Diploma in Performing Engineering Operations - Level 2 Certificate (NVQ)

Course overview

National Vocational Qualifications are one of the most popular qualifications within industry as they are delivered during working hours and demonstrate competency within a job role. These qualifications are based on national occupational standards, which are statements of performance that describe what competent people in a particular occupation are expected to be able to do. They cover all the main aspect of a specified occupation, including current best practice and are ideal for addressing skills gaps as well as identifying competence.

To achieve the full qualification, candidates must attain a minimum of 40 credits in total, comprising all the mandatory units and the remaining credits will be achieved by selecting 3 optional units.

The Learning and Skills Development Officer will provide support and guidance in selecting the appropriate units.

Mandatory units

• Working safely in an engineering environment
• Working effectively and efficiently in engineering
• Using and communicating technical information

Optional units

• Producing a mechanical engineering drawing using a CAD system
• Producing components using hand fitting techniques
• Producing mechanical assemblies
• Forming and assembling pipework systems
• Carrying out aircraft detail fitting activities.
• Installing aircraft mechanical fasteners
• Producing aircraft detail assemblies
• Preparing and using lathes for turning operations
• Preparing and using grinding machines
• Preparing and providing CNC machine tool programmes
• Preparing and using CNC milling machines
• Preparing and using CNC turning machines
• Preparing and using CNC machining centres
• Preparing and using industrial robots
• Maintaining mechanical devices and equipment
• Assembling and testing fluid power systems
• Maintaining fluid power systems
• Producing sheet metal components and assemblies
• Producing plate-work components and assemblies
• Cutting and shaping materials using thermal cutting equipment
• Preparing and providing CNC fabrication machine tool programmes
• Preparing and using manual metal arc welding equipment
• Preparing and using manual TIG or plasma-arc welding equipment
• Preparing and using manual MIG, MAG and other continuous wire welding equipment
• Preparing and using manual gas welding equipment
• Preparing and using manual flame brazing and bronze welding equipment
• Producing electrical or electronic engineering drawings using a CAD system
• Wiring and testing electrical equipment and circuits
• Using wood for pattern, model-making and other engineering applications
• Assembling pattern, model and engineering woodwork components
• Producing composite mouldings using wet lay-up techniques
• Producing composite mouldings using pre-preg laminating techniques
• Producing composite mouldings using resin infusion techniques
• Producing composite assemblies
• Producing components by raid prototyping techniques
• Producing and preparing sand moulds and cores for casting
• Producing and preparing molten material for casting
• Producing cast components by manual means
• Fettling, finishing and checking cast components
• Finishing surfaces by applying coatings or coverings
• Finishing surfaces by applying treatments
• Carrying out heat treatment of engineering materials
• Stripping and rebuilding motorsport vehicles (pre-competition)
• Inspecting a motorsport vehicle during a competition
• Diagnosing and rectifying faults in a motorsport vehicle system (during competition)
• Carrying out maintenance activities on motorsport vehicle electrical equipment
• Stripping and rebuilding motorsport engines (pre-competition)
• Producing CAD models (drawings) using a CAD System

Entry requirements

to be working a minimum of 10 hours per week in a appropriate vocational role which will enable you to gather the evidence for your qualification

How will I be assessed?

Assessment for this qualification will be via direct observation in the working environment.  Knowledge will also be assessed via assignments or a portfolio of evidence.  Some of the evidence used in portfolios will include; witness testimonies, professional discussion and the learners' own plans and written records.

What can I do next

Upon completing this qualification a review will take place with yourself and your employer to discuss progression opportunties which may lead to further study.

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Start Date

Qualifications / Level
Level 2

Study Type
Part Time



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