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Higher Diploma in Electrical Engineering (Vocational Professionals Admission Scheme)

Higher Diploma in Electrical Engineering
Programme Aims

The programme aims to provide the necessary professional knowledge and practical skills for students to become professional practitioners in Electrical Engineering and related fields and to equip them to apply for the related professional certificates and trade licenses, such as the Construction Industry Safety Training Certificate (Green Card). Graduates fulfill the academic requirements for Grade B Registered Electrical Worker by the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department (EMSD) of the HKSAR. 

The programme is designed with an emphasis on generic and language training, whole-person development and workplace experience to better prepare students for further studies and employment after graduation.
Click here to view the programme highlights video (narration in Cantonese)

Duration of Study
2 Years
Mode of Study
Full Time
Offering Campus(es) / Venue(s)
IVE (Tsing Yi)

Entrance Requirements
Career Prospects

Graduates are very much welcome by the industry. They are normally employed as assistant engineers, technicians, supervisors, technical sales engineers. Most of them work in the areas of electrical services, electrical installation, power engineering & smart grid, E&M operation and maintenance, electrical & electronic servicing, intelligent systems, energy audit and management, lighting systems.


Graduates may articulate to the degree programmes offered by Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (THEi):

  • Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Building Services Engineering.

Graduates may apply for admission to the relevant BEng (Hons) programmes offered by the local universities. Upon admission to relevant degree programmes, graduates may apply for credit exemption. The level of exemption will be considered on individual basis.

Higher Diploma is recognised by most overseas universities. Special offers are given by the RMIT University, Australia (2-year full-time and 8-semester part-time BEng programmes studying in HK in collaboration with the School for Higher and Professional Education (SHAPE) of VTC). [Not applicable to Mainland students]

Professional Recognition

The programme is recognised by :

  1. The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE) as satisfying the academic requirements for its Associate Membership;
  2. The Labour Department of the HKSAR as fulfilling the Mandatory Basic Safety Training requirements for working in construction sites and green card;
  3. The Electrical and Mechanical Services Department (EMSD) of the HKSAR as fulfilling the academic requirements for Grade B Registered Electrical Worker. (To fulfill the working experience requirements for Grade B Registered Electrical Worker, graduate students should be employed as an electrical worker for at least five years, at least two years of which included practical experience in electrical work.)



  1. Students may be required to attend classes on other VTC campuses. VTC reserves the right to cancel any programme, revise programme title, content or change the offering institute(s) / campus(es) / class venue(s) if circumstances so warrant.

Semester 1:

  • English & Communication: Workplace Interaction
  • IT Essentials – Smart Living
  • Whole Person Development - Mindshift: Achieving Personal Growth & Effectiveness
  • Engineering Mathematics IA
  • Circuit Theory
  • Electronic Devices
  • Computer-Aided Drawing
  • Programming Technique Fundamentals
  • Practical Training I


Semester 2:

  • English & Communication: Workplace Correspondence
  • Vocational Chinese Communication: Putonghua Conversation and Reports
  • Whole Person Development - Collaboration, Teamwork & Social Engagement
  • Digital Electronics and Microprocessor Fundamentals
  • Engineering Mathematics II
  • Electrical Instrumentation and Measurement
  • Electrical Engineering Principles
  • OSH and Supervisory Skills
  • Practical Training II
  • Enrichment Module B


Semester 3:

  • English & Communication: Persuasive Presentations
  • Electrical Installation
  • Electrical Power Systems
  • Electrical Machines and Drives
  • Practical Training III


Semester 4:

  • English & Communication: Promotional Materials
  • Vocational Chinese Communication: Putonghua Presentations, Administrative and Technical Text Writing
  • Whole Person Development - Enhancing Competencies in the 21st Century Workplace
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Control and Automation Systems
  • Enrichment Module A
  • Elective Module 1*
  • Elective Module 2*


Semester 5:

  • English & Communication: Reports
  • Engineering Project
  • Industrial Attachment
  • Industry-Based Student Project


*Elective Modules:

  • Electrical Services in Building
  • Energy Efficiency and Management
  • Intelligent Control
  • Lighting Technology and System Design
  • Entertainment Lighting Control System
  • Advanced Engineering Mathematics
  • Railway System


ES Stream Specific Modules:

  • Electrical Control and PLC
  • Electric Machine and Drive
  • Buildings Electrical Technology
  • Electrical Distribution Technology
  • Installation Engineering Costing
  • Intelligent Buildings Technology
  • Integrated Applications in PLC
  • Major Project

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