Engineering and Manufacturing

HNC in Operations Engineering, Level 4

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

Course overview

From controlling bulldozers and cranes to maintaining equipment and diagnosing faults, operations
engineering is a diverse and highly skilled area.

The Higher National Certificate in Operations 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.

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.

–– Instrumentation and Control Principles
The aim of this module is to introduce the principles and practice of instrumentation and control in process industries.

––Programmable Logic Controllers
The aim of this module is to investigate programmable logic controller (PLC) concepts and their applications in engineering.

––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.

––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.

––Plant and Process Principles - Mandatory Module
This module will provide the skills and understanding of the engineering principles that underpin the design and operation of plant engineering systems and equipment.

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 are thinking about 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. Operations Engineering is a demanding yet rewarding career with opportunities to work in industry, manufacture, the military and utilities. You could be working on roads, bridges, tunnels, stadiums or even skyscrapers by controlling excavation machines, facilitating waste removal or repairing equipment. Or how about designing and developing the machinery in the first place?