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.
The course content, outcomes and delivery:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).