Diploma in Mechanical Engineering (Part-Time)

Provided by Coleman College

Course introduction


The objective of Diploma in Mechanical Engineering course is to introduce the students to the basic of mechanical engineering.  Mechanical Engineering is needed practically everywhere – from automotive and energy sectors to construction and biomedical industries. Modern-day mechanical engineering uses innovative design and technologies to develop cutting-edge products and systems. This program would give students sufficient knowledge to gain entry into different levels jobs in most engineering industries.
Graduates can look forward to a job in Construction industry or factories that uses mechanical devices to operate.
Students will learn the mechanical functions, how they work and their uses in machines. The program will also equips student work and health safety issues related to an engineering environment. Managing the technical and business resources in an engineering environment will provide students with value added knowledge in mechanical engineering jobs. Classroom sessions will include the use of innovative skills, group work, collaborative learning, and presentation & communication skills for a holistic learning experience.

Graduation and Degree
Students who pass all required assessments and assignments will be awarded a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering awarded by Coleman College. Graduates who wish to further their studies in this field may apply for a relevant programme offered by other institutions or universities.
Admission is subject to the institution’s or university’s entry requirements at the point of application.

Curriculum Overview

Programme Structure

By the end of this course, learners will be able to:

  • List the key features of workplace health and safety legislation and regulations.
  • Describe the safety lapses and control hazards in the workplace.
  • Describe a risk assessment and able to identify control measures.
  • Explain the methods used when reporting and recording accidents and incidents.
  • List the range of different businesses and their ownership.
  • Describe how businesses are organised to achieve their purposes.
  • Relate to the impact of the economic environment on businesses.
  • Explain how political, legal and social factors impact on business.
  • List the key features of physical resources.
  • Explain the role of the resources manager.
  • List the legal requirements for managing physical resources.
  • Know how to understand and monitor the quality and effectiveness of physical resources.
  • List the uses and applications of a range of engineering components.
  • Explain the uses and operation of mechanical power transmission systems.
  • Relate to how plant operation equipment and systems work.
  • Classify a project scope and scheme of work.
  • Outline the implementation for the scheme of work.
  • Illustrate and explain the group project.

Area of Studies

The course consists of 5 modules:

  • Foundation of Workplace Safety and Health
  • The Business Environment
  • Managing Physical Resources in a Business Environment
  • Applications of Mechanical Systems in Engineering
  • Group Project
Module Synopsis
Foundation of Workplace Safety and Health
This module will give learners an introduction to the key importance of Workplace health and safety legislation and regulations and how these are applied in the construction environment to create a safe working condition.
Module abstract
This module will give learners an understanding of different type of hazards and risks associated with Workplace health, safety and welfare in an engineering workplace. Learners will be able to appreciate the purpose of enforcement agencies and their roles in complying with the related legal obligations.
Learners will be required to undertake risk assessments at the workplace and to appreciate the significant risks encountered in the workplace. Propose the measures to be taken to deal with them. Learners will be able to appreciate and apply the principles of reporting and recording accidents and incidents within a legal context.
Workplace health and safety in the workplace is about measures designed to protect the health and safety of employees, visitors and the general public who may be affected by workplace activities. Safety measures are concerned with controlling and reducing risks to anyone who might be affected by these activities.
The Business Environment
The aim of this module is to introduce to the learners the fundamental knowledge of a business organisation and the many elements that shape the nature of organisations operating in a complex business world.
Module abstract
Learners will be introduced to different types of organisations and its purpose of setting up. Learners will build on these experiences and learn to ‘walk in the shoes’ of owners, stakeholders and managers of organisations.
The Module introduces learners to a range of business activities. They will consider the purpose of different organisations and the influence of stakeholders and how businesses organise themselves through strategic planning and organisational structures.
Learners will then explore the dynamic nature of organisations through studying the impact of external (political, legal and social) influences on business operations. Learners will study the fundamental economic principles that impact on businesses.
By studying two different business environments, learners will gain some insight into how businesses operate in different parts of the world and how the development of a global marketplace impacts on all businesses.
Managing Physical Resources in a Business Environment
The aim of this module is to introduce to learners the importance of physical resources to an organisation. Learners will develop their understanding of the role of the resources manager.
Module abstract
This module introduces learners to the importance that organisations place on the use of their physical resources. Greater awareness of the impact on the environment by the inefficient use of physical resources such as water, gas, oil and paper and the high costs involved in producing energy to support an organisation’s needs. This has resulted in organisations having to meet regulatory requirements such as emissions of toxic substances as well as seeking to reduce physical resource costs.
Learners will develop their understanding of the broad responsibilities and duties involved in the management of physical resources. The resource management function involves developing excellent negotiation skills in order to negotiate partnerships with suppliers and knowledge of relevant legal obligations that fall within the remit of resource management.
Organisations need to ensure the best use of efficiency, quality and waste management issues are addressed to improve performance and reduce costs. The module will shows learners that managing physical resources is a key function in organisations and that it involves obtaining and using materials, equipment, supplies, premises and energy in the most efficient way to achieve the organisation’s operational objectives. Organisations must also ensure that their physical resources are a safe and secure working environment for employees and meet all legal requirements.
Learners will need to appreciate that the maintenance and refurbishment of facilities are activities which require careful planning, ensuring compliance with organisational procedures and staying within budget.
Applications of Mechanical Systems in Engineering
This module aims to give learners the knowledge of the components and systems commonly used in lubrication systems, transmissions and plant equipment.
Module abstract
The general aim of this module is to broaden the knowledge of mechanical engineering systems and provide a foundation for continuing work in related fields.
Mechanical engineering systems are found in land, sea and air transport, power generation, manufacturing plant and domestic products. The design, manufacture and maintenance of such systems are the concern of engineers and technicians who must be able to apply a blend of practical and theoretical knowledge to ensure that these systems work safely and efficiently.
A prime purpose of mechanical systems is to transmit motion and power. There are many ways in which this can be achieved. The module introduces to a range of power transmission systems and components.
Learners will be introduced to an overview of hydraulic and pneumatic system, steam plant, refrigeration and air conditioning plant and mechanical handling equipment.
Group Project
This module provides learners with an opportunity to develop the skills needed to devise and implement a project scope and scheme of work, and evaluate and present the project.
Module abstract
This module will develop learners’ skills in terms of the evaluation and resolution of realistic practical problems and the ability to work as part of a team. This module also enables the application of knowledge, understanding and skills developed in other modules, and where possible experiences from work, to a major piece of work. This module is designed to bring together small groups of learners into teams so that they can coordinate their individual skills and abilities.
The scheme of work should give individual learners an opportunity to take responsibility for their contribution to the outcome, and demonstrate their ability to work as part of a team. The brief will include an agreed timescale, within defined constraints, with the team working towards an acceptable and viable solution to the agreed brief.
Learners will also develop skills to carry out evaluations of the group project and be able to present solutions. The module will prepare them with actual work scenario when working on projects.

Entry Requirements

Age  18 years and above
Education  Minimum GCE 'O' Level with 3-subject passes or equivalent
English Proficiency  IELTS 5.5 or equivalent

Duration & Intake

Programme Duration

The course duration is 9 months.
Maximum allowed period for the student to complete the course is 36 months.


  • Every 2 months

Fees & Funding

Funding / Grants
  • Skillsfuture Credit

Course Fee

  • S$ 2,800
Payment Mode 
  • Installment plan available
* All payments excluding GST