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Course Duration

2 years

Type of course


Campus where course is offered

ITE College Central ITE College East ITE College West

Course Certification

Higher Nitec

Do you wish to be part of the team that helps to improve the operational efficiency of machines and automation processes in a manufacturing or an engineering environment?

Join this course to equip yourself with the skills and know-how to improve the operational efficiency of machines, and to carry out technical support functions in engineering design, quality assurance, and manufacturing automation using robots and Programmable Logic Controllers. Emerge as a specialist in manufacturing skills and technologies, and thrive in a range of mechanical engineering environments.

What you'll learn

  • Set up machines, equipment and systems
  • Provide support in product improvements
  • Conduct quality assurance functions on products and systems
  • Perform fault diagnosis and maintenance of instrumentation and control equipment
  • Perform sub-system and PLC integration
  • Perform support functions in engineering design and development

Entry Requirements

GCE 'O' level grades in English Language, Mathematics and 1 approved subject:

  • Grade 1-8 in English Language
  • Grade 1-7 in Mathematics (Elementary/Additional)
  • Grade 1-8 in an approved subject: [Biology / Biotechnology / Chemistry / Combined Science / Computing / Computer Studies / Design & Technology / Electronics / Fundamentals of Electronics / Integrated Science / Human & Social Biology / Physics / Engineering Science / Science (Chemistry, Biology) / Science (Physics, Biology) / Science (Physics, Chemistry) / Physical Science / Science (Physics, Biology, Chemistry)]


GCE ‘N(A)’ level passes in English Language, Mathematics and 3 other subjects:

  • Grade 1-4 in English Language
  • Grade 1-4 in Mathematics
  • Grade 1-5 in 3 other subjects; and
  • A total of 19 points or less for English, Mathematics and three other subjects (ELMAB3)*

* Eligible, graduating GCE N(A) students who applied and enrolled during the January intake under the Direct Entry Scheme, will undergo 10 weeks of preparatory programme, followed by 2 years of Higher Nitec training.


Nitec GPA:
For more details on minimum entry requirements for Nitec graduates, please click here.

Students will be required to purchase a Laptop for the course. This is in addition to the course fees. Financial assistance is available to eligible students under ITE Opportunity Fund subject to terms and conditions. For more details on the minimum laptop specifications, please click here.

Occupational Traits and Functional Ability Requirements

Nature of Work Functional Abilities
As Mechanical Engineering Assistants, they are required to carry out technical support functions in mechanical engineering design and operations, perform fault diagnosis,   maintenance of control equipment, integration of mechanical components and sub-systems as well as carry out work improvement activities to enhance production operations.  
Computer skills form a large part of the work required in mechanical engineering employment. In addition to the standard office productivity tools, there is a range of specialized software such as computer assisted design (CAD), simulation software, statistical process control (SPC), and others, which they would need to use. finger dexterity, attentive, sensory (visual) ability
They would be required to work on high-cost and high-precision equipment, such as in CNC machining, which needs them to possess full functional ability so that they can readily react to work requirements and especially in unsafe situation. physical mobility, hand and finger dexterity, sensory (sight & hearing), ability to react quickly, attentiveness to safety
They are required to carry out work assignments based on verbal or written instructions as well as document data, findings or technical issues in the course of their work. They may have to liaise with workers in other departments or people outside the company to carry out their job duties. They may work independently or as a team. communication skills, interaction with strangers, dealing with non- routine assignments and schedule

This course is less suitable for students who do not possess the functional abilities indicated. If in doubt, please consult your school career guidance officer or visit ITE College for further academic advising.

Progression Opportunities

Higher Nitec in Mechanical Engineering graduates may apply for progression to the following Work-Study Diploma courses at ITE:

Higher Nitec in Mechanical Engineering graduates with a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 and above may apply for progression to a Technical Engineer Diploma course at ITE. For more details on progression, please click here.

Higher Nitec in Mechanical Engineering graduates with a GPA of 2.0 and above may also apply for progression to the first year of a related diploma course at the Polytechnics. For more details on diploma courses for progression, please refer to the Joint Polytechnic Admissions website.

Career Opportunities

Higher Nitec in Mechanical Engineering graduates are employed by Manufacturing (Precision Engineering) firms and companies that provide engineering services from front-end computer-aided design & drafting (CADD), automation & robotics system development to predictive maintenance of engineering equipment. Some of the job titles held by graduates include Engineering Assistant, Mechanical/Manufacturing Engineering Technician, Maintenance Supervisor, Quality Assurance Technician and Quality Process Technician.