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HNC Mechanical Engineering

Programme Description



The general aim of this award is to develop the thinking, practical and personal skills of the student to the best of his or her ability. The award will enable students to make a contribution to the mechanical and manufacturing engineering profession at senior technician level. The part-time, two year award will also enable students working in the industry to broaden their skills base beyond the horizons of their existing employment and thus enhance their career prospects.


Programme Features



The course content, outcomes and delivery:

  • Match the needs of industry and society at large
  • Incorporate health and safety, environmental issues and sustainability
  • Establish the relevance of engineering to solve real world problems
  • Enhance learners understanding of the design processes relevant to mechanical and manufacturing engineering
  • Provide a vocationally relevant qualification that fits students for wider employment
  • Enables students to communicate and work effectively with fellow professionals
  • Provides a basis for professional development
  • Equip students with learning skills necessary for either progression to further studies or for life long learning
  • Train technician engineers to a level that will enable them to function effectively in the mechanical and manufacturing engineering professions

Progression & Employment



Successful completion of the HNC will qualify students for entry to HND / degree courses in related subjects. Careers that are directly related to this discipline include: Mechanical Development Engineer, Mechanical Design Engineer, Production Engineer (Technical Sales). Mechanical/Manufacturing Engineers are employed by the manufacturing industry, service industries, the armed forces and research organisations.


Programme Content



Example course units include: Design and Manufacture Professional Practice for Engineers, Engineering Mathematics, Mechanical Science, Thermo Fluids, Materials, Project, Business Management and Electrical Technology for Mechanical Engineers.


Programme Assessment



Assessment for this award is by means of assignments and end of module examinations. Students are also assessed in a range of common skills within their technical modules.


Programme Entry Requirements



Applicants should have successfully completed a Level 3 National Certificate/Diploma/Extended Diploma in an Engineering subject, or one A Level in a relevant subject or equivalent. Mature students with relevant industrial experience may be considered without the stated formal qualifications.


Additional Costs



All engineering full-time courses which include mechanical, electrical/electronic/fabrication and welding and motor vehicle, are fully funded. 

Additional learner costs are limited to registration fees (determined annually by the college) and a contribution of £30 towards the cost of personal protective equipment.

The learner will also be required to provide their own stationary and basic classroom equipment appropriate to their course (eg pens and a calculator).