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Mechatronics & Aerospace Programme

Course is applicable only for AY2018 intake and earlier

The Mechatronics & Aerospace Programme is a common entry point to 2 diploma courses:

Flexible in mechatronics and in aerospace engineering

It allows you to keep your options open and you can enrol in either Mechatronics or Aerospace Engineering.

These two diploma courses have a number of areas in common and are related to mechanical engineering. Hence, you will learn to design and fabricate mechanical parts, structures and mechanisms in both courses.  You will also learn programming and electronics, which are essential for the control of mechanisms.

In the Mechatronics course, you can choose to take one of these 3 cluster electives:

  • Robotics
  • Process Control & Automation
  • Aerospace Systems.

In the Aerospace Engineering course, you will dwell more on equipment and systems used in an aircraft.  You will also learn to appreciate the airframe, propulsion systems, hydraulic systems, and other aircraft mechanisms. 

There will always be a demand for trained personnel to provide engineering, logistics and maintenance support to companies that use machineries.  Hence with either diploma, you will be able to pursue careers in industries such as: aerospace, shipping, land transport, oil & gas, construction and manufacturing.

Do note that you will take the same three years to complete your course, and upon graduation, you will receive the same diploma as your peers who had enrolled for a particular course right from the start.

(Note: If you are interested only in the Aerospace Engineering course, you are advised to apply directly for it by opting for course T51.)


 

Notable Features

  • Gives you a strong basic foundation in your first semester, so that you are well prepared to branch into either the Diploma in Mechatronics or Diploma in Aerospace Engineering in your second semester 
  • As Mechatronics and Aerospace Engineering are closely related, this programme offers you the flexibility to decide equally and optimally between the two diploma courses 
  • Gives you a second chance to enter our highly popular Diploma in Aerospace Engineering, if your ‘O’ level aggregate did not allow you to get a place in that course during the JAE in January 
  • If you opt for the Diploma in Mechatronics, you will still be able to specialise in particular fields of study, by taking one of the following three electives: Aerospace Systems, Process Control & Automation, or Robotics during your course

Career Prospects

This programme is designed to meet the needs of the emerging and sustainable industries. Skilled manpower with mechanical, electronic and control engineering skills are required in all the major industries to support their growth and development.  You can look forward to an exciting career in one of these areas:

Marine, Offshore, and Oil & Gas

Singapore is a reputed manufacturer of oil and gas drilling platforms and offshore support vessels. Being one of the busiest ports in the world, vessels from all over the world make port calls here everyday.  Skilled manpower is required to provide logistics and engineering support for the design, manufacturing and maintenance of the platforms and vessels. You may also be involved in the oil & gas industry, from exploration and refining, to power generation and distribution.

Production & Process Control

To increase productivity and attain efficiency of operations, you will see the need for more automation in future. In the production of food, pharmaceutical products or consumer goods, you might be the one who designs the robots and machines to prepare and pack food, manufacture and count medicinal pills or assemble products.

Aerospace Engineering

Singapore is one of the leading aviation hubs in the Asia-Pacific region.  The country also has a huge share of the region’s aerospace Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) business.  With a large pool of aerospace companies attracted here to provide services and aviation related support, you can look forward to a fulfilling and rewarding career.

The job prospects are not limited by the 3 areas mentioned above.  Generally, as a holder of either of the 2 diplomas, you would be highly competent in tasks that involve mechanical parts and automation, as well as electronic control of mechanisms.  You will be able to work in diverse engineering jobs, with good career advancement opportunities, such as:

  • Aircraft Technical Specialists
  • Automation Design Engineers
  • Equipment Engineers
  • Manufacturing / Product Engineers
  • Procurement Specialists
  • Process Control Engineers
  • Renewable Energy System Specialists
  • Research & Development Specialists
  • Technical Sales 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: Any special health requirements for a specific diploma course will also apply if you choose to branch into that course

* 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, Computer Studies, Design & Technology, Fundamentals of Electronics, Physical Science, Physics/Engineering Science, Science (Chemistry, Biology), Science (Physics, Biology), Science (Physics, Chemistry).

See also the minimum entry requirements for:

Course Structure

Click here for MAE flowchart.

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. 

12
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.

11
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.

11
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.

11
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.

13
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.

13
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.

13
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

In Year 1, Semester 1, all students will go through a common curriculum, which comprises the following subjects:

Subject code Subject LevelCredit Units
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
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
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.

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In Year 1, Semester 2, students who successfully stream into the Diploma in Aerospace Engineering (AEG) will begin following the AEG curriculum.

The remaining students will continue with the following curriculum for Year 1, Semester 2:

Subject code Subject LevelCredit Units
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
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
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
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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The remaining students will stream into the Diploma in Mechatronics from Year 2, Semester 1, onwards and follow its curriculum. (Please refer to the Diploma in Mechatronics website.)

Graduation Requirements

All students who enrol through this common programme will graduate with the same diploma as those who had joined a particular diploma right from the start.  They will be subject to the graduation requirements of the respective diplomas into which they have streamed.  

Please refer to the respective diploma’s website:

Blog Post

My Aerospace Dream Came True


Estella Koh Siew Lee enrolled into the Mechatronics & Aerospace programme through the DPA (Direct Poly Admission) exercise. After one semester, she streamed into the Diploma in Aerospace Engineering, from which she graduated (with Merit) in May 2015. She also won the All Round Excellence Award for her active contribution to her CCA, the Salvo Drums Group. Estella went on to pursue a degree in Aerospace Engineering at NTU.

In June 2012, my school teacher at Compassvale Sec School told us about the DPA and encouraged us to apply through it. Aerospace is my passion, but I wanted the flexibility to think about it in my first semester, so I opted for the Mechatronics & Aerospace Programme (MAE) at Temasek Poly (TP), which allowed me to stream into either Mechatronics or Aerospace Engineering after one semester.

The DPA programme allowed me to “lock-in” a place in the course that I wanted, even before I sat for my ‘O’ levels at that time! So why not? When TP offered me the place, I grabbed the chance, of course. 

After one semester in the MAE programme at TP, I decided to stream into the Diploma in Aerospace Engineering, and I have never looked back since then. 

I knew all the while, that the Aerospace diplomas offered by TP are a cut above those offered by other Polys, because TP is the only Poly to have been certified by the CAAS as a SAR-147 Approved Maintenance Training Organisation (AMTO). What this means is that, my diploma would be better recognised by aerospace companies, and I would have better job prospects in future. I also knew that if I decided to go for my professional Aircraft Maintenance Licence (AML) training after getting my diploma, I would get direct credits which means up to 10 months of exemption for my AML apprenticeship, if I decide to take it up. This is really awesome, why spend an extra 10 months when you can get an exemption by doing your Aerospace diploma course at TP? It was a no brainer, really.

In my final year, I was assigned to do my internship at Pratt & Whitney Canada (Singapore office), where I was attached to the Quality Assurance department. I was given the task of enhancing the internal audit processes, which included standardizing auditing procedures and verifying aerospace auditors’ reports by searching for supporting evidence. Through the internship, I learnt about the SAR-145 (Singapore Air Worthiness) regulatory framework in various countries. It was a really great first-hand learning experience!


Estella with her colleagues at Pratt & Whitney Canada located in Loyang 

Hey, I was really glad that TP offered me this priceless internship opportunity in a reputable aerospace company. My internship will certainly be a highlight in my resume for the rest of my career!  

Well, as you know, there are really so many Polys out there offering Aerospace diploma courses. If you want to get an Aerospace diploma, I would advice you to do your research first. Research thoroughly, and you will realise that one Poly actually stands out with many advantages. I’m glad I made the right choice.

BYOD

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

Dr. Ho Peng Ching 

B.Eng (Hons), M.Sc (Biochem Engr), Ph.D

Course Manager  67804457 hopc@tp.edu.sg

Diong Ming Loon, Christopher 

B.Eng

Course Co-ordinator

Section Head

67806635 mingloon@tp.edu.sg

Low Kian Mong 

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

Course Co-ordinator 67805505 kianmong@tp.edu.sg

Abelanes, Maria Teresa Robles 

B.Sc, M.Sc

Section Head 67805601 abelanes@tp.edu.sg

Kang Liat Chuan 

B.Eng, M.Eng

Section Head 67805589 kanglc@tp.edu.sg

Dr. Rudy Sabarudin 

B.Sc, M.Sc, Ph.D (Math)

Section Head 67805498  rudysab@tp.edu.sg

Tay Sioh Hoong 

B.Eng (Hons), M.Sc

Section Head 67805411 taysh@tp.edu.sg

Dr. Cha Cher Liang

B.Eng (Hons), Ph.D

Senior Lecturer 67806638 chacl@tp.edu.sg

Chen Yoke Yen

B.Eng (Elect), M.Ed

Senior Lecturer 67805460 yokeyeng@tp.edu.sg

Foong Chee Hoong

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

Senior Lecturer 67804030 foongch@tp.edu.sg

Foong Chee Seng 

B.ASc (EEE), M.Sc (QRE)

Senior Lecturer 67805496 cheeseng@tp.edu.sg

Fu Lingchen

B.Sc (Math), M.Sc

Senior Lecturer   67806663   flingche@tp.edu.sg

Hu Fang

M.Eng

 
Senior Lecturer  67805606   hufang@tp.edu.sg

Kannurao, Sudha 

M.Eng

Senior Lecturer   67805469  sudhak@tp.edu.sg

Kong Kean Fong 

B.Eng (Hons)

Senior Lecturer   67804178  kongkf@tp.edu.sg

Lee Jillian Kiri

B.Sc, M.Sc (Math)

Senior Lecturer 67805503 leejk@tp.edu.sg

Lie Siung Tjen 

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

Senior Lecturer 67805468 liest@tp.edu.sg

Nah Cherng Kai

M.Sc(EE)

Senior Lecturer 67805584 nahck@tp.edu.sg

Simon, Gani 

B.Sc

Senior Lecturer 67806612 ganis@tp.edu.sg

Soegeng Djohari 

B.Eng (Hons)

Senior Lecturer 67804268 soegengd@tp.edu.sg

Soh Lay Kuan

B.Sc (EE), M.EngSc, MBA (Intl Bus)

Senior Lecturer 67805410 laykuan@tp.edu.sg

Sojan, Mary Joseph 

B.Eng 

Senior Lecturer 67805407 maryjs@tp.edu.sg

Tan Kay Yew

B.Sc (Hons), PGDE, M.Couns

Senior Lecturer 67805613 kayyew@tp.edu.sg

Tan Kow Wee Philip 

B.Eng (Hons)

Senior Lecturer 67805465 philipt@tp.edu.sg

Wong Fook Sung, Albert

B.Sc (Math), M.Sc (MPM)

Senior Lecturer 67805487 fooksung@tp.edu.sg

Wong Liang Juee, Benjamin

B.Eng (Mech)

Senior Lecturer  67806665  benwong@tp.edu.sg

Yee Mei San 

B.Eng (Hons)

Senior Lecturer 67805608 meisan@tp.edu.sg

Goh Toh Hong

B.Sc (Econs)

Lecturer

67806664 tohhong@tp.edu.sg

Teo Aik Hwee 

B.Eng (Hons), M.Sc

Lecturer 67801885 aikhwee@tp.edu.sg

Lok Swee Wah 

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

Polytechnic Administrative Officer 67806608 sweewah@tp.edu.sg

  

Student Achievements

Competitions


Singapore
Robotics Games 2015
Four students, who had joined the Mechatronics & Aerospace Programme (MAE), and then streamed into Mechatronics, demonstrated their robotics skills when they won the Gold medal in the “Intelligent Robot” category of the annual Singapore Robotic Games in 2015.  The students, Avery Joseph Goh, Tan Miao Ling Stella, Teo Ee Hian, and Tan Inn Kee designed, fabricated and programmed their robot, named “ABC”, using the knowledge and skills they had learnt in their diploma course.


SAFE Competition 2015

A team of 3 Mechatronics students, Mohd Syafiq, Muhd Syazwan and Muhd Haikal, clinched a total of 3 Merit awards in the annual Security Awareness for Everyone (SAFE) competition in 2015 with their invention of highly practical devices to improve homeland security.  Their inventions were: the “Visual Attention for Children”, the “High Pitch Frequency Distractor” (aka “Mini Bazooka”), and the “Pedestrian Alert Signal”. 


Another 2 Mechatronics students, Keith Ong Jin Cong and Lucius Lau Ming Ren, also won a Merit award with their “Bicycle Safe” system which helps motorists to gauge the required space around a bicycle, so as to prevent a collision.


All these Mechatronics students had enrolled with the MAE programme before steaming into Mechatronics.


WorldSkills Singapore 2014

Mechatronics students, Melvin Soh Yong Sheng and 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, whereby hundreds of young skilled people convene from around the world to compete in the skills of their various trades and test themselves against demanding international standards.  Both Melvin and Reon had joined MAE and subsequently gone on to the Diploma in Mechatronics course.  Both of them had opted for the elective “Process Control & Automation” in the final year of their course and successfully applied the knowledge and skill-sets they picked up from this elective.


Graduation


Estella Koh Siew Lee

Estella enrolled into the Mechatronics & Aerospace (MAE) programme through the DPA (Direct Poly Admission) exercise held in June 2011.  Successful in her application, she started her first semester in MAE in April 2012, before streaming into the Diploma in Aerospace Engineering from which she graduated (with Merit) in May 2015.  She also won the All Round Excellence Award for her active contribution to her CCA, the Salvo Drums Group.  Estella went on to pursue a degree in Aerospace Engineering at NTU.


Lu Zhen Hao
Zhen Hao joined the Mechatronics & Aerospace Programme (MAE) in Apr 2012.  Subsequently, he streamed into the Diploma in Aerospace Engineering (AEG) in his second semester, from which he graduated in Apr 2015.  The former Springfield Sec School student had wanted to pursue a Diploma in AEG at Temasek Polytechnic, but could not get into the course (which had a cut-off-point of 14) as his ‘O’ level aggregate was 19 points.  Joining through MAE (cut-off-point of 21) gave him a second chance – a chance which he gleefully grabbed and made the best use of.  Today, he has no regrets.  He not only graduated with a Merit, but also won the Director’s List award – reserved for the top 10% of academic achievers – in both his first and second years of study.

For Zhen Hao, it was a remarkable achievement being able to surge from below-average performance in his secondary school, to be among the top 10% of his cohort in Temasek Polytechnic, graduating from the Diploma in Aerospace Engineering (with Merit) and a cumulative GPA of 3.95.


Zhen Hao (extreme right) during internship at Eagle Services Asia, a subsidiary of aerospace giant, Pratt & Whitney

Projects

As this is a common gateway programme leading to 2 diploma courses, you will go through a common curriculum on engineering fundamentals during your first semester, before being streamed. 

One of the projects that you will be carrying out during this time, is to build an Audio Amplifier complete with the casing.

Though far from the sleek bodies of Apple portable music devices that today’s students are used to, this exercise nevertheless reinforces the importance of the mechanical chassis design in the overall aesthetics of the product.  With some creativity and imagination, you will be able to produce fabulous prototypes with very appealing designs.


Prototype of a fully functional Audio Amplifier – with an austere spartan design 


Fully functional Audio Amplifier after some touches of creativity and imagination

Facilities

Students in the common first year programme (for CEP, EEE and MAE) are trained in basic engineering studies which include hands-on practical sessions for which they will make use of the following well-equipped labs:


Basic Electronics Labs


These labs are well equipped with the basic laboratory equipment for patching, testing and troubleshooting electronic circuits, allowing students to verify the theories learnt during lectures and tutorials.  These labs are also where students will learn about and handle the various electronic components such as resistors, capacitors, and Integrated Circuits (ICs).


Electronic Prototyping Labs

 

In these labs, students will learn to interpret circuit schematics and practise soldering electronic components onto different types of circuit board.  They will also assemble circuits using Surface Mounted Devices (SMD), prepare wire harnesses and integrate all the parts.  Upon completion, students would have their own fully functional audio amplifier and other practical gadgets.


Engineering Physics Labs


Our Engineering Physics labs are packed with numerous interesting models and “toys” which work on the principles of Physics.  Fully developed in-house by our students and staff, these devices are used as “show-and-tell” props to add an authentic dimension to learning, allowing our students to observe and study a phenomenon in action, and to appreciate how it happens in our everyday lives.  

An example of such a “toy” is our “DC motor with split-ring commutator” model which was re-created based on an illustration in a Physics textbook.  Students will learn how major physics principles (such as electricity and electromagnetism) were discovered, and how these principles are applied in the many devices that we use today.  Light/optics, gravitational force and other topics will come to life in the labs!  

Students will learn how an electrical current flows through a circuit, using models like the one shown below.  Switches, LED lights and built-in meters allow students to change the parameters of a circuit and observe how these affect the current flow.  Such models serve as teaching aids to help students understand concepts in the fundamental subjects related to analogue and digital circuits.


Computer Programming Labs


These series of PC labs are used to teach the Year 1 subject “Computer Programming for Problem Solving” (CPPS).  Students learn to write simple computer programs using the “C” language, and apply the program to solve possible real-life problems.  For example, you could create a program that is able to automatically open files in a computer, read the data and subsequently process the data.  These labs may be used as free-access labs that students may use on their own (if no official classes are going on).


Interactive Notice Board


This notice board (located at Block 11, level 8) is a touch-sensitive electronic notice board which is equipped with interactive touch sensors and LED numerical displays.  Visitors can play with the Binary clock which challenges them to interpret the time shown in binary code.  They can also change some variables in a circuit by touching the input buttons, and see how these changes affect the voltage output at various points in a circuit.

 


Other Lab Facilities


For information on the “Facilities” of specific diplomas into which students of this programme may be streamed, please visit the websites of the respective diploma:


Diploma in Mechatronics    
Diploma in Aerospace Engineering 

Diploma Student Club

Since MAE is a common gateway programme, it does not have a student club of its own.  

However, MAE students are closely linked with the student clubs of the 2 diploma groups into which they may be streamed – namely the Mechatronics student clubs (“Remote Control Sports Club” and “SME Student Chapter”) and the Aerospace Engineering student club (“RC Aeromodelling Club”).

MAE students join events organised by these clubs, interacting and building rapport with seniors from these 2 diploma groups, and to learn more about the courses they intend to join after their first semester in MAE.

For instance, MAE students joined their Mechatronics seniors on a study trip to Korea in 2014.

Alumni Success Stories

Estella Koh Siew Lee

Formerly from Compassvale Sec School, Estella joined the Mechatronics & Aerospace Programme in 2012, and then streamed into the Diploma in Aerospace Engineering in her second semester.  She is one of the many successful students who have chosen this route to fulfil their passion.  “Aerospace is my passion, but I wanted the flexibility to think about it in my first semester, hence I opted for this programme,” she said.  In her final year, she did her 4-month internship at renowned aerospace firm, Pratt & Whitney Canada (SEA) located at Loyang Crescent, just a stone’s throw from TP.  “The opportunity to work in a reputable aerospace company and to learn the ropes from one of the best in the industry, is really priceless,” she said.  Estella intends to pursue a degree in Aerospace Engineering at NTU with her diploma from TP. 

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