Diploma in Mechatronics (T66)

2019 Planned Intake: 100 JAE 2019 Last Aggregate Score: 25

Are you an avid fan of remote controlled cars or robots?  Always wanted to get involved in putting a combat or commercial aeroplane together?  If you are, then look no further, because this is the course for you!

Our Diploma in Mechatronics offers you a programme that remains relevant.  It gives you the widest career opportunities and further study choices to meet your aspirations.  Established in 1991, ours is the first mechatronics diploma programme in Singapore, and it is a popular course in our School of Engineering.

This course integrates mechanical engineering with electronics and intelligent computer control in the design of products and engineering processes.  It provides you with core competencies to give you an edge in many areas such as aerospace engineering, automation, robotics, mechatronics design, programmable logic controllers, electro-pneumatics systems, computer aided design and manufacturing, computer and microcontroller applications.

You may also choose to take one of these 5 Elective Clusters for more in-depth specialisation:

  • Advanced Engineering Skills
  • Aerospace Systems 
  • Process Control & Automation
  • Robotics & Automation
  • Semiconductor Technology
 Mechatronics is the synergistic combination of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, electronics, information technology and systems thinking, integrated and applied in the design of products and automation processes.
—  Mr Christian Burdin
     Head of Sales Operations
     Service and Support (SG-O)
     Festo AG & Co.KG


Notable Features

  • Broad-based curriculum trains you in the integration and application of three major engineering disciplines, namely, mechanical, electronic and computer engineering, thereby giving you the best of 3 worlds 
  • Mechatronics gives you the flexibility to work in a wide range of high-value industries such as aerospace, automation, clean room, manufacturing, medical, robotics, R&D support and wafer fabrication 
  • Option to specialise in one of 5 key areas of technology: 
    - Advanced Engineering Skills
    - Aerospace Systems 
    - Process Control & Automation
    - Robotics & Automation
    - Semiconductor Technology 
  • Gives you an introduction to the world of 3D printing – an emerging technology with great potential that is being used in more and more applications today.  You will develop hands-on skills in building 3D printers while incorporating integrated learning across various subjects in the course curriculum. 
  • You get a chance to learn how to program a cobot, design robot-related mechanisms and have fun in learning!

Career Prospects

Today’s high demands of speed, accuracy, reliability, safety, and ease of operation can only be met by using advanced electronic control systems, computer-automated manufacturing, robots and automated machine tools that are a part of Mechatronics.

Mechatronics combines mechanical and electrical engineering with computer technology. It is also an important foundation in the growing and vibrant aerospace industry. Hence, if you are trained in Mechatronics, you will be versatile in contributing to a wide range of industries.

This course equips you with knowledge of product and process design, factory automation, robotics, machine vision and manufacturing that will enable you to contribute effectively to the manufacturing and processing industries. In addition, you will be able to specialise in, and contribute to, the prospective aerospace industry.

With this diploma, you will find employment in the electronics, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, chemical, food processing and aerospace industries. Your jobs span the areas of R&D, equipment design & development, planning, project management and marketing research, and you may be employed as:

  • Automation Technologists
  • CAD / CAM Technologists
  • Engineering Assistants
  • Technical Sales Engineers
  • Technical Specialists
  • Aerospace Technologists
  • Process Control Engineers
  • Manufacturing / Product Engineers
  • Associate Engineers / Asst Engineers

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 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

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 introduces you to the use of hand tools and standard laboratory equipment for the construction and testing of electronic prototypes. You will also learn to identify basic electronic components for project work and how to use them to build electronic devices.


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 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.


To design a Mechatronics product that fits the use of end-users, it requires designers’ understanding and applying the under-lying principles in industrial product design. With the rapid growth in the prototyping technology, designer could also obtain the prototype of the product within a short time for evaluation. This subject provides you with the basic principles in the development of a Mechatronics product design through hands-on experience, and you will have opportunities to develop your product idea using a Computer-Aided Design system and having the paper design built through the prototyping techniques.


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 the fundamentals underlying the contemporary manufacturing automation environment. Four main topics are covered in this subject; namely pneumatics, electro-pneumatics, programmable logic controllers and factory automation. You will gain the essential knowledge of the working principles and applications of automation equipment related to the topics covered, followed by an overview of how to automate production processes to achieve quality and high productivity. Both hardware and software links between the main factory automation components are introduced.


The subject introduces the various manufacturing processes including computer-controlled processes and you get hands-on practice with conventional and Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machines. You will also learn about Computer-Aided Design and Manufacturing (CAD/CAM) system. Safety aspects are emphasised throughout the workshop sessions. You will acquire the fundamental knowledge and skills in designing for the manufacturing sectors such as the tool and die industry.


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.


This subject applies elementary engineering principles to the design and selection of common mechanical elements and systems. Topics include: material selection, mechanical joining, mechanism, motion transmission and design for machining & assembly. Computer Aided Design (CAD) tools will be used to reinforce the learning of this subject.


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.


Cluster Elective Subjects

  • Advanced Engineering Skills elective cluster
Subject code Subject LevelCredit Units

This subject provides opportunities for you to integrate and apply your knowledge for high level competitions or projects in practical learning situations.  The project or skills training can involve substantial work related to either a high level industrial program or an end-user product, as well as advanced training to develop technical abilities to execute specific tasks competitively.  It could also involve the development, evaluation of workable designs and implementation of ideas related to an innovative product suitable for manufacturing, or an improvement to existing products or processes.  You may be required to work on software, hardware, or a combination of both hardware and software. 

  • Aerospace Systems elective cluster
Subject code Subject LevelCredit Units

This subject equips you with the basic knowledge in thermodynamics, concepts of the 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 guide for relevant topics on thermodynamics listed in the Singapore Airworthiness Requirements (SAR-6) Module 2 “Physics”. Knowledge of this subject allows you to understand the mechanisms of heat transfer and how gas turbine engines work.


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”.

  • Process Control & Automation elective cluster
Subject code Subject LevelCredit Units

This subject introduces the fundamentals of instrumentation and measurement. Topics include measuring devices, final control elements, controller principles, single and multiple loop control systems and process documentation. Basic programming skills in simulation, real-time control, data transfer from sensors to computers and computer-to-computer communication are also covered.


This subject covers the fundamentals of factory automation systems. It provides the essential concepts and background of industrial automation, machine vision and their applications, as well as their integration into a complete manufacturing system.

  • Robotics & Automation elective cluster
Subject code Subject LevelCredit Units

This subject introduces various concepts involved in the study of robotic systems. It begins with an introduction to the different types of robotic systems, mechanical forces and the law of motion, and the different types of actuators and sensors, as well as their application in robotics. Basic kinematics is also discussed to determine the pose and orientation of the object in space. Various mobile robot design considerations and embedded system design are also explored to emphasise the application aspects.


This subject covers the fundamentals of factory automation systems. It provides the essential concepts and background of industrial automation, machine vision and their applications, as well as their integration into a complete manufacturing system.

  • Semiconductor Technology elective cluster
Subject code Subject LevelCredit Units

This subject covers the design of photo-masks, sequencing of processes to form a process flow, technologies in processing of solid state devices, isolation and interconnection structures, application of test structures for process monitoring as well as the characterisation and functionality testing of basic solid state devices.


This subject introduces contamination control in a cleanroom and the factors to control the environment. It includes wafer plant facilities, process equipment and vacuum technology. Practical training includes appreciating the environment in the cleanroom, identifying the various components of a deionised water purification plant and operating vacuum pumps and systems.


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

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 83 credit units
Diploma Cluster Elective Subjects min 7 credit units
Total Credit Units Completed min 126 credit units

Blog Post

  • When Love Conquers All

    When Love Conquers All

    28 Feb 2019

    Daryl Lim, who graduated from the Diploma in Mechatronics (Merit) in May 2011, found not only academic fulfilment, but also love, at Temasek Polytechnic (TP).  Read his story... 

  • My Fruitful Mechatronics Journey

    My Fruitful Mechatronics Journey

    13 Feb 2019

    Jiang Hai Xiang, who graduated with a Diploma in Mechatronics (Merit) in 2018 with a cumulative GPA of 3.87, recalls the challenges he faced during his 3-year course, and offers some tips on how to do well.  

  • Aiming for Success

    Aiming for Success

    10 Mar 2016

    What do kids and arrows have in common?  For Mechatronics alumnus, Leong Wai Kit, they were two of the most significant things which touched him during his 3 years in TP, providing the motivation for the next phase of his life.  Read his story…

  • Greater Security with a Blast

    Greater Security with a Blast

    03 Mar 2016

    On 31 May 2015, a criminal who smashed through a police roadblock outside Shangri-la Hotel was shot dead, because the police had no other option.  Well, now they have – in the form of a “Mini Bazooka” invented by 3 students.  Find out how it could have saved a life…


Contact Us

For general enquiries, please contact:

School of Engineering

  (65) 6780 5144
  (65) 6787 7641

Teaching Staff

Staff Name Designation Phone Email

Chan Choy Peng

B.Eng (Hons), M.Phil

Course Manager

67805489 choypeng@tp.edu.sg

Andy Kwek Soo Keng

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

Course Co-ordinator 67805504 sookeng@tp.edu.sg

Chee Feng Ping

B.Eng (Hons), M.Sc

Section Head 67804027 cheefp@tp.edu.sg

Derrick Boey Shee Mun

B.Eng (Hons)

Section Head 67806700 derrick@tp.edu.sg

Foo Ming Fenn

MBA, M.Sc, B.Sc (Hons)

Section Head 67806679  mingfenn@tp.edu.sg

Irwan Bin Karim

M.Eng, B.Eng (Hons)

Section Head 67805497 irwanbk@tp.edu.sg

Lee Khim Yong

B.Eng (ME) (Hons)

Senior Lecturer 67806712 khimyong@tp.edu.sg

Lew Kok Fah

B.Eng (ME) (Hons)

Senior Lecturer 67805490 kokfah@tp.edu.sg

Peter Lim Shee Soon

B.Eng (Hon)

Senior Lecturer  67805516  limss@tp.edu.sg

Jonathan Chua Cheng Lam


Lecturer  67806005  jonchus@tp.edu.sg


B.Eng (Hons), M.Sc

Lecturer 67806654 muskam@tp.edu.sg

Peng Wai Meng

M.Sc (CIM)

Lecturer  67805515  pengwm@tp.edu.sg

Tan Eng Heng

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

Lecturer 67806649 taneh@tp.edu.sg

Tay Cheng Hong

B.Eng (Mechanical)

Lecturer 67806672  taych@tp.edu.sg

Thia Wang Ling Christopher

B.Eng (Hons), M.Sc

Lecturer 67801872 thiawang@tp.edu.sg 

Student Achievements



1) Singapore International 3D Printing Competition 2018
3D-printed personal mobility devices designed and created by Engineering students snatched 2 Gold awards in the 6th Singapore International 3D Printing competition held on 15 May 2018.

The “ErGo-Walker”, invented by Mechatronics students Kanan Raghav and Muhd Ashiddiq bin Muhaimen, teaming up with students from the School of Design, is a unique walking aid that is equipped with castor wheels that can glide smoothly on the ground and take a weight of up to 200kg.  It won the Gold award in the Elderly Mobility Devices category.  

The “Truss 3D”, on the other hand, took top spot in the Personal Mobility Vehicles category.  Designed by Lam Tian Xiang, also from the Diploma in Mechatronics, it is essentially a lightweight chassis that can be fitted onto kick-scooters or e-scooters.  Printed in carbon or polycarbonate filament, the “Truss 3D” gives much better structural integrity

2) Home Team Sponsorship 2018
Two Mechatronics students, Loh Jia Yao and Tiffany Tan Gek Cheng, were awarded the Home Team scholarship 2018, awarded to existing polytechnic students who demonstrate leadership qualities as well as the drive and resilience to take on the challenge of keeping Singapore safe and secure.  Award recipients can look forward to a meaningful and rewarding career with the Home team upon graduation from TP.  They received their awards from the Guest-of-Honour Ms Josephine Teo at a presentation ceremony in April 2018.

Tiffany (front row, 7th) and Jia Yao (back row, 3rd) at the presentation ceremony

3) Shell Eco Marathon Race 2018
Six students from the Diploma in Mechatronics were part of a team which designed, built, tested and raced their wholly original eco-car in the Shell Eco Marathon – a competition to find the most fuel efficient vehicle which runs on clean energy.  Their hydrogen fuel cell powered eco-car, incorporating the world’s smallest and lightest fuel cell invented by TP’s School of Engineering, completed the stipulated 10km route using the least amount of hydrogen to clinch the Gold award in the hydrogen category.  The competition was held on 11 Mar 2018 at the Changi Exhibition Centre. For the full story, please click here.

4) 3D-Printed Dental Crown
When Neo Chun Hui joined the Diploma in Mechatronics, he never expected that he would work on something related to teeth.  But he did.  Together with three Mechatronics course mates, he did his internship at TP's Digital Fabrication & Additive Manufacturing Centre and the Temasek Microelectronics Centre (TMC), where he helped researchers to develop an efficient and cheaper method of fabricating dental crowns using 3D printers.  The final-year student said: "I did not know what to expect, but I have learnt much more than I could ever imagine."  His team mate, Chan Jun Leong, echoed: "We learnt new skills that were not covered in our syllabus."  The Mechatronics students also had the chance to use industry-standard equipment such as a dental ceramic furnace and a 3D printer, and they were able to pick up skills in using a new dental software too.  Their inspirational story was featured in The New Paper on 5 Jan 2018.

5) SEA Games 2015

Four alumni members from the Diploma in Mechatronics (MTN) helped Team Singapore to secure their best ever medal haul at the South East Asian (SEA) Games 2015 held in Singapore from 5 – 16 June 2015, when the country won 259 medals -- 84 Gold, 73 Silver, and 102 Bronze medals.  Samson Lee Mun Hou who graduated in 2008, won a Silver (team) and a Bronze (individual) medal in Fencing, while Kiang Jian Xiang (graduated in 2007) won 3 Bronze medals in the Traditional Boat Race (Dragon Boat) team event.

6) SAFE Competition 2015
MTN students clinched a total of 4 Merit awards in the annual Security Awareness for Everyone (SAFE) competition 2015 with their invention of highly practical devices to improve homeland security.  Three of them (Mohd Syafiq, Muhd Syazwan & Muhd Haikal) invented 3 products, namely the “Visual Attention for Children”, the “High Pitch Frequency Distractor”, and the “Pedestrian Alert Signal”.  In addition, 2 other MTN students (Keith Ong Jin Cong & Lucius Lau Ming Ren) also won a Merit award with their “Bicycle Safe” system.

7) Singapore Robotics Games 2015
A team of MTN students clinched a Gold award with their design of the robot named “ABC” which won a Gold award in the “Intelligent Robot” category of the annual Singapore Robotic Games competition 2015.  The students in the team were: Avery Joseph Goh, Tan Miao Ling Stella, Teo Ee Hian, Tan Inn Kee, Shawn Tan Wei Zun.

8) WorldSkills Singapore 2014
MTN students (Melvin Soh Yong Sheng & Reon Lee Zhong Yu) clinched a Bronze award in the Mechatronics category of the WorldSkills Singapore (WSS) competition 2014.  The WSS is a biennial competition which symbolises the pinnacle of excellence in vocational training.  Every two years, hundreds of young skilled people, accompanied by their teachers and trainers, convene from around the world to compete before the public in the skills of their various trades and test themselves against demanding international standards.  The winners of the national round proceed to represent Singapore at the international level.


Course Medalists 2015

The top 3 students of each diploma will receive the Gold, Silver and Bronze medals at our Graduation ceremony each year.  In 2015, receiving the Excel Marco Industrial Systems Course Gold medal was Sun Han Jie, while Ye Zhi Chao received the Silver medal, and Wang Jia Hao took the Bronze.

All Round Excellence Award 2012

MTN student, Mitchelle Elaine Jauw Shian Fern, won the All Round Excellence Award, which recognises students who have excelled both academically and in Co Curricular Activities (CCA).  Graduating with 3 Distinctions, 19A’s and 6B’s, and a CGPA of 3.83, Elaine as Vice Captain of the our Polytechnic’s 10-pin Bowling team had won the CCA Merit award (Sports) for two consecutive years in her first and second years in TP.  She was also on the Director’s List, the School’s roll of honour for the top 10% of academic achievers.


Mitsuboshi Scholarship
For his final year Major Project, Chia Cheng Han worked with Mitsuboshi Overseas Headquarters (MOH) Pte Ltd to design and build a machine which could split the timing belt produced by the company into singular pieces.  His excellent contribution to the project, coupled with his fine academic performance, earned him the Mitsuboshi Scholarship to pursue his further studies.

Receiving his scholarship award from the Director of MOH, Mr Tan Chin Yeow

Peter Lim Scholarship 2014
Four students from MTN received the Singapore Olympic Foundation (SOF) Peter Lim Scholarship which recognises the efforts of outstanding athletes.  With this scholarship, promising young athletes who are committed to chasing their dreams will have the opportunity to do so without being hampered by the financial considerations.  The following students won the scholarship for their contribution to football: Abdul Raqib bin Abdul Razak, Muhd Al Nazirul Islam bin Abdul Razak, Muhd Harithzan bin Jantan, and Muhd Shazwan bin Mohd Said.



Yumi Chinese Calligraphy Robot

So you think that you can write with both your left and right hands?  Well, see if you can write Chinese characters as beautifully as our Yumi robot.  Using both hands simultaneously, the ambidextrous robot executes the strokes effortlessly like a skilled calligrapher, writing two characters at one go.  Mechatronics students will have the opportunity to learn about, and work with, collaborative robots and automation equipment such as this calligraphy robot, during their course of study.  To watch Yumi in action writing the Chinese characters “步步高升”, click here.

Yumi Barista Robot

Coffee anyone?  Let our Yumi robot brew you a cuppa!  Mechatronics students were involved in the development of this barista robot application, which demonstrates how robots can be used in cool and creative presentations.  Using its dexterous arms, the robot inserts a coffee capsule into the coffee-maker, positions the cup, pushes the start button, picks up the cup of freshly brewed coffee, and then places it on a saucer – all  done immaculately without a drop being spilled.  Mechatronics students will have the opportunity to learn about, and work with, collaborative robots and automation equipment such as this barista robot, during their course of study.  To watch Yumi in action making a cup of coffee, click here.

Water Filtration System

A group of Mechatronics (MTN) students designed a water tap with a smart built-in water filtration system which will alert the user once the water filter cartridge is due for replacement.  But unlike other water filtration systems in the market, this system tracks how much it has been used, rather than how long it has been used, before alerting the user.  This means the system is more accurate and also more economical.  The system is also able to alert the user automatically via SMS once the filter cartridge is due for replacement – something which conventional smart water filter systems do not have.

Gap Crossing Wheelchair

This modified wheelchair, developed by a group of MTN students, has an extra pair of extendable wheels at the front, allowing the wheelchair to cross drains, potholes and gaps of up to 30cm. This is Version 2.0 – a more powerful and effective successor to its earlier model which was also developed by MTN students in 2013.  The essential improvement is the addition of an extra pair of hand-controlled levers which allow the wheelchair user to activate the extendable wheels without having to bend downwards to do it manually.  This project won a Merit award in the annual IES Innovation Challenge in 2014.

Automated Food Cleaner

The "Food Tray Automated Cleaning System" is a machine invented by MTN students, which can clean food trays used at fast food outlets.  A conveyer belt takes each tray through the cleaning process.  Any leftover items on the tray are first swept into a thrash bin by an overhead barrier.  When the tray reaches a second sensor, a cleaning liquid is sprayed onto the tray.  A sponge and brush will then wipe the tray clean.  All this is done in about 10 seconds, which means 6 trays can be cleaned per minute.  This project won a Commendation award in the annual Tan Kah Kee Young Inventors’ Award competition in 2014.

Easy Susan

The “Easy Susan” uses a similar concept as the Lazy Susan, but instead of rotating food placed on it, you rotate your buttocks on it! It is used to help the infirm and elderly passengers get in and out of a car more easily.  This project won a Commendation award in the annual Tan Kah Kee Young Inventors’ Award competition in 2012.

Intelligent Robot

A highly intelligent robot, named “ABC” was developed by MTN students to participate in the “Intelligent Robot” category of the annual Singapore Robotic Games 2015, winning a Gold award.  In this event, the robot is supposed to collect 25 objects in a competition arena (9 yellow balls, 7 blue empty steel cans and 9 red boxes).  The collected objects are then delivered into 3 different containers according to their respective colours within 6 minutes.  The position of the objects is random and unknown, which means participating robots have to be able to search for and identify the correct objects, and then navigate independently towards them.  Temasek Poly (TP) has won the Gold in this category for 6 consecutive years, attesting to the high level of its robotics expertise.


Temasek Polytechnic 3D Printer Teaching Line

Our TP-made 3D Printer Teaching Line conducts integrated learning beyond subjects.  Second year Mechatronics students learn to fully assemble a 3D printer as part of the practical requirement complementing their theoretical coursework.  This gives them the chance to apply what they have learnt via hands-on practice for a better grasp of engineering concepts related engineering design, design optimisation and assembly skills.  Students see for themselves how various mechanical, electrical and control components work together to become a mechatronics system.  Through this teaching line, students also learn basic troubleshooting techniques and the importance of corrective and preventive actions in assembly and manufacturing processes.

Programmable Automation Lab

This lab is equipped with training kits and modules to introduce students to the backbone of common automation technologies, namely: pneumatics, electro-pneumatics and Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC).  Students will learn how to use compressed air as a pneumatic control and signalling medium and use electrical sensing and switching devices to control pneumatic actuators.  They will also learn how to develop and run PLC programs to perform common tasks.

Instrumentation and Computer Control Lab

This lab is equipped with Compact Work Stations that are able to illustrate the fundamentals of instrumentation and process control using process variables such as level, flow, pressure and temperature control. The design of sensors and valve actuators allows students to use both continuous and discontinuous controllers.  Students will learn different measuring devices, final control elements, controller principles and different control systems in this lab.

Automation and Machine Vision Lab

This lab is equipped with Modular Production Systems (MPS) and Machine Vision Systems (MVS).  MPS emulates a modern factory with an automated production line consisting of pneumatic or electrical actuators, different types of sensors, programmable logic controllers and data communication modules.  MVS is used in a factory to allow robots or machines to locate, recognise, measure and even help to make decisions based on the characteristics of the parts.  Students will learn the knowledge and hands-on skills required to set up, integrate, troubleshoot and commission industrial automation equipment using the MPS and MVS.

WorldSkills Training Lab

The WorldSkills lab houses the automation training systems used in preparing our students for the WorldSkills Singapore (WSS) competition (Mechatronics trade).  The WSS is a prestigious biennial competition in which hundreds of participants, highly skilled in their respective vocational trades, compete against one another at the highest level.  The best performers are also selected to represent Singapore at the WorldSkills international finals overseas.

Robotics Training and Application Development Space

This lab is equipped with collaborative robots (single-arm and dual-arm) as well as industrial robots.  Students will learn to configure and program these robots to perform real world applications as part of their projects.  They will also experience how to design and integrate suitable robot end-effectors and incorporate safety devices into robotic systems.

Digital Fabrication & Additive Manufacturing Centre

This is one of the leading 3D printing centres in Singapore, with a focus on industrial 3D printing.  The Centre houses metal printers designed to perform Class 1 (reactive metal) printing with comprehensive safety features, as well as several polymer printers.  It is well positioned to provide a one-stop solution for 3D printing – comprising essential pre- and post- processing equipment starting from CAD/CAM software designing, density test kit and Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), to high temperature furnace, wire-cut, sand-blasting, 5-axis CNC machine, laser cutter, and 3D scanner – to cater to most industry applications.  The Centre is actively involved in student learning as well as project collaborations with the industry, research institutions and other IHLs for additive manufacturing activities to advance and accelerate the adoption of 3D printing technology.

Diploma Student Club

The student club under the Diploma in Mechatronics, called the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), was set up in the School of Engineering in 1994.  The club aims to promote the study and appreciation of Mechatronics to current and potential students through the organising of student enrichment activities as well as the yearly freshmen orientation programme.  It also facilitates student camps and fund-raising activities, produces the diploma T-shirts, and organises industry visits. 

a) Enrichment workshops

These workshops introduce secondary school students to the exciting world of Mechatronics.  One such workshop is the “3D Printing” workshop, in which participants are taught how to design a 3D model using computer aided design (CAD) software.  Solid objects of different shapes and sizes can be drawn and created on the computer screen, and then “printed” out, layer by layer, using a 3D printer.  3D printing, which is increasingly popular today, can be used to create life-like objects, such as mechanical components, car or aircraft parts, and even human organs!  It is so realistic and accurate that a gun fabricated by 3D printing can be fired like a real weapon!

b)  Student Camps
Camps are organised to introduce students to their diploma and to forge friendships through bonding activities.  Such camps help students to develop a sense of pride and belonging to their diploma.  These camps are not just about fun and games; students are also introduced to engineering concepts through a series of workshops.  Talks by industry players and alumni are also included in the camp itinerary to give the students an idea of what to look forward to after they graduate.

c) Other activities
Other activities such as visits to companies in the industry, fund-raising during the annual Campus Care Network Day carnival, and social gatherings are also organised to foster team spirit and camaraderie among Mechatronics students, staff and alumni.

Alumni Success Stories

1) Jesco Tan Jiong Rui (2017)

Jesco Tan, who graduated with a Diploma in Mechatronics (Merit) from TP in 2017, was selected for the Poly-goes-UAS (PGU) scholarship programme to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree from a University of Applied Sciences (“UAS”) in Germany.  In addition to receiving full tuition fees and living allowances, he will get to learn the German language, receive training through continuous internships with her sponsoring company in Germany, and a job placement in the company upon graduation. 

Jesco (right) with a course-mate on his TP Graduation Day

2) Muhammad Munir Ahmad (2011)

Munir, who started work as a Trainee Technician at Rolls-Royce upon graduating from our Diploma in Mechatronics (Aerospace Option), did so well in his job that he was very shortly promoted to Test Engineer – a position usually reserved only for degree holders. The company continues to provide him with on-the-job training, while he concurrently also attended night classes to obtain his Bachelor of Engineering Science (Aerospace Operations) degree from the University of Technology, Sydney in 2015. Munir is a fine example of how a diploma holder from TP can do as well as, if not better than, degree holders. Employees are well aware of this fine reputation that accompanies Engineering diploma holders from TP.

3) Khairul Anwar Ahmad Samson (2009)

After getting his Diploma in Mechatronics from TP in 2009, Khairul went on to obtain an Honours degree (2nd upper) in Mechatronics from the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT), graduating in 2013.  He then started work as an Engineer with Singapore Aero Engine Services Ltd, following which he applied to join the ST Aerospace Academy to become a commercial pilot.  Khairul now flies with Qatar Airways.  He says: “It all started with my Mechatronics diploma from TP, which gave me the strong foundation to pursue and achieve my greater dreams to be a pilot.”

4) Cindy Ng (2006)

As a child, Ms Cindy Ng dreamt of being able to learn about how an aircraft works, to touch and feel an aircraft.  The precocious child that she was loved to play with Lego planes – not dolls – and found it fascinating that something so big could fly.  Fast forward two decades and Cindy’s dreams have come true.  After graduating with a Diploma in Mechatronics from TP in 2006, Cindy went on to complete a degree in Aerospace Systems Engineering at SIM University (UniSIM).  “My diploma training, with its focus on logic and a systematic approach, has opened up a lot of opportunities for me,” she says.   She now works as an Aircraft Engineer at Singapore Aero Engine Services Ltd, which maintains, repairs and overhauls plane engines.

5) Pamela Koh Su Hsien (2006)

Pamela Koh Su Hsien is literally on cloud nine. Her Diploma in Mechatronics from TP had enabled her to pursue a Bachelor of Aeronautical Engineering programme at the University of Sydney, Australia.  Pamela, who graduated in 2006, was among the first batch of students who took the "Aerospace Engineering" option offered to Mechatronics students atTP. With that, she had obtained a one-year exemption from her degree programme at the University.

6) Li Tao (2005)

Like most freshmen at her age, Li Tao had little idea about engineering when she first enrolled in the Diploma in Mechatronics course at Temasek Polytechnic back in 2002. It didn’t take long for her to discover her talent and love for the course, as she became intensely interested in how modern electronics are used and controlled by software -- which suits her inquisitive character to a “T”. After graduating with a Diploma in Mechatronics (with Merit) in 2005, she went on to obtain a Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering (Hons) degree from NUS in 2008. She was then offered a research position leading to a Ph.D at NUS. Her research area was nothing short of mind-boggling to the layman: “Nanostructure, Bio-piezoelectric and Bio-ferroelectric Behaviors of Mollusk Shells Studied by Scanning Probe Microscopy”. But she excelled, and today, Dr Li Tao is doing further post-doctorate research work in Nebraska Lincoln, USA.  

“The multi-disciplinary but holistic curriculum of my Diploma in Mechatronics allowed me to discover my interest and inclination. I was particularly fond of the multi-faceted nature of the course and the modules which developed my life-skills. These helped me a lot during my undergraduate and postgraduate studies,” she recalls.

Dr Li Tao is a fine example of how, with an Engineering diploma from TP, one can excel to reach the pinnacle of academic accomplishment. Just like the old saying “when there’s a will, there’s a way”, Dr Li Tao found out that “when there’s passion, there’s a way.”

7) Edwin Yeo (2000)

After graduating with a Diploma in Mechatronics in 2000, Edwin decided to pursue his passion for the water. An excellent swimmer and a certified NAUI (National Association for Underwater Instructors) diving instructor, Edwin Yeo decided to work as a Dive Specialist at DHI Singapore Pte Ltd, a company dealing with marine engineering equipment, environmental surveillance and deepwater research and consultancy, because it allowed him to apply the technical skills he had acquired from his diploma course, while allowing him to do what he loves most -- being in the water. His job often takes him 40 metres below sea level to carry out research and reconnaissance.  

One fine day, upon the suggestion of his very enterprising mother, he then decided to set up his own company, Opcon Pte Ltd, which designs diving apparel and equipment – a business which revolves around his passion for the water. (His products can be purchased online, or at Divemasters Pratama Pte Ltd.)

Impressed by Edwin’s R&D skills, the SAF’s Naval Diving Unit even commissioned him to develop an underwater scooter for prolonged military operation. Maintaining his links with his alma mater, Edwin has also co-supervised underwater projects (such as the "Remote Operated Vehicle", "Automated Sediment Trap Machine", and "Underwater Fuel Cell Device") done by our TP Engineering School students.  

His specialisation in, and love for, water-related activities and products have earned him the nick name "Master of the Sea". Edwin's story was retold in the programme,"En Route Onwards!" shown on Channel 8 (5 May 2015). 

8) Denis Tan Chong Ghee (2010)

After graduating with a Diploma in Mechatronics in 2000, Denis went on to work as a Sales Engineer at Rockwell Automation Pte Ltd, while pursuing a part-time degree in Mechatronics from the University of Newcastle, Australia.  With his vast experience in automation, Denis was head-hunted by Pilz GmbH & Co, a company providing professional services for machinery safety headquartered in Germany, to lead and oversee its South-East Asian operations as Managing Director of Pilz SEA (Singapore) Pte Ltd.  Today, Denis has no regrets.  “Mechatronics is a field of study which opens the gateway to many career options.  From my experience at job interviews, a Mechatronics diploma from TP has always been highly regarded,” he testified.