Diploma in Electrical Engineering (N43)

Why EE?

  • Unique broad-based course that combines electrical engineering with energy management and clean energy technologies 
  • Deepen your knowledge by specialising in either Clean Energy Management or Power Engineering
  • Prestigious industry-sponsored scholarships including the Energy-Industry Scholarship
  • Recognised by the Energy Market Authority for the application of Electrical Technician Licence

About EE

The Diploma in Electrical Engineering (EE) is a unique broad-based course that combines electrical engineering with energy management concepts and clean energy technologies to prepare you for sought-after career opportunities in Singapore’s long-term sustainability plan. The broad-based curriculum will enable you to tap on opportunities in a wide range of sectors such as sustainable energy, power, built environment and transport.

In your first year, you will acquire a strong foundation in engineering through modules such as Programming, Electrical Engineering Fundamentals and AC Circuits. In your second year, you will deepen your skills and knowledge in designing and analyzing energy and electrical systems. At the same time, you will master practical skills covering project management, micro-controllers and programmable logic controllers (PLCs). In your final year, you can choose to specialise in either Power Engineering or Clean Energy Management.

Through a series of integrated real-world projects in the curriculum, you will experience fun and authentic learning to develop in-demand skills like computer-aided design, deploying IoT devices, creating user interfaces and data analytics. You will also get to put your skills and knowledge into practice with a six-month enhanced internship with industry leaders such as SP Group, ST Engineering, Singtel and Sembcorp.

Or you can work on a design or industry project in diverse fields such as robotics and healthcare engineering applications.

Clean Energy Management

This specialisation prepares you for the sustainable energy sector with a strong focus on energy management and clean energy technologies. Key areas covered include solar photovoltaic systems and energy audit process and measurement techniques.

Power Engineering

This specialisation prepares you for exciting careers in a wide range of sectors such as sustainable energy, power, built environment and transport. You’ll also get a head start to practise licensed electrical works, and discover more about electrical system design and smart electricity systems.

Highlights

Monitoring Solar Panels 




Final-year student Ryan Soh worked with Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS) at NUS for his final-year-project. He designed and built a test bedding system to monitor and assess the performance of different types of solar photovoltaic (PV) modules, which were subjected to outdoor environmental conditions. The project was showcased at the Singapore International Energy Week 2022.

Further Studies

This diploma is recognised by leading universities both locally and abroad. You may be granted advanced standing or module exemptions when applying for related degree programmes at local universities and overseas universities such as Australia and the United Kingdom.

Loh Jia Wen

Loh Jia Wen
Electrical Engineering graduate, Class of 2022

Jia Wen is pursuing a degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at NTU under the prestigious Nanyang Scholarship.

Valencia Chong
Electrical Engineering graduate, Class of 2020

Valencia is a recipient of the BCA Undergraduate Scholarship and is pursuing a degree in Electrical Engineering at NUS.

Careers

With Singapore’s continual investments in the cleantech sector and the push for reduction in carbon
emissions, career opportunities in the power and sustainable energy sectors are growing. You can look forward to pursuing rewarding careers in these job roles:

  • Assistant Engineer in
    • Power
    • Project Development
    • Engineering Construction Supervision
    • Commissioning
    • Operation and Maintenance
  • Solar PV Project Development Supervisor
  • Technical Officer (Power Distribution Systems)
Teng Jin Li

Teng Jin Li
Electrical Engineering graduate, Class of 2016

Jin Li is a recipient of the Singapore-Industry Scholarship and has graduated from NUS with a degree in Electrical Engineering. She is a power engineer with SBS Transit.

Xiang Tingting

Xiang Tingting
Electrical Engineering graduate, Class of 2016

Tingting graduated with a Computer Engineering degree from NUS. She is currently pursuing a PhD in NUS to deepen her expertise in computer architecture. 

Entry Requirements

AGGREGATE TYPE ELR2B2-C

To be eligible for consideration, candidates must have the following GCE ‘O’ Level examination (or equivalent) results.

Subject'O' Level Grade
English Language1-7
Mathematics (Elementary/Additional)1-6
Science 
(with Physics, Chemistry or Biology component)
or Biotechnology
or Combined Science
or Computing/Computer Studies
or Design & Technology
or Electronics/Fundamentals of Electronics
or Engineering Science
or Physical Science
1-6

You must also fulfil the aggregate computation requirements for the ELR2B2-C Aggregate Type listed here (  33KB).

For students with other qualifications, please refer to the NP website for the entry requirements and admissions exercise period.

What You Will Learn

Electrical Engineering Fundamentals (3 Credit Units)

This module provides a foundation in electricity covering basic concepts of electrical circuits and the methods used to analyse them. The module emphasises the understanding of the basic electrical circuit laws (Ohm’s Law, Kirchhoff’s Voltage and Current Laws) and network theorems, and their application to electrical network analysis. Topics covered include fundamentals of electricity, network theorems, capacitance, electromagnetic induction and inductance.

Engineering Mathematics 1 (4 Credit Units)

This module is designed to provide students with the fundamental skills in mathematics required to solve basic engineering problems. Topics are introduced in an order that is intended to keep abreast of the application requirements in engineering modules. The emphasis in each topic is on simple applications and problem solving. Topics include algebra, trigonometry, logarithms, plane analytic geometry, matrices and complex numbers. Throughout the module, there is appropriate use of a Computer Algebra System.

Integrated Real-world Project 1 (4 Credit Units)

This module aims to integrate the knowledge learnt in the semester and apply to a real-world project and further enhanced through relevant contextualization. Students will work in teams and undertake the project development underpinned by the design thinking approach. On completion of the module, students will be able to apply the skills and develop confidence in tackling projects. Data analytics will be introduced using case-based approach and applied in the integrated real-world project.

Career & Professional Preparation 1 will be incorporated to give students a foundational introduction to their three- year diploma course curriculum and how it prepares them for industry. It will help them to embark on their course with the end in mind, through guided reflection of their personal characteristics, and producing an overall game plan for their future education and career goals.

Mechanical Engineering Fundamentals (3 Credit Units)

This module introduces students to the study of external forces in two dimensions and their effect on particles and rigid bodies that are at rest. Students learn the skills to analyse the forces acting on the bodies by drawing free-body diagrams and applying the conditions of equilibrium. Topics include forces and resultants, moments and couples, equilibrium and the concepts of plane friction. This module also aims to equip students with the skills to analyse problems of rigid bodies in motion. Only linear motion in two dimensions will be covered. Topics include kinematics and kinetics of linear motion.

Programming (3 Credit Units)

This practice-oriented module equips students with basic knowledge and skills in computer programming using a suitable high-level language. The main topics include basic computer programming concepts and fundamental programming constructs such as sequences, selection and repetition.

English Language Express* (Credit Units - NA)

English Language Express aims to give you a better grounding in the English Language and to strengthen the written and oral communications skills that you will need in your academic and professional careers. You will be engaged in writing, reading, listening and speaking activities that will develop your ability to speak and write grammatically, coherently and clearly. You will also hone your reading and listening comprehension skills.

Innovation Made Possible^ (3 Credit Units)

AC Circuits (3 Credit Units)

This module provides students with basic knowledge of the fundamental principles in electric circuit analysis. The module extends DC network theorems to AC circuits which involve impedances such as capacitance and inductance. The module also includes analysis of simple AC series, parallel and series-parallel combination circuits, concept of AC power and understanding of power factor and its effect on electrical energy usage.

Analogue Electronics (3 Credit Units)

The aim of this module is to lay the foundations in analogue electronics. At the end of this module, students will acquire content knowledge and understanding on the basic concepts of analogue electronics and some applications.

Key topics covered in this module include operating characteristics, working principles and applications of discrete electronic devices such as various types of diodes, MOSFETs and BJTs. Practical circuits will be used to enhance and strengthen the learners’ knowledge so that they will acquire the relevant competencies to move on to more specialized modules.

Digital Fundamentals (3 Credit Units)

This module introduces the basic concepts of digital systems. It covers the basics of combinational and sequential logic circuits. Flip-flops and their application in counters and registers will also be discussed. This basic knowledge is essential for students to be able to understand, analyse, and design basic digital circuit system.

Engineering Mathematics 2 (4 Credit Units)

This module is designed to provide students with the fundamental skills in mathematics required to solve basic engineering problems. Topics are introduced in an order that is intended to keep abreast of the application requirements in engineering modules. The emphasis in each topic is on simple applications and problem solving. Throughout the module, there is appropriate use of a Computer Algebra System. Topics include trigonometry, differentiation and simple integration with applications.

Integrated Real-world Project 2 (4 Credit Units)

This module aims to integrate the knowledge learnt in the semester and apply to a real-world project and understand the relevance and application of the modules learnt. Students will work in teams and undertake the project development underpinned by the design thinking approach. On completion of the module, students will be able to apply the skills and develop confidence in tackling projects at the higher levels.

This module will also imbue in students a sense of civic consciousness in the context of engineering and society. It serves to create awareness amongst students about the impact of engineering on society in general. In the process it introduces the application of cultural quotient (CQ) skills and mould students’ disposition to understand and collaborate across diverse cultures in real world settings.

Communication Essentials^ (3 Credit Units)

Health & Wellness^ (1 Credit Unit)

Electric Circuit Analysis (4 Credit Units)

This module covers the analytical methods and techniques for analysing electrical systems, in particular three-phase electrical systems. Through the module, students will develop confidence to analyse and solve engineering problems in electrical systems.

Electrical Machines (4 Credit Units)

This module covers the basic concepts and working principles behind common types of electrical machines such as motors, transformers and generators. The module also covers industrial applications of electrical machines and introduces the importance and various concepts of maintenance.

Integrated Real-world Project 3 (4 Credit Units)

Integrated Real-world Project module aims to integrate the knowledge learnt in the semester and apply to a real-world project and further enhanced through relevant contextualisation. Students will work in teams. Upon completion of the module, students will be able to apply the skills and develop confidence in tackling projects.

This module will also imbue in students a sense of civic consciousness in the context of engineering and safety. The module will also imbue in students’ a safety-oriented mindset and develop students’ workplace safety and health (WSH) competencies and raise their safety awareness of self and their surroundings.

Microcontroller & System (3 Credit Units)

This module equips students with knowledge and practical skills to design and build microcontroller-based applications. The module covers the fundamental concepts of microcontrollers and the interfacing with external applications.

PLC & Automation (3 Credit Units)

This module introduces students to PLC-based control systems where they will learn to design and build simple industrial control systems using relays and PLC programmes. The module also explores the concept of inter-connecting control systems to form networks.

Electrical Installation Design (4 Credit Units)

This module equips students with practical skills to design electrical systems for residential, commercial and industrial installations according to statutory requirements. It covers estimation of load requirements and selection of protection devices, cables and circuit protective conductors.

Energy Management Systems (4 Credit Units)

This module covers the working principles and energy management of common electrical and mechanical systems in commercial and industrial enterprises. Students learn how to define energy conservation measures and assess the economic benefits of such measures. They also learn about practical issues in energy management such as improvement in energy utilisation of power distribution system.

Integrated Real-world Project 4 (4 Credit Units)

Integrated Real-world Project module aims to integrate the knowledge learnt in the semester and apply to a real-world project and further enhanced through relevant contextualisation. Students will work in teams. Upon completion of the module, students will be able to apply the skills and develop confidence in tackling projects

The Career and Professional Preparation 2 will be incorporated to equip students with skills necessary to seek and secure work. They will also be equipped to communicate their personal brand in a positive way. As students sharpen their communication skills, they will also learn how to market themselves effectively.

Project Management (3 Credit Units)

This module provides students with an understanding of the various aspects of project management procedures. The module also equips students with various project management tools.

Power Electronics (3 Credit Units)

This module provides students with a broad-based understanding of power semiconductor devices and their applications in power conversion circuits. The module also covers basic principles of control and conversion of electrical power for industrial applications and introduces motor drive systems such as variable speed drives.

World Issues: A Singapore Perspective^ (2 Credit Units)

COMMON MODULES

Integrated Real-world Project 5 (4 Credit Units)

Integrated Real-world Project module aims to integrate the knowledge learnt in the semester and apply to a real-world project and further enhanced through relevant contextualisation. Students will work in teams. Upon completion of the module, students will be able to apply the skills and develop confidence in tackling projects.

This module will also imbue in students a sense of civic consciousness in the context of engineering and sustainability. It will develop students’ competencies in sustainable development, raise their awareness of sustainability in the context of society and the environment, and appreciate the impact engineering solutions may have on the environment.

Project ID: Connecting the Dots^ (4 Credit Units)

CLEAN ENERGY MANAGEMENT SPECIALISATION OPTION

Clean Energy Technologies (4 Credit Units)

This module provides a hands-on experiential approach for students explore and learn about the fundamental characteristics of clean energy technologies such wind, solar and fuel cell systems. Topics include the principles of operation and energy conversion processes of solar, chemical and wind power sources with special emphasis on PV systems.

Design & Operation of Distributed Power Systems (4 Credit Units)

This module takes students through the design process of photovoltaic (PV) system and operation, identifying appropriate PV applications in power systems and undertaking simple PV system design. It also introduces the concept of distributed power generation and distribution of electricity and the challenges faced. Students will learn about power flow and fault studies pertaining to distributed power generation and network protection required due to the integration of photovoltaic and wind-turbine grid connected systems into the power grid.

Energy Studies & Audit (4 Credit Units)

This module introduces students to the energy audit process and measurement techniques. Students learn to use energy measuring equipment and building modelling and simulation software tools to conduct an energy audit. Utility data analysis, building information management (BIM), energy performance profiling, building energy modelling and simulation, development of benchmarking system, environment management standards ISO 14000, and financial analysis for predicted savings will be covered.

POWER ENGINEERING SPECIALISATION OPTION

Power Systems Design & Operation (4 Credit Units)

This module covers the technical skills and knowledge to perform basic design, installation, testing, operation and maintenance of electrical power systems including grid, PV and rail power systems. The module also introduces the sound engineering practices and the relevant regulations and code of practices explored.

Smart Electricity System (4 Credit Units)

This module introduces students to smart grid technologies which are transforming the electricity landscape to a de-centralised, sustainable and more consumer-interactive model. In this module, the basic concepts of distributed generation, demand management and energy storage will be explored

System Modelling & Control (4 Credit Units)

The module focuses on modelling the dynamics and servo systems, analysis of system responses and shaping the dynamic response through closed-loop control. Students will learn the principles of systems modelling, simulation, analysis and control, and the application of these principles in systems analysis and synthesis. Major topics include modelling single discipline and mixed systems, Laplace transform, s-plane, standard forms, time-domain specifications, effects of control actions on system performance, and frequency response analysis.

6-Month Internship (Local/Overseas) (20 Credit Units)

Students have the opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge acquired in the classroom in a real-life environment via on-the-job training. This programme allows students to hone skills in the areas of problem-solving, interpersonal communications, project planning and implementation, industrial liaisons and character building. Participating companies will have the opportunity to assess prospective employees and secure the services of these students in advance.

Or

Project Design & Development (20 Credit Units)

Students will work full-time on a group project and have the flexibility to choose from a wide range of topics related to system design and integration, research and development, computer applications or other engineering areas. Students are required to carry out research, design, implementation, testing and troubleshooting processes from a prototype to a final product or system under supervision. Students will also learn to apply project management and scheduling skills to enable them to complete their project in time. They will be required to document their project development process and present their projects at regular intervals.