Specialist Diploma in Mechanical Engineering


Specialist Diploma in Mechanical Engineering​

To break away from assistant roles and become a technician or more, the mechanical engineering industry demands that you have a higher qualification. For O Level and NITEC holders, start here.

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Gain Critical Skills To Enter The Mechanical Engineering Industry

Mechanical engineering is an incredibly diverse field where people range from totally unqualified individuals to extremely qualified professionals. However so many routes within the trade are not defined. One example is that the people who fix air conditioners  in your home can also be expected to calculate the heat tolerance of an airplane. 

How are these diverse skills trained in any one programme? 

The truth is they cannot. 

But what can be done is broad generalizations and generalized skills to ensure that the students career has a broad application and wide opportunity for a variety of roles and success. This is what we aim to achieve with our Specialist Diploma.


6 months 
(5 days per week, 3 hours each)


6 months
(2 days per week, up to 3 hours each)






    When you progress from high school to university, there is a dramatic shift in the content, the way you learn, the way you have to think, and the way you are assessed. Rather than let you figure it out for yourself, we jump start the process with this module.

    Math is the language of engineers. You have to speak the language! Math might scare you but not after this module. Get the fundamentals right so we can build on a strong foundation.

    One of the first few things that you’ll be expected to do is to understand the materials used in your project (literally any kind of project!) and also how they are put together. We’ve selected this module to be the start of your journey into Mechanical engineering because it’s usually a module that is overlooked and assumed knowledge. Be one of the few that really do know!

    Once you’ve learned about the materials, we want to start assembling them. This could be a building construction or it could be a simple product construction. In both cases, natural forces act on the build and it’s components. This forms a sort of project-like module where all your Specialist Diploma content comes together like working in teams, doing precise mathematical calculations, analysis of materials, and selecting methods that fit the project requirements.

Minimum Age

16 years of age in the year of application

Minimum Academic Qualifications

– O Levels (Minimum 2 Passes) or equivalent (e.g. SPM)

– NITEC (any subject) or equivalent (e.g.NTC2)

– Higher NITEC (any subject) or equivalent (e.g. NTC3)

Transfer Applicants

Transfer applicants with other equivalent qualifications based on Singapore criterion may be given exemptions on academic qualifications

Mature and Adult Learners

At least 30 years of age and 8 years of working experience may be admitted on a case by case basis with a minimum of 10 years of formal education and certificates that is deemed equivalent by the Academic Board.

English Proficiency

– A Pass (C6) or better for O Levels; or

– A minimum of IELTS 4.5 or equivalent; or

– An equivalent qualification with demonstrated equivalence to the CEFR at level B2 or higher.

Entry Requirements


Fees and Charges


Local Students

Application Fee:

Course Fees:

*Fees stated include course fees, admin fees, FPS and GST (7%)

We do not charge examination fee for first attempt. Subsequent attempts are chargeable.

International Students

Application Fee:
$267.50 + $120*
*VISA Processing Fees Payable to ICA

Course Fees:

*Fees stated include course fees, admin fees, FPS and GST (7%)

Note for International Students:
When applying through our international representatives, (i.e. Agents) students should NOT pay any course fees, admin fees, application fees, or other wise to the agents in their home country. All fees should be paid directly to the school, as indicated in your offer letter. There is extensive preparation required to study in Singapore and students are encouraged to prepare their educational statements and proof of prior qualification before applying. This course will be fully conducted in the English Language

Typical Career Outcomes


This course is designed to be a quick introduction to university for students who are qualified with less than 12 years of formal education.

Upon completion of this programme you may choose to seek employment in entry and junior roles such as:
– operators
– junior technicians
– assistant engineers
– fitters, etc

Alternatively you can join our Higher Diploma programmes that are equivalent to the first half of a UK honours degree. Find out more on the course pages here:



Auston Institute of Management is a Singapore based Higher Education provider who has been providing qualifications and upgrading opportunities to students in the Engineering and Technology industry since 1996.

Our graduates have gone on to work in many large local companies and multi-national corporations alike. Just like many of our graduates who have gone before you, this course could lead to the next stage in your career.

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It’s time to prepare for the next phase of your career. You’ve got the will. And, by taking one module at a time toward a degree, you’ve got the way.

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