Work-Study Certificate Leading to Diploma in Engineering (Vehicular Technology and Operations)

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About the Course

Singapore is transforming into a car-lite and eco-friendly city-state. The ridership of public transport increases every year. New technologies in public transport operation and maintenance have been transforming the sector. In the Land Transport Industry Transformation Map (ITM), up to 8,000 new public transport jobs are expected to be created by 2030. This is in addition to the existing 123,000 (estimated) people working in the land transport industry. It is therefore important to develop the capabilities of the Singapore’s public transport workforce through up-skilling and re-skilling.

This course aims to equip the participants with the knowledge and skills required for the evolving operational practices and vehicular technologies. Participants will be equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to embark and advance their careers as land transport professionals.

What is so unique about this programme?

The Diploma in Engineering (Vehicular Technology and Operations) collaborates with the land transport operators of Singapore, thus providing the most relevant and updated training experience. This course is offered in the Work-Study Programme format to satisfy the industry demand for skilled professionals who are competent in the current and emerging vehicular technologies and savvy in the adoption of new work processes to improve operational practices. Beside a well-structured training and academic programme, trainees may enjoy additional benefits such as sign-on incentives and career advancement opportunities. 

The SkillsFuture Work-Study Certificate for the land transport sector is an 18-month programme leading to the part-time Diploma in Engineering (Vehicular Technology and Operations). Upon completing the Work-Study Certificate, participants will attain three Modular Certificates below: 

1. Certificate in Productivity Improvement
2. Certificate in Automotive Technology
3. Certificate in Vehicular Systems

Participants can continue on with the remaining two certificates below for another 12 months to obtain the Part-Time Diploma in Engineering (Vehicular Technology and Operations).

4. Certificate in Mechatronics Fundamentals
5. Certificate in Engineering Systems Management

How often do I need to attend the course?

Lessons will be held once a week at RP ACE @ Woodlands. Structured On-the-Job Training Lessons and Assessment will be conducted at the workplace. 

Course commences in October.

Day of Lessons

Duration

Once a week

6:30pm to 9:30pm

Note: Some lessons will be conducted online.

What will I get out of this course?

You can build a career in the land transport industry which is both promising and exciting. In this course, you will not only gain the skills to fix things but also learn what goes into operating an essential public bus service so that you can decide which career pathways to choose.
Mr. Tan Ming Guang
SBS Transit Ltd

RP’s Diploma in Engineering (Vehicular Technology and Operations) has provided me with a better understanding of the industry as well as prepared me for what to expect with emerging new trends that will change the industry's landscape. It has equipped me to be future-ready with the knowledge and skills that I have learnt.
Mr. Chan Jinghan
SBS Transit Ltd

 

Certification

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

Certification (180 hours) Modules
Productivity Improvement
  1. Process Improvement Methods
  2. Human Factors in Occupational Safety
  3. Workshop Efficiency
  4. Workshop Safety and Risk Assessment
Automotive Technology
  1. Internal Combustion Engine Systems
  2. Emerging Automotive Technology
  3. Engine Maintenance
  4. Engine Troubleshooting and Failure Analysis
Vehicular Systems
  1. Vehicle Powertrain Systems
  2. Vehicle Auxiliary Systems
  3. Vehicular Systems Maintenance
  4. Vehicular Systems Troubleshooting and Failure Analysis
Mechatronics Fundamentals
  1. Principles of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  2. Mechanics of Materials
  3. Dynamics of Mechanical Systems
  4. Introduction to Engineering Materials
  5. Material Characterisation Techniques
Engineering Systems Management
  1. Decision and Cost Analysis
  2. Project Management
  3. Life Cycle Management

Module Synopses

Certificate in Productivity Improvement

The Certificate aims to provide participants with knowledge and skills in human factors 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. This Certificate is relevant to land transport industry and fleet management companies that rely on skills of their employees and wish to improve their work productivity. 

Process Improvement Methods (30 hours): This module introduces the fundamental concepts of process improvement methods such as 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 in Occupational Safety (30 hours): 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. 

Workshop Efficiency – On-the-job training (OJT) (60 hours): In this module, participants will work with their employers to undertake this module. Under the supervision of a mentor in the company, students are expected to complete the prescribed training activities, propose and execute action plans to improve workshop efficiency, and evaluate the outcomes. 

Workshop Safety and Risk Assessment – OJT (60 hours): In this module, participants will work with their employers to undertake this module. Under the supervision of a mentor in the company, students are expected to complete the prescribed training activities, propose and execute action plans to improve workshop safety and risk management, and evaluate the outcomes.

Certificate in Automotive Technology

The Certificate aims to equip students with a foundation in automotive technology, and skills in engine maintenance, troubleshooting and failure analysis. Participants will learn about the 4-stroke internal combustion engine and its systems. It also covers emerging automotive technology in automobiles such as Electric Vehicles (EV) an Autonomous Vehicles (AV). Through the on-the-job training (OJT) components of this Certificate, participants are able to apply their knowledge on actual engine systems to carry out maintenance, and troubleshoot failures. 

Internal Combustion Engine Systems (30 hours): This module provides an overview of 4-stroke cycle internal combustion engine and its systems. Topics include parts of internal combustion engine, engine lubrication system, engine cooling system, fuel management system, engine management electronics and introduction to engine assembly and disassembly procedures. 

Emerging Automotive Technology (30 hours): This module covers emerging technologies in automobiles such as Electric Vehicles (EV) and Autonomous Vehicles (AV). EV topics include energy storage, batteries, fuel cells, electric motor controllers, inverters and electric vehicle propulsion systems. AV topics include sensor fusion, localization, path planning and control. 

Engine Maintenance – OJT (60 hours): In this module, participants will work with their employers to undertake this module. Under the supervision of a mentor in the company, students are expected to complete the prescribed training activities related to engine maintenance and fulfil the assessment criteria. 

Engine Troubleshooting and Failure Analysis – OJT (60 hours): In this module, participants will work with their employers to undertake this module. Under the supervision of a mentor in the company, students are expected to complete the prescribed training activities related to engine troubleshooting and failure analysis and fulfil the assessment criteria.

Certificate in Vehicular Systems

This Certificate aims to equip students with a foundation in the various vehicular systems, and skills in vehicular systems maintenance, troubleshooting and failure analysis. Participants will learn about the different types of propulsion, drivetrain and auxiliary systems found in a vehicle, and how these systems interact and work together. Through the on-the-job training (OJT) components of this Certificate, participants are able to apply their knowledge on actual vehicular systems to carry out maintenance, and troubleshoot failures. 

Vehicle Powertrain Systems (30 hours): This module covers the different types of propulsion and drivetrain found in a vehicle. Theories behind how each of these systems work together in a vehicle will be covered. Students will be provided with an overview of how power is converted from the energy source to mechanical power in the propulsion system, and how the power is transmitted to the wheels through the drivetrain system. 

Vehicle Auxiliary Systems (30 hours): This module covers the different auxiliary systems found in a vehicle. Theories behind how each of these systems work together in a vehicle will be covered. Students will also be familiarised with the working principles and functionalities of vehicle auxiliary systems such as, air-conditioning systems, electrical and charging systems, pneumatic systems, steering and suspension systems, and telematics solutions for vehicles. 

Vehicular Systems Maintenance – OJT (60 hours): In this module, participants will work with their employers to undertake this module. Under the supervision of a mentor in the company, students are expected to complete the prescribed training activities related to vehicular systems maintenance and fulfil the assessment criteria 

Vehicular Systems Troubleshooting and Failure Analysis – OJT (60 hours): In this module, participants will work with their employers to undertake this module. Under the supervision of a mentor in the company, students are expected to complete the prescribed training activities related to vehicular systems troubleshooting and failure analysis and fulfil the assessment criteria.

Certificate in Mechatronics Fundamentals

This Certificate aims to equip participants with mechatronic fundamentals which will enable their continual upgrading of knowledge and skills in electrical and mechanical engineering. Students will learn the basic electrical and electronic concepts and techniques, the basic concepts of statics and dynamics, and the properties of engineering materials and the material characterisation techniques to apply on engineering applications. The certificate will build foundations for participants to pursue meaningful careers in engineering industries.

Principles of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (60 hours): This module equips students with the necessary foundation for electrical circuit analysis. Students will learn to apply techniques in analysing basic elements (resistors, capacitors and inductors) with Direct Current (DC) and Alternating Current (AC) power sources. Participants will also learn concepts of electromagnetism and its application in power generation, transformer and motor operation. 

Mechanics of Materials (30 hours): This module provides an introduction to the basic concepts of statics, strength of materials and solid mechanics. Topics include forces, moments, Newton’s first and third law, equivalent force-moment system, principles of static equilibrium, free body diagram, centroids and moment of inertia particularly for standard cross sections of beams, mechanical stress and strain, bending and torsion principles, shear force and bending moment diagrams, truss analysis and practical engineering examples. 

Dynamics of Mechanical Systems (30 hours): This module provides an introduction to the basic concepts of kinematics and dynamics. Topics include dynamics in Newtonian vector mechanics, momentum of particles, mechanical collisions of particles, particle trajectory, rotational motion of particles, motion analysis of rigid bodies, mechanical vibration, oscillation of spring-mass System and oscillation of simple pendulum. 

Introduction to Engineering Materials (30 hours): This module covers the key concepts of engineering materials, in appreciating its molecular structure, characteristics, and properties. Topics include ferrous and non-ferrous materials, non-metallic structures, semiconductors and ceramics. The curriculum is designed to help students understand the elements, properties and construct of various materials and their characteristics. 

Material Characterisation Techniques (30 hours): This module covers the key concepts of engineering material failure mechanisms such as fatigue and corrosion. It also covers the testing of defects in structures. The curriculum is designed to help students characterise engineering materials with proper testing techniques, relate the characteristics to the failure mechanisms which will aid them when selecting a suitable material for engineering applications.

Certificate in Engineering Systems Management

The Certificate aims to equip students 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 design and operating characteristics that meet users’ requirements cost-effectively. This Certificate is relevant to engineering and technological companies and engineering service industry. 

Decision and Cost Analysis (60 hours): 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. This module also 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 (60 hours): 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 (60 hours): This module covers 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. Topics include needs analysis, quality function deployment, reliability engineering, maintainability engineering, logistics and supportability engineering.

Commencement Date

April 2021

Duration

18 Months

Venue

RP ACE @ Woodlands


  1. Singapore Citizens or Permanent Residents who are either:
  • Nitec and Higher Nitec fresh graduates from relevant courses, within 3 years of their graduation or completion of National Service (Operationally Ready Date, ORD); or
  • Current employees with less than five years working experience in relevant industry who meet the academic entry requirements. Admission will be reviewed and approved by RP on a case-by-case basis
  1. Relevant Higher Nitec qualification or Nitec qualification with GPA 2.0 and above
  2. Applicants on the Work-Study Programme will be matched with potential employers and be employed as full-time employees before enrolment.
Exceptional approval will be sought from SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) for candidates who do not meet the MERs for Work-Study Programme but deem to have meritable credentials with working experience in the land transport industry.

Singapore Citizens

Fee Subsidy Eligibility

Modular Certificate (3 MCs) Fee during Work-Study Programme

Modular Certificate (2 MCs) Fee after Work-Study Programme

Course Net Fee

SME-sponsored

$417.06

$337.50

$1,926.18

40 years & above

$404.46

$327.42

$1,868.22

below 40 years old

$597.06

$481.50

$2,754.18

Singapore Permanent Resident

Fee Subsidy Eligibility

Modular Certificate (3 MCs) Fee during Work-Study Programme

Modular Certificate (2 MCs) Fee after Work-Study Programme

Course Net Fee

Self-sponsored

$1,617.84

$1,290.42

$7,434.36

SME-sponsored

$417.06

$337.50

$1,926.18


*Note:
• 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.