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Course Duration

2 years

Type of course


Campus where course is offered

ITE College West

Course Certification

Higher Nitec
Aspiring to be part of the team to provide seamless world-class travel to the millions of commuters on the Mass Rapid Transit system?

This course, developed in close collaboration with SMRT and major rail players, will provide you with the necessary training to qualify as Rapid Transit Technical Officer, well-versed in all the science and technology aspects of rail operations, train rolling stock, permanent way (tracks), mechanical and electrical systems, with a special emphasis on rail communications, signalling, fare and integrated supervisory control systems.

Enrol in the Higher Nitec in Rapid Transit Engineering and be part of a team of talented and highly skilled engineering professionals that keep our MRT system at the cutting edge of technology and in tip-top condition.

What you'll learn

  • Maintain rapid transit communication systems
  • Maintain rapid transit signalling systems
  • Maintain rapid transit integrated supervisory control system

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 / Human & Social Biology / Integrated Science / Physics / Engineering Science / Science (Chemistry, Biology) / Science (Physics, Biology) / Science (Physics, Chemistry) / Physical Science / Science (Physics, Biology, Chemistry)]


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


  • Applicants for this course must ensure that they are free from colour appreciation deficiency.
  • 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.

Progression Opportunities

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

Higher Nitec in Rapid Transit Engineering graduates with a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 and above may 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.

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

Career Opportunities

Higher Nitec in Rapid Transit Engineering graduates, with their breadth and depth of skills and knowledge in a wide range of rapid transit technologies and systems, would be able to find attractive employment opportunities with mass rapid transit operators (SMRT, SBS Transit), Land Transport Authority, Government planning agencies as well as companies dealing in high tech systems and equipment for the rail industry. Some of the job titles would include Rapid Transit Technical Officer in the areas of Trains, Rolling Stock, Permanent Way, Electrical Systems, Communications, Signalling and Supervisory Control.