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Course Overview

This course is targeted at Polytechnic engineering graduates, university physical science and engineering graduates seeking employment in the semiconductor industry, as well as those currently employed in the same field, who wish to develop their competency in the specialised area of semiconductor technology.


Upon graduation from the course, students should be able to:


  • be equipped with specialised skills and knowledge in the semiconductor field and contribute positively and productively at your workplace.

  • have acquired a sound foundation in semiconductor technology principles that will provide more opportunities for further specialisation.


This course is eligible for SkillsFuture Study Award. For more information, please visit the website below.

Application/Entry Requirement

At least a Polytechnic Diploma or ITE Technical Diploma/Technical Engineer Diploma/Work-Learn Technical Diploma in Engineering or University Degree in Engineering or Physical Science, or equivalent.


Admission Based on Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)


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 may have to go through an interview and/or entrance test. The Polytechnic reserves the right to shortlist and admit applicants.

Who Should Attend

Graduates or individuals who want to upgrade their knowledge in semiconductor technology or specialize in any particular branch of semiconductor industry.

What You'll Learn

To be awarded the Specialist Diploma, participants are required to complete a total of 2 Post-Diploma Certificates (PDCs). A certificate will be issued upon successful completion of each PDC.

Post-Diploma Certificate in IC Manufacturing

The certificate provides students with the knowledge of physics of semiconductors, the theory and the operations of some important semiconductor devices, IC packaging processes and testing techniques. Students will be given opportunities to work on various IC assembly equipment and failure analysis tools to enhance their understanding of the subject knowledge.

Subject Code Subject
EPEC001 IC Packaging and Electrical Testing (ICPET)

Gives an overall view of the complete IC manufacturing process, the related equipment and facility systems for crystal growth, wafer fabrication, IC assembly and electrical testing. Students will also discuss various manufacturing issues such as quality, safety, in-line process monitors, contamination, manufacturing errors and some aspects of IC failure analysis and reliability. Students will be taught test specifications, test generation and fault simulation, characterisation tests, tester interfaces and the modules of a typical test system. Students will also discuss the failure analysis of assembly defects and test fall-outs.

EPEC002 Semiconductor Devices and Integrated Circuits (SDIC)

Provides the basic concepts of semiconductor material, p-n junctions and electrical contacts. Covers structures and operational features such as logic and memory devices. Students will also learn the fundamental aspects of IC design layout and be familiar with the topographic view of an IC chip.

Post-Diploma Certificate in Wafer Processing Technology

The certificate provides students with the knowledge of various wafer fabrication processes and basic concepts of high vacuum technology. Students will be given opportunities to work on various clean room and vacuum equipment to enhance their understanding of the subject knowledge and acquire some equipment handling skill.

Subject Code Subject
EPEC003 Wafer Fabrication Technology (WFT)

Covers plasma techniques and fundamentals of CMOS process. Students will be taught the fundamental principles of various wafer fabrication processes, the fabrication-related causes of IC defects and the working principles of fabrication equipment. They will also use software tools for simulating the different wafer fabrication processes and work on the various wafer fabrication equipment in the cleanroom environment.

EPEC004 Cleanroom and Vacuum Technology (CVT)

This subject introduces the students to a broad knowledge of contamination control in a cleanroom environment. Wafer plant facilities and process equipment are discussed. Students will be given the opportunity to experience the environment in the cleanroom. The subject also introduces vacuum technology which is vastly applied in the semiconductor wafer processing industry today. Students will be trained to operate vacuum pumps and systems through laboratory sessions.

Modes of Assessment


  • Assignments
  • Practical Tests
  • Written Tests
  • Project

Career Opportunities

For graduates of this course who are already working in the semiconductor related field, they can expand their job scope or venture into other technology area according to their company needs. For new entrants, they can take up some entry point job roles as: Associate Engineer, Associate Process Engineer, Associate Quality Engineer, and Associate Equipment Engineer in the areas of design and development, technical support, manufacturing, service and maintenance in the semiconductor field.

Course Schedule

Intake Info Application Period Course Duration

18 October 2021

03 May 2021 - 19 July 2021

1 Year


Course Fees

Course fees per Post-Diploma Certificate

Fee Type Total Fees
SME-sponsored Singapore Citizens & Permanent Residents S$252.36
Singapore Citizens aged 40 & above S$243.96
Singapore Citizens aged below 40 S$372.36
Singapore Permanent Residents S$988.68
Others & Repeat Students  S$2,478.12

SkillsFuture Credit Approved. For more details, please click here

Course fees payable is based on per MC.

Course fees will be reviewed by MOE on an annual basis and adjusted accordingly.

MOE subsidy will not be applicable for students who repeat a module or semester.


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What is Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)?

What is Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)?

RPL refers to the recognition of learning and competencies acquired or currently held by individuals. The learning and competencies may be attained through formal and informal training, education or work experiences and recognition is given based on assessment of evidence submitted against endorsed industry or company competency standards.

Who can apply via RPL pathway?

Who can apply via RPL pathway?

RPL is for working adults who have significant work experience and prior learning to apply for admission to any participating RPL courses when they do not meet the minimum entry requirement and/or for purpose of subject exemption where applicable.

When can I submit the RPL application?

When can I submit the RPL application?

You can submit the RPL application at the same time when you apply to enroll into your preferred course provided it is a participating RPL course. Please refer to this flowchart.

What sort of supporting evidence do I need to provide during the RPL application?

What sort of supporting evidence do I need to provide during the RPL application?

When you approach the Polytechnic, you will be provided a list of appropriate evidence specific to the course. Some examples include the following:

  • Industry Certification (eg. CAAS, CISCO)
  • Certificates of Learning (eg. Company in-house training, ITE Certification, Poly CET module certification, WSQ Certification, MOOCs, Online modular assessments)
  • Employer References (eg. Letter of recommendation or sponsorship)
  • Interviews & Portfolio Examinations (eg. Proof of projects involvement) 

In some cases, you may be required to attend an interview or take an assessment test.  

Will there be fees chargeable in the RPL application?

Will there be fees chargeable in the RPL application?

An administrative fee may be chargeable for RPL applications and evaluation (eg. preliminary test for admission or required assessments for subject/module exemption). The fees chargeable will not be refundable to applicants upon payment made. The details for fees administration will be specified in the participating course webpage.

What is the possible outcome if my RPL application is successful?

What is the possible outcome if my RPL application is successful?

The successful RPL outcome will be one of the following:

  • Course admission
  • Course admission with subject/module exemption
  • Course admission with subject/module credit transfer

When will I be informed of the outcome of my RPL application?

When will I be informed of the outcome of my RPL application?

Applicants will be informed typically about 2 months after application closing deadline.

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