Mechanical Engineering HNC/D (BTEC HNC/D Diploma in Mechanical Engineering (QCF))

Course Code: EGEHD
Learning Aim Code: 50088269
Full-time / Part-time: Part-time
Duration: Two years studying the HNC with the option to progress to the HND in the 3rd year
Campus: Paget Road campus

Is this the right course for me?

If you have completed your engineering apprentice and want to progress further in your career, are working as an engineering operative and want to improve your skills, or want to move up the career ladder into a supervisory or management role in the industry, an HNC is a great qualification to have.

The HNC is mainly a theory-led classroom-based theory course will give you the skills, knowledge and confidence to achieve your ambition or to move on to further study such as an HND or university degree.

Tutors on the course are all qualified engineers – at degree level or above - have extensive experience of working in the industry and throughout the course you will have the opportunity to take part in a range of additional activities to enhance your learning such as industry visits, hearing from inspirational speakers.

Our state-of-the-art engineering workshops are equipped with a range of industry-standard equipment including millers, lathes, CNC tooling and laser cutters, as well as fabrication and welding equipment such as Tig, Mig and Arc welders and CAD suites.

What will I learn?

During the HNC you will study the following modules:

  • Engineering materials
  • Dynamics of machines
  • Analytical methods
  • Quality assurance & management
  • Engineering project
  • Computer aided design and manufacture
  • Engineering science
  • Mechanical principles
During the HND you will study the following modules:
  • Business improvement techniques
  • Engineering design
  • Health and safety
  • Personal and professional development
  • Thermo dynamics
  • Fluid mechanics
  • Advanced machining tools
  • Mechatronics

What skills will I gain?

By studying this course you will:

  • Further develop your understanding of engineering principles
  • Gain an indepth understanding of technical information and its application in a working environment
  • Develop an appreciation of leadership roles in the engineering industry
  • Learn how to apply theoretical knowledge to solve engineering problems
  • Understand the relevance and implications of a range of engineering processes
  • Analyse and design engineering solutions

How will I be assessed?

Throughout the course you will be assessed in the following ways:

  • Observation Written assessments
  • Assignments
  • Research
  • Practical tasks

What can I do next?

Completion of the course will enable you to:

  • Work in the industry as a production engineer, manufacturing engineer or design engineer
  • Gain a management or supervisory role in the industry
  • Progress to a higher level qualification such as a university degree

What are the Entry Requirements?

To access the course you are required to have:

  • Level 3 Engineering qualification OR
  • Relevant industry experience with a Level 3 maths qualification*
  • You will also be required to attend a college interview and assessment
  • You must be aged 18 or above to study a HNC/D qualification
* for students who do not have Level 3 maths the college offers a part-time Bridging Maths for HNC course which must be competed prior to acceptance on the course

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