Engineering and Manufacturing

HNC in Manufacturing Engineering, Level 4

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

Course overview

Manufacturing engineering is the perfect career choice for critical thinkers who enjoy a technical and creative approach to their work.

The Higher National Certificate in Manufacturing 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.

Supply Chain Management
The aim of this module is to examine the main principles, concepts and practices of supply chain management.

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.

Planning and Scheduling Principles
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.

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.

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 Manufacturing or HND Diploma in Manufacturing Engineering. As a Manufacturing Engineer, you can choose to specialise in areas such as product design, where you will use computer aided design software to design products that meet performance, quality and cost targets, alongside anticipating the impact of products on society, i.e. how they will be used, decomposed and recycled. Other areas to specialise in include process design and improvement, facility Design, operations management and information systems.