Diploma in Engineering

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The Diploma in Engineering or Diploma in Technical Education or Technical Diploma 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 minimum 3 years and in Bangladesh it is 4 year after 10th class. Many countries in the world recognize it as equivalent to associate degree programs or bridging course when considered for continuing studies in engineering related bachelors . After successful completion of diploma in engineering course, students can either continue further engineering studies in undergraduate level or get employment as sub assistant engineer, 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 and Graphic/Multimedia designers.

The minimum requirement for getting admission in to Diploma Engineering is to pass 10th grade (Secondary School Certificate) with an above average grade in Mathematics, Higher Mathematics and Physics.


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

  • Aeronautical engineering
  • Architecture/Architectural engineering
  • Automobile/Automotive engineering
  • Ceramic 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 technology/engineering
  • Glass Engineering
  • Graphics Design Technology/engineering
  • Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning engineering
  • Information technology/engineering
  • Instrumentation and Control engineering
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Mining/Mining and Mine Survey Engineering
  • Industrial and Production engineering
  • Industrial Design
  • Marine engineering
  • Materials engineering
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Manufacturing engineering
  • Petroleum engineering
  • Polymer engineering
  • Plastic technology/engineering
  • Printing technology/engineering
  • Software engineering
  • Rubber technology/engineering
  • Textile engineering
  • Tool and Die engineering


In Bangladesh, the diploma in engineering is a technical certificate awarded by the Bangladesh Technical Education Board and offered by polytechnic institutes. Students can get admitted to diploma in engineering course after completion of their secondary school level. It is a 4-year program with three and a half-year study and six months mandatory internship. Diploma is awarded in a specific branch of engineering. Curriculum includes basic knowledge of engineering, science and practical sessions for skill development.

Diploma in engineering is equivalent to Associate Degree in Engineering Technology (USA) or Higher National Diploma ( HND) (UK) <http://www.oit.org/wcmsp5/groups/public/---asia/---ro-bangkok/---ilo-dhaka/documents/publication/wcms_755967.pdf> and awarded after 10 + 4 = 14 years of education and the diploma holders can get admitted to Bachelor courses in specific private universities in Bangladesh and can complete their Bachelor of Engineering in 2 to 3 years of studies. They can also get opportunities in a few public universities like Dhaka University of Engineering & Technology, Jashore University of Science and Technology, Pabna University of Science And Technology through competitive admission test.

Diploma certificate holders can become associate members of the Institution of Engineers, the professional body of engineers in Bangladesh after successfully passing two parts of the Associate Membership of Institution of Engineers (AMIE) exam which is equivalent to Bachelor of Engineering.


See also : Industrial training institute

In India, the diploma in engineering is a 3-year course awarded in a specific branch of engineering e.g. chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, etc.. 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 recognised by the State Departments/Directorates of Technical Educations and All India Council for Technical Education.[1]

Diploma holders are often called junior engineers in India. They can sit for the examination of Associate Member of the Institution of Engineers (AMIE) membership and become member of the Indian Institution of Industrial Engineering (IIIE). 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 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 (third year) 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.


See also : Diploma of Associate Engineering

In Pakistan, the diploma in engineering is a 3-year program awarded by the respective Provincial Boards of Technical Education and offered by the polytechnic institutions. It is equivalent to HSSC (Pre-Engineering) by the Inter Board Committee of Chairmen (IBCC). A candidate having Secondary School Certificate (SSC) or Technical School Certificate (TSC) can enroll in this program. Diploma is offered in various engineering disciplines such as electrical, electronics, computer, telecommunication, mechanical, civil, chemical etc.

Diploma holders are often called associate engineers or sub 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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  1. ^ "SSC : Junior Engineer (CPWD) Examination". Archived from the original on 2012-01-09. Retrieved 2011-05-28.