• Engineering

    Introduction to Electrical Engineering with Renewables

  • SCQF Level

    Level 5

  • Attendance/duration

    Full time 3 days - Monday Tuesday Wednesday

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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.

This course is seen as a pre-apprenticeship pathway. It includes an NPA Building Services award, and is aimed at those seeking a career as an electrician or electrical engineer within a range of sectors.

For entry to this course you’ll need:

  • A real interest in working in engineering
  • Three National 4s or equivalent, including Maths and Physics OR a relevant NC course at SCQF Level 4 or equivalent
  • An interview with us

If you don’t have any formal qualifications, but have life and work experience and are really keen, we’ll also consider you for a place, so please call us for a chat.

What's Involved

This course focuses on electrical installation work, but gives you the opportunity to study three other key areas within building services engineering (BSE): plumbing; heating and ventilation; and refrigeration and air conditioning (RAC).

Here’s just some of what you’ll be doing:

  • For each of the four key areas, you’ll begin by learning about the main tools of the trade and how to use them to carry out basic operations. So in electrical installations, you’ll look at everything from drills and wire strippers, to pliers and hammers, before learning how to wire a plug or assemble a one-way lighting circuit.
  • Once you’ve mastered the basics in all four BSE areas, you’ll concentrate on the electrical installation side of things. You’ll look at PVC sheathed wiring systems (used for most house wiring) and learn how to install systems to produce a simple one-way controlled lighting circuit and ring circuit. You’ll then move onto different types of trunking and conduit systems (used to provide protective enclosures for the wiring), including steel and plastic.
  • Away from the workshop, you’ll look at other areas relevant to BSE including health and safety, energy and the environment, and maths within an engineering context. You’ll also explore relevant science topics, such as the different materials used in the industry, and the basic principles of heat, mechanics and electrical applications. You’ll look at the BSE workplace in general and develop your employability skills.

If you work hard throughout the session, you’ll also have a great opportunity to go on a work experience placement with an approved local employer.

Go Anywhere

When you successfully complete this course, you’ll have the choice of:

  • Moving onto a relevant Level 6 course such as NC Electrical Engineering or Wind Turbine Technician
  • Seeking to start your career with an apprenticeship in the building services engineering sector - such as plumbing, heating and ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration, electrical and electro technical - or the renewables sector.


  • Give it your best shot - see our tips on preparing for an interview in engineering or construction. Click here to read the blog.

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