Diploma in Engineering

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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 2–3 years. Many countries in the world recognize it as equivalent to pre-engineering or bridging course 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, 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 most of the countries, one can apply for studying diploma in engineering after completion of 10th grade (Secondary School Certificate).


Diploma in Engineering can be obtained in many disciplines such as:

  • Aeronautical Engineering
  • Automobile/Automotive Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Computer Engineering/Computer Science and Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electronics Engineering
  • Telecommunication/Communication Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Electronics and Telecommunication/Communication Engineering
  • Food Engineering
  • Information Technology/Engineering
  • Instrumentation and Control Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Industrial and Production Engineering
  • Mining Engineering
  • Marine Engineering
  • Materials Engineering
  • Mechatronics Engineering
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Petroleum Engineering
  • Polymer Engineering
  • Plastic Engineering
  • Power Engineering
  • Printing Technology/Engineering
  • Software Engineering
  • Textile Engineering
  • Tool and Die Engineering


In Bangladesh, Diploma in Engineering is an academic certificate awarded by the Bangladesh Technical Education Board. It is a 4 years program offered by public and private sector polytechnic institutions.


See also : Industrial training institute, one year inter science equivalent vocational training

In India, Diploma in Engineering is a 3-year course awarded in specific branch of engineering. It is usually offered in polytechnic institutes recognized by the respective State Boards of Technical Education (e.g. Uttar Pradesh Board of Technical Education) and/or State Departments/Directorates of Technical Educations and All India Council for Technical Education.[1]

Diploma Holders can sit for the examination of Associate Member of the Institution of Engineers (A.M.I.E) membership, Member of Indian Institution of Industrial Engineering, Navi Mumbai which is equivalent to the Associate engineering bachelor's degree. Diploma holders can enroll for advanced diploma programs in concentrated job sectors within their area of study. Diploma holders are also eligible for lateral entry to the third semester Engineering Courses in various Technical Universities i.e. direct entry to second year. Diploma holders are eligible for part-time entry to Bachelor of Engineering/Bachelor of Technology courses in various technical universities. In Tamil Nadu, the government is revolutionizing its technical education by upgrading its diploma courses with newer schemes (L Scheme and forward) to make it equivalent with UK's HND programs that enables students for direct entry into the fifth semester of a BE/B.Tech of engineering program. Those who have a twelfth grade (Higher Secondary School Certificate) in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics (PCM) combination, require only to complete two years excluding first year physics, chemistry, mathematics inter science level subjects. Diploma holders can enroll for advanced diploma programs in concentrated job sectors within their area of study.In India a Diploma in Engineering is a specific academic award usually awarded in technical courses e.g. Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, etc.


See also : Diploma of Associate Engineering

In Pakistan, Diploma in Engineering is a 3-year program awarded by a technical board and offered by the public and private sector polytechnic institutions. DAE is equivalent to HSSC (Pre-Engineering) by the Inter Board Committee of Chairmen (IBCC). A candidate having SSC or TSC can enroll in this program. DAE is offered in various engineering disciplines such as Electrical, Electronics, Computer, Telecommunication, Mechanical, Civil, Chemical etc.

Diploma holders are often called associate engineers in Pakistan. They can either get employment or enroll in Bachelor of Technology and Bachelor of Engineering degree programs for higher study.

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