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.


Year 1
SIE1001 Mechanics of Engineering Materials

Engineered components must withstand various external forces during normal usage.  An example of a simple component is the chair, which must bear the weight of the person sitting on it without breaking or undergoing significant deformation.  An engineer needs to be able to evaluate the forces that are applied to the component and to further determine the mechanical behaviour of the component in response to the applied forces.  

This module provides students with the ability to mathematically analyse simple components in static equilibrium (i.e. not in motion) under different modes of loading.  The module consists of lectures where concepts and examples will be presented and tutorials where students can pose questions from their own study.  In addition, students will also complete various assignments that are intended to strengthen their grasp of knowledge learnt in lectures and tutorials.  

The topics covered in this module include:

  • Basic concepts of force, stress, strain and mechanical properties of materials
  • Static equilibrium – free body diagram
  • Equations of equilibrium relating external and internal forces
  • Centroids and moment of inertia of cross-sections
  • Equations describing geometry of deformation or displacements / compatibility
  • Relationship between applied force and deformation of material i.e. stress-strain relationship
  • Combining equations of equilibrium, stress-strain relationships and compatibility to calculate stress and strain conditions in bodies
  • Shear force, bending moment and stresses in bending of beams
  • Torque and stress in torsion of circular section
SIE1002 Engineering Mathematics 1

Engineering Mathematics is the foundation of all engineering degrees. Engineering Math I aims to equip students with core mathematical skills which will help them better understand other engineering modules. This module presents the mathematical foundations of Functions, which includes function transformation, logarithms and exponential functions, trigonometric and hyperbolic functions. The more substantial part of this module begins with Limits and Continuity which includes L’ Hopital’s rule, followed by Single Variable Calculus. It covers differentiation and integration of functions of one variable, with various engineering applications.  The topics covered in this module include: 

  • To apply and solve functions involving exponential, logarithmic, trigonometric and hyperbolic in the context of engineering
  • To explain the concept of limits and continuity and solve related problems, in preparation for calculus
  • To use the rules of differentiation to compute the derivative of functions and apply derivatives in curve sketching and optimisation
  • To use integration techniques in evaluating integrals and apply definite integral in the computing area between curves, volume, arc length and surface area
SIE1003 C Programming

This module focuses on C programming fundamentals including arithmetic algorithms, control structures, functions, arrays, pointers, characters, input/output, file processing, and data structures. Good programming practices, common programming errors and secure programming tips are discussed. To make this module more relevant to engineers and to make students “tinkering”, microcontroller design is introduced and students are required to complete a mini-project on microcontroller design using C language. This module aims to provide students with an understanding of the role programming can play in solving problems. It also aims to develop students’ competencies in writing C programs that can solve engineering problems.

The topics covered in this module include:

  • To comprehend basic terminology used in C-programming language
  • To plan, implement, test and debug C-programs
  • To apply different variables, arithmetic and logical expressions, control selections and repetitions in C programs
  • To implement functions, arrays, and pointers in C programs
  • To use string and character processing, formatted input/output, file processing, and data structures in C programs
  • To design C programs for performing simple tasks using Arduino microcontroller
SIE1004 Measurements and Sensor Technology

This module introduces the basic fundamental of measurement and sensor technology. It covers from characteristics of measurement, SI standard to different types of sensors used in measurement systems such as displacement, level, velocity, flow and temperature. Principles of modern sensor technology and measurement devices are introduced. A summarized review or introduction to the electrical circuit is also covered for the background knowledge of electrical sensors. At the end of the module, students are to implement and practice the knowledge learned and to evaluate and understand measurement tool or system with sensor technology.

The topics covered in this module include:

  • To describe and understand the fundamentals and fundamentals and process of measurement and interpret related standards
  • To evaluate static characteristics of measurement and determine its accuracy, precision, reproducibility, repeatability, hysteresis and nonlinearity; and analyse the causes of errors
  • To explain the principle of sensors and transducers, determine and evaluate the sensitivity of sensors, and explain and deal with non-linearity of some sensors
  • To comprehend and apply sensor technology in spatial measurements such as proximity, displacement, distance, range, pressure, temperature, flow and level and explain the principle of their measurement.
SIE1007 Dynamics of Machines

This course aims to provide fundamental knowledge of Planar Kinematics and Planar Kinetics in particles and rigid bodies.

Students are trained to use vectors throughout the course and physical concepts such as velocity and acceleration (relative to moving or fixed reference frames), translation and rotation, force and moment, work and kinetic energy, linear/angular impulse and momentum, etc. are developed rigorously.

Based on the understanding of the physical concepts, students will learn the principles in kinematics and kinetics, and apply them to solve practical problems in dynamics.

SIE1008 Engineering Mathematics 2A

Mathematics is a foundation for engineering students to study in their specific technical fields. The aim of this module is to provide students with necessary mathematics background which is essential to their further engineering course studies. The content of this module focuses on Vectors, Complex Numbers, Matrix Algebra and Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations (ODE). This course will mainly be conducted by classroom lecturing and tutoring. Students will need to do the homework assignments after every lecture. The final grade will be a combination of marks from quizzes, assignments and final exam.

The topics covered in this module include:

  • To apply the principles of vector algebra in solving a variety of problems in engineering (e.g. volume of parallelepiped calculation, moment of force, etc)
  • To apply the principles of complex numbers in solving engineering-related problems (e.g. complex impedance of electrical network, fluid dynamics, etc)
  • To apply and solve engineering problems using matrix algebra (e.g. systems of linear equations, mechanical systems, etc)
  • To comprehend and solve the basic first-order ordinary differential equations.
SIE1009 Heat Exchanger and Heat Pump

Thermodynamics is an exciting and fascinating subject that deals with energy and energy interactions. Heat transfer is a basic science that deals with the rate of transfer of thermal energy in various media. This module is designed to give students a basic understanding of the laws of thermodynamics and the principles of heat transfer, leading to analyse of thermal engine cycles and design of heat exchangers. The module introduces the concepts of heat, work, reversibility, efficiency and property diagrams of pure substance while discussing the 1st law of thermodynamics. The ideal-gas equation of state is introduced for ideal gases while real gases are described by other polytropic models. The 2nd law of thermodynamics introduces the efficiency calculation for the heat engine and refrigeration/heat pump cycle, which these thermodynamic cycles can be approximated by an idealised reversible Carnot cycle. The 3rd law of thermodynamics set the stage for the discussion of the actual vapour power cycle (Rankine) and actual vapour- compression refrigeration cycle.

In heat transfer, three main mechanisms of heat flow will be discussed; conduction, convection and radiation. Conduction introduces Fourier’s law with an emphasis on developing 1D heat transfer in steady-state condition for various structures. There are two modes of convection, namely natural and forced convection, where some convection correlations are derived to demonstrate and allow appreciation of its respective empirical convection heat transfer coefficient in the real world. Conduction and convection are re-visited again in the heat exchanger topic where design issues and the concept of Log Mean temperature Difference (LMTD), Number of Transfer Units (NTU) method are introduced. Overall, the module aims to develop an appreciation of the importance of thermal systems in sustainable infrastructures.

The topics covered in this module include:

  • To describe the Laws of Thermodynamics in thermal systems
  • To apply thermodynamics concepts to the understanding of heat pumps
  • To discuss the property diagrams and P-v-T surface.
  • To discuss the mechanisms of Heat Transfer; Conduction, Convection, and Radiation
  • To analyse heat transfer problems
  • To design a refrigerant cycle system in an assignment
  • To assess various heat exchanger configurations and their maintenance issues
SIE1012 Engineering Drawing for Building Services

This module employs the use of Building Information Model (BIM) software – Revit – to provide students with the knowledge and understanding, basic practical skills, and competency required of a building services engineer sequel to generating, visualizing and reviewing building services drawings.

For better appreciation and understanding of the rationale behind the building services drawing made, students will be introduced to the concepts governing the design, installation and layout of building services systems.

This module is designed for first year students who are relatively new to the concepts of generating, visualizing and reviewing building services drawings. Thus, the expected learning outcomes of this module are set at introductory level. To ensure the learning outcomes set for this module are met, students are assessed through building services drawing project, building evaluation assignments and lab drawing sessions

The topics covered in this module include:

  • To interpret basic principles guiding creation, installation, maintenance and operations of architectural systems and building services systems that support building users’ health, comfort, performance and productivity, and use of resources – energy and water
  • To interpret bidirectional associativity and parametric relationship of building elements in BIM software – Revit – platform
  • To generate, visualize and review 2D and 3D building architectural and MEP systems drawings
  • To evaluate installation, maintenance and operation of architectural elements and building services systems on building site
  • To generate building services drawings that support building users’ health, comfort, performance and productivity, and use of resources – energy and water
  • To avoid and resolve conflicts between MEP systems generated and other building systems (envelope, structure and interior) drawn by other building professionals
  • To use building evaluation results and experiences to enhance design of building services systems
SIE1104 Materials Selection for Engineering Structure

Every structural component is made of a single material or a combination of different materials. A large number of materials are available from which an engineer can choose, and the behaviour of each material is influenced by how it is processed.  So how does an engineer make a selection of which material to use?

In this module, students will learn the relationships between materials structure, processing and properties so as to understand how the properties of a material can be achieved for a specific application.  Concurrent to lectures, students will also undertake a group assignment during which hands-on activities are undertaken to select a material for an assigned application.

SIE2016 Effective Communication

Effective written and oral communication skills have long been viewed as core competencies for undergraduate students in major universities in the world, and they are required by employers in today’s globalized workplace. Specific communication skills required of engineering undergraduates include the ability to present academic and technical information both in writing and orally to technical and non-technical audiences.

This module aims to help students develop such abilities through academic essay writing, technical report writing, reflective writing, oral presenting and other learning activities.  SIE2016 also adopts a process-based, reading-into-writing approach so that students have the chance to learn/unlearn/relearn from the multiple drafting experience of each writing assignment.  For the principle content focus of the course, a project-based approach is used that requires teams of students to explore authentic engineering problems and develop viable solutions within real-world contexts. Within the module, they are required to read discipline-specific articles, do writing assignments and a project with an engineering focus, and interview engineers or related experts, thus facilitating greater acquaintance with the field.

The topics covered in this module include:

  • To adjust style and tone when communicating different types of information to different audiences for a particular purpose
  • To recognize the language features and conventions of academic and technical texts and employ these in their own writing and speaking
  • To develop a thesis, problem and purpose statements and support such statements with evidence
  • To develop orally and in writing effective paraphrases and summaries for a specific purpose
  • To identify and think critically about complex problems, formulate solutions and present these orally and in writing
  • To analyse, synthesize and interpret information from various sources for specific purposes
  • To cite sources correctly using APA citation style, showing academic integrity
  • To revise their writing for clarity, conciseness, coherence, and fallacies in logic
  • To give constructive criticism and feedback to peers
  • To monitor their own progress through reflection while identifying strengths and weaknesses.
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

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 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

This course aims to provide students with the introduction to Land Transportation Engineering; Applied Mechanics; Reciprocating Engines; Material Properties, Failure Modes and Diagnosis; and Fluid Power Systems. 

These lab modules adopt the hands-on approach to engage students in applied learning.

Students will work in teams and will be provided with support and resources to work independently in clarifying their academic knowledge to deliver (1) Designated outcome, and (2) Open-ended result. Teamwork and discussion are the most important aspects of these modules. Assessment will be through continuous assessment, peer review, presentations and reports

SIE2011 Fluid Mechanics

The subject is intended to equip students with the basic knowledge in fluid static and dynamics in buildings and in building services. Emphasis will be on applications of the piped/ducted system, open channel flow, flow around buildings and structures, potential flow, boundary layers and compressible flows.

SIE2012 Electrical Systems

Review of the fundamental Circuit Principles, Kirchhoff’s Law, Thevenin’s and Norton’s Theorem; Transient Response of Circuits, Low and High voltage systems.

 Apply the design approaches and principles for power distribution in and around buildings.

Understand the requirements for safety, efficiency and reliability of electrical installations according to Singapore standards and regulations.

SIE2013 Sustainable Building Engineering

Equipping student with the knowledge required in designing water supply, drainage, sanitation and sewage systems in buildings. Developing student competence in making relevant decision complying with engineering requirements on the systems. Singapore standards on these systems are covered.

SIE2014 Building Physics

Recognize and apply the design approaches and principles for power distribution in and around buildings and to understand the requirements for safety, efficiency and reliability of electrical installations in supply rules, regulations and codes etc.

Fundamental principles on smart metering and control, intelligent building and energy management are covered.

SIE2015 Building Services Engineering Discovery Course

Overview of building services engineering; Introduction to Acoustic Engineering (noise reduction); Introduction to Fire Engineering; Overview of HVAC system; Introduction to refrigeration; Introduction to Clean Energy including solar and wind turbine

SIE2017 HVAC 1

Equipping students with the abilities in designing air conditioning systems for buildings, including the heating and cooling load characteristics of buildings and performance characteristics of the air-conditioning systems. The system design and the part-load performance of the systems will be emphasized.

SIE3018 HVAC 2

Equipping students with the knowledge required in designing water systems in providing heating and air-conditioning for buildings. Design must be based on high energy efficiency of buildings and air-conditioning systems

SIE2019 BIM for Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing Design Studio

Building Information Modelling (BIM) is a new three-dimensional modelling technology that allows the building professionals of various disciplines to explore the building project digitally, before it is built.

BIM can help to bring about greater integration and collaboration among the developers, designers, builders and fabricators across the construction value chain.

Students will be able to obtain the relevant knowledge and skills that are required to set up a Company BIM Deployment Plan and BIM Project Execution Plan.

SIE3020 Building Energy Simulations and Assessment

To promote greater use of building energy simulation to underpin low energy building consumption and efficient HVAC system designs. To deepen student’s understanding about the fundamental engineering principles and numerical methods employed in BIM. To provide student with hands-on experience with performing building and system performance simulations.

SIE3021 Facility Management using BIM

To understand the use of BIM in facilities management. To understand the use of buildings as an operational resources and how to manage them as functional assets.

To learn how BIM impacts on facilities management workspace layout. Components of occupancy costs, procurement and management of support services are included.

SIE2901 Career and Professional Development

This module has three parts. The first allows the student to appreciate the various roles played by engineers in society. It seeks to raise awareness of the contribution that engineers can make in society by exposing the student to topical societal, cultural and environmental issues and challenging him or her to take on a leadership role in addressing such issues. The second educates the student on the responsibilities of an engineer in professional practice, and familiarizes the student with the rules and regulations regulating the practice of professional engineering. Lastly, the module equips the student with the necessary career skills in starting and growing a career as an engineer. It prepares the students to apply for their first IWSP position. Specifically, this part of the course provides the students with the experience of going through the entire process of job search, from submitting their job application letter and resume, to attending a mock job interview session. The knowledge and skills, acquired by the students through this module and the IWSP, would form a valuable source for them to draw from as they look for their first full-time job upon graduation and as they plan their career.

SIE3001 Group Design Project 1

This module walks students through a series of studio/workshop activities to learn and apply the engineering design process which includes steps such as empathy, problem definition, concept generation, reviewing the conceptual system design, breaking down the system design into the component design, prototyping at various stages of design, and validation of design, to propose a feasible engineering solution to a given problem.

This module uses a hands-on approach to engage students in applied learning. Students will work in teams and will be provided with support and resources to work independently in clarifying and prototyping their ideas to deliver an appropriate proposal. Students are not required to deliver a fully working system but their prototypes should be of sufficient resolution and with sound engineering principles, to demonstrate critical components of their solution. Ample opportunity for teamwork, discussions, critique and pitching is to be expected. A team of facilitators comprising of expertise from the Engineering Cluster and the SIT Centre for Communication Skills will support this module although independent project work is necessary. Assessment will be through continuous assessment, peer review, presentations and reports.

Year 3
SIE3012 Integrated Work Study Programme

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 different 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
SIE3002 Group Design Project 2

This module focuses on the implementation and delivery of an engineering solution in the following specialized areas:

SIE (Land)
•    Non-Destructive Testing
•    Total Preventive Maintenance
•    Rolling Stock & Permanent Way
•    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)

It is expected that the project scope undertaken by the individual student will mirror the real-life problems experienced by the student during his or her IWSP. Thus, the solution presented at the conclusion of this project is expected to have a relevant application in at least one of the five areas of specialization listed above. Students will apply an integrated design process involving design steps from problem definition, reviewing the conceptual system design, breaking down the system design into the component design, prototyping at various stages of design, fabrication, and validating the design against the original intended application.

SIE3013 Fire Engineering Fundamentals

To provide students a detailed theoretical basis of fire physics and reaction kinetics in combustion process and fire dynamics in a building fire.

Using thermochemistry, thermal decomposition of fuel, dire development, the burning properties of materials and fire design in building and fire services systems.

SIE3014 Fire Safety Management*

This course is designed for individuals aspiring to be Fire Safety Managers (FSM). Key components of the course include emphasising the importance of fire safety regulations, and the operation and maintenance of various fire protection systems and fire-fighting equipment.

At the end of the course, participants would have adequate fire safety knowledge to fulfil the roles and responsibilities of a FSM, before they are qualified to be appointed as FSMs.

SIE3015 Automation and Control in Building

Students will have to understand the building automation (BA) system in modern buildings. This will enable them to better judgement in design mechanical and electrical systems.

Network of building automation and intelligent building (IB) systems and their respective configurations will be covered. The dynamics performance of building processes/systems, control fundamentals and building process control are examined in detail.

Finally, control strategies for better energy efficiency and building environmental performance are included.

SIE3016 Work Place Safety and Health

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).

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