If you are creative and a natural problem solver, then mechanical engineering could be your perfect career choice. Our HNC or foundation degree 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.
To apply for the course, you will need a relevant Level 3 Diploma in Engineering, AVCE full award or Advanced GNVQ in Engineering. Alternatively, you will have A- levels in maths and an appropriate science subject. We will happily consider mature students with industry experience or evidence of alternative qualifications that are equivalent to those stated above. If you already have a recognised, relevant level 4 qualification, you may be eligible for direct entry onto the second year of study, providing you are able to pass a level 3 math’s test and have a level 2 qualification in English. It is essential that you have the backing of an industrial company, as majority of the work and assignments on the course are related to industry and you will need industrial support for evidence for assignments and a valid, structured industrial project for the second year of the course.
How will I be assessed?
You will be assessed through a combination of group assignments, individual projects and internally set examinations.
What can I do next
After completing your Foundation Degree, you may want to go to university and top up to a BSc Hons Degree in Aeronautical Engineering, Automotive Engineering or Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering. Mechanical Engineering is a varied and dynamic industry, with plenty of opportunities for hard-working and dedicated people. You could work in a range of industries, including manufacturing, construction, power utilities, medicine and health, transport, the armed services, research companies, and local and central government. Your work would be divided into three key areas:
• Research and Development – assessing new products and innovations, and building prototypes
• Design – turning research into technical plans using computer aided design/ modelling (CAD/CAM) programs
• Production – improving processes, and overseeing the installation of machinery and parts.
You could be working on large-scale projects, developing new ways to harness wave and tidal power, or at the small scale or micromechanical level; for example making prosthetic implants to help people become more mobile.
Your working environment could vary from quiet, modern, open-plan offices to factory production areas and outdoor sites. Depending on the contract, you may have the opportunity to work abroad with international oil and mining companies, or for British consulting and contracting engineer firms that have contracts with foreign governments.
With experience, you could move into project management, specialist research or consultancy. With chartered status, you could become involved in strategic development in a particular sector, such as rail transport policy.
Further Mathematics for Engineering Technicians
Supply Chain Management
Engineering Science (Mechanical and Electrical)
Planning and Scheduling Principles
Quality and Business Improvement
Plant Maintenance and Decommissioning
Project Design, Implementation and Evaluation