Diploma in Engineering Systems & Management (R54)

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What You Will Learn

From logistics to intelligent systems, you will be able to take on any engineering projects with confidence. The Diploma in Engineering Systems & Management (DESM) equips you with project management, systems thinking and problem solving skills, on top of engineering expertise in emerging technologies.

The interdisciplinary knowledge you gain will help you assess the interdependency of connected systems in large-scale projects. Learn about automation, robotics and land transport systems, as well as the technical hardware, programming and operational artistry behind them. Get an edge over others as you understand how social and economic policies affect engineering decisions and pick up specialised skills in essential services.

Gain practical learning experiences when you embark on internship programme which will prepare you to competently manage and execute projects of any scale.

The DESM programme has equipped me with the relevant competencies and elevated my understanding on Singapore’s Rapid Transit System. Through the programme, I completed an internship with SBS Transit DTL Pte Ltd at the Operational Control Centre. My experience at RP groomed me to be ready for future challenges and to take on leadership roles in the industry.

Muhammad Syahirul Annuar Bin Musa
2018 Graduate, Train Service Controller at SMRT TEL Pte. Ltd.

The course structure consists of general, discipline, and specialisation modules. There is also an industry orientation component.

   

GCE O-level

Aggregate Type Range of Net ELR2B2 for 2021 JAE Minimum Entry Requirements/Grade
ELR2B2-C 17 to 25             

Subject

a) English Language/1 - 7
b) Mathematics (Elementary/Additional)/1 - 6
c) Any one of the following subjects/1 - 6 
  • Biology
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemistry
  • Combined Science
  • Computing
  • Computer Studies
  • Design & Technology
  • Electronics
  • Engineering Science
  • Fundamentals of Electronics
  • Physics
  • Physical Science
  • Science (Chemistry, Biology)
  • Science (Physics, Biology)
  • Science (Physics, Chemistry)
 

Nitec/Higher Nitec

Please click here for a list of module exemptions for eligible Direct-Entry-Scheme to Polytechnic Programme (DPP) graduates and Higher Nitec (non-DPP) graduates admitted to Direct Year 2 of the diploma programme.



Minimum net GPA Relevant Qualifications
Nitec ≥ 3.5
  • NT13 Built Environment (Mechanical & Electrical Services)
  • NT14 Mechatronics & Robotics
  • NT21 Architectural Drafting/ Building Drafting (Architectural)
  • NT23 Civil & Structural Drafting/ Building Drafting (Civil & Structural)
  • NT24 Electronics/ Electronics Servicing/ Electronics (Broadband Technology & Services)/ Electronics (Computer & Networking)/ Electronics Instrumentation)/ Electronics (Mobile Devices)/ Electronics (Wafer Fabrication)/ Electronics (Wireless LAN)
  • NT25 Electro-Mechanical Servicing/ Mechatronics/ Mechatronics (Automation Technology)/ Mechatronics (Equipment Assembly)/ Mechatronics (Medical Technology)
  • NT26 Electrical Fitting & Installation/ Electrical Installation & Servicing/ Electrical Technology/ Electrical Technology (Installation & Servicing)
  • NT27 Electrical Power & Machines/ Electrical Technology (Power & Control)/ Electrical Technology (Power & Machines)
  • NT28 Air-Conditioning & Refrigeration/ Air-Conditioning & Refrigeration Mechanics/ Air-Conditioning & Refrigeration Technology
  • NT29 Automotive Mechanics (Construction Equipment)/ Automotive Technology (Construction Equipment)/ Automotive Technology (Heavy Vehicles)
  • NT30 Maintenance Fitting/ Mechanical Servicing/ Mechanical Technology
  • NT31 Automotive Mechanics (Light Vehicles)/ Automotive Technology (Light Vehicles)/ Diesel Engine Mechanics/ Motor Vehicle Mechanics
  • NT32 Precision Machining/ Precision Engineering (Machining)
  • NT37 Precision Engineering (Injection Mould)/ Precision Engineering (Press Tool)/ Precision Engineering (Tool & Mould)/ Precision Tooling/ Tool & Die - Making
  • NT38 Building Servicing/ Building Services Technology/ Building Services Technology (Air-conditioning & Refrigeration)/ Building Services Technology (Mechanical & Electrical Services)/ Facility Technology (Air-Conditioning & Refrigeration)
  • NT39 Chemical Process Technology/ Chemical Process Technology (Biologics)/ Chemical Process Technology (Petrochemicals)/ Chemical Process Technology (Pharmaceuticals)/ Chemical Process Technology (Process Instrumentation)
  • NT40 Info-Communications Technology (Networking & System Administration) / Infocomm Technology
  • NT41 Multimedia Technology
  • NT42 Marine Technology /Marine Mechanics
  • NT43 Mechanical-Electrical Drafting
  • NT46 Product Design
  • NT47 Communications Technology
  • NT48 Precision Engineering (Aerospace)
  • NT49 Marine Electrical Technology
  • NT50 Port Equipment Technology
  • NT51 Aircraft Maintenance (Mechanical)
  • NT53 Aerospace Technology
  • NT57 Security Technology
  • NT59 Aerospace Avionics
  • NT60 Electrical Technology (Lighting & Sound)
  • NT62 Machine Building Technology/ Machine Technology
  • NT63 Facility Technology (Mechanical & Electrical Services)
  • NT64 Medical Manufacturing Technology
  • NT67 Aerospace Machining Technology
  • NT68 Laser & Tooling Technology/ Semiconductor Tooling Technology
  • NT73 Facility Technology (Vertical Transportation) / Built Environment (Vertical Transportation)
  • NT74 Mobile Systems & Services / Info-communications Technology (Mobile Networks & Applications)
  • NT75 Rapid Transit Technology
  • NT76 Semiconductor Technology / Electronics (Microelectronics)
  • NT79 Info-Communications Technology (Cloud Computing)
  • NT88 Electronics (Display Technology)
  • NT96 Electronics, Computer Networking and Communications
  • NT97 Microelectronics
  • NT98 Digital & Precision Engineering
Higher Nitec ≥ 2.0
  • IT21 Electro-Mechanical Engineering
  • IT22 Mechatronics Engineering
  • IT31 Electrical Engineering
  • IT41 Electronics Engineering/Industrial Electronics Engineering
  • IT50 Air-Conditioning & Refrigeration Engineering
  • IT51 Mechanical & Electrical Engineering Design/Mechanical & Electrical Drafting & Design
  • IT52 Mechanical Engineering
  • IT54 Mechanical Engineering Drawing & Design
  • IT55 Manufacturing Engineering
  • IT56 Information Technology
  • IT57 Wireless Technology
  • IT58 Biotechnology/Biochemical Technology
  • IT59 Chemical Technology
  • IT60 Marine & Offshore Technology/Marine Offshore Engineering
  • IT61 Network Security Technology / Cyber & Network Security
  • IT63 Games Design & Development
  • IT64 Business Information Systems
  • IT66 Security System Integration
  • IT67 Civil & Structural Engineering Design
  • IT68 Facility Systems Design
  • IT69 Information Systems Quality
  • IT71 Offshore & Marine Engineering Design
  • IT72 Process Plant Design
  • IT73 Marine Engineering
  • IT74 Aerospace Engineering
  • IT75 Advanced Manufacturing / Engineering with Business
  • IT76 e-Business Programming
  • IT77 Facility Management
  • IT85 Precision Engineering
  • IT86 Rapid Transit Engineering
  • IT88 IT Applications Development
  • IT89 IT Systems & Networks
  • IT90 Automotive Engineering
  • IT91 Robotics & Smart Systems

GCE A-Level

Minimum Entry Requirements
  • Obtain an A-S grade for General Paper (English Medium),
  • Obtain an A-E grade for 2 other H2 subjects, AND
  • Must have taken GCE 'A' Level examinations whilst studying in a Junior College / Millennia Institute in Singapore
  • Please click here to view a list of module exemptions

Note:

For more details on admission using Singapore Cambridge GCE A-levels qualifications, please refer to our webpage at www.rp.edu.sg.

Note:

Admission to RP is based on academic merit and subjected to available vacancies of our diploma programmes. Meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee that applicants will be offered a placement in the diploma programme. These requirements are set in place to ensure fairness to all applicants.

Career Opportunities

As a DESM graduate, you can look forward to excellent career prospects in engineering, operations and project management positions in wide-ranging industries such as:

  • Automation and Robotics

  • Fleet Facilities and Systems Management

  • Manufacturing and Engineering Services

  • Urban Transport Operations and Management

Further Studies

RP graduates are well-placed to embark on meaningful careers, immediately after graduation. They could even improve their employability by taking part-time courses or SkillsFuture Work-Study Programmes (WSP).

What’s more, every RP diploma is recognised and has a pathway leading to a relevant degree with top local and overseas universities. RP graduates may complete their degrees in just over two or three years in a four-year programme.

Skills Deepening

Upon graduation, DESM students can choose to deepen their skills and knowledge in a chosen field before embarking on their career. They could either sign up for part-time courses or pursue WSPs. Please visit our lifelong learning page to find out more.

Undergraduate Studies

You can pursue further studies in a wide range of engineering and business fields. Top local and overseas universities welcome our graduates with advanced standing of up to two years. They include:

  • Nanyang Technological University

  • National University of Singapore

  • Singapore Institute of Technology

  • Singapore Institute of Technology with DigiPen Institute of Technology

Last updated on 08 Nov 2021

Important Dates

Joint Admissions Exercise
(JAE)

Application for Intake AY2022 will open in January 2022.

Polytechnic Foundation Programme Admissions Exercise (PFPAE)

Application for Intake AY2022 will open in January 2022.

Direct Admissions Exercise
(DAE)

Application for Intake AY2022

  • Other Qualifications: November 2021 and January 2022
  • O-Levels, ITE and Working Adults: January - March 2022

Early Admissions Exercise
(EAE)

Intake for AY2022 has closed.