If you are creative and a natural problem solver, then mechanical engineering could be your perfect career choice. Our HNC can offer
you the exciting combination of theoretical and practical learning needed to take your skills and knowledge to the next level. You will study a
diverse range of modules including: Technology Fundamentals, Thermo-Mechanical Principles, Design Techniques, Mathematics for Technology,
Materials and Product Creation Technology, and Applied Mechanical & Fluid Technology.
You will need either; a relevant level 3 or national certificate/diploma in engineering, AVCE full award or GNVQ Advanced in Engineering; A-levels in mathematics and an appropriate science, related work experience or qualifications deemed equivalent.
How will I be assessed?
You will be assessed on an ongoing basis through assignment-based coursework, although there are some internally set tests. Our courses are assessed by the College and externally moderated by BTEC Edexcel.
What can I do next
If you wish to progress to further study, you may want to consider a university degree course in an engineering subject, or an eighteen month top-up to a Foundation Degree in Mechanical Engineering or HND Diploma in Mechanical Engineering. Many mechanical engineers specialize in areas such as robotics, automotive/transportation and air conditioning. Others cross over into other disciplines, working on everything from artificial organs to the expanding field of nanotechnology. Some mechanical engineers will even use their qualifications as preparation for the practice of medicine and law. There are a wide range areas that you can choose to work in, including manufacturing, aerospace, chemical, computer, communication, paper, power and, over recent years, the environmental and bio-medical industries. In fact, virtually every product or service in modern life is likely to have been touched in some way by Mechanical Engineering.
Further Mathematics for Engineering Technicians
A preparation mathematics module that is taught across all of our HNC programmes to provide a good base and preparation for the Analytical Methods module.
A mathematics module, taught across all HNC programmes, providing contextualised analysis of mathematics in engineering situations.
Engineering Science (Mechanical and Electrical)
A science module, taught across all HNC programmes, to provide a good general engineering science base for any engineering subject
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 Programmable
Logic Controller (PLC) controls will also be investigated.
This module will provide an understanding of the properties,
selection, processing and failure of engineering materials.
This module will develop the understanding of an extended range of mechanical
principles that underpin the design and operation of mechanical engineering systems.
Project Design, Implementation and Evaluation
Usually a work-based project to develop skills of independent enquiry demonstrating
project management skills relevant to the students own employment and ambitions