Mechanical Design Engineering

Mechanical Design Engineering

Note: With effect from academic year 2019, this programme will be offered as a joint degree by SIT and the University of Glasgow. Find out more about the Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Mechanical Engineering.

Programme Overview
Mechanical Design Engineering is one of the oldest and broadest engineering disciplines. It integrates the understanding of core mechanicals and materials with the design process facilitated by the knowledge of manufacturing technologies and engineering principles. It involves the production and usage of mechanical power for the design and development of tools, machines or structures comprising moving parts that work together to make life easier. Mechanical Design Engineering makes the world go round, with applications for almost everything from taps to dams, bicycles to aircraft.

This degree programme seeks to meet the industrial challenges and demands by producing innovative engineers with the capabilities and aptitude for the design of engineering products. Students will learn to manipulate the core concepts of mechanics, kinematics, thermal and materials sciences. They will also learn structural analysis to design and analyse systems, equipment and machinery in key industries such as aerospace, maritime, robotics and healthcare.

Mechanical Design Engineers are essential for the design and development of mechanisms, components and structures which are integral parts of automotive, marine, aerospace, biomedical, chemical, construction, environmental, and power-generation industries, among others.

Learn about SIT-UofG’s Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Design Engineering.

Eligibility and Exemption

Polytechnic Diploma

Nanyang Polytechnic

  • Aeronautical & Aerospace Technology
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Digital & Precision Engineering
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Mechatronics Engineering
  • Nanotechnology & Materials Science

Ngee Ann Polytechnic

  • Aerospace Technology
  • Automation & Mechatronic Systems
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Engineering Science
  • Marine & Offshore Technology
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechatronic Engineering

Republic Polytechnic

  • Aerospace Engineering (Quality Systems)

Singapore Polytechnic

  • Aeronautical Engineering
  • Bioengineering
  • Engineering Systems
  • Engineering with Business
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechatronics and Robotics

Temasek Polytechnic

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Mechatronics

Other relevant diplomas not listed will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Study Trip

Students studying in the University of Glasgow (UofG) degree programmes are required to complete a four-week attachment in Glasgow at the home campus of the University of Glasgow, U.K., where they will undertake a 10-credit group design/practical module, experience a different culture and interact with students there. Some industrial visits and guest lectures may be organised by the University of Glasgow. The estimated cost ranges from S$4,500* to S$5,500*.

Note: Estimated costs are dependent on the prevailing currency exchange rate and flight ticket prices.


Year 1
SIT2002 Applicable Mathematics 2N

Mathematical techniques required in the degree programmes taught in collaboration with the Singapore Institute of Technology. The main topics include calculus of several variables, differential equations, Fourier series and Laplace transforms.

SIT3002 Design and Manufacture 3N

This project based course introduces the student to a range of modern methods and techniques supporting industrial product design activity with particular emphasis on innovative conceptual design generation, human factors, environmental design and product architecture. 3D solid modelling CAD skills are developed throughout the project activity.

SIT3003 Design and Manufacture 3G

This project based course introduces the student to a range of modern methods and techniques supporting industrial product design activity. 3D solid modelling CAD skills are developed throughout the project activity. Singapore students undertake this course during a four week study period at the University of Glasgow.

SIT3004 Dynamics and Control 3N

Dynamics: gives the student a thorough grounding in the modelling of mechanical systems, the solution of the resulting differential equations and the application to simple vibration problems. Control: understand and analyse simple feedback control systems.

SIT3006 Engineering Design 3N

To develop the students understanding of Availability, Reliability, Maintainability thereby enhancing the students’ ability to evaluate design proposals from a number of related viewpoints. To illustrate and develop an understanding of robust design from functional performance and manufacture viewpoints. To expose students to the discipline involved in researching a technical area and produce a report and presentation.

SIT3007 Heat Transfer 3N

Basic understanding of the various mechanisms of heat transfer. The course will also provide the student with an understanding of heat exchangers and how such items of equipment are designed.

SIT3008 Materials and Manufacture 3N

Detailed properties of metals and plastic and their selection methods for products, the joining of metallic and non-metallic materials including welding and adhesive bonding, and forming processes for metals, polymers and composites.

SIT3009 Mathematical Modelling and Simulation 3N

To provide an introduction to the mathematical modelling of engineering systems and the uses to which they can be put. These include simulation, analysis and design. The use of computers to achieve this will be discussed as will generic issues relating to the use of computers for solution of mathematical problems.

SIT3010 Mechanics of Materials and Structures 3N

To equip students to perform deformation analyses of linear elastic skeletal structures by mathematical modelling and appropriate manual and computational methods, in particular, finite element analysis (FEA).

SIT3024 Instrumentation and Data Systems 3N

This course provides an introduction to instrumentation and data systems for engineers covering error analysis, signal acquisition and processing.

SIT3031 Fluid Mechanics 3N

To give the students an ample knowledge of the mechanism of fluid motion, the fluid conservation laws, the variation of fluid pressure in mechanical engineering systems, the head losses in complex pipe networks, the transient phenomena in fluid flow, and drag and lift.

Year 2
SIT4002 Advanced Materials Technology 4N

Developments in metals and polymers; Design and manufacturing of polymeric composites; Stress analysis of composites; Advances in adhesive bonding and surface engineering; Sandwich constructions; Ceramics- properties, processes and reliability.

SIT4003 Control 4N

Applies classical control theory to a range of different types of system. It includes the classic types of controller such as proportional–integral–differential (PID), simple compensators and the use of Nyquist and Bode plots. The state space representation is introduced and used to assess stability.

SIT4005 Mechanics of Solids and Structure 4N

Brief revision of beam theory: shear force, bending moment and influence line diagrams, the governing differential equation (moment-curvature equation) for a beam in uniform bending. Introduction to variational methods, the principle of virtual displacements (PVD).

SIT4006 Microelectronics in Consumer Products 4N

To illustrate how the design of consumer products is being rapidly changed by the introduction of inexpensive programmable microelectronics technology. In addition, to engender a basic understanding of microprocessor operation.

SIT4007P Project 4N

The individual project is an extended piece of work that provides the opportunity to show enthusiasm and initiative in attaining a specified goal. It is designed to develop the student’s ability to understand the field of the investigation, to select and justify the methodology adopted, to apply the methodology, to represent their results or findings accurately, and to understand and present the significance of the results or findings. In the case of the MDE project, this will be mechanical design and manufacture driven, following a generic design process. In the case of MT, it includes software, simulations, and often some form of mechanical or process application.

SIT5001 Professional Practice 5N

Introduces the concepts of entrepreneurial planning through understanding and practice in the use of developing a business plan.

SIT4044 Mechanical Design 4N

The course provides additional design practice and engineering skills in terms of product development, design process, engineering evaluation, and documentation for the design of mechanical parts and components within engineering systems.

Campus Location
SIT@NP Building
SIT@NP Building

Ngee Ann Polytechnic
537 Clementi Road, Singapore 599493