Diploma in Engineering (Civil & Structural)

Offered by School of Design & Environment

Part-time Diploma / 2.5 years / TGS-2023019757

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Course Information
Learning Outcomes
Course Schedule
Lesson Plan
Entry Requirements
Course Fees

Course Information

Civil and structural engineering are crucial in the construction industry. With emphasis on design elements and the materials needed for construction, civil and structural engineers address issues from climate change to disaster relief, and thus have a significant impact on the environment as well as the people who inhabit it.

Learning Outcomes

Kickstart your career with a sound approach to Design for Manufacturing & Assembly and Integrated Digital Delivery in civil and structural engineering. Sustainable construction, design concepts and project management skills will be taught in this course.

You will also learn about construction processes, latest technologies in civil and structural engineering, project management, analysis and design for building structures.


Course Date: 16 Oct 2023 – Apr 2026
Application Period: Application period has closed
Application Outcome Date: One month after application closes
Class Day)s): Mon, Tue, Wed
Time: 6pm to 10pm
Delivery Mode: Face-to-face & Home-based Learning (Sync)
Venue: Ngee Ann Polytechnic/Online

Ngee Ann Polytechnic reserves the right to reschedule / cancel any programme, modify the fees and amend information without prior notice

Lesson Plan

Certificate in Construction Fundamentals (TGS-2023019758)
This is the science and technology of gathering, analysing, distributing and using geographic data. Students learn to use instruments (Level and Total Station) to gather data with basic surveying techniques. They also learn to interpret, distribute and integrate data collected with IT/IoT for urban development projects.
Soil Mechanics & Foundation Engineering
Students will study the behaviour of soil under structural loading. The properties of common types of soil, soil compaction, and soil permeability, shear strength of soil, earth pressure and stability of slopes are covered in detail. Student will also be introduced to various types of Earth Retaining Stabilizing Structures (ERSS).
Infrastructure and Building Works
Students will study the basic principles and methods of construction in buildings and infrastructure engineering works as part of urban development. It also covers reinforced concrete construction, precast and pre-stressed construction, and structural steelwork. Excavation works, excavation supports, ground water control, road works and pipeline construction and various type of common construction equipment and tools are also included.
Certificate in Environmental Sustainability (TGS-2023019759)
Water & Reclaim Water Technology
This module provides knowledge in the technologies and design of water collection systems, treatment processes, and transmission and distribution systems. Students will also learn the design and operation of recycling technologies applied in water reclamation plants with the approach to integrate it into the urban water cycle.
Environmental Fluid Mechanics & Hydrology
This module provides the knowledge of hydrology, hydrostatics and hydrodynamics. Students will learn about fluid properties to design pipelines and open channels to convey storm water and the design of other sustainable water-resource projects.
Sustainable Construction & Design
This module provides students the fundamental knowledge to create a socially, ecologically and economically sustainable city in global and Singapore context. Students will learn the various design concepts in green buildings to comply with Building Control (Environmental Sustainability) Regulations in Singapore. Use of materials such as Mass Engineered Timber, self-compacting concrete, steel and other materials recycled from construction demolition, such as steel will also be taught.
Certificate in Structural Design (TGS-2023019760)
Structural Mechanics & Analysis
Strength and stability are important aspects of structural elements that make up buildings and other infrastructures. This module explores the fundamentals of statics, moments, reactions, stresses and strains in structural elements, analyses and compute forces, deflections, shear forces and bending moments developed in structured members due to different loading criteria.
Reinforced Concrete Design
This module equips students with the basic concepts and principles of reinforced concreted design and detailing. Students will learn to apply reinforced concreted design principles and standards in accordance with Eurocode 2 to design simple reinforced concrete members.
Steel Design
This module equips students the basic concepts and principles of structural steel design and detailing. Students will learn to apply steel design principles and standards in accordance with Eurocode 3 to design simple steel members.
Certificate in Construction IT (TGS-2023019761)
Structural Modelling
This module introduces students to BIM processes and applications. The students will be equipped with the practical 3D BIM structural modelling skills and technical knowledge to initiate projects using BIM. It also enables students to learn how to apply the e-submission guidelines and to understand the mandatory format for regulatory approval.
Digital Construction
This module looks at the cutting-edge like Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs, sometimes referred to as ‘drones’) for site scanning or inspections, 3D and 4D printing, robotics or artificial intelligence (AI), Virtual and Augmented Reality in Construction. Students will also learn to process data collected from IoT sensors in a digitised work space to create seamless information flow that eliminate downtime/ideal time and increase production output.
Quantity Surveying
This module covers the principles of taking-off and measurement of quantities from construction drawings for urban development works. It is used for preparing cost estimates and budgeting. Topics covered include the measurement of quantities for earthworks, brickworks, concrete works, reinforcements, road pavements, pipelines, sewer lines and drainage. Students will be using BIM for taking-off and costing.
Certificate in Site Management (TGS-2023019762)
Design for Manufacturing and Assembly
Students will be taught the methodologies of DfMA, a component of Lean Manufacturing where design processes are aimed to identify, quantify and eliminate waste or inefficiency in design. Prefabricated Prefinished Volumetric Construction (PPVC) and the element of quality control in DfMA will be also taught.
Project Management
This module covers the principles of project management at various stages of building, execution of construction work on-site and off-site. It includes the knowledge to manage contract design specification, contractual agreement, competitive tendering, construction economics, claims and even disputes during the design, tender and construction phrases of a project.
Workplace Safety & Health
The module covers the relevant legislation and standards pertaining to workplace safety & health relating to civil and building works. Students will be taught to identify the various types of industry hazards and the means of protection against these hazards. Topics include design for safety, safety as integral part of work execution, risk management and control and more.


1 Diploma
5 Certificates
15 Modules


You are required to complete 5 modular certificates within 5-year validity period to be awarded the Diploma qualification.

Entry Requirements

Applicants with any of the following qualifications are invited to apply for the course:

The following GCE ‘O’ Level grades and with at least 1 year of relevant work experience:
– English Language (Grade 1-7)
– Mathematics (Grade 1-6)
– Science (Grade 1-6)

OR NITEC with GPA >= 3.5
OR NITEC with GPA >= 3.0 and with at least 1 year of relevant work experience

OR Higher NITEC with GPA >= 2.0
OR Higher NITEC with GPA >= 1.5 and with at least 1 year of relevant work experience

OR NITEC in Technology or Services with GPA >= 3.5 and with at least 1 year of relevant working experience
OR Higher NITEC in Technology or Services with GPA >=2.0 and with at least 1 year of relevant working experience

OR relevant Advanced WSQ Certificate (or higher) and Level 6 WSQ Workplace Literacy SOA and Workplace Numeracy SOA and with at least 1 year of relevant working experience

OR applicants with at least 2 years of relevant working experience may apply for the course

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
Applicants who do not meet the entry requirements may be considered for admission to the course based on supporting evidence of competency readiness. Suitable applicants who are shortlisted may have to go through an interview and/or entrance test. The Polytechnic reserves the right to shortlist and admit applicants.

Course Fees

Funding period for this course is from 1 Apr to 30 Sep 2024.


  • The fees below are per semester. For full course fees throughout the semesters, please refer here.
  • The fees below are inclusive of GST. Please note that the GST rate will be revised to 8% with effect from 1 Jan 2023, as such any payable course fees will be subjected to the new GST rate adjustments in 2023. Please refer to our FAQs for more information.
  • The fees below are determined based on prevailing funding policies and subject to review and revision.

SkillsFuture Credit
This course is eligible for SkillsFuture Credit.

All Singaporeans aged 25 years and above can use their $500 SkillsFuture Credit from the government to pay f​or a wide range of courses. The credits can be used on top of existing course fee subsidies/funding. This is only applicable for self-sponsored applicants and must be applied via the SkillsFuture Portal. More details on the SkillsFuture Credit Claims will be advised upon admission into the course. Find out more about SkillsFuture Credit here.

Union Training Assistance Programme (UTAP)
NTUC members enjoy 50% unfunded course fee support for up to $250 each year (or up to $500 for NTUC members aged 40 years old and above) when you sign up for courses supported under UTAP (Union Training Assistance Programme). Please visit e2i’s website to find out more.

Skills-Based Modular Courses (SBMCs) are bite-sized part-time courses for individuals to acquire new skills or deepen relevant skills, without the need to pursue a full diploma. Refer here for course fees for SBMCs.

Applicants / Eligibility Fees
Singapore Citizens aged below 40$502.68
Singapore Citizens aged 40 & above$346.08
Singapore Citizens sponsored by SME$346.08
Singapore PRs $1376.34
Singapore PRs sponsored by SME$356.82
Full course fee for SC (for repeat, deferred modules)$3351.24
Full course fee (for repeat, deferred modules)$3440.88