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Diploma in Aerospace Engineering (T51)

2019 Planned Intake: 100 JAE 2019 Last Aggregate Score: 12

Every time we hear an aircraft roaring above us, we look up to the sky and marvel at how these huge machines overcome gravity to stay airborne, how they are made, and how some of them can even fly faster than the speed of sound! In this course, we unravel these mysteries for you.

In this course, you will learn about aircraft flight, aircraft design, airframe structure, engine systems, and manufacturing of aircraft systems, and you will also be equipped with knowledge and skills of the SAR-66 Aircraft Maintenance Licence (AML) Category B1 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. Our new West Wing building housing flight simulators and a full-sized aircraft hangar complete with a private jet, will add an authentic dimension to your learning.

TP is the only polytechnic to be certified by the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) as a SAR-147 Approved
Maintenance Training Organisation (AMTO). This means your diploma will be more widely recognised by employers, andyour AML apprenticeship duration after graduating from TP 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 as part of your Higher Aerospace
Training in your final semester of study, to get that coveted Private Pilot Licence (PPL).

 This course has shown leadership by hiring staff fresh from the industry, and partnering recognised world-class training institutions such as Lufthansa Technical Training (LTT) to inject the latest, the best, and the most realistic practices from the aviation industry into its curriculum. The knowledge that you receive as students will definitely be both current and relevant to your future work environment.
—  Roberto Kobeh Gonzalez 
     Council of the International Civil
     Aviation Organisation (ICAO)


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 (West Wing) dedicated to aerospace training, housing the latest facilities including a full-sized aircraft hanger and two full-motion flight simulators used to train pilots. These facilities will support and enrich your learning experience.

  • You have the chance 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.

  • You have the chance to be attached to reputable aerospace companies for internship, allowing you to learn on the job. Many of these companies are located at Seletar Aerospace Park, a stone’s throw away from TP.

Career Prospects

Singapore’s aerospace industry has been growing at an average annual rate of 12%,  and today we are the regional leader in aerospace maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO), manufacturing and research & development (R&D). Our aerospace industry generates about S$9 billion worth of output each year and employs about 21,000 workers spread across more than 100 local and international companies carrying out MRO in Singapore.

This fast paced growth in the aerospace industry has created a huge demand for highly skilled technicians and Licensed Aircraft Engineers (LAE) who are certified to work in aviation companies such as SIA Engineering Company, ST Aerospace, Hawker Pacific and other large multi-national corporations in the MRO sector.

The development of new passenger jets and establishment of new airport terminals worldwide, together with our dedicated Seletar Aerospace Park, will attract strong interest from the industry and create a huge demand for skilled aerospace professionals, including pilots and aircraft maintenance crew over the next few decades, thereby offering students of this course many exciting career opportunities.

Career Opportunities

In their final semester, suitable students have opportunities to be attached to reputable local or overseas aerospace companies for higher aerospace training. This allows capable students to transit into the workforce even before graduation, thereby giving them a head-start in their aerospace careers.

Graduates of this diploma, who will be reputed for their excellent aerospace knowledge and skills, will be highly sought after as:

  • Aircraft Maintenance Engineers
  • Structural / Composites Specialists
  • Engine / Powerplant Technologists
  • Aerospace Component Design Engineers
  • Aero-mechanical Systems Specialists

They can be employed in various aerospace sectors such as aircraft maintenance repair & overhaul, aerospace components design & development, aircraft engine services, technical sales, and servicing of aircraft system & components.

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 covers the basics of semiconductors, printed circuit boards, servomechanisms, electronic instrument systems, logic circuits, fibre optics, electronic displays, electronic sensitive devices, electromagnetic environment and digital aircraft systems. The depth of coverage will adhere to the requirement of SAR-66 (Category B1) for M4 - Electronic Fundamentals and M5 - Digital Techniques/Electronic Instrument Systems.

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

  • use and work with synchros and resolvers in servomechanisms
  • identify the layout of electronic/digital aircraft systems in modern wide transport aircraft
  • understand the electronic fundamental theory in modern board aircraft electronic instrument systems as required by the SAR-66 Module 4 and 5 (Category B1) of the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore
  • pass the M4 and M5 (Category B1) examinations

Engineering drawing is essential for communicating engineering design. This subject will introduce you to the understanding and preparation of two-dimensional mechanical engineering drawings with the use of both manual and Computer Aided Design/ Drafting (CAD) software. CAD modelling is also taught. You will also learn general methods of dimensioning according to international and local standards.


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.


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 consists of two principal areas: Fundamentals statics and strength of materials. Fundamental statics provides an introduction to the basic concepts in simple statics, while strength of materials introduces the methodology for designing members subjected to various loading conditions.


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 equips you with the skills to design an aerospace product using current and emerging technologies. It is designed to expose you to the multi-disciplinary aspects of aerospace engineering in which domain areas such as airframe and propulsion are linked by cross-cutting areas such as digital manufacturing and computer programming in the development of a product such as an unmanned aerial vehicle. This is a flexible project-based learning subject in which the theme is changed regularly to keep abreast of the latest trends and technologies.


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.


The application of dynamic systems theory can be seen everywhere in our daily lives, from vehicles moving on the road to planes flying in the air. In this subject, you will learn learn the fundamental principles of dynamics and apply them to the analyses of bodies in motion. The objective is to present the foundation and applications of dynamics. The main topics covered include Newton’s laws of motion, the principle of work and energy, the principle of impulse and momentum, and the motion of projectiles.


The aim of this subject is to equip students with the basic knowledge in thermodynamics, concepts of temperature scales and measurements, the First Law of Thermodynamics, Ideal Gas Laws, Second Law of Thermodynamics and heat energy calculations using a P-V diagram. The syllabus is based on the syllabus guide for relevant topics on thermodynamics listed in the Singapore Airworthiness Requirements (SAR-66) Module 2 “Physics”.


This subject provides students with fundamental knowledge in applied mechanics of fluids under incompressible viscous flow condition. It covers fluid properties, fluid statics, fluid in motion, governing equations, viscous flow through duct, minor losses, multiple-pipe system, drag and lift, and compressible flow.


This subject equips you with knowledge of aircraft propulsion methods, thermodynamic cycles, combustion and thermochemical analysis, reciprocating engines, gas turbine and jet engines, effects of atmospheric variations (temperature, density, pressure altitude) on engine and on engine/aircraft combination, auxiliary systems (such as fuel system, lubrication system, ignition, starting, fire protection, auxiliary power unit), and current developments in propulsion systems. The syllabus is equivalent to the Singapore Airworthiness Requirements (SAR-66) Module M15 on Gas Turbine Engine”.


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”.


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 97 credit units
Total Credit Units Completed min 133 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 Staff Name Designation Phone Email

Koh Poh Tee

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

Course Manager 67805364

Sue Siew Chai

B.Eng (Hons)

Course Co-ordinator 67805478

Chan Choon Keong

B.Eng, M.Sc (Aerospace Engineering)

Section Head 67806661

Lam Darence

B.Eng (Hons)

Section Head 67805677

Phang Yeh Fenn, Dexter

M.Sc (ISE), B.Eng

Section Head 67806652

Ng Cheng Siong

M.Sc (ISE), B.Eng

Senior Lecturer 67806662

Ong Yong Wah, Leonard

B.Tech (Mechanical Engineering)

Senior Lecturer 67805512

Tiow Chee Weng

B.Eng (Hons)

Senior Lecturer 67805471

Yue Keng Mun

M.Sc (ME)

Senior Lecturer 67805239

Chai Chia Hing

B.Eng (Hons), M.TD

Lecturer 67805514

Kuschel Matthias Christian

M.Eng, M.IB

Lecturer 67805520

Yeo Teck Boon, Bern

B.Tech (Mechanical Engineering) (Hons)

Lecturer 67806670

Student Achievements


Singapore Space Challenge 2017
A team of students from our Diploma in Aerospace Engineering (AEG) won the elusive Gold award in the annual Singapore Space Challenge competition 2017.

Given the challenge of finding the best way to link up 3 cube satellites (CubeSat) orbiting in space, so as to achieve synergies and open up more possibilities for these 3 space crafts, the AEG team had 2 options: they could either link up the 3 CubeSats electronically / remotely, or to link them up physically. After intense research and considering the feasibility, potential benefits and cost, the team opted for the latter option of linking up the CubeSats physically as this would open the door to many additional potential applications, such as constructing larger space systems, while being more cost efficient. To do this, the team specially designed and proposed the use of a separate orbital vehicle, called the “Transporter”, which would literally “transport” a Cubesat from one orbit into another orbit, so as to attach it to another Cubesat.

The AEG team’s fine performance in the competition is testimony to the high quality and high industry relevance of Temasek Polytechnic’s aerospace diploma programmes.


Singapore Amazing Flying Machine Competition 2016
Five students from the Diploma in Aerospace Engineering clinched 4 medals at the annual Singapore Flying Machine competition held on 19 Mar 2016. Calling themselves “Team Quad Buster”, to emphasise their defiance of conventionally shaped flying drones, they designed, fabricated and programmed their spherical craft, which won a Gold for “Best Platform”, a Silver for “Best Presentation”, and a Bronze each for “Best Video” and “Best Overall”. In addition, the design of their flying machine so impressed the judges that it was selected to be displayed as an exhibit at the Singapore Science Centre. The students were: Jessica Teng, Balaji Premkumar, Ong Jian Xun, Wong Hong Liang, and Pan Dengfeng.


WorldSkills Singapore Competition 2014
Bryan Phang Ying Xian, a final year student from our diploma, won the prestigious Gold award in the “Aircraft Maintenance” category of the WorldSkills Singapore competition in July 2014, earning the right to represent Singapore at the world finals in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in Aug 2015.

The competition represents the pinnacle of excellence in vocational training and participants from schools, tertiary institutions and the industry compete in various trade categories, testing themselves against demanding international standards.

Singapore Amazing Flying Machine Competition 2014
Team Vortex took the Bronze award in the “Semi Autonomous” category of the annual SAFM competition, while establishing a new Games record by steering their flying machine through the course in 29 seconds, beating the all-time competition record of 39 seconds for the same obstacle track – which was in fact made even more difficult with the addition of a new moving obstacle.

Team Vortex with their coach

In the same competition, Team Alae clinched the Gold award for the “Best Presentation”, as well as a 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.

Team Alae with their award-winning home made flying machine

Singapore Space Challenge 2014
A team of 10 second year students from our diploma took part in the Singapore Space Challenge, national design competition organised by the Singapore Space and Technology Association with the aim to challenge student teams to design and develop realistic Space-related projects, winning the Bronze award.

Aviation Safety Competition (Air Accident Investigation) 2014
Our two teams (“Flysafe” and “TAC Team”) which took part in this competition, which focused on “Air Accident Investigation”, took home with the Gold and Bronze awards in Mar 2014.  The competition was organised by the Singapore Space Technology Association and the Singapore Institute of Aerospace Engineers.


Private Pilot Licence (PPL)
Two of our students who were attached to the Singapore Youth Flying Club (SYFC) from Oct 2013 to Apr 2014 under a pilot training programme, completed the programme and obtained their Private Pilot Licence (PPL) in May 2014.  The programme is a collaboration between TP and SYFC, which allows our Aerospace students to learn to fly as part of their diploma course.  




Composite Project

Composites are materials made from two or more constituent materials with significantly different physical or chemical properties, that when combined, produce a material with wholly different characteristics, such as being stronger or lighter in weight.  Students learn about composites as it may be used in aircraft manufacturing. 

An example of a composite project done by our students is the “Advanced Fibre-glass Process Improvement” project, whereby a hollow composite was fabricated using a table lamp as a prototype, using the wet lay-up process, which is convenient for low-volume production and is easily processed.  Pro-Engineering software was used to design the lamp mould.

Lifeguard Drone

This project involves the development of a lifeguard drone which can be used to save drowning victims along a coastline or beach.  The drone, remotely controlled by an operator on land, is capable of carrying and deploying a lifebuoy to the victim at a speed of 50km/h, reaching the victim out at sea faster than a human lifeguard possibly could.




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.

Some of the features of the TP-LTT Centre includes:

Composite Lab
The Composite Laboratory is used to provide training in the application, repair techniques, testing and manufacturing of composite materials – usually a metallic alloy – that make up the fuselage, airframe, and other part of the aircraft body.  This facility houses several industry standard equipment that serve to provide a good training environment for students to acquire the knowledge and skills in repair techniques, manufacturing, and applied research in composite materials.


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.


Aircraft Tubing Training Jig
The facility allows students to be trained on the procedure and method of fabricating an aircraft tube and fitting assembly in accordance with the Aircraft Maintenance Manual. In addition, they also apply techniques in disassembling, assembling and leak-checking the tubing assembly and torque loading.


Aircraft Structure Project
In the purpose-built aircraft technical training workshop, one of the tasks that students carry out is fabricating a semi-monocoque sheet metal structure. They are trained in the use of basic sheet metal repair tools as well as knowledge about basic aircraft hardware such as common materials and fastener installation and removal procedures.


Hot Bonder for Vacuum Bag Composite Repair
This device is used to train students on the procedure of carrying out a typical vacuum-bag hot bonding composite repair process. All repairs in this practical training follow the guidelines of the Structural Repair Manual.


Electronics Lab
Students work with electrical cables and connectors training board, learning about the wiring installations of an aircraft. In the process, they apply the best practices in the electrical documentation of aircraft manufacturers, Boeing and Airbus.


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.


Wind Tunnel Lab
The wind tunnel is used in subjects like Fluid Mechanics and Basic Aerodynamics to study the effects of air moving past solid objects.  The test object is instrumented with suitable sensors to measure aerodynamic forces, pressure distribution, or other aerodynamic-related characteristics.


Computational Fluid Dynamics Lab
Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) uses numerical methods and algorithms to simulate and analyse the interaction of liquids and gases with surfaces.  In our CFD lab, students work on experimental validation of such software using a wind tunnel with the final validation coming in full-scale testing, e.g. flight tests.


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.



Diploma Student Club

The student club of the Diploma in Aerospace Engineering, called “Airborne”, organises various activities for its students and spearheads participation in competitions and social events.

1) Competitions

a) Singapore Amazing Flying Machine Competition
The club also takes the lead in rallying students to submit entries with the objective of taking part in competitions such as the Singapore Amazing Flying Machine competition, in which students design, build, fly and troubleshoot their own model aircrafts. 


b) Indoor Pylon Race
AEG students and staff regularly take part in the Indoor R/C model aircraft pylon racing, organised by the Singapore Youth Flying Club. Aircraft models are largely built from scratch using raw materials.

c) Water Rocket workshop
One of the workshops supported by student helpers from the club is the “Water Rocket” workshop for visiting secondary school students.  Participants design and build their own water rocket using a recycled plastic PET bottle, and then fire it into the air using a launcher powered by water pressure, to see which rocket flies the highest and furthest.  In the process, participants learn about and apply some Physics principles such as aerodynamics and propulsion.



Alumni Success Stories

1) Estella Koh Siew Lee

Estella joined TP via the through the Direct Poly Admission (DPA) exercise, and enrolled for the Mechatronics & Aerospace Programme (MAE). “The DPA allowed me to lock-in the course of my choice, even before I sat for my ‘O’ level exams, and I would still get the same diploma as my peers, so why not?” she said, recalling her decision to apply through the DPA.

She then streamed into the Diploma in Aerospace Engineering in her second semester, and eventually graduated with Merit, chalking up a CGPA of 3.96, winning the Course Bronze medal. For her excellence in her studies as well as her CCA – she was President of the TP Salvo Drums group – Estella was also conferred the prestigious All Round Excellence award.

She went on to pursue a degree in Aerospace Engineering at NTU, and aims to become an Aviation Researcher, delving into the depths of air disasters to ascertain the causes of air crashes and the preventive measures that would make air travel safer for everyone. “Each time I hear about an air disaster, I feel very hurt that innocent lives have been lost. I would like to do something for the aviation industry, as well as for the millions who travel by air,” said the resolute former student of Compassvale Sec School. With Estella on board, perhaps the safety of air travel will indeed be greatly enhanced in the near future!


2) Nanthaniel Lee Wen Hao 

Nathaniel, from the first batch of Aerospace Engineering graduates, was one of only 2 polytechnic diploma holders to be awarded the MOT Beacon Scholarship by the LTA in 2014, to pursue a degree in Mechanical Engineering at NTU.


3) Sahul Hameed 

Furthering on his passion for aerospace, electronics and mechanical engineering, Sahul who graduated with a Diploma in Aerospace Engineering in 2012, got together with a group of friends to set up Arrow Dynamic Laboratories Pte Ltd, a company providing aerospace and robotics related consultancy, training and engineering services to schools, institutions and companies.  He also does research and development on new technologies so as to, in his words, “change the face of engineering and the way we live”.



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