• Engineering

    HNC Electrical Engineering

  • SCQF Level

    Level 7

  • Attendance/Duration

    Full-time, one year. Day-release, two years

  • Start Date

    Aug 2022

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Scotland has a world-renowned reputation for engineering, and is at the cutting-edge of engineering developments. Engineers have an impact on every aspect of modern living and enjoy exciting career opportunities.

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.

  • 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.
  • For entry to this course you’ll need:

  • A real interest in working in electrical engineering
  • A minimum of one relevant Higher at grade C or above (ideally Maths) OR a relevant NC course at SCQF Level 6 or equivalent, such as NC Electrical 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.

    Options for completing this course on a day release basis are also available. We welcome applications from higher level Technicians in the electrical engineering industry which deals with the production, transmission, distribution and application of electricity and the manufacture, installation and maintenance of electrical equipment.

    What's Involved

    This course will give you sound knowledge and understanding in the core aspects of electrical engineering while giving you the opportunity to specialise in several key areas.

    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 complex features of a range of software application packages such as spreadsheets, databases and multimedia.
    • You’ll explore the modern business environment and the key factors which can affect performance. You’ll also develop a Continuous Professional Development action plan.
    • In the core areas, you’ll be introduced to electrical machine principals for motors and transformers, including DC, single phase, and three phase motors. You’ll learn about electrical power supply systems, such as power quality, power system faults and improving power system efficiency. You’ll also focus on electrical safety, including safe working on electrical systems and permit-to-work systems.
    • You’ll then go into more detail on the different types of three phase systems, which are used to generate and supply electricity in the UK. You’ll also learn about Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) and how they’re used in industrial processes.
    • You’ll look at basic electrical concepts, including AC/DC principles, and learn how to install domestic and industrial electrical wiring systems. You’ll also develop practical skills in testing and measuring electrical circuit properties using analogue and digital instruments.

    Go Anywhere

    For employed candidates this course is also available on Part Time/Day Release basis at our Ayr and Kilwinning campuses. To discuss this option and to obtain further information please contact the department by emailing carolann.mcconnachie@ayrshire.ac.uk (Kilwinning Campus)

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

    • Moving onto a relevant Level 8 course such as HND Electrical Engineering
    • Moving onto a degree course at university, via our articulation arrangements, such as BEng Electrical Power Engineering at Glasgow Caledonian University (direct entry to year 3). Please note 2 Grade Bs in projects are required for this.
    • Seeking to start your career with an apprenticeship or employment in a technician role within a range of different types of companies - from a small local business to a large multi-national such as IBM or Virgin – or in the wind turbine sector.

    Places available



    Start Date

    Aug 2022

    Places available



    Start Date

    Aug 2022

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