Sustainable Infrastructure Engineering (Land)

Sustainable Infrastructure Engineering (Land)

Programme Overview
The Sustainable Infrastructure Engineering (SIE) (Land) programme is multidisciplinary, comprising various fundamental engineering disciplines, such as railway, mechanical, electrical, and electronic engineering. This programme nurtures individuals to achieve excellence in the ever-changing world of the land transport industry. Students will undergo rigorous academic training provided by highly qualified professors while immersing themselves in the land transport industry through work-study stints with established organisations such as LTA, SMRT, SBS Transit, Singapore Technologies and railway suppliers. 

The Programme’s Mission Statement
Vision: To be the leading programme for the land transport industry in Singapore.
Mission: To nurture individuals to achieve excellence in the ever-changing world of the land transport industry.

Curriculum Highlights

  • Railway Signalling and Communications 
  • Rolling Stock and Permanent Way Systems 
  • Total Preventive Maintenance 
  • Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) 
  • Lean Management in Engineering 
  • Capstone Project 
  • 12-month Integrated Work Study Programme (IWSP) 

Students who perform well in the BEng (Hons) programme may proceed to pursue the Master of Engineering Technology (MEngTech) programme. Graduates with MEngTech qualification will be eligible for future registration as a Professional Engineer (PE) (Singapore) or Chartered Engineer (UK and Commonwealth countries). This unique curriculum design also allows students to attain the professional NDT Level II or NDT Level III (Partial) certification.

Programme Educational Objectives
Graduates of the Master of Engineering Technology (MEngTech) programme, after working for 5 years, are expected to be: 

  1.  Competent in solving complex problems in land transport engineering through the application of critical thinking and relevant up-to-date technical skills and knowledge.   
  2. Able to embrace challenges and opportunities by adapting to changes in technological and business environment through lifelong professional development.
  3. Able to communicate effectively, act with integrity, and have the interpersonal skills to lead and nurture teams resulting in transformative outcomes.
  4. Able to serve the community with due consideration of health and safety, societal, and environmental aspects.

Career Opportunities
Graduates can look forward to careers in various land transport organisations such as

  • LTA
  • SMRT
  • SBS Transit
  • Sembcorp Industries
  • Keppel Group
  • Singapore Technologies



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

Holders of the following BCA Academy Diplomas are eligible to apply:

  • Diploma in Electrical Engineering and Clean Energy
  • Diploma in Mechanical Engineering (Green Building Technology)

Applicants with a relevant engineering background i.e. Diploma in Aerospace, Mechanical, Mechatronics or 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 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.


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.
SIE1010 Engineering Design Graphics

This essential module will impart to you an understanding of how 2-dimensional (2-D) drawings and 3-dimensional (3-D) computer models can be employed to communicate your design idea clearly. Through this approach, your design ideas can then be converted into physical products.

Key takeaway(s):

  • Learn about 3-dimensional (3-D) visualisation, spatial reasoning and engineering sketching.
  • Understand drawing conventions and present 3-D geometry on 2-D media.
  • Use computer-aided design (CAD) software as the major graphical analysis and design tool.
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.
SIE2002 Fluid Machineries

Through this module, you will establish an understanding of the principles and applications of fluid machines that include pumps, compressors and turbines.

Key takeaway(s):

  • Master the fundamentals in fluid dynamics and grasp the application of Bernoulli’s equation.
  • Learn about internal flows and piping systems.
  • Apply dimensional analysis in fluid mechanics.
SIE2003 Engineering Electronics and Instrumentation

You will gain an understanding of key fundamentals in electronics and circuits through this module.

Key takeaway(s):

  • Master and apply the concepts in Kirchhoff’s Law, Thevenin’s and Norton’s Theorem to circuits.
  • Explore the transient response of circuits, steady-state A.C. analysis and power in A.C. circuits.
  • Learn about different electronic components like transformers, electrical machines and semiconductor devices. This includes diodes and transistors, operational amplifier, logic gates and combinational circuits.
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. 
SIE2008 Marine Transport Discovery Course

Through this module, you will get acquainted with key marine engineering fundamentals such as electronics and instrumentation, electrical machine drive, mechanics analysis, structural health monitoring.

Key takeaway(s):

  • Gain an exposure on structural health monitoring by non-destructive testing (NDT) methods and mechanics analysis.
  • Learn about electronics and instrumentation, electrical machine drive and additive manufacturing.
SIE2009 Aerospace Engineering Discovery Course

This module will provide you with a good overview of aerospace clusters as well as a basic foundation of aerodynamics and propulsion.

Key takeaway(s):

  • Gain exposure to aerodynamics analysis using the wind tunnel, and gas turbine engine performance.
  • Learn about aircraft support systems and structures with electro-hydraulic systems.
SIE2010 Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) 1

Through this module, you will form a good understanding of the fundamental principles of NDT methods applied in the industry.

Key takeaway(s):

  • Learn about the features and limitations of the different tests for effective method selection and application.
  • Through the hands-on section of this module, you will learn how to calibrate, set up and operate test equipment as well as to prepare a sample for inspection.
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.
SIE3003 Railway Signalling and Communications

This module will enhance your understanding of the principles of signalling and communications in the railway industry.

Key takeaway(s):

  • Apply principles of train detection, fail-safe, points, lineside signals, and interlocking.
  • Learn about automatic train control and communications-based train control through real-world examples and case studies.
  • Comprehend different digital and analogue transmission methods with practical applications.
SIE3004 Rolling Stock and Permanent Way Systems

This third-year module will help you to grasp mechanical and electrical concepts that are inherent in the Rolling Stock and Permanent Way Systems.

Key takeaway(s):

  • The mechanical section of this module will build on the fundamentals of core dynamic concepts and extend them to the areas of wheel-track interaction, collision calculations and vibrational analysis.
  • The electrical section applies the power conversion process from the A.C. grid network to the powering of the trains.
SIE3005 Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) 2

Through this module, you will gain an overview of steel processing and the associated discontinuities to enrich the conduct of non-destructive testing.

Key takeaway(s):

  • Learn about the fundamental principles of common test methods as applied in the industry.
  • Develop the ability to understand test standard operating procedures and analyse test results according to application requirements.
  • Sharpen your skills in inspecting damages that include surface-breaking cracks, welding flaws and porosity in common materials and structures used in the industry.
SIE3006 Total Preventive Maintenance

Through this module, you will gain a holistic understanding of preventive maintenance across foundational topics to develop highly reliable plants, products and services.

Key takeaway(s):

  • Learn about reliability theory, Reliability, Maintainability and Availability (RAM), Reliability-Centred Maintenance (RCM) methodology, and Failure Analysis.
  • Employ key reliability tools in a practical manner, including Fault Tree Analysis (FTA), Event Tree Analysis (ETA), and Failure Modes, Effects and Criticality Analysis (FMECA).
SIE3007 Lean and Quick Response Repair

Through this module, you will glean the fundamentals of lean principles that drive production efficiency in the global marketplace.

Key takeaway(s):

  • Learn about operational waste elimination and reduce the time from receiving the order to delivery while maintaining (or even improving) product quality.
  • Pick up practical techniques from both the technical standpoint and the human capital perspective necessary to effect lean changes and sustain improvements.
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).
SIE3008 Railway Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition

Replete with real-world examples, this module will enhance your understanding of supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) in the railway industry.

Key takeaway(s):

  • Learn about the principles of SCADA system hierarchy and the functions of SCADA components.
  • Comprehend different communication networks and the Internet protocol suite.
  • Grasp the techniques employed in computer and network security with practical applications.
SIE3009 Safety Standards/Legislation/Best Practices

You will gain a general overview of the various safety standards, best practices and legislation that governs the development, safety and maintenance of railway systems through this module.

Key takeaway(s):

  • Understand how standards/practices/legislation can ensure the safety and reliability of railway operations.
  • Appreciate and apply various safety standards and best practices.
SIE3010 Statistical Process Control

Through this important module, you will be acquainted with the full process of inquiry and evaluation used in data analysis across a wide range of fields.

Key takeaway(s):

  • Learn about statistical methods and their associated strengths and limitations.
  • Construct effective displays to understand the data.
  • Apply inferential statistical analysis by using data analysis to deduce properties of a targeted population.
  • Apply appropriate statistical concepts to practical situations (Six-Sigma DMAIC process) to make acceptable conclusions.
SIE3023 Manufacturing Engineering

Through this module, you will be equipped with the fundamentals and applicable knowledge to address design, process and quality issues commonly faced in modern manufacturing processes and operations.

Key takeaway(s):

  • Explore both traditional and non-traditional manufacturing processes.
  • Learn about the various manufacturing technologies relevant to today’s mechanical engineering practice.
Campus Location

10 Dover Drive
Singapore 138683

SIT@SP Building

Singapore Polytechnic
510 Dover Road, Singapore 139660