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.
We’ve also got an excellent record of employment for our engineering students.
For entry to this course you’ll need:
- A real interest in working in engineering
- A minimum of one relevant Higher at grade C or above OR
- a relevant NC course at SCQF Level 6 or equivalent, such as NC Manufacturing Engineering, or Foundation Apprenticeship in Engineering
- An interview with us
- If you don’t have any formal qualifications, but have appropriate experience or other training, we’ll also consider you for a place, so please call us for a chat.
If you’re considering a career in engineering, and in particular manufacturing, then this course can help you on your way.
This course will give you sound knowledge and understanding of the key aspects of general engineering practice, while giving you the opportunity to specialise in manufacturing.
Here’s just some of what you’ll be doing:
- You’ll examine materials and learn how to select the correct ones for a range of products.
- You’ll develop your skills in engineering measurement, reading drawings and specifications, and learning to measure a wide range of features common to many engineering parts or products.
- You’ll explore the principles of mechanical engineering, and apply these to solve problems involving linear motion, work and power, and the mechanical properties of engineering materials.
- You’ll learn how to operate a commercial CAD (Computer Aided Draughting) system to produce 2D engineering drawings and composite drawings.
- You’ll explore Computer Numerical Control (CNC) systems for industrial requirements, and develop skills in component part programming, as well as CAD/CAM skills.
- You’ll explore value engineering techniques to increase the value of products at the lowest possible cost.
- Finally, you’ll look at what’s involved in being an effective engineering supervisor, planning and production control, quality management, Health & Safety, and risk assessment.
When you successfully complete this course, you’ll have the choice of:
- Moving onto a relevant HND course such as Engineering Systems.
- Moving onto an engineering degree course at university.
- Seeking to start your career with a Modern Apprenticeship in a variety of engineering disciplines.