Diploma in Engineering (Operations and Engineering Management)


About the Course

The Diploma in Engineering (Operations and Engineering Management)equips participants with the relevant knowledge and skills in logistics and operations management. Participants will also learn how to apply the principles of quality management and productivity improvement in an organisation setting.

Upon completion of the programme, graduates will be able to help companies improve their productivity and business efficiency while advancing their career to a junior management role.

What is so unique about this programme?

Upgrade your skills and be in tune with the latest developments in operations and engineering management with this diploma. Participants from both manufacturing and services industries have benefitted tremendously from cross-industries interaction in this programme. It is taught by lecturers with decades of experience in various industries, and who are always ready on-hand to provide further guidance. Learners will have the opportunity to experience productivity improvement, quality management, logistics management, manufacturing planning & optimization and engineering systems management in our state of the art additive manufacturing lab, supply chain innovation lab, RP-HMI lab and RP-PSA Experiential lab.

How often do I need to attend the course?

Lessons will be held 3 times a week at Republic Polytechnic (Woodlands).
Course commences in October.

Day of Lessons Duration
Three times a week 6.30pm to 9.30pm
Note: Some lessons will be conducted via e-learning.


What will I get out of this course

My two and a half years in the Operations and Engineering Management programme at RP were among the best years of my life. The Program Managers and Lecturers of the school were very helpful and supportive of the part time students. I would also like to thank to our Program Managers and Lecturers personally with their help in this two and half years. The Operations and Engineering Management Programme was exactly what I was looking for - industry-oriented curriculum, experienced lecturers and hands on projects that allow us to put our knowledge into practice. The classes were taught in an interactive manner, allowing me to build on my learning experience. I am committed to continuous self-improvement in my career and the programme has helped me achieve that.

I personally feel the part time diploma programme is a good stepping stone for working adults to upgrade themselves. The programme is crafted in a flexible manner where school starts in the evening after work. Students will be given notes to study beforehand, hence it allows students to clarify any doubts efficiently from their lecturers when they attend class. Being a part time student, juggling work and school can be very tough. There might be unfortunate days where we might not be able to attend classes. Hence it is very important to have effective communication with lecturers. I feel that the lecturers in RP replies to queries promptly. During the duration of this course, I have learnt important lessons covered in modules that not only guide you in work but also to see a better view of how things work in general. After this Diploma, I have a better understanding of projects and productivity which is very essential in any career line.

This part time diploma course structure has benefitted me to better understand how individual function works and being able to have better coordination between different functions. It has also made me think holistically with the new knowledge learned and to be able to apply what I have learned to my current role at work. The flexibility of the course being delivered is a bonus to me as I needed to manage between work and family. The lecturers were all being helpful throughout my time at RP which has greatly supported me to push through and excel further.

The part time diploma has given me a lot of depth and insight into what I have been doing all along in my daily job. I also learnt a lot about the other processes which supported my line which is warehouse operations. Furthermore, many other relevant subjects were covered which are beneficial to the industries in Singapore.

The part time diploma course is a good opportunity for non-diploma holders to take a step further in enquiring knowledge, subsidised by the government. Best suited for working individuals as it offers flexibility without compromising on quality. It has benefited me in terms of raising my value at my workplace. I have new set of skills and knowledge at my disposal to improve the quality of my work.

Participants will be awarded the Modular Certificate (MC) upon successful completion of each certificate programme. The Diploma in Engineering (Operations and Engineering Management) will be issued upon meeting 50% of attendance requirement and passing all coursework and assessment.

Certification (180 hours) Modules
Productivity Improvement
  1. Lean Six Sigma Methods
  2. Human Factors Engineering
  3. Productivity and Work Study
Quality Management
  1. Statistical Methods in Quality
  2. Quality Control
  3. Quality Management
Logistics Management
  1. Warehousing and Distribution
  2. Inventory Management
  3. Global Logistics Management
Manufacturing Planning and Optimisation
  1. Operations Research and Simulation
  2. Green Manufacturing and Planning
  3. Facilities Planning and Design
Engineering Systems Management
  1. Decision and Cost Analysis
  2. Project Management
  3. Life Cycle Management

Module Synopses 

1. Certificate in Productivity Improvement 
This certificate provides participants with the knowledge of human factors, work measurement, and process improvement methods. Productivity measurement methods are taught, and together with human factors engineering, participants will learn how to improve work productivity of human operators.

Lean Six Sigma Methods

This module introduces the fundamental concepts of lean manufacturing and six sigma. It covers the understanding of lean manufacturing in the area of waste elimination, value stream management, and the tools and methods for improving process flow.

Human Factors Engineering

This module introduces concepts in human factors engineering and ergonomics that support human activity in the workplace. It covers human factors and systems, visual and auditory displays, human output and control, anthropometry, workplace design and the effect of environmental conditions - noise, climate and illumination in a workforce.

Productivity and Work Study

This module covers methods to measure and analyse work content of a job with the aim of improving productivity. Work measurement methods such as time study, activity sampling methods, and methods analysis will be introduced. It also covers measurements of productivity and methods to improve productivity.
2. Certificate in Quality Management 
This certificate trains participants in statistical methods and tools to carry out quality improvement activities. Participants will also gain broad knowledge in quality management and be trained in quality engineering methods.

Statistical Methods in Quality

This module focuses on the analyses of data, as well as the applications of statistics in quality studies. It covers estimates of mean and variance, sampling distributions, hypotheses testing, confidence intervals, variance tests and factorial experiments.

Quality Control

This module focuses on the use of statistical methods for quality control and improvement. It covers basic quality control tools and techniques including Statistical Process Control, Process Capability Analysis, Measurement System Analysis, Design of Experiments and Acceptance Sampling.

Quality Management

This module covers productivity and quality management-related issues such as the development of Quality Systems, TQM, PDCA, Quality Circles, Singapore Quality Awards, 5S Housekeeping and the ISO9000 Quality Management System.
3. Certificate in Logistics Management 
This certificate imparts participants with basic knowledge in logistics management. Participants will gain in-depth understanding of critical logistics functionalities such as warehousing, inventory management and distribution. Global logistics issues will also be covered.

Warehousing and Distribution

This module imparts a fundamental understanding of warehousing and distribution management in industry today. It covers storage and retrieval systems, labour and equipment requirements, planning of distribution centres, security and safety in distribution, vehicle selection as well as import and export procedures.

Inventory Management

This module covers principles and practical knowledge required to plan and control inventories of goods and materials. Topics include the role and importance of carrying inventories, inventory classifications, planning and control, and a study of the costs of inventory.

Global Logistics Management

This module covers the principles of efficient and effective management of logistics in international business. It examines different aspects of logistics including purchasing and reverse logistics as well as global logistics trends and security challenges. Optimization models for logistics decision making and supply chain design will also be introduced.
4. Certificate in Manufacturing Planning and Optimisation 
This certificate trains participants to perform manufacturing planning and control effectively. Participants will learn how to plan facility layout to facilitate material flow, improve production schedule and perform production functions such as forecasting and planning for optimal product mix. Sustainable manufacturing methods will also be introduced.

Operations Research and Simulation

This module introduces fundamental concepts of operations research, such as linear programming, network analysis, queuing theory, forecasting and time series analysis, inventory control, and maintenance and replacement to solve production planning and engineering management problems. The use of simulation will be taught to solve complex problems.

Green Manufacturing and Planning

This module provides an understanding of the concept of capacity planning and production planning. Topics include master production scheduling, materials requirement planning, capacity planning and production activity control. Calculation of carbon footprint as well as sustainable practices in manufacturing will be introduced.

Facilities Planning and Design

This module introduces the key concepts of facility planning and design which facilitate synchronous material flow, reduce material handling and movement, and maximize use of floor space. It covers the requirements of plant site location selection, plant and office layouts, basic facility services, as well as the selection of machines and labour.
5. Certificate in Engineering Systems Management 
This certificate equips participants with the skills to plan and manage the development, operations and support of engineering systems. Participants will learn how to predict system performance and perform trade-off analysis to select a design and operating characteristics that meet users’ requirements cost-effectively.

Decision and Cost Analysis

This module introduces the basics of decision and cost analysis. Topics on decision making under risk and uncertainty and tools like decision trees, trade-off analysis and utility functions will be taught. It introduces various approaches towards the selection of equipment and materials for cost-effective operations as well as performing analyses of system costs over the life cycles of products and services.

Project Management

This module covers basic concepts in project management. Topics include project planning, project scheduling, cost estimation and budgeting, resource allocation, monitoring and control, and risk measurement and management.

Life Cycle Management

This module introduces the process of managing system life cycle from the acquisition/development to operations and support. Methodologies and decision processes for arriving at cost-effective system solutions will be covered. It covers needs analysis, quality function deployment, reliability engineering, maintainability engineering, logistics, and supportability engineering.
Commencement Date Duration Venue
October 2020 900 hours, 2.5 years Republic Polytechnic (Woodlands)

Applicants should possess one of the following combinations of qualification and work experience: 

  • 3 GCE ‘O’ Levels passes including English (Grade 1 to 7), Science (Grade 1 to 6) and 1 relevant subject (Grade 1 to 6) with at least 3 years of relevant work experience; 
  • NITEC or NITEC in Technology/Services (GPA 3.5 and above) with at least 2 years of relevant work experience; 
  • Higher NITEC or Higher NITEC in Technology/Services with at least 1 year of relevant work experience; 
  • Relevant WSQ Diploma with at least 3 years of relevant work experience. 

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.

Singapore Citizen

Fee Subsidy Eligibility Modular Certificate Net Fee Course Net Fee
SME-sponsored $337.50 $1,687.50
40 years & above $327.42 $1,637.10
below 40 years old $481.50 $2,407.50

Singapore Permanent Resident

Fee Subsidy Eligibility Modular Certificate Net Fee Course Net Fee
Self-sponsored $1,290.42 $6,452.10
SME-sponsored $337.50 $1,687.50

Non Singapore Citizen/ Permanent Resident

Modular Certificate Net Fee Course Net Fee
$3,235.68 $16,178.40

• Payment may be made using SkillsFuture Credit.
• All fees quoted are inclusive of GST.
• From 1 July 2020, Workfare Training Scheme (WTS) and fee subsidy under WTS will cease. WTS will be replaced by Workfare Skills Support Scheme (WSS). For more information on WSS, please refer to https://www.wsg.gov.sg/programmes-and-initiatives/workfare-skills-support-scheme-individuals.html.

Republic Polytechnic reserves the right to make changes to the course fee and application closing dates without prior notice. The commencement of each course is subject to sufficient number of participants. 

All information is accurate at time of publishing.   


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Republic Polytechnic reserves the right to make changes to the course fee and application closing dates without prior notice.  The commencement of each course is subject to a sufficient number of participants. All information is accurate at time of publishing.