Mechatronics T66

Aerospace, robotics, artificial intelligence, smart manufacturing, food processing, medicals and pharmaceuticals are just some of the engineering sectors that make use of Mechatronics. This diversity is also why employers today value graduates who are not only capable and knowledgeable but versatile too.

So, get your engineering edge with this popular course! Here, you will learn to master the areas of both mechanical engineering and electronics, including their ability to integrate with intelligent control systems. With consumer demand for smart products and automated systems on the rise, your know-how in these areas is a considerable advantage in virtually any engineering sector you decide to work in!

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Your Journey

Year 1

You will gain strong fundamental knowledge of engineering, which includes subjects such as Circuit Analysis, Digital Fundamentals, Electronic Devices & Circuits, and Electronic Prototyping. This will get you ready to take on the specialised subjects in your second year.

Year 2

You will learn to develop devices and automated systems that integrate electronics, mechanics and computer technologies, through subjects such as Engineering Design, Mechatronics Design Project, Principles of Dynamics, and Programmable Automation.

Year 3

You will develop your problem-solving skills by doing a Major Project. You can also specialise in a field of study by choosing one of these four elective clusters: Aerospace Systems, Process Control & Automation, Robotics & Automation, or Semiconductor Technology.

This diploma course is one of our pioneer programmes and enjoys a strong reputation among similar courses offered by the other local polytechnics. This will give you a strong head-start in establishing a career at reputable companies in the industry.

You will benefit from learning in our latest state-of-the-art facilities such as our Robotics Application Development lab, the Collaborative Robot Training Space, the Automation & Machine Vision Lab, the Mechatronics Design Lab, and the Engineering Design Lab.

You will get to use our 3D Printers Teaching Line, a learning factory that allows you to apply theory and skills learnt in subjects related to the manufacturing and building of a TP-branded 3D printer. Through this, you will also learn about good practices in a modern manufacturing environment.

You may choose to excel in diverse fields, such as:

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Chemical Manufacturing
  • Electronics Manufacturing
  • Food Processing
  • Oil and Gas Process Control
  • Pharmaceutical Automation
  • R&D Support
  • Semiconductors

You can undertake the Earn and Learn Programme and acquire a Specialist Diploma + Work Experience.


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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
EDR1003

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.

14
EED1001

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.

13
EEE1001

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.

16
EEE1002

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.

16
EEE1003

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.

15
EEE1004

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.

15
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.

 

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EME1002

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.

14
ESC1004

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.

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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
EED2007

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.

24
EMA2003

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.

24
EME2004

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.

24
EME2007

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.

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EME2008

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.

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EME2011

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.

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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

  • Advanced Engineering Skills elective cluster
Subject code Subject LevelCredit Units
EED3014

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. 

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  • Aerospace Systems elective cluster
Subject code Subject LevelCredit Units
EME2009

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.

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EAE3008

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”.

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  • Process Control & Automation elective cluster
Subject code Subject LevelCredit Units
ECT2004

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.

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EMF3004

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.

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  • Robotics & Automation elective cluster
Subject code Subject LevelCredit Units
ECT3002

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.

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EMF3004

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.

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  • Semiconductor Technology elective cluster
Subject code Subject LevelCredit Units
EMI2008

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.

24
EMI3005

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.

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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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EMA3001

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.

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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