As one of the oldest and broadest disciplines in the sector, Mechanical Engineering has plenty to offer for future professionals of the industry. Whether you want to work in design and development, or plan on specialising in operations, maintenance or analysis, our HND will provide you with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills you need to progress to a technical, professional or managerial career.
Our excellent links with employers in Worcestershire and the surrounding areas gives you the opportunity to gain valuable work experience and advice from people already working in the industry. You will benefit from various pathway options that allow you to specialise in an area of interest that is relevant to your future career. Our natural progression routes between different programmes and courses make it easier for you to improve your qualifications and enhance your learning experience.
Our course offers a full-time programme of study lasting two years, consisting of College attendance for three days a week. We offer an exciting, varied and challenging approach to learning that mixes theoretical study with a strong vocational element.
You will need one of the following to apply for the course:
A relevant BTEC National/ Extended Certificate/ Diploma in Engineering.
A full AVCE award or Advanced GNVQ in Engineering.
A-levels in mathematics or an appropriate science, with evidence that other subjects have been studied to an appropriate level.
Related work experience or qualifications deemed equivalent to those above
How will I be assessed?
You will be assessed on an ongoing basis through assignment-based coursework, although there are some internally set tests. You will be assessed by the College and then externally moderated by BTEC Edexcel.
What can I do next
After completing your HND, you may wish to progress to university and ‘top-up’ your qualification to a BEng (Hons) Electrical/Electronic Engineering degree programme.
There are job opportunities available for Mechanical Engineers in practically every field of work, including transport, health, defence, manufacturing, entertainment, finance, publishing, building, design and research, to name but a few!
You could choose to specialise in the aerospace, defence or energy industries or you may want to work in the manufacturing of industrial and domestic products, drugs, furniture or food. There is also the potential to work in design, research and development, marketing, sales, production management and quality.
Further Mathematics for Engineering Technicians - Core Module
A preparation mathematics module that is taught across all of our HNC/HND programmes to provide a good base and preparation for the Analytical Methods module.
Analytical Methods - Core Module
A mathematics module, taught across all HNC/HND
programmes, providing contextualised analysis of mathematics in engineering situations.
Engineering Science (Mechanical and Electrical) - Core Module
A science module, taught across all HNC/HND programmes, to provide a good general engineering science base for any engineering subject.
Project Design, Implementation and Evaluation - Core Module
Usually a work-based project to develop skills of independent enquiry demonstrating
project management skills relevant to the students own employment and ambitions.
Mechanical Principles – Mandatory Module for Mechanical Engineering Pathway
This module will develop the understanding of an extended range of mechanical
principles that underpin the design and operation of mechanical engineering systems.
Electrical and Electronic Principles – Mandatory Module for
Electrical and Electronic Engineering Pathway
This module will provide an understanding of electrical and electronic
principles used in a range of engineering careers and provides the basis for
further study of more specialist areas of electrical/electronic engineering.
Plant and Process Principles - Mandatory Module for Operations Engineering Pathway
This module will provide the skills and understanding of the engineering principles
that underpin the design and operation of plant engineering systems and equipment.
Planning and Scheduling Principles - Mandatory Module
for Manufacturing Engineering Pathway
The aim of this module is develop an understanding of the methods
and techniques used in process planning and scheduling and will
enable them to plan and schedule a manufacturing activity.
This module will provide an understanding of the properties,
selection, processing and failure of engineering materials.
Advanced Computer Aided Design (CAD)
A design module taught using the 3D modelling software Solidworks.
Application of Pneumatics and Hydraulics
This module is taught using simulation software that explores
pneumatic and hydraulic circuits to industrial standards.
The use of PLC controls will also be investigated.
Supply Chain Management
The aim of this module is to examine the main principles,
concepts and practices of supply chain management.
Instrumentation and Control Principles
The aim of this module is to introduce the principles and practice
of instrumentation and control in process industries.
Programmable Logic Controllers
The aim of this module is to investigate programmable logic controller
(PLC) concepts and their applications in engineering.
Combination and Sequential Logic
This module will provide the skills and understanding required to design and build electronic circuits that use combinational and sequential logic.
Quality and Business Improvement
The aim of this module is to develop knowledge and understanding of the principles and applications of quality management.
Plant Maintenance and Decommissioning
This module will provide understanding of the types and need for maintenance of engineering plant and skills needed to prepare maintenance procedures and evaluate decommissioning procedures.
This module will involve preparing an engineering design specification that meets customer requirements and producing a final design report.
Heath, Safety and Risk Assessment in Engineering
This module considers the importance of health and safety planning, implementation and legislation within an engineering environment.
Business Management Techniques for Engineers
This module investigates the functions, structures and inter-relationships of an
Design for Manufacture
This module will investigate the processes involved in analysing a product design and preparing for its manufacture.
This module provides the students with the opportunity to acquire honed employability skills required for effective employment.
Further Analytical Methods for Engineers
This is a deeper mathematics based module usually undertaken by students wishing to further their studies on completion of the HND (e.g.. Top-up to degree level).
The principle focus of this module is to establish and develop an energy audit in the context of a plant engineering environment.
This module will develop understanding of the principles and laws of thermodynamic and their application to engineering thermodynamic systems.