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Diploma in Integrated Facility Management (T28)

2018 Planned Intake: 100 JAE 2018 Last Aggregate Score: 18

Singapore is now home to two of the world’s best Integrated Resorts(IRs), the Resort World Sentosa and the Marina Bay Sands. Jobs aplenty at both mega venues and the Diploma in Integrated Facility Management will get you there.

This is a unique diploma here in Singapore as we are the first to offer facility management in the hospitality and aviation industry and also the number one diploma in the world to be accredited by the IFMA Foundation!

We seek to train a group of para-professionals who will meet the needs of the Facility Management industry specific to the development, operation & management of Integrated Resorts, Hospitality & Tourism, Aviation & Airports, Event & Convention, Business & Financial facilities.

Hospitality Facilities Elective

This elective focuses on facilities such as Singapore’s two integrated resorts (IRs) – Resort World Sentosa and Marina Bay Sands – which have given the tourism and hospitality industry a boost.  If you have the adrenalin for the exciting tourism and hospitality sector, this elective is just for you!

Aviation Facilities Elective

Focusing on facilities such as our world class Changi Airport as well as those in global cities around the world, this elective will make you a part of Singapore’s success story in aviation!

So take your first step into the world of facility management and you may just find yourself staring in awe at the beautiful Singapore skyline every single day at work!

 This course has an outstanding faculty, curriculum, student body, as well as facilities. The Commission on Academic Affairs of IFMA is impressed with the technical depth of this IFM programme.
—  Charles M Claar (2010) 
     Commission on Academic Affairs
     International Facility Management
     Association (IFMA) Foundation

Notable Features

  • This is the only Facility Management (FM) diploma course in Singapore to have received the “Singapore Training Institute Innovation Excellence Award” (FM Best Training Institution) conferred by the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) in 2016. This ensures that you get better recognition in the industry, and better job prospects compared to holders of similar diplomas from other polytechnics.
  • Gain global recognition with this diploma which is the first diploma in the world to be accredited by International Facility Management Association Foundation (IFMA) as an Accredited Degree Programme
  • Opportunities for internship at renowned integrated facilities such as Resort World Sentosa and Marina Bay Sands provide authentic learning experience
  • In addition to the Diploma in Integrated Facility Management, you are also entitled to the following professional certifications, which will give you better job prospects as a Facility Management (FM) professional:

1. IFMA Young Professional membership issued by the IFMA, the IFMA Foundation and the Corporate Facility Council

2. Facility and Management Professional (FMP) certification from International Facility Management Association(IFMA) - a USA based and internationally recognised certification

3. Associate Certified Project Engineer (Assoc.CPE) certification from Institution of Engineers Singapore (IES)

4. Fire Safety Manager (FSM) certification from Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) ^

5. Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) certification from Project Management Institute (PMI) *

6. bizSAFE levels 2 & 4 certification from Workplace Safety & Health Council under Skills SG and Work SG (both previously known as Singapore Workplace Development Agency, WDA).

^ Subject to passing the optional FSM certification test conducted by SCDF (examination fee fully subsidised by TP)

* Optional and subject to passing external certification examinations administered by the respective organisation

Career Prospects

Integrated Resorts, airports, business towers, factories, shopping complexes, hospitals and schools – these facilities house an overwhelming majority of human activities. Who are the people who manage these facilities to ensure that businesses benefit? Who provides residents with the greatest human comfort at the least cost to the environment?

Welcome to the world of Facility Management – a field of study which ensures the functionality of the built environment by integrating people, place, process and technology.

As the first diploma course in Singapore dealing with facility management for the aviation as well as hospitality and tourism industry, this course will train you to manage this new infrastructure.

You can also choose to take either Hospitality Facilities or Aviation Facilities as an elective, which provide even wider and more exciting career opportunities!

Armed with multi-disciplinary skills from this diploma, you will find tremendous career opportunities in facility management in the following sectors:

  • Hospitality & Tourism
  • Events & Convention
  • Leisure & Entertainment
  • Integrated Resort
  • Business & Finance
  • Aviation & Airports

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 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
ECS1005

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. 

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ECS1006

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.

12
ECS1007

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.

12
GCC1001

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.

12
EIN1001

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. 

12
LEA1011

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.

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LEA1012

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.

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LEA1013

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.

11
LSW1002

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.

12
MCR1001

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.

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MCR1002

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.

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MCR1003

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.

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EGS1002

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.

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EGS1003

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.

13
EGS1004

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.

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EGS1005

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.

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TGL1001

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.

13
ESI3001

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.

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

Core Subjects

Subject code Subject LevelCredit Units
EBD1004

This subject develops your skills to visualise facility design and planning. You will learn facility planning concepts with the use of digital tools for visualisation, simulation and documentation. The knowledge gained can be applied to create virtual design projects in the built environment sector.

13
EBT1003

Air-conditioning and ventilation, cold water distribution systems, electrical installations, lifts and escalators are the key systems in facilities operations. Knowledge of a system’s operation and its maintenance requirements are essential to facility management. Facility management is about the stewardship of existing facilities in a real estate to enable effective operation and better business performance, thus leading to a higher level of work satisfaction and increased productivity.

14
EER1001

This subject provides the basic theoretical and practical knowledge for the design of electrical distribution and installation in facilities. It also introduces the safety requirements and regulations governing electrical distribution and installation.

14
EFM1002

This subject gives you an overview of a safe working environment in the area of facilities management. You will be equipped with the skills of identifying and reducing workplace related risks at source, and you will also be exposed to common practices taken in the industry to ensure a safe workplace.

14
EMA1002

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.

14
EMA1003

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.

 

14
ESE1006

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.

14
ESE1007

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.

13
EBD2005

This subject gives an overview of security and surveillance, including the entire process of security and surveillance design and integration. The main emphasis is placed on applying scientific and engineering principles for the design of the system and the use of component performance measures to establish the effectiveness of such systems when applied across various business sectors.

24
EBD2009

This subject emphasises the use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) software to design and develop building services systems that meet the intended objectives. You will learn the processes of incorporating established architectural models with Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing (MEP) and Fire Protection systems and inter-disciplines collaboration work. The use of the as-built models and the information contained therein for BIM Facility Management (BIMFM) and other simulation tools such as energy modelling will also be discussed.

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EBM2004

This subject aims to provide an overview of the principles and concepts in project management and equip you with the theoretical foundation and skills in using project management tools. It emphasises the knowledge and practices which are widely applied in project management. Topics covered include the project management framework, project management processes and project management knowledge areas.

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EBM2005

This subject introduces the roles and responsibilities of a Fire Safety Manager for both commercial buildings and industrial premises. You will be exposed to the procedure adopted in running a fire command centre, the use of detection, protection and control systems, fire investigation and formulation of a fire emergency plan.

24
EBZ2006

This subject introduces the key concepts and principles of Service Quality and Management. Topics covered include concepts of quality services, essential skills in customer services, principles and strategy of service management, methods for service quality measurements and service recovery.

24
EFM2004

This subject covers the knowledge of contract management that is aligned to the practices in the real estate industry.  Students will learn all aspects of contract management which include administration, procurement procedures, evaluation of services and products, tenant management, and service delivery.

24
EGB2002

The Air Conditioning and Mechanical Ventilation (ACMV) system is one of the most important systems of a building and represents a significant portion of its total energy consumption. Hence, an understanding of the operating principles of a typical ACMV system is critical to maximizing the overall energy efficiency of a building.

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EBM3005

This subject covers two main areas: energy management and energy audit. For the former, the subject illustrates the intrinsic value and concept of energy management and the implementation consideration and steps involved. On Energy Audit, the emphasis is on energy audit methodology and procedures; and methods used to evaluate energy performance of buildings and its sub-systems. These will include use of energy performance benchmarks and comparison with acceptable practices and prevailing codes and regulations. Finally, the subject discusses the application of life cycle cost concept to evaluate the economic viability of proposals on improving energy performance.

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EFM3001

This subject covers the roles of Facility Management (FM) in environmental sustainability. It will cover the integration of both areas so that you can see a connection between reducing carbon footprint and emission of the assets/properties under effective and thoughtful FM. It will also examine the policies and practices that FM should implement to achieve the said goals. The subject will describe the framework and strategies for achieving ‘greener’ results at the inception, design, construction to operational stage of a building. The subject will also provide an overview of the standards or rating systems that can be used to gauge the attainment of the sustainable goals.

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EGB3003

This module provides an overview of the key factors that affect the performance and efficiency of buildings. It introduces the performance mandates of building and focuses on integrated approaches to meet the building performance criteria. Topics include spatial performance, thermal comfort and evaluation, air quality and acoustic performance, lighting aspects and building integrity performance.

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EMP3002

The Major Project gives you an opportunity to integrate and apply your knowledge in a practical learning situation. Besides research, design and project management skills, the emphasis will also be on innovation, creativity, teamwork and enterprise.

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Cluster Elective Subjects

  • Aviation Facilities elective cluster
Subject code Subject LevelCredit Units
EAM1001

This subject introduces the fundamental concepts and principles involved in the management and operation of modern international airports. You will learn about the principles of airport management and the various aspects of airport operations, including, airport terminal layout and planning, terminal signage systems, gate and baggage belt assignments, terminal contingency planning, airport emergency systems, airport support services and equipment, estate management and terminal landscaping.

14
EAT2006

This subject provides an overview of the key facilities and systems in both the landside and airside of an airport. Topics covered in landside will include passenger check-in systems, the Flight Information Display Systems (FIDS) and the various airport IT support systems. Other topics include the operation of the fully automated baggage handling system, the People Mover System (PMS) and the Passenger Loading Bridges system. On the airside, topics covered include the causes of wear and tear of aircraft pavements, methods of assessing the condition of aircraft pavements, the programming of maintenance works and techniques of repairs and their compliance to international operational standards and requirements.

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EAM3002

This subject introduces the fundamental concepts and principles involved in the organisational, political and financial administration of modern international airports. Topics covered include airport performance, airport commercial management, estate management and airport finance.  An overview of the various airport ownership models is also included.

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  • Hospitality Facilities elective cluster
Subject code Subject LevelCredit Units
BHT1010

This subject provides an overview of the multifaceted nature of the hospitality and tourism industry. You will gain an insight into how the key sectors are organised and structured and how they relate to each other as an industry. The concept of tourism demands and tourism consumer behaviour will be introduced. Lastly, you will explore trends, issues and challenges facing the industry.

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BHT2003

This subject provides you with good foundation knowledge of the Club, Resort and Spa Business. It is designed to give you a basic understanding of the organization and management of various types of private clubs, resorts and spa businesses. You will discuss issues concerning the successful marketing, management and development of the three types of businesses and will also get to appreciate the opportunities and challenges faced by these businesses.

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BHT2005

The subject introduces the scope of events and their application in the context of the tourism industry. From this macro perspective, you will build a foundation in event conceptualisation, development and production, covering topics such as marketing of events, human resource management and budgeting, and staging.

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Special Electives

Students can opt to take Special Electives when offered. These optional subjects aim to stretch the students' potential to enable them to meet their aspirations. They are taken in addition to the diploma cluster elective subjects.

Subject code Subject LevelCredit Units
EED3009

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.

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EED3010

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.

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EED3011

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.

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EED3012

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.

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Graduation Requirements

Cumulative Grade Point Average min 1.0
TP Fundamental Subjects 36 credit units
Diploma Core Subjects 77 credit units
Diploma Cluster Elective Subjects 12 credit units
Total Credit Units Completed min 125 credit units

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Contact Us

For general enquiries, please contact:

School of Engineering

  (65) 6780 5144
  (65) 6787 7641
  enghotline@tp.edu.sg

Teaching Staff

Staff Name Designation Phone Email

Joanne Koh Puay Theng

B.Sc (Hons)

Course Manager 67806568  joannept@tp.edu.sg

Au Kian Seng

M.Sc, B.Eng (Hons)

Course Co-ordinator 67805615 kianseng@tp.edu.sg

Lim Joo Hoe

M.Sc, M.Sc (Civil Engineering)

Section Head 67805617 joohoe@tp.edu.sg

Wiliana Sulistio

M.Sc 

Section Head 67805612 wiliana@tp.edu.sg

Au Kum Yun

M.Sc

Senior Lecturer

 
67805566  kumyun@tp.edu.sg 

Boey Lai Yin

M.Sc

Senior Lecturer

67801884  boeyly@tp.edu.sg

Loh Yeow Meng

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

Senior Lecturer 67805455  yeowmeng@tp.edu.sg

Judy Wu-Wei Wen Ju

M.Tech

Senior Lecturer 67805624  wenju@tp.edu.sg

Hooi-Lee Yu Hong

B.Eng

Lecturer 67805630 yuhong@tp.edu.sg

Lim Kian Kok

B.Tech (Hons)

Lecturer 67805162

erickk@tp.edu.sg

Patrick Phang Chian Wei 

B.Sc (Hons)

Lecturer 67805088 chianwei@tp.edu.sg

Han Fung Siew Edward

M.Sc (Properties and Maintenance Management), B.Eng (Hons)

Adjunct Lecturer 67882000 e00485@tp.edu.sg

Lim Lee Im

B.Sc (Estates Management) (Hons)

Adjunct Lecturer 67882000 a01397@tp.edu.sg

Phua Hong Aik

B.Eng (Electrical), P.Eng

Adjunct Lecturer 67806708 a01329@tp.edu.sg

Tan Puay Hwee

B.Eng

Adjunct Lecturer 67882000 a01463@tp.edu.sg

Student Achievements

Competitions

 

BIM Competition – Shoot Out 2017
Continuing to demonstrate Integrated Facility Management (IFM) students’ high level of proficiency in building design applications, Yeo Jin Ling clinched second spot in the "Mechanical, Electrical & Plumbing" category of the BIM Shootout event, a speed contest in which participants are required to use Revit software to replicate a given building model within a time limit of 2 hours.  The competition was held in Oct 2017.


BIM Competition- Shoot Out 2016
Two students from the Diploma in Integrated Facility Management (IFM), Lim Hong Heng Roy and Tiew Qi Jun Sherwin, won an individual Merit award in the Architectural category of the Building Information Modelling (BIM)-Shoot Out competition, organised by the Building & Construction Authority (BCA) on 26 Oct 2016.

 


BIM Competition 2014

A student from the Diploma in Integrated Facility Management (IFM), Lim Jia Hui, won an individual Gold award in the Architectural category of the Building Information Modelling (BMI) competition 2014, organised by the Building & Construction Authority (BCA).  She took part in the “BMI Shootout”, in which contestants were required, within a specified time frame, to use the BIM software to produce conceptual designs of buildings or facilities.


Jia Hui with her award-winning drawing


Internship


Interns Win Awards at Changi Airport
Our students who did their internship at Changi Airport (Apr to Aug 2016) has won accolades for their excellent contribution.  Tay Jing Min received the “Excellent Intern Award” while Jonas Lim Jun Yin received the “Most Outstanding Intern Award” upon completion of their tour of duty.  They were each given a certificate each and Changi Dollar Vouchers. 

The “Excellent Intern Award” is presented to interns to recognise their consistent efforts to strive for excellence while performing their duties, while the “Most Outstanding Intern Award” is given to the best intern in the entire cohort.


Jin Min (left) and Jonas receiving their awards in Aug 2016

Green Mark Certification
During their internship, 4 students from IFM who took it upon themselves to help their former secondary schools to achieve the much coveted “Green Mark” award for schools, issued by the BCA.  This award is a recognition for buildings which have fulfilled a set of sustainability related “green” criteria. Learning that there is a requirement for all schools in Singapore to obtain a Green Mark certification by 2020, these students decided to take on this quest as part of their Major Project (MP) and approached their alma mater in April 2015 to work with them on greening their respective schools. Three of them accepted the invitation: Admiralty Sec School, Beatty Sec School and Peicai Sec School. Eventually, due in no small part to the hard work of these students, Admiralty and Peicai Sec Schools got the Green Mark (Gold) award, while, more remarkably, Beatty Sec School clinched the prestigious Green Mark Goldplus to become only the second school in Singapore to have achieved this high rating. The awards were officially conferred in November 2015.


IFM students with a green passion: Wen Xin, Mohd Iqbal, Shi Hui, and Yan Zhen


Scholarships


The Building & Construction Authority (BCA) offers scholarships/sponsorships each year to IFM students with outstanding character, academic results and CCA performance. 

Some IFM students who had been awarded scholarships /sponsorships are: 

  • Khoo Nee Jian (BCA, 2016)
  • Muhammad Khairi bin Yusri (EM Services Pte Ltd, 2016)

Industry partner, Mr Wan Fook Kong, also sponsors scholarships for polytechnic studies, exclusively for our IFM students with excellent academic performance and CCA records.  Since 2008, the following IFM students have received the Wan Fook Kong scholarship:

Academic Year

Quantum

per student

Recipients

2008/09

$2,400

Mr Aw Wei Ren Calvin

2009/10

$2,400

Ms Liu May Ying Liza

2010/11

$2,400

Ms Chew Jia Ying



2011/12

 

 

$2,100

Ms Chen Sijin

$2,400

Ms Tasneem

2012/13

$2,400

Ms Loh Yi Ping

2014/15

$2,600

Ms Brenda Neo Zi Yi

$2,600

Ms Nuramielia Satria Bte Samion

2015/16

$3,000

Ms Chew Di Wen, Ivena

$3,000

Ms Tay Jing Min

2016/17

$3,000

Ms Chua Yun Xuan

$3,000

Ms. Siti Nur Atiqah Bte Ramlan

2017/18  

IT COULD BE YOU!

Projects

e-FM Checklist


This is an Android mobile app called “E-FI” which provides an automated operating process to replace the conventional method of manually recording data and information during building inspections.  “E-FI” will help to simplify work and raise productivity in facility management.  With this app, facility managers can make use of ready-made digitised forms and environment measurement tools, view a building’s layout graphically, and refer to a listing of contractors as well as personnel to contact in the event of a crisis.  It is also able to generate inspection reports.


Kaizen Cost Saving & Improvement Plan


This project, done in collaboration with MSD (Merck Sharp & Dohme), focuses on 2 aspects: energy and water.  Physical improvements will be carried out and it includes the reduction of lighting and using alternative water sources (such as rainwater) for cleaning, thereby resulting in cost savings. Glare in workspaces and common areas are also reduced to provide comfort for staff.  There is also emphasis on educating the staff to raise their awareness of environmental issues.  Besides cutting cost, this project also helps MSD to fulfil their corporate social responsibilities as a well-known international company.


iReport@fault App


The objective of this project is to design and develop a mobile application to allow tenants and visitors to a facility to provide feedback or submit complaints to the facility manager, who can be alerted more quickly and rectify the fault.  Easy to use, the app allows users to indicate the exact location of faults, and upload a picture as proof.  Once a fault has been rectified, the facility manager clicks a button to update the status, which can then be viewed by everyone and users will also be alerted to the change in status.  All feedback received will be stored in a database which can be reviewed by facility mangers or auditors.

 

Facilities

The Diploma in Integrated Facility Management (IFM) is supported by the latest technology and facilities to support teaching and student learning.  Geared towards the industry and skills future, these facilities, hardware and software ensure that our IFM students are industry-ready upon graduation from TP.

Facility Management of Campus


Our campus has 38 older buildings and 11 newer buildings that provide a realistic outside-the-classroom learning experience, where students can get to see, feel, explore, use and manage campus facilities, especially the newer buildings with green features such as a roof-top garden with complete electricity-generating solar panel system and vertical greenery.


The award-winning building is also designed to be eco-friendly, with green landscaping on the walls to cool the building as well as special architectural features such as roof windows and strategically placed ventilation panels.



Computer Lab for Building Modelling


Computer labs are installed with the latest industry software such as AutoCAD and Revit, to equip students with important software knowledge in facility space planning, constructing and simulating building models to optimise energy usage and occupants’ comfort – which are all important skills required in managing a facility.



Mechanical & Electrical Labs


Our Mechanical and Electrical labs are equipped with various facilities to familiarise students with the building services and equipment that function as the “internal organs” of buildings.  Some of these facilities include:


a) Air Handling Unit
The Air Handling Unit (AHU) is the driver behind cool and comfortable air in buildings.  It is used to regulate and circulate air as part of a heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning (HVAC) system, and usually comprising a large metal box containing a blower, heating or cooling elements, filter racks or chambers, sound attenuators, and dampers.  In a building, it is connected to a ductwork ventilation system that distributes the conditioned air through the building and returns it to the AHU.


b) Chiller
The heart of a building’s air-conditioning system, chillers are responsible for cooling the air before it is blown into a building.  The cooling is done by running hot air through the massive pipes that you see here, which is then cooled by cold water.  Students get to learn about this important component of a building, without which the air-con systems of buildings cannot function.


c) Electrical Lab
Each desk in this lab comes equipped with a mock up electrical board which students use to learn about electrical circuits and connections, which actually run like arteries through a building (just that you don’t see them because they are hidden either underground, behind walls, or above ceiling boards!)  Learning how to make these correct connections is critical, as a wrong connection could cause a short circuit or fire.


d) Mechanical lab
This Mechanical lab is packed with equipment to allow students to study the principle of thermodynamics, which is the connection between heat and temperature and how they affect the output, as well as fluid mechanics which is the study of the effect of forces on the motion of fluids in buildings and other facilities.

Diploma Student Club


Student Experience

The student club of the Diploma in Integrated Facility Management organises various activities for students from its diploma group, enriching students’ learning experience, while fostering teamwork and bonding.  Some of these activities include:


1) Japan Study Trip
IFM students went for a study trip to Japan from 10  to 16 Oct 2016, visiting and learning from experts in the field of facilities management in Sola City, the Toyota City Disaster Prevention Centre, Nagoya Institute of Technology, and Toyota Ecoful Town.  They also visited tourist attractions such as Nagoya Castle, Imperial Palace (shown below), Lake Ashi Cruise, Tsujiki Outer Fish Market and last but not least, the happiest place on earth – Disneyland!

2) Orientation Camp
The IFM group held a 2D1N Orientation camp in April 2014.  Led by seniors, the camp gave participants the chance to get to know one another, for Freshies to bond with their Seniors, and for everyone to have fun.  "It was my first exposure to the camps in EngineeringSchool and it was really fun!  I will certainly sign up for more of such activities in future!" said Sarah Ng An Shu, formerly from BedokGreenSecSchool.  Her course mate, Tan Qiu Miao (EastSpringSecSchool) exclaimed: "United we stand, divided we fall!"

3) Study Trip to Korea
IFM students went for a study trip to Korea from 28 Oct to 3 Nov 2014, visiting and learning about famous facilities such as the Lotte World Adventure, the PoscoGreenBuilding, and Cafeteria O01, as well as other tourist attractions and integrated resorts.

 

4) Graduation Night – Dinner & Dance 2014
Celebrating the completion of their diploma course, graduating IFM students let their hair down for a final bash – their graduation night D&D on 28 May 2014.  It was a chance to get together for one last time as students, thank their lecturers, wish one another all the best for the future, and bid their goodbyes with handshakes and hugs.  But, as they went their separate ways, the IFM spirit will certainly live on in all their hearts. 

Alumni Success Stories

1) Lim Huan Wei (2016)

Talk about managing a hotel, and most people would think of well dressed guest relations officers welcoming visitors in posh hotel lobbies.  But ask Lim Huan Wei, who has spent more than 10 years managing facilities in the hotel industry, and he will tell you that it’s not all glitz and glam. 

“Managing a hotel includes ensuring that the infrastructure, including the physical facilities and mechanical equipment in the hotel are functioning perfectly,” explains the 33-year-old Project Manager of Roxy Pacific, who holds a Diploma in Integrated Facility Management from Temasek Polytechnic. 

He had spent 10 years first as a Technical Officer and then as a Duty Engineer in the Preventive Maintenance Department at Shangri-La Hotel (Singapore), overseeing the engineering operations, handling day to day maintenance issues in the hotel building, and in short, ensuring that the gears of the hotel continue to click like clockwork.  “In the field of facilities management, you need to anticipate problems that may arise, not wait for them to happen,” he explains.  “This means having a reliable maintenance schedule, so as to prolong the lifespan of equipment and reduce the number of breakdowns,” he adds.  

Has he encountered any major breakdowns in the hotel before?  Certainly.  But there has never been any problem which Huan Wei and his team could not solve.  “When confronted with problems, it all boils down to understanding the basics of facility management, and that is when I find that my diploma training comes in really handy,” assesses Huan Wei. 

While working at Shangri-La Hotel, Huan Wei also found time to upgrade his skill-sets by pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Facility Management from Herriot Watt University, offered via a local university partner, Trend Global. 

After obtaining his degree, and with his vast industry experience, Huan Wei moved on to become Chief Engineer for the Sofitel Hotel group.  Back then, Sofitel was a brand new hotel in Singapore, so he had to deal with a myriad of teething problems, such as having to overcome physical design constraints and technical difficulties when implementing programmes and services for the hotel.  

After more than 10 years in the local facilities management industry, Huan Wei then decided to extend his horizons beyond the shores of Singapore, so he joined the Roxy Pacific group as Project Manager of the Roxy Resort in the Maldives where he is based, overseeing its design and renovation as well as branding. 

“I am thankful that my polytechnic diploma has given me a strong foundation in both facility management as well as in mechanical and electrical engineering; it has taken me to where I am today,” assesses Huan Wei gratefully.

2) Tiffany Chia & Serene Tan (2013)

Once upon a time, two young ladies sat down and made a wish.  But no, they were not wishing for a frog in a pond to turn into a prince charming. Tiffany Chia Wen Fang and Serene Tan Ser Lin were dreaming about being able to set up their own events management company. A Major Project and four months of internship later, their wish came true. 

Tiffany and Serene, who both graduated with a Diploma in Integrated Facility Management (IFM) in 2013, had worked out their plans as part of their Major Project entitled “Oh My Event” and honed their skills during their internship at an events management company in their final year.  In their last semester, they took the plunge into the pond and set up Reneniti Management Pte Ltd, also known as “OHMYEVENT” (www.ohmyevent.sg). Besides providing brick and mortar event management services, the company also runs an online marketplace where customers can log in to book event venues, hire vendors and manage their project remotely, while vendors can actively market their products and services in the portal, and even track their sales with monthly financial reports.

Tiffany, who is the Business Development Director, explains: “We aim to revolutionise events management by infusing it with technology, for the benefit of both our clients and vendors.” The former Presbyterian High School student is grateful for the guidance from Temasek Polytechnic’s Entrepreneurship Centre, which had helped them to obtain the ACE start-up grant of $50,000 from SPRING Singapore.

Her partner, Business Relations Director Serene Tan, is equally grateful: “The things we learnt in our IFM subjects such as Space Planning, AutoCAD, and Project Management help us a lot now that we plan and organise events,” assesses the CHIJ (Toa Payoh) alumnus.

Any advice for aspiring entrepreneurs? “The key is to understand that failure is necessary for success, so you need to bounce back from setbacks, otherwise you will lose the opportunity to succeed,” asserts Tiffany.

In a little over a year, their company has hired 8 staff and chalked up a 6-digit turnover, counting numerous established organisations among its clientele.


Serene (left) and Tiffany working out the details for an event they are organising

3) Chew Jia Ying (2011)

Since we carry our laptop with us everywhere, why not let it carry things for us?

With that burning question in mind, Chew Jia Ying decided to design a stick-on organiser, attached to one’s laptop, to house the numerous “add-ons” that people usually bring with them – mouse, thumb-drive, ear piece, USB cable, or external hard-disk.                         

“It was part of my second year module at NUS, when we had to design and market an original product,” explains Jia Ying, who had gone on to pursue a Bachelor of Arts (Industrial Design) course after graduating with a Diploma in Integrated Facility Management (Merit with Course Gold Medal) from Temasek Polytechnic in 2011.

She designed the organiser, called the Stitx, together with two course-mates and commercialised it in collaboration with local bag manufacturer, Uyii.  The Stitx is now retailing for $59.90 at design stores such as “Totally Hot Stuff” at The Cathay, and Central @ Clarke Quay.  “We trust that this product can be a hit with tertiary students and nomadic workers who are always on-the-go with their laptops,” excites the 24-year-old former student of Ang Mo Kio Sec School, who plans to remain in the creative industry after getting her degree.  She says: “I miss my days in TP because that was where I felt most at home throughout my years of education.  TP was like one big family to me,” she recalls.


Jia Ying with the organiser which she designed and sells

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