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Course Duration

2 years

Type of course


Campus where course is offered

ITE College West

Course Certification

Every day, more than 2 million commuters zip around in Singapore on the Mass Rapid Transit. Like the arteries in our bodies, any disruptions in the rail system will result in costly consequences.

Jointly developed by SMRT Institute and ITE, the Nitec in Rapid Transit Technology course provides you with a robust foundation in railway engineering. You will also learn the fundamental skills and knowledge in areas such as Rapid Transit Systems and Operations, Automation and Control Systems, as well as Electronics Systems and Equipment.

What you'll learn

  • Perform basic inspection of railway subsystems and facilities
  • Maintain railway electrical and electronics equipment and systems
  • Maintain railway mechanical and pneumatic equipment and systems
  • Maintain rolling stock systems and equipment
  • Maintain permanent way and tracks
  • Maintain engineering train equipment and systems

Entry Requirements

GCE ‘O’ level grades in any 2 subjects:

  • Grade 1-8


GCE ‘N’ level passes in Mathematics or Science* and 2 other subjects:

  • Grade A-D or Grade 1-5

* Mobile Robotics and Smart Electrical Technology subjects can be used in lieu of Science for admission to this Nitec course.


  • Applicants for this course must ensure that they are free from colour appreciation deficiency.
  • Shortlisted applicants will have to attend an interview and aptitude test.
  • 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

Nitec in Rapid Transit Technology graduates with a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 may apply for progression to the following Work-Study Diploma courses at ITE:

Nitec in Rapid Transit Technology graduates with a GPA of 3.5 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.

Nitec in Rapid Transit Technology graduates with a GPA of 3.0 and above may apply for progression to a related Technical Engineer Diploma course at ITE.

Nitec in Rapid Transit Technology graduates with a GPA of 2.3 and above may also apply for progression to related Higher Nitec courses offered by ITE. For more information on progression, please click here.

Career Opportunities

Nitec in Rapid Transit Technology graduates are employed by mass rapid transit operators, government transport planning agencies as well as companies in the rail equipment industry. Some of the job titles held by graduates include Rapid Transit Technical Officer, Trains and Rolling Stock Technician and Permanent Way Field Services Technician.