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Diploma in Mechanical Engineering
(DME) S91
School of Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering (MAE)

The Diploma in Mechanical Engineering is the first such course in Singapore with a history of more than 50 years, and has produced more than 20,000 graduates, who are widely recognised by industry leaders and prestigious local and foreign universities.

The course provides broad-based and diverse engineering training in in areas such as materials science, solid and fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, instrumentation and control, product and system design and manufacturing. You will be trained for a variety of engineering roles, in industries ranging from automotive, aerospace, energy, marine and offshore, bioengineering, semiconductor and electronics.

What makes DME unique?

  • Mechanical Engineering is the core of most engineering courses. You will get to apply your knowledge and skills to almost every other engineering discipline easily.
  • Choose from one of the following six specialisations to pursue your interests during your final year: Aerospace Technology; Energy Systems; Facilities Management; Machine Design; Precision Engineering and Product Realisation.
  • Overseas industrial attachment programmes with prestigious organisations and institutions in Changchun,China or Taiwan.
  • You will gain advanced standing in mechanical engineering degrees at local universities and overseas universities in the UK or Australia.
  • You may be eligible for the Diploma Plus in Aviation Management, Business or Design Thinking certificate. These additional certificates will equip you with management, business or design skills and gives you an edge in your future career or education prospects.

Applicants must obtain:

i) the following GCE 'O' Level grades at not more than two sittings and

ii) 26 points or better for the net ELR2B2 aggregate score (i.e. English Language, 2 relevant subjects and best 2 other subjects, including CCA Bonus points)

Aggregate Type: ELR2B2-C
Subject Grade

a) English Language

1 - 7

b) Mathematics (Elementary/Additional)

1 - 6

c) One of the following 3rd relevant subjects:

1 - 6

  • Biology
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemistry
  • Combined Science
  • Design & Technology
  • Fundamentals of Electronics
  • Physical Science
  • Physics
  • Science (Chemistry, Biology)
  • Science (Physics, Biology)
  • Science (Physics, Chemistry)

DME is a three-year full time course with common first year modules.

First Year

  • Electrical Engineering Principles
  • Electronic Engineering Principles
  • Communicating for Personal and Team Effectiveness
  • General Education 1
  • General Education 2
  • Introduction to Engineering
  • Mechanics I
  • Computer-Aided Drafting
  • Engineering Materials I
  • Thermofluids I
  • Basic Mathematics
  • Engineering Mathematics I
  • Computer Programming

Second Year

  • Communicating for Project Effectiveness
  • Social Innovation Project
  • General Education 3
  • Mechanics II
  • Engineering Materials II
  • Thermofluids II
  • Industrial Automation
  • Computer-Aided Machining
  • Design & Build I
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Instrumentation & Control
  • Engineering Mathematics II (A)
  • Engineering Mathematics II (B)

Third Year

  • Communicating for Professional Effectiveness
  • Project (15 weeks)
  • Mechanics III
  • Engineering Thermodynamics
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Organisational Management
  • Workplace Safety & Health Management
  • Quality Engineering & Management

Third Year options (Select one technology option to specialise)

Aerospace Technology Option

  • Aerospace Materials
  • Aircraft Systems

Energy Systems Option

  • Refrigeration & Air-conditioning
  • Renewable Energy & Applications

Facilities Management Option

  • Renewable Energy & Applications
  • Facilities Maintenance Engineering & Services

Machine Design Option

  • Tooling Engineering
  • System Integration

Precision Engineering Option

  • Advanced Machining and Metrology
  • Tooling Engineering

Product Realisation Option

  • Product Design and Development
  • Ergonomics & Universal Design

Advanced Modules (optional)

  • Parts Design
  • Aerospace Materials
  • Design Communication & Illustration
  • Plant Maintenance Engineering
  • Finite Element Methods
  • Advanced Mathematics 1
  • Advanced Mathematics 2
  • Advanced Mathematics 3
  • Further Mathematics
  • Physics

For a synopsis of the modules, click here.

With a firm foundation in a range of engineering disciplines and their chosen specialisations, DME graduates are highly sought after and enjoy excellent job prospects in diverse industries. Some career options include:

  • Precision Engineer
  • Marine Engineer
  • Aeronautical Engineer
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer

Further Studies

As a DME graduate, you may be offered advanced standing from both local and overseas universities. They include:

  • Nanyang Technological University
  • National University of Singapore
  • Singapore University of Technology and Design
  • Singapore Institute of Technology

You can also apply for non-engineering degree courses.