related to engineering applications upon completion of this module.

Manufacturing Information System [60 hours]
This module offers students the fundamental concepts of manufacturing information systems in production planning and control. They also gain knowledge in using various established tools and techniques, and computer-based manufacturing systems to perform production planning and control activities in a manufacturing enterprise. Topics covered include Material Requirement Planning (MRP) and Manufacturing Resource Planning (MRP II).

3D Mould Design & Plastic Processes[60 hours]
This module provides students with knowledge and skills that are essential for designing injection moulds. They will also be exposed to applications of Computer-Aided Manufacturing and mould flow simulation software. Students will learn about injection moulding technology. Topics include hydraulic and toggle types of clamping units, modern screw for thermoplastics injection types, as well as moulding defects and their remedies, and machine specification. Students will gain a comprehensive understanding of the various plastics processes and finishing techniques.

Semestral Project 3 [60 hours]
This module introduces the use of computer numerical control (CNC) technology and hands-on skills for tool and component manufacturing. It provides students with a working knowledge for integrating process planning, manual and interactive programming as well as operating. Students will examine the capabilities and limitations of computer numerical controlled machining processes, which include CNC milling and CNC turning.

Engineering Mathematics 2B [60 hours]
This is a continuation of Engineering Mathematics 1. Topics covered include Fourier Series, permutation, combination, probability and probability distributions.

Mechanical & Fixture Design [60 hours]
This module introduces students to the fundamental concepts and considerations in mechanical design and the design of machine elements. It equips them with the knowledge that is required for basic mechanical system design. Students will be tasked to design simple mechanical systems using suitably designed/selected machine elements and engineering components from commercial catalogues. This module also provides students with a thorough understanding and working knowledge on how and why jigs and fixtures are designed and built. Students will also be taught to apply basic engineering principles to complete jig and fixture design projects.

Thermofluids [60 hours]
The module introduces the fundamentals of thermodynamics, heat transfer and fluid mechanics. Topics for thermodynamics and heat transfer include properties of pure substances and ideal gases, laws of thermodynamics and processes of heat transfer. Topics for fluid mechanics include properties of fluids, concepts and basic equations of fluid statics and fluid flow. Laboratory experiments will be used to reinforce the basic concepts.

Semestral Project 4 [60 hours]
This module provides students with the essential working knowledge and skills on the electro-discharge machining (EDM) and EDM wire-cut (EDMWC) technology and machining processes. Students will also learn about electrode materials, electrode design, system integration and CAD/CAM/CAE application by participating in a series of programming exercises and practical sessions.

Quality Process Control & Management [60 hours]
This module provides students with knowledge of descriptive and inferential statistics. Students will learn how statistics is used to control processes when manufacturing a product. Topics include basic statistics, probability distribution, point estimation, interval estimation, sampling theory, control charts, acceptance sampling plans and process capability studies. Students will have hands-on experience and use digital instruments, digital processors and statistical process control software. This module also introduces nanometrology, six-sigma and lean manufacturing.

Microfabrication & Nanotechnology 30 hours]
This module covers the physical principles and fundamental concepts in micro systems and micro fabrication technology. Typical micro devices such as micro sensors and micro actuators will be introduced. Microfabrication processes like micro cutting, micro moulding, surface and bulk micromachining will be discussed. Students will also be exposed to nanometrology and nanotechnology.

General Studies [60 hrs per modules]
To complete 60 hours of life skill related modules from cluster that will include; communication & interpersonal skills, leadership & teamwork, innovation & enterprise, values & society, general knowledge & interests, healthy & active lifestyle and many more

Year 3
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Shop Floor Monitoring and Control [60 hours]
This module equips students with software tools and techniques for developing solutions for shop-floor monitoring and control operations. Students will learn software such as Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) for process visualisation and monitoring. They will also learn real-time monitoring and manufacturing control system concepts.

Advanced Metrology and TQM [60 hours]
This module provides students with the theory and applications of the latest metrology equipment and total quality management. The focus will be on the understanding of the working principles of precision measuring equipment, its methodology and techniques for precision measurement. The precision measurement techniques covered includes surface finish measurement, roundness measurement, contact and non-contact coordinate measurement and sub-micron measurement of micro-parts. Topics covered in total quality management includes basic concepts of TQM, leadership, role of senior management, quality council, core values and quality statements, strategic planning, customer satisfaction, employee involvement and continuous process improvement.

Semestral Project 5 [60 hours]
This module covers advanced machining processes like electro-discharge machining (EDM), EDM wire-cut (EDMWC) and CNC machining technology. Students will learn electrode design, system integration and CAD/CAM/CAE applications.

Professional and Interpersonal Communication Skills [30 hours]
This module aims to help students understand and acquire communication skills for their entry into the job market as working professionals. It focuses on job search skills and includes resume and cover letter writing, as well as interview skills. Students will gain insight into change management, organisational structure and corporate culture, enabling them to better fit into their future work place. They will also learn about business correspondence.

Integrated CAM & CNC Technology [60 hours]
This module introduces the application of Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM) software on Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machining processes. It provides in-depth working knowledge of CAM & CNC technology through extensive hands-on practice. Students will learn how to generate multi-axis CNC programming with the aid of CAM software package and work on complex CAD models. They will also be exposed to post-processor customisation and its relation to CNC machine configuration.

Product Innovation & Rapid Prototyping [60 hours]
This module equips students with knowledge of the product innovation process. Students will apply Computer-Aided Design tools for the design and development of components and products. They will also be introduced to various rapid prototyping and rapid tooling techniques, as well as their applications.

Advanced Plastics Processing Technology [60 hours]
This module provides students with an in-depth knowledge of injection moulding machines and moulding processes. It also covers process optimization and control, process automation and integration in a modern moulding environment. Students will learn about the effects of critical moulding parameters on product quality. They will also examine other moulding techniques including clean room moulding, micro-moulding and multi-component moulding.

Advanced Mould & Tool Design [60 hours]
This module explores 3-plate mould design and 3D mould design. It also includes CAM for Tooling Manufacturing and Flow Analysis. Upon completion of this module, students will have in-depth understanding of 2-plate and 3-plate Mould Design and Flow Analysis. Students will also be able to incorporate CAM into tooling design for moulds. With this knowledge, they will also be able to comprehend advance mould design and analysis and support toolroom operation in CAM.

Machine Elements & Mechanisms [60 hours]
This practical-oriented module exposes students to various types of commonly used machine elements and system peripherals for automated assembly systems. Upon completion of the module, students should be able to handle basic tools used in assembling parts and also understand the working principles of the common system peripherals used in automated assembly systems.

Automated Equipment Design [60 hours]
This module offers an overall view to the subject in design and build of industry automation machines. It aims to synthesize diverse engineering fundamentals in this field. It covers a variety of machine subsystems, machine modules, mechanical devices and components used in automated production machines. In addition, the basic design methodology and philosophy and essential design considerations are also discussed. The lectures are complemented with practical design sessions.

Internship Programme [12/24 weeks]
This module enables students to enhance their learning by relating and applying their knowledge and skills to practice in real-life work environments. This will allow students to gain work-centered knowledge and skills, and work-related experiences. In addition, they will acquire important work values which include being responsible and positive, and exercising integrity, work ethics and interpersonal communication skills. Through this work-based experiential program, they will be better prepared for entry into the workforce.

Overseas Internship Programme
Besides the Local Internship Programme (ITP), students will also be eligible to apply for the Overseas Internship Programme (OITP). The OITP gives final year students an opportunity to work in overseas companies and gain regional and global experience. If selected, students will be attached to overseas organisations for about 3 to 6 months.
Through this programme, students will be able to appreciate and learn the challenges of working and living abroad. Besides obtaining hands-on project development and operational experience, working in environments that are socially and culturally different from Singapore will enrich and provide students with a memorable experience.
School of Engineering works closely with overseas organisations to engage our students to undertake specific projects for such internship programme. Since the programme started in 1994, many of our students have been placed in companies across the globe, in countries such as Germany, France, UK, Austria, Finland, United States, Canada, Australia, Japan, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, India, Thailand, Vietnam, South Africa, etc.

Full-Time Semestral Project [12 weeks]
This module enables students to put into practice the knowledge and skills they have acquired from the course to develop solutions for real-life applications. Projects will be assigned to students who will work under staff supervision to develop and produce the desired project deliverables. In addition to equipping the students with technical and soft skills for project development, this module will enable students to develop problem solving skills and instill the habit of lifelong learning to prepare them for entry into the workforce.

Full Time Semestral Project – Company Based [880 hours]
In this 24-week industrial attachment project, students are assigned a real-life project conducted in a selected organisation. The purpose is to enhance students’ understanding of current industry practices and the work environment. Students will apply knowledge and skills learned during the course. The extended attachment phase allows companies to plan and conduct a meaningful project to maximise learning opportunities for the students.

Full Time Semestral Project – Overseas [880 hours]
The overseas industrial attachment programme forms an integral part of the coursework and allows students to gain practical working exposure in the real-life working environment through attachment to companies. Apart from providing a platform for students to apply their knowledge, it will also help to develop other important work skills such as positive working attitude, initiative, interpersonal relationship and communication skills in the students.

General Studies [60 hrs per modules]
To complete 60 hours of life skill related modules from cluster that will include; communication & interpersonal skills, leadership & teamwork, innovation & enterprise, values & society, general knowledge & interests, healthy & active lifestyle and many more

Student Showcase

Your Future

Career Prospects

Graduates of the Digital & Precision Engineering course are highly sought after in the Tools and Components Manufacturing industry and Toolroom Precision Machining industry.

They can expect lucrative career prospects in the following areas:

  • aerospace manufacturing
  • automation and equipment building
  • biomedical manufacturing
  • nanotechnology and nanomanufacturing
  • precision tooling and moulding industries

Further Studies

The Diploma in Digital & Precision Engineering is also your ticket to further education in many local and overseas universities including:

Entry Requirements

For GCE O-Level Holders

You must have the following GCE ‘O’ Level examinations results (maximum two sittings) and fulfill the aggregate computation requirements.

Minimum Entry Requirements
English Language (EL1) 1 - 7
Elementary or Additional Mathematics 1 - 6
Any one of the following subjects :
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Combined Science
  • Computer Studies
  • Design & Technology
  • Engineering Science
  • Fundamentals of Electronics
  • Physical Science
  • Physics
  • Science (Physics, Biology)
  • Science (Chemistry, Biology)
  • Science (Physics, Chemistry)
1 - 6
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For Higher Nitec Holders

To be eligible for admission to this engineering course, you must possess the relevant Higher NITEC as shown below:

Relevant Higher Nitec
Advanced Manufacturing (IT75)
Civil & Structural Engineering Design (IT67)
Facility Systems Design (IT68)
Information Systems Quality (IT69)
Manufacturing Engineering (IT55)
Marine Engineering (IT73)
Mechanical Engineering (IT52)
Mechatronics Engineering (IT22)
Mobile Unified Communications (IT70)
Offshore & Marine Engineering Design (IT71)
Process Plant Design (IT72)

For Nitec Holders

You should have sat for the Singapore GCE 'N' or 'O' level examination in addition to the NITEC qualification with GPA 3.5 or higher.

You must possess the relevant NITEC as shown below:

Relevant Nitec
Aerospace Machining Technology (NT67)
Aerospace Technology (NT53)
Aircraft Maintenance (Mechanical) (NT51)
Automotive Technology (Light Vehicles) (NT31)
Mechatronics (NT25)
Medical Manufacturing Technology (NT64)
Precision Engineering (NT32/NT37/NT48)

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Course Manager

Mr David Lim
Tel: (65) 6550-0450

Course Coordinator

Mr Teo Chye Huat
Tel: (65) 6550-0659