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New to IC? Check out the important things to know about your learning activities and other study support services in IC.

(Last updated 29 Oct 2020)

PolyU's 'Technical Library'

  • PolyU Industrial Centre (IC) is a ‘Technical Library’ equipped with a complete collection of engineering facilities, equipment and technologies for staff and students to realize their research and project activities. It also provides hands-on learning activities for students to enhance their engineering knowledge and technical capabilities to further pursue their studies or dreams. The ‘IC Experience’ plays an important role in engineering education.
  • IC is the only establishment of its kind among the local 8 UGC-funded universities. We have 6 technical streams, a service support stream and a research centre delivering academic, research and project support to our various users including students, academics and researchers in core and contemporary engineering and technological areas such as Additive Manufacturing, Digital Manufacturing, Electronics, Intelligent Automation, Composites, Fabrication, Building Services, Safety, Construction, Design Realization and Aviation Maintenance Repair & Overhaul.
  • Like nowhere, IC offers a multi-disciplinary open environment where students join its well-planned and designed learning activities to integrate engineering skills and knowledge for real life problems and new applications. These activities, mostly hands-on in nature, are effective and interesting ways to stimulate and inspire students’ passion in engineering and enrich their undergraduate experience. The ‘IC Experience” is also effective in paving a concrete foundation to our students’ future career. Examples of these learning activities include engineering hands-on experience, multi-disciplinary projects and engineering project competitions.

Serving around 70 academic programmes

  • Around 70 academic programmes offered by local universities and college adopted IC’s hands-on learning and teaching activities in their programme curriculum, benefiting approximately 4,000 students each year. Majority of these programmes are from engineering/civil engineering. In addition to academic teaching and hands-on learning activities, IC also takes its strength and niche to contribute different support to PolyU’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) learning, Freshman Seminar and Service Learning activities. We actively support a number of Service Learning activities, providing guidance and supports to hundreds of students on delivery of engineering project of large and small scale as a community service in Hong Kong and China. In recent years many students are able to take advantage of our multi-disciplinary application-oriented expertise and technologies and pursue their various competition projects, such as Rocobon, Formula SAE, etc.

Learning Activities 

  • The design and progression of IC learning activities for your academic programme is a joint effort of your hosting department and IC to complement your study at the best and feasible way.
  • Depending on the programme you are undertaking, the learning activities and schedule will vary. Students can access to their IC learning activities and schedules according to their intake cohort. 
  • We currently provide the following learning activities: 
    • Technology-based Hands-on Learning
    • Project-based Hands-on Learning
    • Real-life Hands-on Learning Industrial Project
    • Integrative Manufacturing Hands-on Learning Project
    • Work-integrated Education (WIE) & Placement
    • Service Learning
    • Freshman Seminar
    • Laboratory Class Support
    • STEM Appreciation & Learning (for GUR & CAR)
    • Final Year Project (FYP) Supervision


Hands-on Learning Experience

Hands-on learning offers a stimulating and inspirational educational experience for students. It ties theory and exciting hands-on experimenting activities which enables students to learn and explore engineering knowledge. Through different hands-on learning activities, students’ professional knowledge, capability, thinking, all-round development, industrial and social perspective as well as creativity and innovation are further reinforced and enhanced.

IC’s hands-on learning is more than just a practical experience. The activities are delivered in a well-planned and systematic approach with special emphasis on the technologies, skills and knowledge that are highly relevant to students’ discipline. Students will go through different hands-on learning activities designed to enhance their understanding on different technologies, skills and knowledge. Activities are delivered in technology-based, project-based or even integration-based mode. Implicit in the activities are aspects of industrial design; software applications; types and uses of engineering materials; engineering processes, machine and hand tools; instruments and test equipment; safety and health matters, engineering project planning and management. In project-based and integration-based learning activities, generic and all-round qualities such as team work, communication skills, interpersonal skills, leadership, professional ethics, attitude, etc. are also emphasized as part of the learning outcomes.

Most importantly, the involvement of students in planning, designing, building, testing, modifying and manufacturing things turns out to be an extraordinary and exciting experience to them. Students are amazed and excited at what they are capable to create from engineering and science theories. 

The assessment of hands-on learning activities is different from traditional lecture and tutorial. Some qualities and essences are more emphasized in these activities to reflect their uniqueness. Although IC’s hands-on learning activities are delivered and assessed uniquely, they are planned, designed and delivered in meeting the departmental and programme learning outcomes as well as the University strategic objectives and goals.

Why Safety?

Industrial SafetySafety is strongly emphasized in IC in order to education future engineers, supervisors and decision-makers and help them to implement safe practices in industry.

  • Good safety practices are a matter of thinking ahead. They are humane, and undoubtedly can improve productivity and thus make good economic sense!
  • Remember that your safety begins with you. We in the IC will make every effort to ensure that you work in a safety environment and that you are not injured, but in the end your active participation in safety is important. Please remain vigilant at all times and have proper regard for your own safety and for the safety of others around you.


Safety Gears

Safety ShoesStudents undertaking workshop activities are required to wear the following: 

  • Safety shoes with non-slip soles and steel toe caps to reduce the risk of being hit by falling object or contact with sharp object or exposure to chemical; and
  • Long trousers to reduce the risk of contact with sharp object or exposure to chemical or molten metal.
  • Students should bring their own safety shoes and long trousers. Other personal protective gear such as gloves, apron, etc. will be issued by individual workshop and the wearing is compulsory.
  • Students should obey instructions on warning signs, notices and given by Workshop staff.
  • Students are not required to wear safety shoes or long trousers when taking lecture in Engineering Drawing, Safety, Computer Training or any workshop activities as specified.

Safety Gear Supplier Information


IC Safety Officer

Mr CHOW Lap-yan Fenkins

IC Health and Safety Guideline

  • The Health and Safety measures in IC are established to ensure, as far as reasonably practicable, the health and safety of students throughout the learning activities.
  • The measures taken as part of this commitment are designed to achieve high health and safety standards over and above compliance with relevant statutory requirements.
  • To safeguard your well-being and your safety as well as those of other persons, you are required to follow the general health and safety guidelines stated: 
    • Fully co-operate and participate in all measures taken to ensure health and safety;
    • Take reasonable care at work and study for your health and safety and those of all other persons who may be affected by your acts or misbehavior;
    • Not to interfere with or misuse, intentionally or recklessly, anything provided in the interests of health and safety; and,
    • Report problems relating to health and safety matters to workshop staff nearby timely.


Mandatory Basic Safety Training (MBST) Certificate

  • The IC is one of the course operators recognized by the Labour Department to offer Mandatory Basic Safety Training (MBST) Course under the Section 6BA(4) of the Factories and Industrial Undertakings Ordinance, Cap 59. 
  • Students who have undertaken IC Safety Training are entitled to apply for “Construction Industry Safety Training Certificate” which is commonly known as Green Cards, depending on the total hours of safety training they had undertaken and the final test results in general.

Most of the IC learning activities are continuously assessed. The following elements are generally assessed and taken into account in the modules; students are requested to draw their concerns and attentions to these elements.


  • The attendance requirement is 100%. Student MUST be present on every scheduled activity and session, and must attend each session punctually. 
  • Unauthorized absence or lateness is NOT allowed. Students are strongly advised to make up ANY missed activities or sessions before the finalization of result. Otherwise their make-up will NOT be counted.

Work Attitude

  • Professional and good attitude is one of the fundamental but yet very important qualities even in the workplace. Student is expected to take a serious and responsible attitude toward their learning activities. 
  • Only Pass or Fail grade will be given in this element. If a student fails in this element, the particular module will be given a FAIL grade.

Professional Skills Acquisition (Assignment)

  • Students will be rated on various manual or task-oriented skills, and on the achieved learning outcome to professional skills.

Technology Appreciation (Test)

  • In most workshops, an Appreciation Test will be given at or near the end of the activities, to assess the understanding of students on the technical principles underlying the learning.

Module Component Report*

  • For every workshop in which students undertake activities, unless otherwise specified by instructors, they are required to submit a Module Component Report to the Blackboard through Turnitin.
  • Unless otherwise specified by your instructor, students are required to submit each Module Component Report to respective teaching staff, within ONE week after completing the activity or module.

Log Book*

  • Some of the IC learning programmes may require a student to compile a Training Log Book. The Training Log Book will be assessed by the professional IC engineering staff. The report writing capability, the powers of observation, and the ability to comment and criticize in a constructive and professional manner will be taken into account. 
  • Unless otherwise specified by your Subject Leader, normally the training log book has to submit within FOUR weeks to IC Student Enquiry Counter after completing the whole learning programme in IC.


*Students are recommended to retain a copy of your marked reports and log book as they could be useful to your future career or when you apply for professional membership (e.g. HKIE).


Dishonesty and Plagiarism

  • Dishonesty and plagiarism in examination or coursework is a serious misconduct. Penalties ranging from disqualification and expulsion may be imposed in a proven case.
  • IC subjects expect 100% attendance. You must be present on every scheduled activity punctually and deliver all your works on time. 
  • Your timekeeping performance is an assessment element. If you have not fulfilled the attendance requirement of the subject and we judge that you cannot meet all the practical learning outcomes, you will be given a FAIL grade for your subject.



  • Attendance is the completion criteria of your IC study. The attendance requirement is 100%. You must attend all your scheduled learning sessions, and must be at your workplace, prepared to start work, on time. Lame excuses for lateness, such as forgetfulness, oversleeping or traffic holdups etc. will not be accepted.


Unauthorized Absence / Lateness

  • Please note that absence from IC activity for half-a-day or more, even with approval, must be made up. You are strongly advised to make up any missed session before the finalization of result in that semester.
  • Once the subject result has been finalized and released, your make-up will not be counted. The IC Student Enquiry Counter will help you with the logistics.

IC adopted hands-on learning style and outcome-based assessment approach. We encourage you to actively participate in your IC learning activities in order to pass all assessment elements of your IC learning.  



  • If you omit some of the assessments, you should take remedy actions promptly or else you will risk failing the subject.
  • We strongly recommend you to make-up your missed learning activities or complete your assessment components at least 2 weeks before the finalization of subject result in that semester. Otherwise you may be given a subject "Fail" or subject "Incomplete", in some cases. This could hinder your study progression and may affect your other subsequent curricular-related activities/procedures such as credit-transfer, internship, exchange, scholarship application, etc.


Remedy action

  • Suggested remedy actions as follows:
Assessment Element Situation Remedy Action Maximum Element Grade
Attendance Absence with approved leaves Make-up --
Absence without approved leaves Make-up --
Test Absence with approved leaves Make-up Test --
Absence without approved leaves Nil F
Inadequate performance Nil F
Assignment, Report, Log Book No submission Late submission D
Inadequate performance Nil F
  • At the result finalization deadline of your IC subject, all your assessment element results, including those obtained through your remedy actions, will be used to calculate your subject grade.


Final Subject Grade Determination

Calculated Subject Grade Situation Final Subject Grade
D to A+ Absence with approved leaves Incomplete
Absence without approved leaves F
F Inadequate performance F
  • If your calculated subject grade is between “D” and “A+” but you cannot fulfill attendance requirement because of approved leaves, your subject result status will remain “Incomplete”. It is your responsibility to take necessary remedy actions in coming semesters.
  • If your calculated subject grade is between “D” and “A+” but you cannot fulfill attendance requirement because of un-approved leaves, your will receive an “F” final grade. You will have to retake your subject. You may however be granted module exemption for those modules you’ve already attended and passed.
  • If your calculated subject grade is “F”, your will receive an “F” final grade. You will have to retake your subject. No module exemption is normally allowed in this case.


Sick Leave

  • Retrospective approval of sick leave can be applied from IC Student Enquiry Counter after the sick leave has been taken. Such applications much be accompanied by a certification from a registered medical practitioner.


Other Leave

  • IC do NOT normally approve other leaves from your scheduled IC study.
  • If you must take other leave, you must apply for leave at least 4 working days prior to the leave date by completing form IC-T08. You should fill in the form and approach the IC Student Affairs Officer (ICSAO) for approval.
  • Leave applications MUST be accompanied by supporting documents. If you are not sure of what kinds of documents are sufficient for your case, you may seek the counsel of ICSAO, who will advise you what supporting documents or explanatory letters are needed. Please note that ICSAO’s decisions in such matters are final.
  • Approved form should be submitted to the IC Student Enquiry Counter in person.
  • In the case that ICSAO decline your leave application but you determined to take the leave anyway, you still required to submit the decline form to IC Student Enquiry Counter in person for make-up arrangement.
  • IC will give students with approved leave have the first priority when offering make-up places, students absence without approved leaves will be put on waiting list until 2 days before commencement of make-up session.


Leave Application

  1. Download the leave application form IC-T08 from IC website.
  2. Complete the form and obtain approval from IC Student Affairs Officer.
  3. Submit the approved / declined form to IC Student Enquiry Counter at least 4 working days prior to the leave date in person.
  4. Arrange make-up for the missed session in IC Student Enquiry Counter, if any.


IC Student Affairs Officer (ICSAO)

KONG Kang-hoi


  1. Refer to the IC timetables which are posted on the notice board located in the podium of Block W or the IC Website for possible session(s) to make up the missed session.
  2. Arrange make-up session at the IC Student Enquiry Counter in person. A Make-up Training Attendance/Assessment Form will be issued for confirmation.
  3. Attend the make-up session as scheduled and present the Form to the IC teaching staff of the workshop to sign for your attendance.
  4. The signed Form should be kept by you to certify for your attendance after make-up session.


Important Note

  • Make-up application is normally accepted at most three weeks in advance and arrangement must be made at least THREE working days before the scheduled activity. 
  • Re-schedule or cancellation of make-up session is normally NOT allowed after confirmation has been issued.
  • If you cannot attend the arranged make-up session as expected, you should inform the IC Student Enquiry Counter as soon as practicable before the scheduled date and make the alternative arrangements.
  • Otherwise, your absence from make-up session will be treated as absence without approval.


  • Professional engineers and technologists must have the ability to prepare accurate and concise technical reports. During your IC study, you will be encouraged to exercise your ingenuity and intelligence, to make observations, to ask questions, and to make value judgements on what you have done and seen. After each specific round of workshop learning activity, you will normally be asked to record your observations on a Module Component Report sheet. Later, on completion of your full IC learning programme, you will require to compile these Module Component Reports into a Training Log Book.
  • It is vital that you take these report writing and log book compilation tasks seriously because it is on the quality of your observations and presentation therein that the major part of your IC assessment will usually depend.
  • For each training module that you attend, informative and instructional reading materials will be issued to you. Even so, supplementary note taking is essential. Do bring with you some writing materials for note-taking throughout your IC activities. These may then be referred to afterwards, when you are writing up your Module Component Reports.


Module Component Report

  • On almost all IC learning programmes, for every workshop in which you having learning activity, you are required to prepare and submit a short but comprehensive technical record of the work you did and the observations you made. The report will be submitted to your Blackboard via Turnitin. The Report should be technical in nature, with, where appropriate, sketches, diagrams, or charts to aid your presentation. Your instructor will provide you further details on the format of your report. 
  • The Report should be from your personal perspective as a student and should focus on your work assignments and your observations. If you are given a number of jobs during a particular module it may not be possible to report all of them, in which case you will require to select one or two of the more important or interesting tasks to write about. Although the Report should contain relevant technical material it should not be a regurgitation of your module reading materials!
  • Each Module Component Report should contain a brief introduction followed by a main section describing matters of technical importance such as workshop procedures and processes, machine tools and equipment, factors affecting the choice of processes and tools, etc., together with an outline of industrial safety and maintenance considerations. The report should end with an overall assessment/conclusion in which constructive comments on the style, type and content of study, or any other pertinent matter, may be made. 
  • The amount of effort required in the preparation of individual Module Component Reports may vary depending on the length of time you spend in IC activities in any given workshop. Obviously if you spend a full week in a workshop you will be expected to learn more, and will have more to report, than if you spend only a couple of days.
  • Generally your reports should be as detailed and comprehensive as possible, but you must exercise your judgement and common sense as to how much effort to devote to each. 
  • You are required to submit each Module Component Report within one week (unless otherwise specified) after completing the relevant training module.
  • You are advised to keep an electronic copy of your report and they may form the main body of your Training Log Book later. 

Training Log Book

  • Your Training Log Book should be a complete record of your study in the IC, covering your full learning programme, and should reflect your personal technical, practical and industrial interests. It may also serve as an indication of your potential as an engineer or technologist. 
  • Your Module Component Reports make up the central core of your Training Log Book, to which you should add other related information and personal comment on your IC study. Feel free to be critical and to offer constructive suggestions for improvement where you think they are necessary or would be beneficial.
  • If a Team Project (Manufacturing/Construction/Integrated Project) is part of your IC learning programme you should also include a few pages describing the nature of the project (with illustrations, if appropriate) and your role in it.
  • To help you present your Training Log Book in systematic fashion, the following format is suggested:
  1. Table of Contents
  2. Introduction
  3. Module Component Reports (marked)
  4. Project Notes (if any)
  5. Comments and Conclusion (not less than 500 words)

  • You are required to submit your Training Log Book within four weeks (unless otherwise specified) of completing your whole programme of IC study (including your participation, if any, in a Team Project). 

***You should retain your Training Log Book after it is returned to you. Professional institutions to which you might later apply for membership may wish to inspect it.***


  • The IC General Office (ICGO) coordinates the services for students with disability. All students with disability are advised to contact ICGO at 2766-7585 / or their own Department Offices to discuss their special needs in prior to their learning activities in IC.

Facilities to support your learning and realize your dreams

  • IC not only possesses a collection of engineering facilities and equipment but also a pool of expertise in different engineering disciplines. Many students have made the best use of IC facilities and expertise to pursue and realise their engineering innovations, research or even business ideas. Likewise you will also find academics and researchers making use of IC facilities and expertise in pursuing and realising their R&D projects and scholarly activities. IC not just offers technical help but also provides valuable advice or even networking to both students and staff members.


Facility Booking

  • Students who have completed their IC learning activities are strongly encouraged to use our facilities and services to aid their study work or research. Advance booking is required to ensure the availability of workshop, supporting staff and facilities. Students should have appropriate skill or knowledge on the specific operation of equipment or machinery. 
  • Student who wishes to make booking can approach the specific workshop directly or book online. Learn more on our facilities booking.
  • Please note that booking and use of facilities by students is only applicable to UGC-funded students. Non UGC-funded students should request fabrication and manufacturing service from Technical Services Stream and a charge will be imposed for such services.



  • Except for facilities or services using expensive tooling and consumables such as laser cutting, EDM wires, RP resins, most of the services rendered us to students are FREE of charge.
  • If a student brings his/her own materials for fabrication and manufacturing, we will not charge for your materials. If a student uses our workshop materials, a charge will be imposed.
  • If a student has not learnt on that particular facility or machine before, we can also offer a fabrication and manufacturing service. A charge will be imposed for such services. 
  • Please note that booking and use of facilities by students is only applicable to UGC-funded students. Non UGC-funded students should request fabrication and manufacturing service from Technical Services Stream and a charge will be imposed for such services.



  • Students should strictly observe the safety instructions given by our technical staff at specific workshops.
  • The regulations concerning the issue and return of tools and materials must be observed at all times. 
  • Students are not allowed to remove any tools or materials from the teaching area or store room without prior consent of the relevant IC staff member in charge.
  • Students who are responsible for such loss or damage may be required to make good the loss/damage depending on the degree of negligence involved or the circumstances surrounding the mishap.


Copyright & IP

  • We encourage students and staff to innovate and incubate. Individual staff and student can also use our facilities service for his/her personal interest. Users are reminded to ensure their work / designs / products do not infringe any copyright or intellectual property rights. All Intellectual Property and Materials made by the PolyU staff members during their employment with the University and those Intellectual Property and Materials made by students of the University (PolyU) when registered as a student of the University (PolyU) shall upon the coming into existence belong to and vest in the University and be owned exclusively by the University. For details please refer to the PolyU’s Policy on Ownership of Intellectual Property (PIP). All users are also reminded that their work / products / parts should not be used for any commercial purpose.
  • Limited student lockers located at the podium level of Block W are available for use by students. Students are free to use the locker to keep their personal belongings while undertaking IC learning activities.
  • No booking or application is required.
  • Students are required to bring their own padlock.
  • IC will not be responsible for any loss or damage resulted from the use of locker.
  • Students are reminded not to keep valuable belongings in the locker. Hazardous materials or items such as explosives, weapons, etc. should not be kept in the locker also.
  • IC will clear all locker at the end of each semester. Notice will be posted on the locker two weeks before clearance. All cleared items will be treated as trash.
  • Students are expected to reap the maximum benefit from the learning process by respecting teachers and classmates and observe discipline in class or other study related activities.
    Students are prohibited from the followings:
  • Violation of prevailing health and safety instructions of the venue; 
  • use of electronic devices that are unrelated to learning; 
  • eating and drinking; and 
  • unauthorised activity that interferes with or interrupts the normal learning and teaching progress.

  • Violation of the above may result in receiving a warning from the instructor. Upon being warned consecutively, the instructor may ask the student to leave the teaching areas and later report the incident in writing to the Department to which the student in question belongs.
  • Repeated offenders may be liable to suspension from attending future IC classes. Your Department may at their discretion report such cases to the Student Discipline Committee for consideration of further disciplinary actions.
  • The University’s arrangements during bad weather shall apply to all IC classes and examinations. Students may refer to the most updated version of Student Handbook issued by Academic Registry of PolyU for details.
  • Please note that announcements made by the Education Bureau are NOT applicable to the University, and the arrangement does not apply to training/clinical placement outside PolyU campus.
  • Learn more about our Bad Weather Arrangement.

Teaching Activities and Classes

  • All activities/class will be delivered on weekday (i.e. Monday to Friday) from 8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. (Morning Session) and 1:15 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Afternoon Session) unless otherwise specified.
  • Class will normally be suspended on Saturday, Sunday and public holidays.


Technical Workshop

(Monday to Friday) 8:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. and 1:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
(Saturday, Sunday and Public Holiday: Closed)

  • Day-time activity/class may last to 6:30 p.m. on weekdays. If you need help or support service from the technical workshops other than the normal opening hours, you can approach technical workshop staff for special arrangement.


IC Student Enquiry Counter

(Monday to Friday) 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
(Saturday, Sunday and General Holiday: Closed)

  • We will extend our service throughout the lunch hour during Week 1 to 4 of every Semester.
  • If you need urgent assistance from the Student Enquiry Counter other than the mentioned hours, please approach the IC General Office located at Room W309.


IC Student Computer Room

(Monday to Friday) 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
(Saturday, Sunday and General Holiday: Closed)

***Available for use by PolyU students and staff only***

Learn more on IC Student Computer Room



  • IC is located at Core W (Ho Iu Kwong Building) and Core U (Realink Building) of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Available Items

Item Unit Price
MBST Certification Application HK$40
Record of IC Application HK$50
Departmental Materials / Training Finished Products

At Cost

Other items with listed price  Listed price


Payment Method

Payment Amount Acceptable Payment Methods

Below HK$200

  • Cash
  • Octopus Card (at IC Student Enquiry Counter)
From HK$200 to HK$1,000
  • Cash
  • Octopus Card (at IC Student Enquiry Counter)
  • Credit Card (at IC Student Enquiry Counter)
Above HK$1,000
  • Cash at PolyU Finance Office Cashier Counter (VA205 Shaw Amenities Building)
  • Credit Card (at IC Student Enquiry Counter) 

Please contact IC Student Enquiry Counter for any queries. 

IC currently collaborates with Bosch Rexroth to offer PolyU students scholarship to recognize their outstanding performance in the practical application of automation technologies in class/project activities.

As well as having your efforts assessed by the staff of the IC, you will have the opportunity to make your own assessment, to comment on the usefulness of the various learning activities which you undertake and about the manner in which the activity is conducted. 

Please have your comments, suggestions, queries and complaints to the IC through:

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