The Diploma in Engineering or Diploma in Technical Education is a program focused on practical and skills-oriented training. It is a technical course that only covers the essentials when ranked with an undergraduate engineering degree. It aims to provide students with industry or job related engineering knowledge, scientific skills, computing and analysis, mathematical techniques, a sound knowledge of English to communicate in the field and ability to apply problem solving techniques.
Its duration is a minimum 3 years. Many countries in the world recognize it as equivalent to pre-engineering or bridging courses when considered for continuing studies in engineering related bachelors or associate degree programs. After successful completion of diploma in engineering course, students can either continue further engineering studies in undergraduate level or get employment as junior engineers, sub engineers, associate engineers, technicians, technologists, supervisors, superintendents, foremen, machinist, workshop technicians, draftsman, station technicians (energy, thermal, aeronautical), automobile technicians, maintenance and service technicians, equipment mechanics and technicians, CAD/CAM programmer, agricultural overseers, instrument technicians, junior instructors, manufacturing, tool and die designers, electricians…etc.
In some countries, one can apply for this diploma after completion of 10th grade (Secondary School Certificate).
Diploma in engineering can be obtained in many disciplines such as:
Computer engineering/Computer Science and engineering
Electrical and Electronics Engineering
Electronics and Telecommunication/Communication engineering
Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning engineering
Instrumentation and Control engineering
Mining/Mining and Mine Survey Engineering
Industrial and Production engineering
Tool and Die engineering