I want to study Engineering. What does Ayrshire College offer?

August 9, 2022 - Martin Currie


We’ve got a special Clearing Day event coming up in a couple of days, for those who have just received their results from SQA, but also for anyone who's generally thinking about starting college this autumn.

Our Clearing Day event on Thursday 11 August gives you the chance to speak with our curriculum staff about courses that still have spaces remaining. And the most exciting part? If you apply for a course, you’ll receive a decision on the day!

So, ahead of Thursday’s event – which is running from 10am to 2pm on all three main campuses in Ayr, Kilmarnock and Kilwinning – here is a quick look at what your options are if you’re looking to study an Engineering course. Click on the link to read more and apply now, if you’re ready.


PEO - Act fast!

We need to start with the SVQ Performing Engineering Operations (Pre-Apprenticeship) course, as it's a) one of our most popular b) engineering employers look to recruit from this cohort as their first port of call, and c) we've recently announced an exciting partnership option with XLCC. So just a heads up - get enquiring and applying for this Pre-Apprenticeship engineering course ASAP! 


We have a few options remaining in Aeronautical Engineering – our Level 5 course SVQ Performing Engineering Operations – Aeronautical, NC Aeronautical Engineering, HND Aircraft Engineering, and an evening class called Introduction to CATIA V5 (designing aeroplanes!). 

You’ll be working at our Ayr Campus, from our state-of-the art, purpose-built Aeronautical Engineering Training Centre, featuring a Bulldog light aircraft and a fixed base Boeing 737 cockpit simulator. 

Electrical Engineering

There are three levels available for Electrical Engineering – NC, HNC and HND. Take a look at the ‘Start Here’ section to find out the entry requirements to see which course level is right for you. The NC course is relevant to the work required of a first-year apprentice and on successful completion, you’ll have the opportunity to sit the Scottish Electrical Charitable Training Trust (SECTT) entrance exam.

Fabrication and Welding 

There are two full-time courses available - NC Fabrication and Welding Engineering and HNC Engineering Practice (Fabrication) – while we’re also running an evening class in Welding. Our lectuer Michael Wood explains what’s involved.

Mechanical Engineering 

We’re running an HNC in Mechanical Engineering. There are two options available – the standard HNC course and a route specifically for students who will progress to the University of Glasgow. Click the links to find out more about this partnership and whether it’s right for you or not.


One of our newer courses, starting in 2019, HNC Mechatronics combines electronics and mechanical engineering. You’ll be getting familiar with electrical, pneumatic, vacuum, electric motors, sensors, programme controllers, manipulators and motion controllers, as we prepare for the future of engineering.

Manufacturing Engineering

We’re offering an NC course in Manufacturing Engineering. You’ll be getting to grips with £500,000 worth of CNC Mazak and Doosan machines at our Kilmarnock Campus, as well as Allen Bradley, Mitsubishi, Siemens and SMC training rigs.


We have two evening classes running this year, the ever-popular National 5 Applications of Mathematics course and a unique course called Numeracy and Maths for Parents.

Computer Aided Design (CAD)

Another evening class, Introduction to CAD allows you to get involved in engineering drawings using the latest AutoCAD software.


If you’ve got an interest in one of these courses, come along to our Clearing Day and speak to us! We can assess your suitability, give you an interview and offer you a place this Thursday. If you’re interested in a college course that doesn’t involve engineering, take a look at what else is available.

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