Course Overview

The Higher National Diploma Program in Engineering (HNDE) serves to convert the school leavers with specialized mathematical knowledge to middle level technologists who possess relevant Engineering capabilities. Therefore, the program is intended to provide a clear and adequate understanding about Engineering principles, practical applications and emerging necessities of changes and creative innovations in the specific area/field to move with time. This program has been started under the Technical College, Ratmalana in 1986 and brought under the SLIATE in 1997. Since then SLIATE has been conducting this program with the aim of creating excellent higher national diploma holders who are competent enough and equipped with modern technology in the disciplines of Civil, Mechanical & Electrical Engineering. Higher National Diploma in Engineering has following flavours.


Higher National Diploma in Engineering- (Civil)

Higher National Diploma in Civil Engineering is a full time English medium course of three year duration of theory and six months in-plant training and is offered in three areas of specialization, namely structures, water and Transportation.

Higher National Diploma in Engineering- (Electrical)

Higher National Diploma in Electrical/Electronic Engineering is a full time English medium course of Three and a Half years of duration in which six months are for in-plant training. This Electrical/Electronic stream is offered in three areas of specialization, namely Electrical Power, Electronics & Telecommunication and Computer Engineering.

Entry Profile:

  • Should be passed Combined Mathematics , Physics and Chemistry in GCE (A/L) Examination (On or Before 2012) in one sitting.
  • Should have a simple pass for English subject in Ordinary Level (O/L)
  • A pass in the General Papers compulsory for the applicants qualified in the GCE (A/L)new syllabus.

The Selection Criteria:

Short listed applicants will have to face an interview for the selections. The Selections of students will be based on the Z-Score of the Advanced Level Examination. Since the demand for this course is very high, preference will be given to applicants below 23 years of age as at the closing date of applications.

Career Prospects:

We place a special emphasis on employability of our diplomats. The skills acquired during the HNDE programme will help them to successfully compete for careers such as middle level managers/Asst. Engineers in Industries, service sectors, Government sectors, etc in the field of production testing, installation and testing, design & development and maintenance. If they study further, they can become as chartered Engineers.