Scotland has a world-renowned reputation for engineering, and is at the cutting-edge of engineering developments. Engineers design, create, test and improve all sorts of products and processes. They have an impact on every aspect of modern living and enjoy exciting career opportunities in lots of different sectors, including space, aviation, transport, medicine, technology, food, fashion and construction.
If you’ve got a logical and inquisitive mind, enjoy problem solving and are curious to know how things work, you’ve got it in you to make a great engineer! Right now, qualified engineers are in extremely high demand, with thousands of new engineers needed every year in Scotland alone.
Ayrshire College is an ideal choice for studying engineering:
- We have STEM Assured Status which means we have been recognised for the quality of our Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths courses.
- We’ve invested in our equipment, so you’ll be learning using the latest industry standard technology.
- We won Training Partner of the Year at the prestigious SEMTA (Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies Alliance) Skills Awards in 2017.
- Plus, our mechanical engineering courses have been approved by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers.
We’ve also got an excellent record of employment for our engineering students.
If you’re considering a career in engineering, and in particular mechanical, then this course is a great place to start.
For entry to this course you’ll need:
- A real interest in working in engineering
- Four National 5s or equivalent, ideally including Maths or Physics OR a relevant course at SCQF Level 5 or equivalent
- An interview with us
If you don’t have any formal qualifications, but have life experience, we’ll also consider you for a place, so please call us for a chat.
This is mainly a theoretical course with a small practical element to prepare you for further study or employment.
Here’s just some of what you’ll be doing:
- You’ll learn about engineering dynamics, including solving problems involving work, energy, conservation of energy and power in linear and angular dynamic systems.
- You’ll develop skills in pneumatics and hydraulic circuits, learning how to design, assemble and test fluid power circuits, as well as rectify faults.
- You’ll be introduced to engineering thermofluids and how they can provide solutions to problems in engineering systems.
- You’ll develop skills in complex engineering assemblies, learning about different mechanical fasteners, seals and bearings.
- You’ll learn about statics and the effects of force on a body, component and structure.
- You’ll develop skills in basic engineering design, discovering how this is related to product design.
- You’ll develop skills in Computer Aided Draughting (CAD), learning how to create detailed, 2D engineering drawings and generate assembly drawings.
- You’ll learn to use basic maths and apply IT in an engineering context.
- You’ll build transferable Essential Skills in meaningful contexts to help you become more effective in life, learning, and work. This could be communication, numeracy, ICT, working with others, and problem solving.
- Finally, you’ll develop your knowledge of engineering materials and important aspects such as quality, managing projects, and health and safety.
When you successfully complete this course, you’ll have the choice of:
- Moving onto a relevant HNC course such as HNC Mechanical Engineering
- Seeking to start your career with a Modern Apprenticeship in a variety of engineering disciplines.