Diploma in Aerospace Electronics (T50)

2019 Planned Intake: 100 JAE 2019 Last Aggregate Score: 15

Step into an aircraft cockpit and you will see colourful lights, state-of-the-art instruments, bright LCD displays and dual steering systems for flight control and navigation. Want to know how these systems work together to control the aircraft thousands of metres above sea level? This course will provide you with the answers, and set you on the path towards an exciting career in the aviation industry!

In this course, you will learn about avionic systems, including aircraft navigation and flight control systems, and you will also be equipped with knowledge and skills specified in the SAR-66 Aircraft Maintenance Licence (AML) Category B2 syllabus.

You will get to use our fully-equipped TP-Lufthansa Technical Training (LTT) aerospace training centre conveniently
located on campus, and be trained by expert instructors certified by LTT, Germany. In addition, our Temasek Aviation
Academy houses flight simulators and a full-sized aircraft hangar complete with a private jet, will add an authentic dimension to your learning.

TP is the first and only polytechnic to be certified by the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) as a SAR-147 Approved Maintenance Training Organisation (AMTO) for full SAR-66 Category B1.1 and B2 approved training. This means your diploma will be widely recognised by employers, and your AML apprenticeship duration will also be significantly shortened, allowing you to become a Licensed Aircraft Engineer (LAE) up to 10 months sooner.

If you aspire to be a pilot, you can also fulfil your dream by taking flying lessons at the Singapore Youth Flying Club as part of your internship in your final semester of study, to get that coveted Private Pilot Licence (PPL).

 Singapore’s aerospace industry has been growing rapidly and customers’ demands have become more sophisticated. We at ST Aerospace believe that these new challenges can only be met by a team of highly skilled and innovative aerospace professionals, and we believe that graduates from this course will be ready to fulfil the industry’s needs.
—  Koh Chin Seng
     Vice President, Human Resource
     ST Aerospace
Be in control high up in the blue skies


Notable Features

  • We are the only Institution of Higher Learning in Singapore to be certified by the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) as a SAR-147 Approved Maintenance Training Organisation (AMTO), providing training aligned to the latest SAR-66 curriculum. This means that your Aerospace diploma will be more recognised by employers, and you also get direct credits which will shorten your subsequent professional Aircraft Maintenance Licence (AML) apprenticeship by 10 months – something which Aerospace diploma holders from other local polytechnics do not get.

  • You will be trained by expert Aerospace instructors certified by Lufthansa Technical Training (LTT) of Germany, our training partner.

  • You get to use our state-of-the-art TP-LTT Training Centre located on campus.

  • We have 3 genuine aircraft on campus (an RSAF A4-SU SkyHawk, an S-211 dual-seater Pilot Training Aircraft, and a Hawker Siddeley 125 series-700 Private Jet), all with actual parts and engines, so as provide you with a more authentic learning experience with real hardware.

  • We have a brand new 6,000 sqm building (Temasek Aviation Academy) dedicated to aerospace training, housing the latest facilities including a full-sized aircraft hanger and a full-motion flight simulator used to train pilots. These facilities will support and enrich your learning experience 

  • You have the option to take flying lessons at the Singapore Youth Flying Club (SYFC) as part of your diploma course, leading to a Private Pilot Licence (PPL). You pay only a small admin fee, compared to the market rate of such a flying course, which is about S$36,000. We are the only local polytechnic with such an arrangement.

  • For your internship, you have the option to be attached to reputable aerospace companies, many of which are located in Seletar Aerospace Park, as well as to Changi Airport – both of which are just a stone’s throw away from TP.

Career Prospects

Singapore's aerospace industry has been growing from strength to strength.   From humble beginnings in the late 1950s, it has grown into a thriving industry that registers an output of about S$9 billion today.   Over the last 20 years, the industry has seen a compounded annual growth rate of 12%, and more importantly for Singaporeans, this industry provides employment for some 21,000 workers.

As global economies expand and airlines take delivery of tens of thousands of new commercial jetliners over the next few decades, there will be an extremely high demand for personnel to maintain, repair and overhaul these airplanes for flight.

The 2013 Boeing Pilot & Technician Outlook projects a need for approximately one million additional personnel to fly and maintain these airplanes by 2032.   This includes 498,000 new commercial airline pilots and 556,000 highly skilled maintenance personnel, which is good news for someone aspiring to work in this industry.

The government is committed to this growth.   The development of Seletar Aerospace Park is progressing according to plan, with a few big players establishing their presence there.   The local aviation regulator is also actively engaged with our education institutions in training the projected manpower requirements.

Career Opportunities

Singapore is today the most comprehensive aerospace Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO) hub in Asia, accounting for a quarter share of the region's MRO output.   The projected high growth over the next 20 years will create a strong demand for highly skilled aerospace professionals to work in this sector.

This SAR-66 accredited course offers students many exciting career opportunities upon graduation.   Graduates of this course will be well known for their excellent aerospace knowledge and skills, and they will be highly sought after as:

  • Aircraft Maintenance Engineers
  • Aircraft Electrical System Specialists
  • Avionics Design and Development Engineers
  • Avionics System Specialists
  • Avionics Test Engineers

Your fundamental aerospace training acquired and the knowledge gained will also equip you well to pursue local and overseas degree programmes after graduation.

Further Education

You can gain admission into a wide range of degree programmes at local universities such as NUS, NTU, SMU, UniSIM, SUTD and SIT, as well as overseas universities in USA, UK, Australia and New Zealand. Advance standing for specific modules, or up to 2 years exemption may be given depending on the relevance of the degree programme.

To find out what degrees you can pursue and the advanced standing granted by the various universities, please click this link to access Our "Diploma to Degree Pathfinder" for guidance.

Entry Requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements

To be eligible for consideration for admission, applicants must obtain 26 points or better for the net ELR2B2 aggregate score (i.e. English Language, 2 relevant subjects and best 2 other subjects, including CCA Bonus Points) and meet the minimum entry requirements of this course. CCA cannot be used to meet the minimum entry requirements.

English Language (EL1)* Grades 1-7
Mathematics (E or A) Grades 1-6
Any one of the listed subjects^ Grades 1-6
Any two other subjects, excluding CCA

Note: Applicants should not be suffering from partial or complete colour vision deficiency, uncontrolled epilepsy, profound hearing loss or severe vision impairment.

* SPM / UEC holders must have a minimum of grade 6 for the Bahasa Inggeris (English Language) subject.

^ List of acceptable subjects: Biology, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Combined Science, Computing/Computer Studies, Design & Technology, Electronics/Fundamentals of Electronics, Physics/Engineering Science, Science (Chemistry, Biology), Science (Physics, Biology), Science (Physics, Chemistry)/Physical Science.

See also the minimum entry requirements for:

Course Structure

TP Fundamentals Subjects

Subject code Subject LevelCredit Units

In this subject, you will learn how to conduct research for relevant information and validate information sources. You will also learn to recognise and avoid plagiarism, and follow standard citation and referencing guidelines when presenting information. In the course of learning, you will be required to plan, prepare and present information appropriately in written and oral form. 


In this subject, you will be taught how to conduct effective meetings while applying team communication strategies and the skills for documenting meeting notes. You will be required to write clear emails, using the appropriate format, language, tone and style for an audience. You will also be taught to communicate appropriately in and for an organisation when using various platforms.


In this subject, you will be taught how to use persuasive language in written documents. You will be required to use information to your advantage to verbally communicate and convince an audience about your idea, product or service. Skills such as persuasive vocabulary, language features, graphical illustrations, tone and style would also be covered.


This subject presents you with a panoramic view of current local and global issues, which may have long term implications for Singapore. You will learn to apply critical thinking tools to examine current issues, support your views with relevant research and up-to-date data, articulate an informed opinion and mature as civicminded individuals.


This subject is designed for learners from all disciplines to embrace innovation in either their specialised field or beyond.  You will first be introduced to the Design Thinking framework and learn how to develop problem statements and ideate solutions.  Next, you will discover the tools for prototyping and innovation, such as 3D printing and laser cutting at TP’s Makerspace+ facility. 


LEAP 1, 2 and 3 are three fundamental subjects that seek to cultivate in you, the attitude, skills and knowledge for the development of your leadership competencies.  This character-based leadership programme enables you to develop your life-skills through establishing personal core values, which will become the foundation for your leadership credibility and influence.


LEAP 1, 2 and 3 are three fundamental subjects that seek to cultivate in you, the attitude, skills and knowledge for the development of your leadership competencies.  This character-based leadership programme enables you to develop your life-skills through establishing personal core values, which will become the foundation for your leadership credibility and influence.


LEAP 1, 2 and 3 are three fundamental subjects that seek to cultivate in you, the attitude, skills and knowledge for the development of your leadership competencies.  This character-based leadership programme enables you to develop your life-skills through establishing personal core values, which will become the foundation for your leadership credibility and influence.


This subject will help you develop both the physical and technical skills in your chosen sports or fitness activities. Through a structured curriculum that facilitates group participation, practice sessions and mini competitions, you will learn to build lifelong skills such as resilience, leadership, communication and teamwork. Physical activity sessions will be supplemented by health-related topics to provide you with a holistic approach to healthy living.


This Career Readiness programme comprises three core subjects – Personal Management, Career Preparation and Career Management. It seeks to help you understand your career interests, values, personality and skills for career success. It also equips you with the necessary skills for seeking and securing jobs, and to develop professional work ethics.


This Career Readiness programme comprises three core subjects – Personal Management, Career Preparation and Career Management. It seeks to help you understand your career interests, values, personality and skills for career success. It also equips you with the necessary skills for seeking and securing jobs, and to develop professional work ethics.


This Career Readiness programme comprises three core subjects – Personal Management, Career Preparation and Career Management.  It seeks to help you understand your career interests, values, personality and skills for career success.  It also equips you with the necessary skills for seeking and securing jobs, and to develop professional work ethics.


This subject provides essential skills and knowledge to prepare you for an overseas experience. You will examine the elements of culture and learn the key principles of cross-cultural communication. In addition, you will gain an appreciation and awareness of the political, economic, technological and social landscape to function effectively in a global environment.


You will examine your own identity, study different forms of diversity and apply strategies to inspire positive collaboration in a diverse workplace. Through a residential stay, you will have the opportunity to experience living and working with peers from different backgrounds.


This subject highlights the inter-connectedness of the world today, bringing about what it means to be a Global Citizen. You will gain an awareness of the impacts of globalisation and the concepts of social responsibility and sustainable community development. This subject also challenges you to be actively engaged in a social or environmental project.


Whether telling stories, building monuments or celebrating rites of passage, expressions of culture are at the core of cultural diversity. In this subject, everyday objects, artistic creations and popular culture are explored as ways of understanding the values and beliefs of a society. By taking this subject, you will benefit by acquiring a greater understanding and appreciation of the complexities surrounding our cultural assets.


This is a subject where you will be free to pursue an area of interest through a self-directed approach, guided by staff. You will be expected to demonstrate a sense of curiosity for learning, initiate an opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills, and reflect on your learning journey throughout the subject.


The on-the-job training nature of the programme allows you to gain some industrial experience. Through this programme, you will be exposed to the work environment so that you can better appreciate and understand the problems and issues at the work place. The content and scope of learning varies from organisation to organisation.  However, it is envisaged that after the programme, you would have, in general, developed your communication and interpersonal skills as well as the right work ethics, and also become more mature, confident and independent, and have a more realistic expectation of what a working environment is like.


* Students must choose to take either one of these three subjects OR Guided Learning (TFS1006).

Core Subjects

Subject code Subject LevelCredit Units

This subject provides you with broad-based knowledge on electrical theories, components and devices. It also covers electrical machines. In addition, you will be equipped with the knowledge that is expected under the Singapore Airworthiness Requirements (SAR-66) standard, so that you will be competent in getting your aircraft maintenance certification later on.


This subject gives a broad overview of the basic concepts involved in aeronautical science. Beginning with units for different quantities, the subject covers mechanical forces, principles of moments, stress and strain, properties of solids, fluids and gases, simple harmonic motion, momentum and energy, gyroscopic principles, viscosity and compressibility, heat capacity and heat transfer, laws of thermodynamics, latent heat, principles of light, lenses and mirrors and fiber optics. Transverse and longitudinal waves, intensity and pitch of sound, vibrating strings and pipes are also included. The depth of coverage will adhere to the requirement of SAR-66(M2 - Physics).

The aims of this subject are to equip students with the knowledge and skills to:

  • carry out simple calculations on different aspects of aircraft systems
  • interpret the specifications on different aircraft subsystems
  • pass the M2 examination

This subject gives a broad overview of aircraft avionics and architecture at the system level, and provides a context for follow-on training.  The subject introduces students to the key avionics deployed on-board an air transport aircraft, including the crew information systems, the safety and surveillance systems, the flight and engine control systems, the navigation systems as well as the communications and information systems.

The aim of this subject is to equip students with the knowledge to have a good appreciation of the integrated avionic systems onboard an aircraft.


This subject provides a good foundation in DC and AC network analysis. You will learn the basic principles of electric circuitry and how to apply circuit theorems to analyse DC and AC networks.


This subject covers the theory and practical knowledge of electronic devices such as diodes, bipolar junction transistors, field effect transistors and their applications. It also focuses on the fundamentals of operational amplifiers and their applications, and the rudiments of circuit troubleshooting and testing.


This subject provides basic knowledge of digital electronics and circuits. Topics include number systems, operations and codes, logic gates, Boolean algebra and logic simplification, combinational logic, functional blocks, latches and flip-flops.


This subject builds upon the fundamentals of digital electronics acquired in Digital Fundamentals 1. It introduces the digital concepts of the various building blocks in a computer’s digital system. You will acquire the theoretical and practical knowledge of registers, counters, memory devices, and conversions between digital and analogue signals and integrated circuit technologies. Digital troubleshooting techniques are also explored in the laboratory work.


The subject introduces the concept of calculus. Differentiation and integration techniques will be covered. These concepts will be used to formulate and solve mathematical problems. Various differentiation techniques (e.g., chain rule, product and quotient rules), and integration techniques (e.g., substitution, use of the mathematical table, integration by parts, partial fractions decomposition) will also be covered.


This subject teaches pre-calculus techniques required for an engineering course. It trains you in engineering problem-solving approaches using the appropriate mathematical tools. Topics such as simultaneous equations, matrices, trigonometric, exponential and logarithmic functions, complex numbers and vectors will be covered.



This subject covers a spectrum of fundamental physics laws and concepts applicable to the scope of engineering physics. It covers a few core areas including Mechanics, Energy, Thermal Physics, Electromagnetism, Waves & Optics and Materials. This subject provides a foundation for a further in depth study of the various engineering disciplines.


This subject covers the process of decomposing a problem into a sequence of smaller
abstractions. The abstractions are implemented in software in a structured top-down approach. Software implementation includes the process of designing, writing, testing, and debugging program code.


This subject covers the basic knowledge and skills needed for collecting, cleaning, and sharing data.  You should be able to apply techniques for data visualisation to facilitate more accurate and effective data-driven decisions.  Basic methods of descriptive and predictive analytics will be introduced and you will gain hands-on experience through the use of analytics software tools in case studies and problem demonstrations.


The subject provides basic knowledge and understanding of aviation legislation and human factors for ab initio engineers studying for their Singapore Airworthiness Requirements (SAR-66) aircraft maintenance licences. Knowledge of this subject has a significant impact on the safety standards expected of an aircraft maintenance engineer.


This subject provides the students with the broad-based knowledge in the theory and operation of semiconductor diodes, printed circuit boards, transistors, integrated circuits and feedback control systems.  Students are also trained to identify typical synchro issues encountered in servomechanisms. In addition, students will be equipped with the required knowledge in SAR-66 so that they can be competent to get certified in aircraft maintenance.

The aim of this subject is to equip students with the fundamentals in the study of semiconductor devices and servomechanisms in modern transport aircrafts as required by the Singapore Airworthiness Requirements (SAR-66) M4 of the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore.


This subject introduces ordinary differential equations and approximation using the Maclaurin series and Fourier series. You will learn how to formulate engineering problems using first and second order differential equations and to solve initial value problems using techniques such as Laplace transforms. The application of statistics – Hypothesis Testing – will also be taught.


This subject provides you with a working knowledge of embedded systems. It exposes you to the basics of microcontroller architecture, programming and application development. You will acquire knowledge the and skills through the development and testing of smart microcontroller-based systems for real-world applications such as an intelligent clothes hanger, a smart home, a bank automated queuing system, or a traffic-light and pedestrian crossing control system, among many others. 


This subject introduces the principles of aerodynamics and flight controls. It is designed to give a good balance between theoretical knowledge with applications using classroom lessons, wind tunnel and computational fluid dynamics experiments. The syllabus includes all topics in the Singapore Airworthiness Requirements (SAR-66) Module M08 on Basic Aerodynamics”.


This subject gives a general knowledge of the theoretical and practical aspects of aircraft digital fundamentals.  It covers study in the area of electronic instrument systems, logic circuits, fibre optics, electronic displays, electronic sensitive devices, electromagnetic environment and digital aircraft systems as required by Singapore Airworthiness Requirements (SAR-66) of the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore.

The aims of this subject are to equip students with the knowledge and skills to:

  • Identify the layout of electronic/digital aircraft systems in modern wide body transport aircraft.
  • Understand the digital fundamentals of aircraft electronic instrument systems as required by the SAR-66 Module 5 of the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore.

The subject provides fundamental knowledge and understanding of aircraft maintenance practices as well as materials and hardware for ab initio engineers studying for their Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS), Singapore Airworthiness Requirements (SAR-66) basic knowledge examination paper for the subject module Materials and Hardware (M06) and Maintenance Practices (M07) leading to the aircraft maintenance licence for category B2 maintenance engineers.  This subject covers safety precautions, work practices in an aircraft maintenance environment, mechanical and electrical tools, generic aircraft systems and inspection techniques, ferrous, non-ferrous and composites materials, types of corrosion and their identification, bolts and rivets fastener, piping, control cables and also the electrical components of the aircraft systems.


Special Electives

Students can opt to take Special Electives when offered. These optional subjects aim to stretch the students' potential to enable them meet their aspirations.

Subject code Subject LevelCredit Units

The focus of this subject is on the application of students’ existing domain knowledge to develop a deliverable.  The subject will introduce new skills and knowledge specific to the project, as and when required.


This subject provides opportunities for students to apply the acquired knowledge and skills, along with their fundamental and in-depth knowledge from different subjects to designing, developing, and implementing a well-engineered project solution.


Higher Engineering Skills 1 and 2 aim to impart some special design and hands-on skills that allow you to acquire knowledge and skills that are not normally incorporated into a diploma programme. These Special Elective subjects will equip you with the skills and knowledge to participate in competitions and enable you to tackle real challenges.


Higher Engineering Skills 1 and 2 aim to impart some special design and hands-on skills that allow you to acquire knowledge and skills that are not normally incorporated into a diploma programme. These Special Elective subjects will equip you with the skills and knowledge to participate in competitions and enable you to tackle real challenges.


The subject introduces mathematical concepts and techniques used in advanced engineering courses. You will learn topics in calculus such as limits and continuity, infinite series, improper integrals, multiple integrals, higher order differential equations, 2D and 3D analytic geometry, and partial differentiation.


Graduation Requirements

Cumulative Grade Point Average min 1.0
TP Fundamentals Subjects 36 credit units
Diploma Core Subjects 94 credit units
Total Credit Units Completed min 130 credit units

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Contact Us

For general enquiries, please contact:

School of Engineering

  (65) 6780 5144
  (65) 6787 7641

Teaching Staff

Staff Name Designation Extension Email

Tang Fook Heng

B.Eng (EE) (Hons), M.Sc (EE)

Course Manager 67805418 fookheng@tp.edu.sg

Jacklyn Teo-Ting Lai Horng

B.Eng (Hons), PGTHE

Course Co-ordinator 67805408 laihorng@tp.edu.sg

Ho Jiun Sien

B.Eng (Hons), M.Eng

Section Head 67805591 jiunsien@tp.edu.sg

Tan Kwang Leng Daniel

B.Eng (Hons), M.Sc (Aeronautics)

Section Head 67805320 danielt@tp.edu.sg

Ang Seng Loo, Eric

B.Eng (Hons), M.Sc (EE)

Senior Lecturer 67805583 sengloo@tp.edu.sg

Choo Seng Kok

B.Eng (Electrical) (Hons), MBA

Senior Lecturer 67805592 sengkok@tp.edu.sg

Chua Hung Peng

B.Eng (Hons), M.Sc

Senior Lecturer 67805434 hungpeng@tp.edu.sg

Philip Low Chor Tong

B.Eng (Hons), M.Sc (EE)

Senior Lecturer 67806610 chortong@tp.edu.sg

Ng Kwan Wah

B.Eng (Hons)

Senior Lecturer 67806613 kwanwah@tp.edu.sg

Tam Yee Keong

B.Eng (Hons), M.Sc (EE)

Senior Lecturer 67806713 yeekeong@tp.edu.sg

Tan Kok Siew

B.Eng (EE), M.Sc (EE)


Senior Lecturer 67805446 tanks@tp.edu.sg

L. Somasundaram

B.Sc (Eng), M.Sc

Lecturer 67805602 somasun@tp.edu.sg

Koh Choon Ngua

B.Eng (Hons), M.Sc (EE)

Adjunct Lecturer  67882000  a01898@tp.edu.sg 

Dr. Venkata Ramanan


Adjunct Lecturer 67805427 venkata@tp.edu.sg

Student Achievements


SEA Games 2015 
Second year Aerospace Electronics student, Kang Rui Jie, won a Gold medal for Taekwondo at the SEA Games 2015 held from 5 – 16 June 2015.  Earlier in the year, he had represented Singapore in the 2015 US Open Taekwondo Championships (21 to 25 Jan 2015) held in Orlando, Florida, winning a Gold and a Bronze medal.

Singapore Amazing Flying Machine 2014
Students from the Diploma in Aerospace Electronics (AEL) demonstrated their aerospace knowledge and flying skill by winning 2 Gold & 2 Bronze awards, plus a Special Recognition Award in the annual Singapore Amazing Flying Machine competition held on 20 March 2014.

One of the Gold awards came from an AEL student who was part of “Team Alae”, which the judges decided had the "Best Presentation". The team also won the Special Recognition Award for the original design of their flying machine, which was completely hand-made from scratch using composite materials specially customised to enhance performance. In addition, three AEL students who were part of Team “Galactic Knights” won a Bronze award for having the Best Presentation.

Best Presentation (Gold) + Special Recognition Award: Sharon Chia.
Best Presentation (Bronze): Balakrishnan Vikram, Mohd Huzyer & Justin Pragash.
Best Video (Gold): Bensten Tan.
Best Video (Bronze): Samuel Fang & Harold Voon.

The TP Engineering School contingent


Course Medalists 
For each cohort, the top 3 students in terms of overall academic performance will receive the Course Medals.  In 2015, winning the Thales Solutions Asia Course Medals were our top graduates Zhang ChenXu (Gold), ZahierAfiq B. Zainal (Silver), and Ng Kwan Jin (Bronze).

AEL top graduates (from left): Zahier Afiq, Kwan Jin and ChunXu, with their Course Manager, Mr Tang Fook Heng

Tay Eng Soon Gold Medal 
Haley Poh, a former ITE student, won the prestigious Tay Eng Soon Gold Medal for his academic excellence.  During his 3-year AEL diploma course, Haley had also taken flying lessons at the Singapore Youth Flying Club (SYFC) as part of his course, and he has earned his “wings” (Private Pilot Licence or PPL).  This former Normal (Tech) student from Compassvale Sec School has shown that with hard work and determination, success is achievable.  Haley intends to become a pilot – either with the RSAF or a commercial airline.

AHaley with his proud parents on Graduation Day

Private Pilot Licence (PPL)

In 2014, three AEL students received their PPL (Private Pilot Licence) or “wings”, after 46 flights, 10 simulator flights, six ground exams and proficiency in aircraft handling and safe landings, conducted by the Singapore Youth Flying Club (SYFC). The PPL flying programme is offered to selected Aerospace and Aviation students in Temasek Poly as part of their course. Students pay only a small admin fee, compared to the full fee of $36,000 for taking a flying course at the SYFC on your own.


Low Noise Amplifier and Helical Antenna for Avionics VHF Communication

The Low Noise Amplifier (LNA) helps to amplify the weak signals sent by pilots from an aircraft to Air Traffic Controllers, which tend to weaken and get distorted as they travel over long distances, sometimes with obstacles in the way, thereby rendering the messages unclear.  A Helical Antenna was also developed and paired with the LNA.  With this system, messages received will be much clearer.


Multi-copter System

This project involves the designing and building of a multi-copter platform with the ability to take off, fly and land with good aerodynamic stability. It can be flown via a First Person View (FPV) camera with built-in servo, and carry a small payload. The payload can be dropped or “dispatched”, thereby giving it the potential to be used as a mode of quick delivery over obstacles or vehicular traffic. It can also float on water.



This project involves the development of unique clamps equipped with a flying mechanism including 2 propellers. The clamps can be clipped to any object so as to enable the object to fly. Computer-Aided Design (CAD) was used in designing the various parts of the clamp, which was then manufactured accordingly. The clamp is able to accommodate different sizes of motors and propellers in order to cater to different amounts of thrust needed for the payload that it is carrying. (A heavier load would of course require a more powerful motor and propeller). In addition, a tuned flight controller board with its speed controller and sensors are housed inside a box (known as the “avionics box”) and placed in the middle of the object to allow the clamps to be controlled remotely.

A graphic rendition of a object fitted with 4 flying clamps

Filter Circuit Design and Filter Parameters Measurement

The objective of our project is to build a working prototype of circuit design to demonstrate various types of filter designs and filter parameter measurements using the network analyzer and spectrum analyzer that would create six different frequencies. Light and portable, it comes with a transparent casing and does not require any power to work.



TP-Lufthansa Technical Training (LTT) Aerospace Training Centre

The TP-LTT Centre was jointly set up by Temasek Polytechnic (TP) and Lufthansa Technical Training (LTT), the training arm of Lufthansa of Germany, in 2007 to provide quality aerospace training for our students. The Centre is fully equipped with the latest high-teach equipment to support our training programme which is accredited by the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) under the SAR-14 Approved Maintenance Training Organisation (AMTO) framework. Students are taught by professional instructors certified by LTT, Germany.


Computer Based Training Lab
This Computer Based Training (CBT) lab is equipped with high end PCs and loaded with computer aided design (CAD) software which students use to draw and analyse aircraft components layout and circuits, enabling them to better understand how aircraft and their parts are made.


Electronics lab
In this lab, students get hands-on experience in learning about circuits and electronics in the aerospace industry – known as avionics. The also work on electronics projects in this well-equipped space.


Temasek Aviation Academy

The Temasek Aviation Academy (TAA), housed in our newly built, fully air-conditioned 6,000 square metre West Wing facility, is richly packed with the latest aerospace and aviation training facilities and equipment – all of which supports our training programme that is accredited by the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) under the SAR-14 Approved Maintenance Training Organisation (AMTO) framework.

Some of the facilities in the TAA include:

The UAV lab includes a flying arena for safe multi-copter tests – the only one of its kind in local polytechnics. It is equipped with cutting edge technologies that enable students and staff to perform light machining, CNC machining, 3D printing and advanced electronics testing.


Aircraft Hangar
The TAA comes complete with a industry-sized aircraft hanger, housing a Hawker Siddeley 125-series 700A private jet, acquired from the USA. There are also tools and equipment used as teaching aids for our Aerospace diplomas. It also supports capability development and training courses such as Virtual Aircraft Maintenance Training, Certified SAR-66 B1.1 Basic Training Course, Certified SAR-66 B2 Basic Training Course, Aircraft Safety Precautions Practical course, Hangar Safety Precaution Practical course, Aircraft Systems Theory and Practical courses, and Aircraft General Familiarisation Training.


S-211 Trainer Aircraft
The S211 aircraft is a retired RSAF jet trainer which Temasek Polytechnic acquired in 2009. It was partially disassembled to reveal the interior sub-systems, structures and linkages of the aircraft for teaching purposes. Students taking aerospace related subjects will have the opportunity to work on the various systems of the S-211 aircraft, and acquire skills that are important in the Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) industry, such as aircraft maintenance manual interpretation skill, practical hands-on skill and most importantly, safety practices while working around an aircraft.


Flight Simulators
The Academy also has flight simulators of various models of aircraft, which students use to learn about the equipment inside the cockpit, what they are for, how they work, and how to use them. These flight simulators can also demonstrate flying, taking off and landing procedures. In the pipeline are 2 industry-standard full-motion flight simulators able to simulate the movements of an aircraft during flight, and which have been used to train real pilots. These simulators will add an authentic experience in learning about flight equipment.


Avionics Navigation Trainer
Successful air navigation involves piloting an aircraft from place to place without getting lost, breaking the laws applying to aircraft, or endangering the safety of those on board or on the ground. Students get to experience how a pilot navigates an aircraft using cockpit instruments as well as input from radio navigation aids, a process known as “instrument flight rules”, using this high-end navigation trainer.


Cockpit Instruments Trainer
The Cockpit Instruments Trainer is used to familiarise students with the function, operation, and inspection of aircraft instruments. It depicts a basic aircraft instrumentation system that uses components typically found in any aviation aircraft. Aircraft instruments are used for measuring flight conditions and engine parameters, such as position, direction, speed, altitude, engine condition and fuel quantity.


Three-phase Inducer Motor Trainer
The three-phase induction motor is an electrical device whose rotor gains a rotating force from the rotating field induced by 3-phase power supply and is used as an essential component to drive a mechanical system. Widely used for driving heavy loads such as aircraft, it is robust in construction, economical and easy to maintain. This trainer is used to familiarise students to the three-phase inducer motor and how it works.


Transducers and Sensors Trainer
This transducers and instrumentatitrainer consists of 26 input transducers, 12 output transducers and 26 signal conditioning elements. It provides students with an introduction to temperature, light, force, pressure, linear and rotational motion sensors and signal conditioning amplifiers. It gives them practical insights into the working principles of sensors used in the aerospace industry.


Fadec System Tainer
FADEC is a system consisting of a digital computer and ancillary components that control an aircraft’s engine and propeller. First used in turbine-powered aircraft, and referred to as full authority digital electronic control, these sophisticated control systems are increasingly being used in piston powered aircraft. The FADEC uses speed, temperature, and pressure sensors to monitor the status of each cylinder, while a digital computer calculates the ideal pulse for each injector and adjusts ignition timing as necessary to achieve optimal performance of the aircraft. Students learn how the system works and how to tweak the settings for an aircraft.


Boeing 737 on-board Electrical System Trainer
This mock-up model of an aircraft electrical system allows students to learn about the circuits and connectivity in an aircraft, and how one affects the others. Various parameters can be adjusted to see how it affects output.


Pitot-Static System Trainer
The pitot-static system supplies power to three basic aircraft instruments: the airspeed indicator, altimeter and vertical speed indicator. The system works by measuring and comparing static pressures and, in the case of the airspeed indicator, dynamic pressure. Students learn how the system works and how to use it in the context of an aircraft.


Diploma Student Club

The AEL diploma’s student club, known as “G-Force”, strives to promote interaction among its members, strengthen their character and help them to realise their full potential with enriching and fun activities.

1) Student Activities

Led by dedicated student leaders and committed staff advisors, the club seeks to enhance the campus experience of every AEL student by orientating them to both academic and social life in the campus. This is achieved through a variety of fun-filled and enriching activities throughout the year, such as student camps, campus awareness events, freshmen orientation, sporting activities, community service events and study trips. Ultimately, these activities promote bonding and allow AEL students to enjoy their learning journey in TP.


2) Study Trips

a) USA

“G-Force” also takes the lead in rallying AEL students together for study trips, both to local aerospace & aviation related companies, as well as overseas institutions.  In June 2014, AEL students visited the Embry Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) in Prescott, Arizona, USA, in addition to facilities such as the US Airways Hanger in Phoenix, the Maintenance Centre, Flight Simulation Centre, and Safety Science Crash Investigation Lab.

b) France & Germany
In October 2013, they went on a study trip to Germany & France, visiting the Lufthansa Technical Training (LTT) headquarters in Hamburg, the University Hochschule Esslingen in Stuggart, where they checked out the Faculty of Automotive Engineering and various museums where they learnt about the aeronautical training systems and infrastructure. The trip also afforded them an opportunity for some sightseeing, as they checked out the culture of France and Germany.

Alumni Success Stories

1) Nurul Rasyiqah

Nurul had been in two minds about enrolling for an Aerospace diploma course to fulfil her ambition of becoming a Licensed Aircraft Engineer (LAE). “It’s a man’s world, and I knew I’d be a rose among thorns,” admits the former student of North Vista Sec School, who had an aggregate of 19 points for her ‘O’ levels. So she joined the Common Engineering Programme at Temasek Poly, which gave her the option of streaming into 10 diploma courses from there.

In her second semester, she decided to take the plunge, and chose to stream into the Diploma in Aerospace Electronics. “Every Polytechnic has an aerospace-related course, but I chose Temasek Poly because it is the only Poly certified by the CAAS as a SAR-147 approved maintenance training organisation, which means I can get direct credits to shorten my professional apprenticeship later on,” she rationalises.

Today, Nurul has no regrets. After getting her Diploma in Aerospace Electronics in 2015, she went on to join Hawker Pacific Asia Pte Ltd as a Junior Aircraft Maintenance Engineer, performing maintenance tasks such as the inspection, repair, modification and testing of aircraft. It’s a long flight ahead, but Nurul is determined to reach her destination. “Being an LAE is a heavy responsibility, because you are accountable for the serviceability of the aircraft and the safety of all those in it. But that’s what makes the job so challenging and interesting!” she excites.

But what if she is the only female at her workplace? “That would be great, because then all the guys will pamper me!” she jokes. It must be said, however, that the tough and independent goal-getter certainly didn’t join the aerospace industry to be pampered. “Seriously speaking, I’m sure I can do as well as any guy out there, if not better!” she declares.


2) Ee Lee Yee

Proving that girls can do as well as guys in the male-dominated aerospace field, Ee Lee Yee chalked up a cGPA of 3.9 for her 3-year Diploma in Aerospace Electronics course, and also clinched the Lee Kong Chian All-Round Excellence Award for her excellent academic achievements and co-curricular activities.  A firm believer in hard work and respect, Lee Yee was subsequently admitted directly into the 2nd year of the Electrical and Electronic Engineering degree programme at Nanyang Technological University.


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