Sustainable Infrastructure Engineering (Building Services)

Sustainable Infrastructure Engineering (Building Services)

Programme Overview

The Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Sustainable Infrastructure Engineering (Building Services) is a four-year direct honours degree programme developed in consultation with the Building and Construction Authority (BCA), Singapore. The programme provides mechanical engineering training with a focus on the delivery of sustainable buildings to prepare students to become building mechanical engineers. It also develops students’ lifelong skills to ensure they stay relevant in the building services engineering industry in Singapore and beyond. Students will go through rigorous academic training conducted by highly qualified professors and professional officers, as well as a 12-month Integrated Work Study Programme (IWSP) in the industry. SIE (Building Services) students are being trained to be eligible for Professional Engineering (Mechanical) qualification.

The Programme Educational Objectives

  • To think and innovatively solve real-world problems in building services engineering industry using high-level technical skills and knowledge.
  • Embrace change for sustainable operation of building services infrastructure based on analytical and problem-solving skills enhanced through lifelong professional development.
  • Generate innovative growth pathways for the building services engineering industry through strong grounding at the process and system levels.
  • Make impactful advancement and improvement in building services engineering both locally and internationally, taking account of professional, social, economic and environmental aspects.

Curriculum Highlights

  • Building Information Modelling (BIM)
  • Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics 
  • Sustainable Building Engineering 
  • Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning (HVAC)
  • Fire Engineering and Management 
  • Building Energy Simulation 
  • 12-month Integrated Work Study Programme (IWSP) 

Students who perform well in the programme may proceed to pursue the Master of Engineering Technology (MEngTech) programme. Students may also obtain professional certifications in Green Mark Certification, Fire Services Safety Management and Workplace Safety and Health. 

Career Opportunities

  • Design Engineer (with focus on HVAC and other relevant building mechanical engineering areas)
  • BIM Manager
  • Facility Manager (Mechanical)
  • Sustainable Building Consultant
  • Building Construction (Mechanical) Engineer

Eligibility and Exemption

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

BCA Academy Diplomas holders in the following are eligible to apply:

  • Architecture (Technology)
  • Construction Engineering
  • Construction Information Technology
  • Electrical Engineering and Clean Energy
  • Facilities Management
  • Mechanical Engineering (Green Building Technology)

Applicants with a relevant engineering background i.e. Diploma in Aerospace, Mechanical, Mechatronics, Civil, Environmental and Electrical Engineering, may apply for exemption from modules of up to a maximum of two trimesters.

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

Study Trip

Regional Immersion In Sustainable Engineering (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 those 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-opener that will enrich students' learning experience.

MODULE SYNOPSIS

Year 1
SIE1001 Mechanics of Engineering Materials

In this module, you will learn how to evaluate the forces that are applied to a component and determine its mechanical behaviour in response to these forces. 

Key takeaway(s):

  • Learn concepts like force, stress, strain, equilibrium and mechanical properties of materials.
  • Apply various equations and relationships between forces and materials to engineer components that can withstand external forces during normal usage.
SIE1002 Engineering Mathematics 1

In this module, you will build a strong foundation in applying and solving mathematical functions involving exponential, logarithmic, trigonometric and hyperbolic in the engineering context. 

Key takeaway(s):

  • Learn concepts like differentiation and integration, limits and continuity.
  • Apply derivatives to analyse functions and in curve sketching.
  • Employ integration techniques to compute the area between curves, and volumes of solids of revolution.  
SIE1003 C Programming

Through this module, you will gain a firm understanding of and develop your competence in writing programs in C language to solve engineering problems.

Key takeaway(s):

In relation to C programming, you will develop your ability to:

  • Apply variables, mathematical and logical expressions, control structures, functions, arrays, and pointers.
  • Implement string and character processing, formatted input/output, data structures, and file processing.
  • Design and develop a microcontroller project.
SIE1004 Measurements and Sensor Technology

Through this module, you will learn how to evaluate and implement measurement tools or systems with sensor technology.

Key takeaway(s):

  • Determine a measurement’s accuracy, precision, reproducibility, repeatability, hysteresis and nonlinearity, and analyse the causes of errors.
  • Determine and evaluate the sensitivity of sensors, and deal with non-linearity of some sensors.
  • Apply sensor technology in spatial measurements such as proximity, displacement, distance, range, pressure, temperature, flow and level.
SIE1007 Dynamics of Machines

Through this module, you will gain an understanding of the concepts of Planar Kinematics and Planar Kinetics in particles and rigid bodies.

Key takeaway(s):

  • Employ vectors to physical concepts such as velocity and acceleration, translation and rotation, force and moment, work and kinetic energy, linear/angular impulse and momentum, amongst others.
SIE1008 Engineering Mathematics 2A

Through this module, you will pick up the essential mathematical concepts that will be important for advanced-level engineering modules. The emphasis of this module will be on Vectors, Complex Numbers, Matrix Algebra and Ordinary Differential Equations (ODEs).

Key takeaway(s):

  • Apply the principles of vector algebra, complex numbers and matrix algebra to solve engineering problems.
  • Comprehend and solve basic first-order ODEs.
SIE1009 Heat Exchanger and Heat Pump

This module is designed to give you a basic understanding of the laws of thermodynamics and the principles of heat transfer. You will learn about the design of heat exchangers and how to analyse thermal engine cycles.

Key takeaway(s):

  • Apply thermodynamics concepts of heat, work, reversibility, efficiency and property diagrams of pure substance to understand heat pumps.
  • Analyse heat transfer problems and design a refrigerant cycle system.
  • Assess various heat exchanger configurations and their maintenance issues.
SIE1012 Engineering Drawing for Building Services

Through this introductory module, you will gain practical skills required of a building services engineer in generating, visualising and reviewing building services drawings.
 
Key takeaway(s):

  • Appreciate and understand the rationale behind building services drawing and the concepts governing the design, installation and layout of building services systems.
  • Learn how to interpret bidirectional associativity and the parametric relationship of building elements in the Building Information Model (BIM) software, Revit. 
     
SIE2004 Materials Selection for Engineering Structure

Through this module, you will gain an understanding of how the structure, processing and properties of materials relate to one another. This understanding is fundamental to how engineers select materials to achieve a specific purpose.

Key takeaway(s):

Learn about the behaviours of various materials and how these behaviours influence the manner through which their respective materials are processed.

SIE2016 Effective Communication

Sharpen your written and oral communication skills in presenting academic and technical information through the insights imparted during this module. 

Key takeaway(s):

  • Adjust your style and tone when communicating different types of information to different audiences for a particular purpose.
  • Recognise the language features and conventions of academic and technical texts and employ these in your own writing and speaking.
  • Identify and think critically about complex problems, formulate solutions and present these orally and in writing.
Year 2
SIE2001 Engineering Mathematics 2B

Through this module, you will gain a firm foundation in engineering mathematical concepts such as partial differentiation, multivariate integrals and differentiation.

Key takeaway(s):

  • Learn about total and partial differentials and their use in estimating errors.
  • Integrate total differentials to recover their original function.
  • Employ double, triple, or higher level integrals using repeated integration.
SIE2005 Mechanics of Solids

Building on the Mechanics of Engineering Materials (SIE1001) module, you will learn about the effects of loads on the deformation and failure of solid materials and structures under different stresses.

Key takeaway(s):

  • Conduct stress-strain analysis and gain an awareness of the linear elastic response of beam structures in the aspects of structural deformations.
  • Understand the various types of material failure and employ failure theories to access structural stability.
SIE2006 Engineering Mathematics 3

This foundational engineering math module provides you with a good grasp on concepts such as sequences and series, Laplace and Fourier transform, and partial differential equations.

Key takeaway(s):

  • Apply various sequences and series including power series, Taylor and Maclaurin series, and Fourier series.
  • Implement Laplace transform, Fourier transform and their properties.
  • Learn about partial differential equations including Laplace equation, heat-conduction, and wave equation.
SIE2007 Land Transport Discovery Course

Through this module, you will be acquainted with land transportation engineering and foster an understanding of its related concepts.

Key takeaway(s):

  • Engage in a hands-on lab experience to apply the concepts learnt about applied mechanics, material properties, failure modes and diagnosis, non-destructive testing (NDT) methods and heating/cooling process in heat exchanger. 
SIE2011 Fluid Mechanics

Through this module, you will be equipped with basic knowledge of fluid statics and dynamics in buildings and building services.  

Key takeaway(s):

  • Learn about the applications of the piped/ducted system, open channel flow and flow around buildings and structures.
  • Appreciate and apply the concepts of potential flow, boundary layers and compressible flows.
     
SIE2012 Electrical Systems

Through this module, you will reinforce your understanding of the fundamentals of circuit principles and concepts like Kirchhoff’s Laws, Transient Response of Circuits, and Thevenin’s and Norton’s Theorem. 

Key takeaway(s):

  • Apply the design approaches and principles for power distribution in and around buildings.
  • Understand safety, efficiency and reliability requirements of electrical installations according to Singapore’s standards and regulations.
     
SIE2013 Sustainable Building Engineering

Through this module, you will be equipped with the knowledge and competencies required to design and deliver sustainable buildings. 

Key takeaway(s):

  • Develop your competence in designing and delivering energy and water-efficient buildings without compromising the health and comfort of building occupants.
  • Employ Building Information Modelling as a process management strategy for increasing the productivity of designing and delivering sustainable buildings.
     
SIE2014 Building Physics

Through this module, you will acquire knowledge on the main principles of heat, light and sound in the building engineering context.

Key takeaway(s):

  • Gain an understanding of the thermal insulation in buildings, air movement, thermal performance, building energy consumption, daylighting, artificial lighting to achieve a high-performance sustainable building.
  • Get acquainted with topics that include climatic parameters affecting building design as well as the impact of daylight on visual comfort, interior space planning, and shading design. 
     
SIE2015 Building Services Engineering Discovery Course

Through this module, you will gain an overview of laboratory-scale testing in building services engineering.

Key takeaway(s):

  • Learn about topics that include non-combustibility test, smoke density test, the spread of flame test and electro-hydraulic circuits implementation, amongst others.  
SIE2017 HVAC 1

Through this module, you will be equipped with the knowledge to design air-conditioning systems for buildings. 

Key takeaway(s):

  • Learn about the heating and cooling load characteristics of buildings and performance characteristics of the air-conditioning systems.
  • Appreciate the design of air-conditioning systems and the part-load performance of these systems. 
     
SIE2018 HVAC 2

Through this module, you will be equipped with the knowledge to design water systems that provide heating and air-conditioning for buildings. 

Key takeaway(s):

  • Incorporate the aspect of high energy efficiency into the design process of buildings and air-conditioning systems.
SIE2019 BIM for Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing Design Studio

Through this module, you will develop philosophical skills in designing complex and integrated systems to be functional, buildable, maintainable, and cost efficiency throughout their life-cycles. 

Key takeaway(s):

  • Apply Building Information Modelling (BIM) to the design of architectural and Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MEP) systems. 
  • Benefit from the opportunity to enhance your Revit skill – an essential skill required in the industry. 
     
SIE2020 Building Energy Simulations and Assessment

Through this module, you will gain a deeper understanding of the fundamental engineering principles and numerical methods employed in Building Information Modelling (BIM). 

Key takeaway(s):

  • Employ building energy simulation that underpins low energy building consumption and efficient HVAC system designs. 
  • Gain hands-on experience with performing building and system performance simulation.
     
SIE2021 Facilities Management using BIM

Through this module, you will apply Building Information Modelling (BIM) into the practice of facilities management. 

Key takeaway(s):

  • Learn how BIM is employed to impact facilities management workspace layout.
  • Understand the use of buildings as an operational resource and manage them as functional assets.
  • Get acquainted with occupancy costs, procurement and the management of support services.
     
SIE2901 Career and Professional Development

This module will resource you with the necessary toolkit to grow in your career as a professional engineer.

Key takeaway(s):

  • Appreciate the various roles played by engineers in society.
  • Familiarise yourself with the responsibilities, rules and regulations of an engineer in professional practice.
  • Develop pertinent career skills to advance yourself as an engineer.
SIE3001 Group Design Project 1

This hands-on module comprises a series of studio/workshop activities that will teach you how to apply the engineering design process.

Key takeaway(s):

  • Work in a team with the appropriate support and resources to clarify and prototype your team’s ideas to deliver an appropriate proposal.
Year 3
SIE3012 Integrated Work Study Programme

Held over the span of 8 to 12 months, you will benefit from the opportunity to undertake industry work and develop deep specialist skills in your chosen field.

Key takeaway(s):

  • Integrate the theories learnt in the classroom with real-world practice.
  • Analyse problems and formulate solutions in the workplace and wider community.
  • Demonstrate effective communication, professional and interpersonal skills and behaviours in the workplace.
  • Propose projects that can improve existing products/processes/methods.
Year 4
SIE3002 Group Design Project 2

Through this module, you will develop the ability to implement and deliver an engineering solution in the following specialisations:

SIE (Land)
•    Non-Destructive Testing
•    Total Preventive Maintenance
•    Rolling Stock & Permanent Way Systems
•    Railway Signalling & Communications
•    Systems Engineering
•    Others (to be specified)

SIE (Building Services)
•    System performance, intelligence and sustainability in buildings
•    BIM and Simulation Technology
•    Health and Wellbeing
•    Design and Practice
•    Others (to be specified)

Key takeaway(s):

  • Mirrors real-work problems experienced during your Integrated Work Study Programme (SIE3012).
SIE3013 Fire Engineering Fundamentals

Through this module, you will explore the theoretical basis of fire physics and reaction kinetics in the combustion process and learn about active fire protection systems.
 
Key takeaway(s):

  • Appreciate and understand thermochemistry, thermal decomposition of fuel, fire development and the burning properties of materials.
  • Foster an understanding of and apply active fire protection systems including fire alarms, fire extinguishers, fire hose reels, wet & dry risers, automatic fire sprinklers and smoke control systems.
     
SIE3014 Fire Safety Management*

Through this module designed for aspiring Fire Safety Managers (FSMs), you will acquire fire safety knowledge to fulfil the roles and responsibilities of an FSM.

Key takeaway(s):

  • Appreciate the importance of fire safety regulations and the operation and maintenance of various fire protection systems and fire-fighting equipment.
SIE3015 Automation and Control in Building

Through this module, you will gain an understanding of the building automation system in modern buildings to better judge the design of mechanical and electrical systems.
 
Key takeaway(s):

  • Learn about the network of building automation and intelligent building (IB) systems and their respective configurations.
  • Appreciate the dynamic performance of building processes/systems, control fundamentals and building process control.
  • Get acquainted with control strategies for better energy efficiency and building environmental performance. 
     
SIE3016 Work Place Safety and Health

Through this module, you will acquire the knowledge to establish a robust and compliant risk management plan and address workplace safety and health (WSH) issues.
 
Key takeaway(s):

  • Learn how to identify hazards, evaluate their impact to the safety and health of personnel, and prioritise the risk. 
  • Gain proficiency in formulating an implementation plan in accordance to the organisational Risk Management Plan. 
  • Develop your competence in communicating WSH hazards and risks, control measures and implementation plans to stakeholders. 

*The course curriculum is identical to that defined by Workplace Safety and Health Council, Ministry of Manpower, Singapore (MOM). Construction Safety Course for Project Managers (CSCPM).

Campus Location
SIT@Dover
SIT@Dover

10 Dover Drive
Singapore 138683

SIT@Dover
SIT@SP Building

Singapore Polytechnic
510 Dover Road, Singapore 139660