Higher Diploma in Mechanical Engineering

Title of Course

Higher Diploma in Mechanical Engineering


Mechanical Engineering is needed in a wide area of application in the engineering industry. It is applicable in automotive, energy sectors to construction and biomedical industries. Modern day mechanical engineering uses innovative design and technologies to develop cutting-edge products and systems.

Higher Diploma in Mechanical Engineering course emphasis design, analysis, and manufacturing new products and technologies. It addresses the society’s needs by combining mechanical engineering fundamentals with innovative ideas. We structure our curriculum by emphasizing engineering theory and technical skills. Our students learn how to analyze solve practical problem.

Mechanical Engineering provides a broad-based education that enables you to excel in diverse career choices. Its strong emphasis on applied design thinking skills gives you an edge in creating innovative solutions for using clean energy, developing new materials and processes, designing and manufacturing products that range from consumer products to construction equipment.

Mechanical engineers work in a variety of sectors: small start-up companies, multi-national corporations, government agencies, national laboratories and consulting firms. Specializing in research, design, manufacturing, or management, they design and implement devices that affect our daily lives.

For example:

  • Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning Systems
  • Power Generations Systems
  • Biomedical and Biomechanical Devices (such as artificial implants)
  • Mechanical and Electronic Systems (such as robots)

The modules will cover theories and concepts of Introduction to Electrical & Mechanical Principles, Fluid Dynamics, Green Engineering Design and Application, Heat Transfer and Combustion, Applied Mechanics, Robotics Technology, Computer Aided Design and Analysis and Material and Energy Management. It also covers modules such as Workplace Safety and Health Practice, Professions in Context and Professional Practice Project.   There is a high demand for our graduates to support the development of exciting infrastructure in Asia Pacific region. Our graduates can also further their studies in civil engineering related field.

Graduates from this course can look forward to a career in Construction industry – designs and builds infrastructure, buildings and buildings services , Rail industry – design, construct, manage and maintain rail system components from trains and tracks to electrical power systems and train control systems.

The curriculum will include recent innovate skills for engage the more challenging and complex needs in the industry. A focus on working in groups and classroom communication and collaboration are essential to prepare students for the future. In this course you will acquire these skills through industry based projects, case studies and assignments.


At the end of this course, learners will be able to:

  • Recognise and apply electrical circuit theory.
  • Recognise and apply two-port network model.
  • Know how to apply the use of complex waves.
  • Recognise and apply transients in R-L-C circuits.
  • Perform calculations to design the required voltage, resistance and current in circuits
  • Create flow diagrams and ladder logic for program logic controllers
  • Evaluate the characteristics of materials subjected to complex loading systems.
  • Infer the behavioural characteristics of loaded beams and cylinders using calculations.
  • Identify and apply the dynamic parameters of power transmission system elements.
  • Identify and explain the dynamic parameters of rotating systems.
  • Know and apply basic mechatronic principles and functions to do work.
  • Discuss and explain the scientific principle in fluids mechanics.
  • Calculate and apply tensor calculus.
  • Formulate fluid mechanical problems with appropriate set of boundary conditions.
  • Use different mathematical techniques to analyze representative fluid mechanical problems relevant to applications in industry and environment studies.
  • Design and use of fluid dynamics in engineering to do work
  • Identify and apply the various safety and health practices in construction and other engineering industries.
  • Execute the local administrative and incident/accident reporting procedures
  • Identify and understand the health, safety and welfare legislation applicable to the construction, built environment and the various engineering industries.
  • Discuss the main requirements of an effective health and safety policy.
  • Discuss hazard to review a risk assessment at the work site.
  • Understand the need to review, revise and monitor risk assessments.
  • Recognise the different types of clean energy that can be converted for green engineering
  • Examine the sustainability issues with the energy systems.
  • Apply the use the energy management technology and equipment
  • Know the design or processing of harnessing clean energy
  • Discuss how clean energy can be used to substitute costly and pollutant energy resources
  • Discuss the application of clean energy in building, motor-driven machineries and industrial appliances.
  • To know how to create a project scope and scheme of work.
  • Recognise and propose implementation and monitoring the scheme of work.
  • To discuss and reflect upon completed group project.
  • Justify, conclude and summarize a solution for problems identified.
  • Explain how heat transfer rates vary for different composite systems
  • Explain heat transfer mechanisms and coefficients
  • Evaluate heat transfer equipment
  • Analyse the combustion processes.
  • Evaluate heat transfer capacity using measurement methods in heat transfer
  • Discuss transfer mechanisms and its real life applications
  • Propose heat control mechanisms
  • Calculate and solve problems in forces, resultant and static equilibrium and their application to rigid bodies.
  • Analyze equilibrium of rigid bodies in two and three dimensions.
  • Solve problems involving center of gravity, centroids, couples, and moments of inertia.
  • Analyse engineering structures subjected to concentrated loads, distributed loads, and frictional forces.
  • Evaluate the productivity and safety of mechanical systems
  • Propose solutions to mechanical systems problems
  • Discuss the operating, design and control principles of modern industrial robots
  • Explain and apply the operating principles of industrial robot sensors and end effectors
  • Produce pseudocodes for industrial robot work logic
  • Discuss control mechanisms used for robotics
  • Propose and plan computer and mechanical systems interface designs
  • Know the hazards and health, safety and maintenance requirements associated with industrial robots.
  • Use computer aided design (CAD) software applications and relate to 3D representation of objects
  • Discuss various contemporary applications and uses of CAD digital systems for visual representation of environments
  • Present work done with computer aided presentation techniques.
  • Create computer aided drafts and use it for landscape design presentation
  • Evaluate mechanical systems using graphic simulations
  • Apply 3D designs in rapid prototyping
  • Discuss the fundamental science and engineering principles relevant to materials.
  • Explain the relationship between nano/microstructure, characterization, properties and processing and design of materials.
  • Design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability and sustainability.
  • Explain the different types of audit methods being practiced for energy management.
  • Recognise and carry out Energy Economic analysis and cost prediction for energy saving assessment.
  • Analyse comprehensive lists of energy efficiency measures derived from building and facility performance.
  • Analyse different methods of energy can be used and work out the cost estimation in the construction industry
  • Plan the formulation a research specification using scientific approach
  • Implement the research project within agreed specification.
  • Demonstrate the research outcomes and recommend new knowledge.
  • Demonstrate the research outcomes.

Course Structure

Course Outline

The course consists of 12 modules:

  1. Introduction to Electrical Principles
  2. Introduction to Mechanical Principles
  3. Fluid Dynamics
  4. Workplace Safety and Health Practice
  5. Green Engineering Design and Application
  6. Professions in Context
  7. Heat Transfer and Combustion
  8. Applied Mechanics
  9. Robotics Technology
  10. Computer Aided Design and Analysis
  11. Material and Energy Management
  12. Professional Practice Project

Module Synopsis

Introduction to Electrical Principles


This module provides an introduction to fundamentals of electrical principles used in a range of work environment and provides the basis for further study of more specialist areas of electrical, mechanical and electronic engineering.

Module abstract

Circuits and their characteristics are fundamental to any study of electrical and electronic engineering and therefore a good understanding is important to any engineer. This unit draws together a logical appreciation of the topic and offers a structured approach to the development of the broad learning required at this level.

Learners will begin by investigating circuit theory and the related theorems to develop solutions to electrical networks. The concept of an attenuator is introduced by considering a symmetrical two-port network and its characteristics. The design and testing of both T and n networks is also covered.

Students will also be taught waveforms and Fourier analysis and how it is used. The use of Laplace transforms together with evaluation of circuit responses will be covered.

Introduction to Mechanical Principles


This module aims to develop learners’ understanding of mechanical principles that reinforces the design and operation of mechanical engineering systems.

Module abstract

This module will primarily cover the concepts in mechanics. This module will continue to the concept of volumetric strain and the relationship between elastic constants. With these concepts students will be able to further appreciate dimensional changes in loaded cylinders.

The module will build upon learners’ prior knowledge on the distribution of shear force and bending moment in loaded beams which includes the relationship between bending moment, slope and deflection.

Learners will analyze the use of mechanical power transmission systems. Learners’ knowledge of rotating system elements is further extended through an investigation of the dynamic characteristics of the slider crank and four-bar linkage. The balancing of rotating systems is also investigated, together with the determination of fly wheel mass and size to give sufficiently smooth operating conditions.

Fluid Dynamics


The aim of this module is for learners to gain the knowledge on principles of fluid mechanics and techniques applied to evaluate the performance of fluid movement for engineering designs.

Module abstract

This module is an introduction to fluid mechanics for learners who can gain knowledge on mechanics related to flow of fluids. Learners will learn the mathematical presentations, principles and concepts in fluid dynamics. This will include the introduction and familiarisation of tensors and elements of tensor algebra. Students will learn to apply equations to the modelling and solutions to fluid mechanics. Analyse liquid flow using a mathematical approach.

Workplace Safety and Health Practice


This module enable learners to appreciate health, safety and welfare legislation and policies are put into practice and monitor the effectiveness on health and safety in the built environment. Learners will draft risk assessments to counter health and safety issues in the built environment.

Module abstract

On completion of this module, learners will understand current health, safety and welfare legislation applicable to the construction and built environment sector. Learners will understand the main requirements of an effective health and safety policy and its successful implementation in the workplace.

Learners will be able to identify the hazards around the work place and assess the potential risk involved and implement the most appropriate control measures to prevent or mitigate ill health and injuries on site.

Learners will learn to appreciate the need to review, revise and monitor risk assessments.

Green Engineering Design and Application


This module provides learners with knowledge on engineering design and application for low energy building management system, use of clean and reusable energy, applications on motor driven mechanism such as electric vehicles and other transportations.

Module abstract

Green engineering is value added engineering that considers low energy consumption, recycling and reuse of materials resource, processes and sustainability to reduce pollution. Different types of energy resources, their optimal use and innovative substitutes be considered. The design and application of green engineering will be studied for areas of building management, motor driven machineries and industrial applications. The module gives an understanding on environmentally friendly and efficient mobility and how to provide solutions in future requirements. Student will also learn about uses of environmentally friendly, easily biodegradable fuels and sustainably generated, pollutant tested materials. The module will deal with creative ways to handle future energy needs.

Professions in Context


This module provides learners with a prospect to develop the skills needed to devise and implement a project scope, scheme of work, critically analyse and present the project.

Module abstract

This module will develop learners’ skills in terms of identifying a realistic problem and able to propose a solution and as the ability to work collectively as a team. This module also facilitates the application of knowledge, understanding and skills developed in other modules to be applied to this project.

This module is designed to bring the learners together into teams so that they can coordinate their individual skills and abilities. The scheme of work should give individual learners an opportunity to take responsibility for their contribution to the outcome and exhibit their ability to work as a team.

Learners will also develop skills to carry out evaluations of their group project and be able to present solutions.

Heat Transfer and Combustion


This module will develop learners’ understanding of heat transfer principles and realistic relationships enabling them to solve practical problems involving heat transfer, combustion and the specification of practical engineering equipment.

Module abstract

This module will build on learners’ knowledge of the theory and associated formulae for heat transfer by conduction, convection and radiation. Learners will analyse the materials used for lagging and their economic effects.

Learners will then study the applications of dimensional analysis, more detailed treatment of heat transfer mechanisms and the determination of heat transfer coefficients. The module goes on to look at the specification and performance of heat transfer equipment and learners are then introduced to the chemistry of the combustion process and analysis of the products of combustion.

Applied Mechanics


Introduces students to the fundamentals of mechanics of bodies and systems and also provides them with the basic tools for analysing the static and dynamic behaviours of bodies and systems encountered throughout the course. It also teaches the basic concepts of strength of materials to assess the stress and strain on structural and engineering components.

Module abstract

This is a follow-on module of Engineering Mechanics. It will equip students with the necessary skills to analyse problems of rigid bodies at rest and in motion. Topics include trusses, friction, centroid, relative motion, work energy method, power and efficiency & Impulse momentum method. This knowledge plays an important role in many diverse engineering applications of the modern world, such as the design of cars, structures, airplanes, and various types of machines. Students will be guided to solve engineering problems using these mechanics principles.

Robotics Technology


This module will develop learners’ understanding on the operation and control of industrial robots and knowledge/skills needed to work safely with programmed robots.

Module abstract

This module will give learners an understanding of the principles and operation of industrial robots used in modern manufacturing. The module will cover robot control systems, the different types of sensors used and their application within an industrial robot. Learners will gain an understanding of the programming methods used and will be required to produce a working program for an industrial robot or robot work cell. The module will also give learners an understanding of the health and safety and maintenance requirements associated with modern industrial robots.

Computer Aided Design and Analysis


Aims to give learners a general background and insights into building construction stages, steps and information flow in Civil Engineering building and structure modelling and to equip students with fundamental CAD and BIM (Building Information Modelling) skills.

Modue abstract

It attempts to use computer hands-on practical session and project-based learning to achieve these goals. Students will learn visualization skill, latest CAD and BIM technologies, and will be facilitated with learning environment that encourages independent learning. Students will apply these knowledge and skills in an integrated manner to develop a virtual construction simulation model of 3D building and civil engineering structure.

Material and Energy Management


The aim of this module is to develop the knowledge of the learners on the fundamentals in the molecular structure formation, processing and manufacturing of the various materials for industrial use. It also provides learners the knowledge of various levels of Energy Audit, perform energy performance analysis, prepare and provide recommendation and audit report.

Module abstract

Learners will be taught from the basics of chemical bonds and the molecular structures that determine the mechanical and electrical properties of materials. The module will focus on the use of phase diagrams, heat treatment and cooling processes to achieve the desired material properties. It will also include the moulding, casting and shaping of materials. Knowledge will also be expanded on the latest materials that are used for energy saving, increasing safety standards and increasing cost effectiveness for engineering. The learner will be introduced to the Energy Market within Singapore and the basic concepts of Energy Management System (ISO 50001 EnMS). The fundamental knowledge to carry out Energy Economic analysis and cost prediction for energy saving assessment and application of Measurement and Verifications (M&V) will be shared through various case studies &/or application examples. Comprehensive lists of energy efficiency measures derived from building and facility performance will discussed, inclusive financial analysis. The learner will be able to appreciate the different types of energy audits that are practiced in the industry and make a comparison between international and local energy auditing tools and guidelines.

Professional Practice Project


To develop learners’ skills of independent enquiry and critical analysis by undertaking a continued research investigation of direct relevance to their Higher Education programme and professional development.

Module abstract

This module is designed to enable learners to gain confidence in using research techniques and methods. It addresses the elements that make up formal research including the proposal, a variety of research methodologies, action planning, carrying out the research and presenting the findings.

Learners must understand the theory that underpins formal research. The research itself will depend on learners, the context of their area of learning, their focus of interest and the anticipated outcomes. This module draws together a range of other information and knowledge of content from within the programme of study to form a holistic piece research work that will make a positive contribution to the learner’s area of interest. Learners will be able to develop skills such independent learning and drawing conclusion from their work.

Scope of Study

The course emphasis design, analysis, and manufacturing new products and technologies. It addresses the society’s needs by combining mechanical engineering fundamentals with innovative ideas. We structure our curriculum by emphasizing engineering theory and technical skills. Our students learn how to analyze solve practical problem.

Delivery Mode

The module will consist of lectures, case studies, group discussions and demonstrations in classrooms.

Commencement Dates / Intakes

Intake every 2 months.

Course Duration

The course duration for:

Part-time 24 months

Full-time 20 months

Maximum allowed period for the student to complete the course is 48 months.

Class Period

Weekdays – 7pm to 10pm (twice a week)

Weekend only Sunday Class 10am to 4pm

Course Fees & Brochure

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Coursework, Examination.

Assessment Methods

100% assignment for 10 modules.

70% assignments 30% examination for 2 modules

80% Assignment

20% Presentation

80% Assignment

20% Presentation

Assessment Grading Criteria


HD: > 90%

A: > 80% – 89%

B: > 70% – 79%

C: > 60% – 69%

D: > 50% – 59%

E: > 45% – 49%

F: >   0% – 44%

Expected Examination Results Release Date

Not more than 3 months from the date of Final Assessment.

Qualification Award

Higher Diploma in Mechanical Engineering awarded by Coleman College

Graduation Requirements

Pass all required assessments

Teacher Qualifications

The Committee for Private Education (CPE) is duly notified of all the teachers in Coleman College. All teachers have the required qualifications or experience. Please refer to Our Teachers list in the website for more details.

Average Teacher-Student Ratio is 1:40 for Lectures.

Please note that the maximum number of students in the classroom is subjected to the allowable seating capacity.

Progression Pathway

Graduate who wish to further their studies in this field may apply for a relevant programme/course offered by other institutions or universities. Admission is subjected to these institutions or universities entry requirement the point of application.

Entry Requirements


Minimum 18 years of age and above

Academic Level:

‘A’ Level 3 subjects passes. English plus any other subjects or; a related Diploma from local Polytechnic or; other CPE registered PEI or equivalent (Diplomas from other countries) Minimum 18 years and above.

Language Proficiency:

IELTS 5.5 or equivalent

Relevant Working Experience:

Student with other diploma qualifications with minimum age of 23 years with at least 3 years working experience in relevant field. Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) will be done to analysis whether student has met the required skills to be admitted onto our Higher Diplomas.

Working Experience:

Matured students, of 30 years old with at least 8 years of working experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Contact Details

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