Fact Sheet: Work-Study Diploma in Aircraft Maintenance Engineering for Full-Time National Servicemen

Fact Sheet: Work-Study Diploma in Aircraft Maintenance Engineering for Full-Time National Servicemen


The Work-Study Diploma (WSDip) in Aircraft Maintenance Engineering for Full-time National Servicemen (NSF) Air Force Technicians (AFT) is a 2 ½ year programme conducted by ITE and RSAF that will be offered to ITE graduates to concurrently serve their National Service and earn a MINDEF-sponsored diploma. In this programme, trainees will be equipped with skills and knowledge to perform maintenance of aircraft structures, systems (mechanical, electrical and avionics) and associated components.

Typically, trainees will spend the first six months of their National Service on basic training (including three months of Basic Military Training and three months of vocational training) before commencing the 2½ years WSDip programme. Hence, trainees will spend a minimum of three years with the RSAF.

Who Can Apply?

The programme is open to pre-enlistees and fresh ITE graduates who are Singapore Citizens or Permanent Residents. Applicants must (a) meet the AFT vocation criteria, (b) agree to extend NS service, and (c) pass a pre-selection test, in order to be shortlisted.

They must have completed a relevant Nitec course with a Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 2.0, or a relevant Higher Nitec course, as indicated below:

Nitec in

Higher Nitec in

  • Aerospace Avionics 
  • Aerospace Technology 
  • Electrical Technology (Power & Control) 
  • Electrical Technology (Lighting & Sound) 
  • Electronics, Computer Networking &  
  • Electrical Engineering 
  • Electronics Engineering 
  • Mechanical Engineering 
  • Mechatronics Engineering 
  • Robotics & Smart Systems 


  • Electronics & Internet of Things 
  • Mechatronics & Robotics 
  • Mechanical Technology 



Projected Training Places

The programme will have an annual intake of at least 20 slots.

Career Prospects and Progression Pathways

Graduates of the programme may sign on as regulars and be employed as an Air Force Engineer (Maintenance) under the Military Domain Expert Scheme in the RSAF. They may also pursue career opportunities in aircraft maintenance in the aerospace industry, with ST Engineering Aerospace Limited, SIA Engineering Company Limited, or member companies from the Association of Aerospace Industries (Singapore).

Application Procedure

Interested applicants may call the RSAF hotline at 1800-270-1010.


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