The Technical Engineer Diploma (TED) in Machine Technology Project Fair 2020 and Digital & Advanced Manufacturing Seminar was held on 27 February 2020. Graced by Mr Oliver Fixson, Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of the Federal Republic
of Germany, the event showcased 12 student projects and featured two seminar speakers.
This year, 44 graduating students demonstrated their skills and knowledge via their final-year projects (Refer to TED2020 Project Booklet) at the annual project fair. From brainstorming and conceptualisation, to design and production,
the students spent the last nine months labouring over their innovative works. Judged by a panel represented by industry members, two projects took home the Most Outstanding Project Award and the Most Innovative Project Award.
The winner of the Most Outstanding Project Award is the team behind the ‘Smart Preassembly Kit Packing Station’. They worked with Carrier Transicold (S) Pte Ltd, a manufacturing company that produces refrigerator units, for their
creation. The team was tasked to reduce the processing time taken to pack fasteners in the production line and minimise packing errors. Their solution comprises a digital display that indicates the correct quantity of each part to be packed. They
also designed a PLC-driven mechanism with the ability to set a customised quantity for each part. This helps the operator in the packing process and improves productivity.
The students behind the ‘Slide Open Showcase’ won the Most Innovative Project Award. Collaborating with Trika(S) Pte Ltd, a producer of museum showcases, the team designed a hidden slide-out mechanism that allows the base section
of a display showcase to slide downwards and swing open in one swift, smooth and uninterrupted movement. This turns the rear display back wall into a slide-out display tray, thus eliminating the need for a swing door and hinges.
During the Digital & Advanced Manufacturing Seminar, guests were treated to two insightful sharing sessions by industry experts. Mr Benjamin Moey, VP, Additive Manufacturing, Siemens Pte Ltd, presented on Advanced Manufacturing Trends and
Technologies; while the other speaker, Mr Jason Lim, VP, Technical, Univac Precision Engineering Pte Ltd, shared his company’s digitalisation journey.
Successful TED Graduates
Since its inception in 2008, the TED in Machine Technology (Refer to Annex A for course details) has produced over 350 successful graduates. Among them is Saravana Kanan, who works as an Executive in Sourcing & Supplier Management,
in ST Engineering Aerospace Ltd. After completing his Nitec in Aerospace Machining Technology in 2011, he joined the TED programme and graduated in 2013. In 2016, he joined ST Engineering Aerospace Ltd, a company that deals with Aircraft
Interiors, Pilot training, Smart and Military Maintenance, Repair and Operations (MRO), Freight Conversions and Unmanned aerial solutions.
In his current portfolio, Saravana assesses, develops and manages current and potential suppliers to support the operation of Airbus A320/A321/A330 and Boeing 757 Passenger to Freighter (P2F) conversion projects. Mr Lim Chet Wee, Director, Sourcing
& Supplier Management, ST Engineering Aerospace Ltd, commended Saravanan for excellent work performance, “As a Supplier & Sourcing Executive, Sara plays an important role in the department. He excels in developing sourcing project
scope, operational and commercial requirements, perform sourcing, selection & order management of the suppliers, to ensure ontime delivery."
Another TED graduate is Delvinic Chiang Yi Xiang, an Assistant QA Engineer in Process Innovation Technology SE Asia Pte Ltd. A graduate of Nitec in Medical Manufacturing Technology in 2012, Delvinic took up TED in Machine Technology
and completed his studies in 2015. In 2017, he joined his current company which deals with die-cutting, fabricating and converting of plastic and Rubber polymeric products for the Electronics and Electrical Industries.
Delvinic’s work scope includes preparation of First Article Inspection report submission to customer and monitoring of supplier/vendor quality performance. He is also a key member in supporting the company’s compliance to ISO 9001 &
ISO 14001 in areas such as Internal Audit, Supplier Audit and document control.
Mr Chong Kok Swen, Engineering Manager, Process Innovation Technology SE Asia Pte Ltd, has nothing but praise for Delvinic. He commented, “Delvinic has shown confidence and takes initiative in his designated role very well in the company.
He picks up the on –the- job skills fairly quickly and we would like to attribute them to the confidence and skills-sets that he has gained during his studies at TED.”
The introduction of the first ITE Diploma, the Technical Engineer Diploma in Machine Technology, in partnership with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (MEYS), Baden Württemberg, Germany, was announced at the ITE Graduation Ceremony
2007. Under this initiative, ITE has been working with Gottlieb Daimler Schule (GDS), to provide training in ITE leading to the Technical Engineer Diploma.
- To produce highly skilled and specialised manpower to support the demand for Precision Engineering technologists, in support of Singapore’s machinery and systems manufacturing cluster – an area of high growth identified by the Economic
- To provide more progression pathways for ITE graduates.
In June 1991, ITE signed a five-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to establish bilateral co-operation with the MEYS, Baden Württemberg, Germany. The MOU has since been renewed for the fifth time in 2016. At the MOU Signing in 2006 in Germany,
Mr Gan Kim Yong, then Minister of State for Education & Manpower, suggested that ITE explored possible areas of collaboration to jointly offer courses leading to certifications that could articulate into the German universities of Applied
Implementation date of TED in Machine Technology
2 years of College-based training and 1.5 years of work experience
ITE College Central
Applicants for the Technical Engineer Diploma in Machine Technology course need to be Singapore Citizens with the following ITE qualifications:
Grade Point Average (GPA)
Higher Nitec in Advanced Manufacturing
Higher Nitec in Engineering with Business Higher Nitec in Mechanical Engineering
Higher Nitec in Mechatronics Engineering
Higher Nitec in Precision Engineering
Higher Nitec in Robotics & Smart Systems
GPA 2.0 & above
Nitec in Aerospace Avionics
Nitec in Aerospace Machining Technology
Nitec in Aerospace Technology
Nitec in Digital & Precision Engineering
Nitec in Laser & Tooling Technology
Nitec in Machine Technology
Nitec in Mechanical Technology Nitec in Mechatronics
Nitec in Mechatronics (Automation Technology)
Nitec in Mechatronics (Equipment Assembly)
Nitec in Mechatronics (Medical Technology)
Nitec in Mechatronics & Robotics
Nitec in Medical Manufacturing Technology Nitec in Precision Engineering (Aerospace)
Nitec in Precision Engineering (Injection Mould)
Nitec in Precision Engineering (Machining)
Nitec in Precision Engineering (Press Tool)
Nitec in Precision Engineering (Tool & Mould)
GPA 3.0 & above
Other Full-time and CET Higher Nitec/ Nitec Courses Where Work Experience is Required (A) Must be a Singapore Citizen
(B) Have at least 2 years of relevant work experience in precision engineering area, and meet the minimum GPA for one of the following ITE qualifications:
List of Other Full-Time Higher Nitec and Nitec Courses for Progression
Higher Nitec in Aerospace Engineering
Higher Nitec in Automotive Engineering
Higher Nitec in Civil & Structural Engineering Design Higher Nitec in Electrical Engineering
Higher Nitec in Electronics Engineering
Higher Nitec in Facility Management
Higher Nitec in Facility Systems Design
Higher Nitec in Integrated Mechanical & Electrical Design
Higher Nitec in Landscape Management & Design
Higher Nitec in Marine & Offshore Technology
Higher Nitec in Marine Engineering
Higher Nitec in Mechanical & Electrical Engineering Design
Higher Nitec in Offshore & Marine Engineering Design
Higher Nitec in Process Plant Design
Higher Nitec in Rapid Transit Engineering
GPA 2.0 & above and 2 years of relevant work experience
Nitec in Air-Conditioning & Refrigeration Technology Nitec in Automotive Technology
Nitec in Automotive Technology (Heavy Vehicles) Nitec in Automotive Technology (Light Vehicles) Nitec in Building Drafting (Architectural)
Nitec in Building Drafting (Civil & Structural)
Nitec in Building Services
Nitec in Building Services Technology (Air-conditioning & Refrigeration)
Nitec in Building Services Technology (Mechanical &
Nitec in Built Environment (Mechanical & Electrical Services)
Nitec in Built Environment (Vertical Transportation)
Nitec in Electrical Technology
Nitec in Electrical Technology (Installation & Servicing) Nitec in Electrical Technology (Lighting & Sound)
Nitec in Electrical Technology (Power & Control) Nitec in Electronics & Internet of Things
Nitec in Electronics (Broadband Technology & Services) Nitec in Electronics (Computer & Networking)
Nitec in Electronics (Display Technology)
Nitec in Electronics (Instrumentation)
Nitec in Electronics (Microelectronics) Nitec in Electronics (Mobile Devices)
Nitec in Electronics (Wafer Fabrication)
Nitec in Electronics (Wireless LAN)
Nitec in Electronics, Computer Networking &
Nitec in Facility Technology (Air-conditioning & Refrigeration) Nitec in Facility Technology (Landscaping Services)
Nitec in Facility Technology (Mechanical & Electrical Services)
Nitec in Facility Technology (Vertical Transportation)
Nitec in Microelectronics
Nitec in Rapid Transit Technology
Nitec in Semiconductor Technology
Nitec in Urban Greenery & Landscape
GPA 3.0 & above and 2 years of relevant work experience
Graduates of the TED in Machine Technology course will be eligible to apply for admission into the related NUS Bachelor of Technology Programmes, as well as universities of Applied Sciences in Germany. They may be admitted provided they meet the entry
requirements specified for the course and university.
Technical Engineer Diploma in Machine Technology graduates can look forward to an attractive starting pay of between $2,000 and $2,400 in the high-growth machinery and systems industry. Some of the job titles held by graduates include Assistant Engineer and Supervisor. There are excellent opportunities for career development and advancements to supervisory positions and beyond.
50 students per year, subject to periodic reviews in accordance with industry requirements.
Course Approach and Curriculum
The TED in Machine Technology course has a very high practical content comprising laboratory work, assignments and project work. The course curriculum is modelled along that of “Staatlich Geprüfter Techniker” (or State Certified Technical
Engineer) course conducted by GottliebDaimler Schule.
The Diploma will be issued by MEYS and will be similar to the one awarded in Germany. TED Graduates will receive their Diplomas at ITE’s graduation ceremonies. ITE and MEYS will also issue a joint transcript to all graduates, reflecting the
grades attained in the course.