Sustainable Infrastructure Engineering (Land), MEngTech and BEng (Hons)

Programme Overview

This programme is the first to be launched under Sustainable Infrastructure Engineering (SIE). SIE is multi-disciplinary as it synthesizes the essence of several fundamental engineering disciplines. Students will go through a vigorous academic training provided by highly qualified professors while immersing themselves in the land transport industry through work stints with established organisations such as LTA, SMRT, SBS, Keppel Group and Singapore Technologies.

One major highlight will be the Integrated Work Study Programme (IWSP), in which students will be involved in day-to-day operations and confront challenges just like an employee of the host organisation.

Students will also have the option to undertake Non-Destructive Testing Level II or III (NDT) certification, (ISO 9712, in collaboration with the Non-Destructive Testing Society of Singapore) so as to enhance their industry-readiness.

Curriculum

The SIE programme aims to groom students to be both practice-oriented and industry ready. Throughout the course of the programme, students will be given the opportunity to take modules such as Total Preventive Maintenance and focus on Railway Engineering, which is not offered by other local undergraduate programmes. Furthermore, the one-year Integrated Work-Study Programme (IWSP) will help to bridge the gap between academic training and industrial needs.

Students will also take on a Capstone project formulated on actual working experience during the IWSP. This project may focus on improvement to work processes in the company or design of parts and components that add value to the company. In addition, our unique curriculum design allows students to achieve the professional Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) Level II or III certification

The programme will be conducted in 3 trimesters per academic year (˜ 4 months per trimester). To be awarded BEng (Hons) Sustainable Infrastructure Engineering (Land), students are required to complete 6 trimesters of study and a minimum of 2 trimesters of Integrated Work Study Programme (IWSP). To be awarded Master of Engineering Technology, students are required to complete 8 trimesters of study and a minimum of 2 trimesters of Integrated Work Study Programme (IWSP).

Students who perform well in the BEng (Hons) Sustainable Infrastructure Engineering programme may proceed to take the Masters of Engineering Technology degree, provided they meet the necessary requirements. Student pursuing the Masters of Engineering Technology degree will need to complete the following in Year 4

Year 4, Trimester 1: Two subjects from each Focus Area of Interest
Year 4, Trimester 2: One subject from each Focus Area of Interest.

For more details on the subject available in each Focus Area of Interest, please refer to programme modules.

Accreditation

Accreditation of the programme will be sought with the Engineering Accreditation Board.

Career Opportunities

The SIE’s unique programme and curriculum have been crafted with support from various organisations within the land transport industry such as LTA, SMRT, SBS, Singapore Technologies, Keppel Group and Sembcorp Industries. Students will therefore gain the necessary knowledge and skills for an enriching career in the industry.

Eligibility

Diploma holders from any of the five local polytechnics and A-level graduates are welcome to apply.

Students with relevant engineering background, i.e., Diploma in Aerospace, Mechanical, Mechatronics or Electrical Engineering, may apply for exemption of modules up to a maximum of two trimesters.

For students with non-relevant engineering background, i.e., Diploma from other engineering disciplines; exemption of modules will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Study Trip

Regional Immersion In Sustainable Engineering (RISE) will create opportunities for students to visit key infrastructure facilities and projects in the region. Students will gain first-hand experience in communicating with engineers, designers and operators who are working on various phases of a project such as those in design and construction. The meticulous maintenance schedule that can eliminate any incipient breakdown of the systems will also be explored. RISE will be an eye-opener that will enrich students' learning experiences.

MODULE SYNOPSIS

Year 1
SIE1001 Mechanics of Engineering Materials

Introduction to the fundamental principles of statics and mechanics of materials. Force and moment equilibrium in three dimensions using free body diagrams and vector algebra; stress, strain, and deformation response of deformable bodies to axial, torsional, flexural, and combined loadings; material properties and selection criteria; and failure modes of materials and structure.

SIE1002 Engineering Math I

Foundational engineering math such as Basic complex numbers; vectors/matrices; limits/continuity

SIE1003 C Programming

Fundamental concepts procedural programming using the C programming language; Data types; Control structures; Functions; Arrays; Files and the mechanics of running, testing, and debugging.

SIE1004 Measurements and Sensor Technology

Temperature and velocity measurements devices. Fundamental and applications of flow meters; Dynamic characteristics of thermal sensors. Introduction to MEMS. Sensors and Actuators technology. Strain gauge techniques. Measurement techniques based on ultrasound principles.

SIE1007 Dynamics of Machines

Analysis of 3-dimensional planar kinematics and planar kinetics of particles and rigid bodies. Physical concepts such as velocity and acceleration (relative to moving and fixed reference frame), translation, and rotation, force and moment, work and kinetic energy, linear/angular impulse, and momentum.

SIE1008 Engineering Math IIA

Foundational engineering math such as basic calculus methods involving derivatives and integration, with practical emphasis on various applications requiring derivatives and/or integration

SIE1009 Heat Exchanger and Heat Pump

Characteristics of fluids; Viscosity and compressibility of fluids; Vapour pressure; Surface tension; Pressure and velocity relationships; Speed of sound and compressible flow; Temperature and ideal gases; Laws of Thermodynamics; Basic mode of heat transfer: conduction, convection and radiation, Heat exchangers.

SIE1010 Engineering Design Graphics

3-dimensional visualization and spatial reasoning; Engineering sketching; Basic descriptive geometry; The fundamentals of orthographic projection; Parametric and feature-based solid modelling; Assembly modelling; Geometric dimensioning and tolerancing. Drawing convention and presentation of 3-dimensional geometry on 2-dimensional media. Use of CAD software on the computer workstation as the major graphical analysis and design tool.

SIE1011 Regional Immersion in Sustainable Engineering (RISE)

RISE will create opportunities for you to visit key infrastructure facilities and projects in the region. You will gain first-hand experience in communicating with engineers, designers and operators who are working on various phases of a project, such as in design and construction. The meticulous maintenance schedule that can eliminate any incipient breakdown of the systems will also be explored. RISE is an eye-opening programme that will enrich your learning experience.

SIE2004 Materials Selection for Engineering Structure

Fundamental concepts of materials science and engineering; Effect of structure on properties of engineering materials; Effects of processing on structure, properties and uses of engineering materials.

SIE2016 Effective Communication

Writing Process; Effective writing styles; Plagiarism; Writing procedures and instructions; Describing change and development; Organization patterns in comparison and contrast; Organization patterns in cause and effect; Feasibility and recommendation reports; Presentation skills; presentation materials preparation

Note: This module is only applicable for students admitted from AY2015 onwards.

Year 2
SIE2001 Engineering Math IIB

Foundational engineering math such as Partial differentiation; Multi-variate integrals and differentiation

SIE2002 Fluid Machineries

Elementary fluid dynamics; Momentum equation and its application (Bernoulli’s equation); Dimensional analysis (Buckingham Pi’s theory) and similitudes; Internal flows and piping systems; Principles and applications of fluid machines, including pumps, compressors and turbines.

SIE2003 Engineering Electronics and Instrumentation

Fundamental Circuit Principles, Kirchhoff’s Law, Thevenin’s and Norton’s Theorem; Transient Response of Circuits, Steady State A.C. Analysis of Circuits, Power in A.C. Circuits, Transformers, electrical machines, semiconductors devices – diodes and transistors, operational amplifier, logic gates and combinational circuits.

SIE2005 Mechanics of Solids

Stress analysis and topics beyond linear elastic response of structures such as structural instability, limit load analysis and bean-columns. Energy based methods as alternatives to classical stress analysis techniques.

SIE2006 Engineering Math III

Foundational engineering math such as Sequences and Series; First and Second Order ordinary and partial differential equations

SIE2007 Land Transport Discovery Course

Introduction to Land Transportation Engineering; Applied Mechanics; Reciprocating Engines; Material Properties, Failure Modes and Diagnosis; Fluid Power Systems including industrial site visits

SIE2008 Marine Transport Discovery Course

Marine engineering fundamentals, whole value chain of marine industry, Singapore’s marine industry; Introduction to Hydrodynamics, Introduction to marine propulsion, Overview of ship and offshore structures; Introduction to offshore and marine maintenance, Repair and overhaul of ship structures including industrial site visits.

SIE2009 Aerospace Engineering Discovery Course

Historical Perspective of Aerospace Engineering; Overview of Aerospace Clusters; Introduction to Aerodynamics; Introduction to Propulsion; Overview of Aircraft Support Systems; Introduction to Aircraft Structure; Introduction to Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) including industrial site visits

SIE2010 Non Destructive Testing (NDT) I

Introduction to NDT on the fundamental principles of test methods applied in industry. This provides an understanding of the features and limitations of the different methods for effective method selection and application. Through hands-on training, students will also learn test equipment calibration, set up and operation, as well as sample preparation for inspection.

SIE2016 Effective Communication

Writing Process; Effective writing styles; Plagiarism; Writing procedures and instructions; Describing change and development; Organization patterns in comparison and contrast; Organization patterns in cause and effect; Feasibility and recommendation reports; Presentation skills; presentation materials preparation

Note: This module is only applicable for students admitted from AY2015 onwards.

SIE2901 Career and Professional Development

This module aims to equip the student with the knowledge of the rules and regulations regulating the practice of professional engineering in mechanical engineering and to increase the student’s awareness of his or her responsibilities in a professional engineering environment. Centre to the module is the development of the student’s knowledge in addressing professional ethical issues and the student’s awareness of how his or her professional skills such as leadership and communication skills are important in the practice and can be enhanced through continuing professional development. In addition, the student will undergo training on job applications and job interviews.

SIE3003 Railway Signalling and Communications

Principles and applications of railway signalling and communications, such as signal interlocking; automatic train protection; train detection and separation; automatic train operation; analog and digital data transmission; and communication medium, networks, and protocols.

SIE3004 Rolling Stock and Permanent Way Systems

Introduction to Fundamental Engineering Mechanics and Electrical Power Systems on typical integration of Rolling Stock and Permanent Way Systems. Comprehensive overview of electrical power systems, rail vehicle dynamics, and their response to wheel rail interactions and impacts of vibration and forces. List includes vibration analysis, collision impact, AC/DC motors & VVVF for induction motors.

SIE3005 Non Destructive Testing (NDT) II

Flaw detection and sizing are covered for the different test methods where students will practice these skills by inspecting for a range of damages including surface-breaking cracks, welding flaws and porosity in common types of materials and structures used in industry. Emphasis is also given to translation of standards and specifications to practical inspection procedures, interpretation and evaluation of test results, and professional reporting.

SIE3006 Total Preventive Maintenance (TPM)

Introduction to total productive maintenance (TPM) concepts and techniques, including preventive maintenance, autonomous maintenance, maintainability Improvement, maintenance prevention, and P-M analysis; TPM relations to other technical maintenance discipline like reliability centred maintenance (RCM), instruments protective function (IPF) and risk based inspections (RBI).

SIE3007 Lean and Quick Response Repair

Application of lean enterprise model to maintenance, repair and operations (MRO); Introduction to lean principles and theory of constraints, and their application in waste elimination, quality improvement, work flow and responsiveness enhancement.

SIE3001 Group Design Project I

Students are required to work on a group design project of technical nature in the Building Services Engineering. For example, typical projects are:
1) Energy Conservation in Buildings 
2) BIM project

Year 3
SIE3012 Integrated Work Study Programmes

IWSP provides students with the opportunity to undertake real work, allowing them to integrate theory and practice and develop deep specialist skills in their chosen field. Held over the span of 8 to 12 months, the structure of the IWSP will be unique and distinct for each degree programme to cater to differing needs of the industry. Our employers are our partners in education. Designed to be more in-depth than a traditional internship or industrial attachment, students participating in the IWSP are expected to undertake real work in the companies they are employed in for the programme. This will allow SIT students to gain real work experience and is meant to augment theory with actual practice.

Year 4
SIE3008 Railway Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition

Theoretical and practical understanding of supervisory control and data acquisition in the railway environment, such as field instrumentations; remote terminal units; programmable logic controllers; telecommunication infrastructures; supervisory computer system; and human-machine interface.

SIE3009 Safety Standards/Legislation/Best Practices

A general review of various safety standards, best practices and legislation that govern the development, safety and maintenance of railway systems; Historical perspective how these standards/practices/legislation evolve with railway developments.

SIE3010 Statistical Process Control

Review on statistics and probabilities; Introduction to statistical standard control charts, e.g. R-, p-, np-, c- and u-charts, and their applications and limitations; Importance of assumptions and how they affect control charts properties; Case studies.

SIE3011 Remanufacturing of Engineering Components

Introduction to concepts of remanufacturing; Overview of various remanufacturing technologies and processes; Energy and cost analysis in remanufacturing.

SIE3002 Group Design Project II

Students are required to work on a group design project of technical nature in the Building Services Engineering. For example, typical projects are:
1) Energy Conservation in Buildings 
2) BIM project

For students who proceed to Master of Engineering Technology

Energy Optimisation Focus

SIE4001 Capstone Project

[Individual project with a minimum duration of 12 weeks (one trimester)]

Students will have to propose an individual project based on their work experience during IWSP. The nature of the project must be technical and have strong industrial relevance. This can be either a study on improving a maintenance process or design of a component that can be used to enhance machine efficiency.

Human Factors and Systems Engineering Focus

MEngTech - Energy Optimisation Focus
SIE4002 Vehicle Propulsion

Review on thermodynamics, heat transfer and combustion; Fundamentals of gas turbine engines including turboprop, turbofan and turbojet; Fundamentals of internal combustion engines (ICE) including spark-ignition, diesel and mixed cycle.

SIE4003 Wind Energy and Industrial Aerodynamics

Introduction to industrial aerodynamics and wind engineering with main characteristics of natural winds; Characteristics of velocity profiles and atmospheric turbulence; Elements of wind-building interaction and design significance; Turbine aerodynamics and mechanics for energy generation

SIE4004 Electric Propulsion

Review on electricity and magnetism; Introduction to power electronics and systems components; Principles of High Voltage systems; Diesel electric propulsion; Future developments, e.g. Fuel cell and superconducting machines.

SIE4005 Power Engineering

Review on thermodynamics; Spark ignition, compression and fuel injection Engines; Turbocharging and Supercharging; Engine management system; transmission, drive shafts and differentials; Hybrids.

SIE4006 Non Destructive Testing (NDT) III

Review of NDT methods with some focus on advanced topics including emerging test techniques, and automation that can improve efficiency and effectiveness of the inspection process.

MEngTech - Materials for Engineering Design and Remanufacturing Focus
SIE4007 Composite Materials

Introduction to different forms of composite materials and their characteristics; Review on solid mechanics; Anisotropic material behaviour and lamination theory; Strength and failure of composites; Micromechanics.

SIE4008 Polymers and Ceramics

Introduction to different types of polymer and ceramic materials and their synthesis; Mechanical and rheological properties; inter-relationship between chemistry, structure, properties and performance.

SIE4009 High Performance Alloys

Introduction to alloys, including ferrous, aluminium, magnesium and titanium and their properties; Heat treatment of ferrous and non-ferrous alloys; Overview of creep-resistant alloys, super alloys and high temperature materials.

SIE4010 Surface Engineering

Introduction to surface engineering and its application; Techniques and processes in surface engineering, e.g. coating, nano-patterning, plating and plasma treatment; Feasibility of techniques/processes on different material surfaces.

SIE4006 Non Destructive Testing (NDT) III

Review of NDT methods with some focus on advanced topics including emerging test techniques, and automation that can improve efficiency and effectiveness of the inspection process.

MEngTech - Human Factors and System Engineering Focus
SIE4011 Human Factors and Error Management

Introduction to human factors in areas of error-reduction and risk management; Effects of physical environment and mental state on human performance; Effective communication in managing workplace hazards and human errors

SIE4012 Systems Engineering

Introduction to systems engineering as a field in managing complex engineering projects over life cycle; Overview on work-processes, optimization methods, risk management tools and change management; Techniques to evaluate reliability, logistics and coordination issues; Integration of various tools and techniques

SIE4013 Logistics Management

Introduction to basic knowledge in areas of logistics and logistics management; Importance of network structures and network flow orientation; Overview of different logistical functions and their management strategies

SIE4014 Change Management

Introduction to change management and its application; Techniques and processes in change management, e.g. Lewin’s Change Management Model, McKinsey 7S Framework, Kotter’s 8-Step Change Model and Stakeholder Analysis and Management; Case Studies

SIE4015 Project Management

Introduction to project management and its philosophy; Core principles of project management; project management techniques, e.g. process improvement, benchmarking, cause and effect, etc.; project management implementation and benefits

Campus Location
SIT@Dover
SIT@Dover

10 Dover Drive
Singapore 138683

SIT@Dover
SIT@SP Building

Singapore Polytechnic
510 Dover Road, Singapore 139660