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
- Four National 5s or equivalent, including Maths or Physics OR a relevant course at SCQF Level 5 or equivalent such as SVQ Performing Engineering Operations – Electrical
- 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 course offers a good mix of practical work and theory to introduce you to the skills and knowledge you’ll need for further study or employment.
Here’s just some of what you’ll be doing:
- You’ll study maths in an engineering context and develop your IT skills, learning to use software packages relevant to engineering.
- You’ll begin by learning about electrical principles and basic electrical concepts, including magnetic and electromagnetic theory. You’ll also look at fundamental electrical systems, such as High Voltage (HV) generators.
- You’ll focus on direct current (dc) power supplies, and how alternating current (ac) transforms to dc. You’ll look specifically at transformers and rectifier circuits, used to convert ac to dc, as well as single phase and three phase ac circuits.
- You’ll look at earthing and the different methods of earth fault current protection.
- You’ll develop skills in using electrical test equipment, and learn how to make correct and safe measurements in electrical circuits and installations.
- You’ll develop your practical skills in electrical wiring, learning to install and terminate PVC sheathed cables; mount electrical accessories and wire up simple electrical installations.
- You’ll look at the key devices used in electronics, how each operates and how they’re applied in a range of circuits and systems.
- You’ll develop skills in using electronic test equipment, carrying out measurements and tests on analogue and digital circuits.
- You’ll explore combinational logic, investigating arithmetic circuits and data conversion circuits, first using basic gates and then moving onto MSI (Medium Scale Integrated) devices.
When you successfully complete this course, you’ll have the choice of:
- Moving onto a relevant HNC course such as HNC Electrical Engineering
- Seeking to start your career with a Modern Apprenticeship in Engineering