The Singapore robotics scene received a major boost with the government’s 2016 budget announcement of an additional S$450 million committed to the National Robotics Programme over the next three years. This package would support robotics development and deployment across healthcare, construction, manufacturing and logistics.  This programme aims to deepen and equip participants with the relevant skills to meet the industry demands for trained specialists in robotics and control & automation. Upon completing the course, graduates will be equipped to undertake the following engineering functions:    

  • installation, commissioning, and maintenance of robotic and automation equipment   
  • troubleshooting of automation equipment 
  • application of robot for collaboration in workplace

Target Participants

Fresh polytechnic graduates from Engineering-related courses.

Career Opportunities

At the entry level, the job positions are Associate Engineers. Upon completing the course under the Earn and Learn Programme, graduates can look forward to role expansion in their work scope. They can also look forward to upgrading their knowledge and skills through further CET and executive programmes offered by local Institutes of Higher Learning.

Course Details

Course Commencement 

The Earn and Learn Programme will commence in April 2018.

Course Duration

Participants will undergo a 12-month structured training programme, including facilitated learning, professional certification and on-the-job training.

Application Period

Application for ELP is on-going. Please contact us to find out more. 

Course Structure

To be awarded the Specialist Diploma in Robotics and Automation, ELP students are required to complete a total of 2 Post-Diploma Certificates (PDCs). Each PDC can be completed in 1 semester, ie. 6 months. A certificate will be issued once the requirements for each PDC are met. ELP students must complete the course within 12 months.

Post-Diploma Certificate in Robotics

Subject code Subject

This subject provides participants with the knowledge and skills of robot internal structure, controller, as well as troubleshooting the various modules, parts and circuits of industrial robot. Topics covered includes robot safety requirements, classification of different industrial robots, workspace and integration, troubleshooting of robot parts & circuits which includes controller system, motion controller, motors, encoders, sensors and the related actuators, programming of robot controller system and communication/fieldbus, implementation of kinematics, motion planning, trajectory generation, plan and developing routes for mobile robot. It also includes robot performance monitoring, maintenance, repair and calibration.


This subject provides participants with the knowledge and practical skills in planning and integrating robotics automation system for robot assisted production, and adapting robot to various industrial process control automation applications. Topics covered includes robotics automation system safety requirement, operation of automated robots & systems which includes connectivity with system interfaces, calibration of robot arms, mechanical alignment, design of end effectors for adaptation, mechanical integration of robot with automation system, design and plan logic controller, robot programming, PLC Logic design, configure human machine interface and industrial networks/fieldbus, integration of machine vision, apply kinematic, optimized robot movement and routes, apply computer control and interface, data & information management, Internet of Things (IoT) and data analysis in robotics automation, remote robot control and monitoring, and installation and commission of robotics automation system.


This subject allows participants to apply and integrate the knowledge and skills taught in the modules to solve authentic problems they encounter in their workplace. Project measures students’ ability to design a work-flow, propose or implement solutions and ideas with respect to the requirements of the project statement. The project nature should be of the following:

  • It must be a substantial work related to an industrial program.
  • It may be an innovative product, system or process; or an improvement to existing product, system or process.
  • It may include some form of developmental work and evaluation of workable designs and implementation of ideas.

Post-Diploma Certificate in Automation

Subject code Subject

This subject provides participants with the knowledge and skills for automation control and system interfaces. Topics covered include automation equipment safety, risk assessment, Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) programming and software control structure, integration of sensors and actuators, mode of operations, and error handling. It also covered the configuration of Human Machine Interface (HMI), industrial networks and fieldbus, and installation and commissioning of automated equipment.


This practice-based subject provides participants with the know-how and practical skills in automation technology and equipment troubleshooting for the manufacturing industry. Topics covered include the assembly and commissioning of automation systems and commonly-used equipment modules such as, AC-DC power distribution, pneumatic circuits, and safety systems. The analysis of equipment schematics and the troubleshooting of equipment modules will be taught through practical laboratory sessions.

Modes of Assessment

The assessment will be based on a combination of coursework components such as written and practical tests, case studies, assignments and projects.  It will be conducted in a traditional classroom setting.


Course Fees


PDC in Robotics

PDC in Automation

SME-employed Singapore Citizens aged below 40



Singapore Citizens aged below 40



Singapore Permanent Residents



Others & Repeat Students



(nett fee payable inclusive of GST)

MOE subsidy will not be applicable for students who repeat a module or semester.
Fees payable is based on per PDC.
The course fees will be reviewed by MOE on an annual basis and adjusted accordingly.

Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility Criteria for ELP Electronics

Singaporeans or Singapore Permanent Residents who are within three years of either graduation from the polytechnics or the Operational Ready Date (ORD) for National Servicemen from relevant full-time engineering-related courses of study are eligible to apply.

Eligibility Criteria for ELP Sign-on Incentive

Only for Singapore Citizens who are fresh ITE or Polytechnic graduates hired by Participating Companies and officially commenced ELP within 3 years of graduation or ORD.

Apply Now

Please submit your application through the link below.

Please submit the following documents during your submission. Kindly name the files according to the guidelines below. 

1. Resume (filename: Resume-YourName.pdf)
2. Colour-scanned, front & back of NRIC (filename: NRIC-YourName.pdf)
3. Highest Qualification Certificate (filename: Certificates-YourName.pdf)
4. Academic Transcripts (filename: Transcripts-YourName.pdf)
5. NS Completion Certificate, if applicable (filename: NS Certificate-YourName.pdf)

Please note that relevant documents will be forwarded to all participating companies for their selection.

Selection of applicants is at the discretion of the participating companies and participating companies will contact their shortlisted applicants for interview. Applicants have the right to reject the interview if they do not wish to be employed by the company who contacted them.

Only applicants who are hired and placed on the ELP by the participating companies will be invited to submit an online application for the ELP Courses.


Companies who are interested to find out how this ELP can support your organisation’s talent development plan may contact the following personnel for more information:

Mr Ng Sing Hock, Victor | 6780 5050singhock@tp.edu.sg

Temasek Polytechnic reserves the right to alter the course, modify the scale of fee, amend any other information or cancel course with low enrolment.