Engineering and Manufacturing

HNC in Mechanical Engineering, Level 4

Please note there may be additional charges within the course for textbooks, trips, registration and assignment fees.

Course overview

If you are creative and a natural problem solver, then mechanical engineering could be your perfect career choice.

The Higher National Certificate in Mechanical Engineering is a tried and tested programme which combines academic study, with the students own work based development of practical skills, in order to achieve a higher level qualification. The purpose of the qualification is to equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to develop their careers from technician level to more senior positions within their employment. The course will put an emphasis on applied learning, developing skills and knowledge and applying these within the workplace.

The course will be delivered by a blend of experienced staff that have a wide and extensive range of
qualifications and vocational knowledge. All staff have industrial experience in their chosen focus of study and complete frequent scholarly activities to update their knowledge and skills. This breadth and depth of module specific knowledge and experience allows the team to introduce the modules using innovative approaches
and vocational context in the classroom which emulates with work based learners.

Part-time classroom based delivery from 08.45 to 17.30 one day per week (day to be confirmed).

Entry requirements

Level 3 qualification in a suitable discipline or for mature students relevant industrial experience may be considered.

The College has a commitment to widening participation in Higher Education, and will therefore give careful consideration to prior experiential learning, non-traditional qualifications and qualifications obtained outside of the United Kingdom.

Course Modules

You will study a selection of the following modules according to staff availability and student
preference, modules may be subject to change.

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.

Analytical Methods
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.

Materials Engineering
This module will provide an understanding of the properties,
selection, processing and failure of engineering materials.

Mechanical Principles
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

How will I be assessed?

A range of assessment techniques which may include; written assignments, examinations, work-based projects and verbal presentations.

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.